Engineering Technician - Road Design - Lassen NF (USFS)

The Great Basin Institute

Susanville, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $24/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, average 40 hours per week
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Working cooperatively with the United States Forest Service (USFS) at Lassen National Forests, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting three Entry Level Engineers. The overarching objective of this position is to assist, under close supervision the Engineering Department, activities to support road reconstruction for timber and vegetation management programs on Lassen NF. Engineers will aid in a variety of engineering support activities including, but not limited to:

  • Assist senior level engineer with design reviews for various road and transportation facility related projects.
  • Assist Contracting Officer Representative with performing field inspections duties for ongoing construction projects.
  • Perform field surveys on forest roads to gather design information.
  • Assist senior level engineers with the development of plans, specifications, and other contract documents for road reconstruction projects.
  • Attend forest-wide project meetings, attend and satisfactorily complete assigned training and instructional tasks.
  • May perform project planning and management tasks such as administrative duties, Schematic and blueprint reading, data cleanup and audits, organize digital and hard copy engineering related files.
  • Utilize Avenza Maps to produce geographical data indicating required road maintenance, construction, and reconstruction tasks.
  • Perform engineering related research such material and equipment research based on project need and obtain quotes from vendors.
  • Simple engineering design such as take-off estimates, cost estimating, product identification, and production of drawing and specifications.
  • Must be able to provide professional engineering input into the interdisciplinary planning process for natural resource development activities involving engineering projects. 
  • Must be able to coordinate with other resource area specialists to complete environmental documents (NEPA) and clearances.
  • This position will require coordination and teamwork with RO and Forest staff.

Contract Timeline:

June through October/November
40-hours / week, full-time.

Location:Lassen National Forest is located about 80 miles (130 km) east of Red Bluff, California. It is generally bounded by Sierra Nevada mountain range to the south, the Modoc Plateau to the east and California's Central Valley to the west. The forest is in parts of Lassen, Shasta, Tehama, Plumas, and Butte counties. Forest headquarters is located in Susanville, California. The forest was formed in 1905 when it was named one of the National Forest Reserves, which evolved into the National Forest system. The forest was first named after Lassen Peak, a volcano in the southernmost portion of the Cascade Range volcanoes and the unit surrounds Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Lassen has two major river systems as well as many lakes, cinder cones and lava flows. The forest contains 92,000 acres of old growth forest and is a productive timber unit which includes mixed conifer Coast Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, and White Fir, Jeffrey Pine forests, Red Fir, and Lodgepole Pine. The Lassen NF offers an abundance of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, hiking, biking, skiing and climbing.

Compensation and Benefits:

- $24/hour
- Housing provided.
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance, premium 100% paid by GBI.
- Uniform reimbursement of $150.

Job Qualifications:

  • Course work toward a degree or a minimum of two years of progress towards a degree in Environmental, Civil, or Chemical Engineering
  • Combination of education and experience - college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.
  • Prior exposure to and knowledge of general field methodologies and data collection techniques.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Word. 
  • Experience with the use of Avenza or similarly related field collection programs/devices.
  • A proven ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to a diverse audience including, co-workers and stakeholders.
  • Should be self-motivated with an expressed desire to learn and ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work both within a team setting and independently; and
  • Possess a clean, state-issued driver’s license and exhibit prior experience or a willingness to learn how to drive safely in an off-road setting

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