Term: May – October 2024
*Start and end dates are subject to change based on weather and site accessibility*
Wage Range: $19.00-$26.00 per hour commensurate with experience/depending on position
Benefits: Paid sick leave, holiday leave, wildfire mitigation leave
Training: Crosscut Felling, Wilderness First Aid, S-212 Basic Saw Training

Positions available: Crew Member, Crew Medic, Assistant Crew Leader, Crew Leader

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The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute), in cooperation with the Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO) is hiring one Wilderness Fuels Module (WFM) Crew Leader to lead an eight person crew performing fuels management in LAVO to promote future prescribed and/or managed fire activities in wilderness areas of the park.

This work will also directly contribute to increasing fire resiliency of critical habitat for Northern Goshawk and California Spotted Owl. The WFM Crew Member, under the direction of the Crew Leaders, Sierra Institute support staff, and LAVO specialists, will be responsible for working as a team in safely falling, bucking, and limbing live and dead trees and constructing fireline using predominantly non-mechanized equipment (e.g., crosscut saws, axes, etc.) in undeveloped wilderness areas.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to fuels reduction activities within a designated Wilderness area in a National Park. Those with an interest in Wilderness land management, active management of forested landscapes for ecosystem resilience, and/or the use of non-mechanized equipment (crosscut saws) and fire as a tool to promote ecosystem health, are encouraged to apply. Crew members must possess a full COVID-19 vaccination status (vaccinated and boosted).

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew


Minimum of two years’ combined field experience in forest or other natural resource management, this may include but is not limited to biological research, survey work, land conservation, or wildland fire;
Formalized training and/or experience falling trees by mechanized and/or non-mechanized means, and ability to produce relevant certification(s);
Experience with and interest in utilizing non-mechanized equipment (crosscut saws, axes, etc.) to perform fuels reduction;

Required Skills:

Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous environments;
Knowledgeable and proficient in backcountry travel;
An ability to bring adaptability and improvisation, critical thinking skills, creativity, and humor to the workplace;
Ability to live in a campsite setting for eight days at a time;
Ability to effectively work with diverse teams or with diverse groups of people

Preferred Skills:

Familiarity with the use and maintenance of crosscut saw. Field based experience in bucking or felling;
Ability and willingness to teach others appropriate non-mechanized tool use and maintenance techniques;
Familiarity with mixed conifer forests and the ability to identify common tree species in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades or willingness to learn necessary skills;
Ability to use compasses, topographic maps, and handheld GPS units or tablets to navigate and collect data in the field;

About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

The Sierra Institute promotes healthy forests, watersheds, and communities by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource management. Our work supports initiatives that simultaneously benefit the environment, economy, and equity within a given landscape. Sierra Institute is located in Taylorsville, CA (population 154), and lies within an area referred to as “Indian Valley” that includes the communities of Greenville and Crescent Mills. Indian Valley offers uniquely rural community events and is surrounded by public lands including Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Application Instructions

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to [email protected] with “Wilderness Fuels Module - Crew Member” in the subject line. Please include where you heard about the job in the text of the email (please be as specific as possible). Position is open until filled, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please call 530.284.1022 or email [email protected] if you have questions.