Forestry Crew Member - Tahoe NF (Truckee/Sierraville RD)

The Great Basin Institute

Truckee /Sierraville, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $21/hour
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS at Tahoe National Forest, is recruiting 2-4 Forestry Technicians to perform timber sale-preparation, vegetation management and restoration projects within the Sierraville and Truckee Ranger District.  Duties will include performing unit location identification and layout (flagging, marking, GPSing), tree species identification, tree marking based on complex silvicultural prescriptions, timber-cruising and assisting in stand exam data collection. Data is gathered using standard instruments, direct measurements, observations, and on-site inspections.  Forestry Technicians may also select and mark individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines and silvicultural prescriptions. Job specific training will be provided including tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, fire/fuels and other project specific details.

Forestry Technicians will characterize composition and structure of targeted stands and will mark trees involved in prescribed treatment/management to reduce wildfire risk. These positions operate as a crew to apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides (paint) to designate harvest timber.  The Forestry crew applies instructions issued in the timber-cruise plan, taking and recording tree measurements, assessing quality, and determining defects.  Harvest unit boundaries are traversed to determine area. In addition, members of the Forestry crew observe and report areas of possible archaeological significance, and sightings of sensitive, threatened or endangered wildlife species.

The work will be physically demanding and will involve extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (6,000 to 9000 ft.) on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow or rain. The position will require working in remote locations on National Forest land. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days on and 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry;
  • Familiarity with cruising and marking techniques;
  • Familiarity with Sierra Nevada forested habitat types
  • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols;
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion;
  • Proficiency in navigating off trail using GPS and/or topographic map and compass;
  • Willingness and ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule in response to project needs, possibly including some weekends, holidays;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS and GBI staff and field personnel; 
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Experience in the safe operation of 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFS.

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