Sierra Corps Fellow - Forestry Technician

Sierra Nevada Alliance

Quincy and Southern Sierra, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $25.00/hr
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Background on Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program:

Sierra Corps is a Forestry Fellowship program implemented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance that aims to increase workforce capacity for forest health restoration, biomass utilization, and wildfire resilience projects in the Sierra Nevada. The Alliance places Fellows with partners throughout the region for forest-health related employment. Fellows bring their education, skills, and expertise to engage in paid fellowships that provide assistance in assessment, planning, permitting, project management, and other essential forest restoration and wildfire resilience work. The Sierra Corp is a program that allows you to advance your career in environmental conservation and forest health by working as a project manager and contribute to the increase in pace and scale of forest restoration at a time when it is critically needed.

For this position, you will be a Fellow for Sierra Nevada Alliance, completing your fellowship and working under direct supervision by Plumas Corporation.

Position Location: Quincy, CA / Porterville, CA

Compensations and Benefits:

  • $25/hr, full-time, hourly for 6 month commitment
  • Employer-provided Health Insurance and paid holidays as identified in the Employee Handbook.
  • $500 travel and training stipend to be used during the Fellowship term.

Work Commitment: Sierra Corps Fellows are passionate and committed to the mission of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, Sierra Corps Program, and their Host Site(s). Fellows make a full-time commitment to serve a nonprofit organization or public agency in the Sierra Nevada. Positions begin in July 2022.

Time Commitment:

Fellows are required to complete project specific work over 6 months, working 40 hours/week. All Fellows are required to commit to the full term of their Fellowship position.  Paid holidays, accrued vacation and sick leave are also included in this time commitment.  Positions start in July 2022 and finish in December 2022.

Host Site Description: Plumas Corporation has been a leader in watershed restoration across the Sierra Nevada since 1985.  Our mission is to promote the benefits of good land stewardship through education and restoration activities that result in healthy forests, resilient watersheds, and prosperous communities. Our continued commitment to meadow and forest landscapes and their importance to California’s water security is why we often tackle some of the most challenging projects across the Sierra.

Position Description: The Fellow selected for this position will work on several projects in both the northern and southern Sierras, including assisting with grant administration, and creation of maps and other digital information products as needed and skills align.

Southern Sierra Focused Work - Two projects are in Sequoia National Forest/Monument (SQF).  The SQF project work includes monitoring giant sequoia groves working with a subcontracted crew, and assessing and developing mitigation plans for giant sequoia hazard trees.  In addition, the Fellow will assist in developing a grant proposal for a large-scale collaborative forest restoration planning project focused on protecting giant sequoia groves and communities within and around Sequoia National Park, Forest, and Monument. The Sequoia Grove and Communities Protection Planning Project proposal will work to build local capacity for developing and implementing resilient landscape projects within and surrounding giant sequoia groves and communities in the Southern Sierra. This Fellow will work with Plumas Corporation staff to develop all facets of the project proposal, including hosting partner and stakeholder meetings, collaboratively leading project discussions with the Forest/Monument and Park leadership to establish project goals and objectives, determining resource inventory needs, and developing a project budget and work plan. 

Northern Sierra Focused Work – The Fellow will assist with a Forest Recovery Planning Project on Plumas National Forest. This work includes coordinating with the Forest Service, developing a Proposed Action for public scoping, working with subcontracted resource specialists (wildlife, botany, cultural resources, and forestry), and writing environmental analysis compliance documents that meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements. In addition, the Fellow will assist the private landowner on the Mountain Meadows Creek Restoration Project with marking trees for upland treatments surrounding the meadow. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, or other natural resource field
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • At least 1 ​​year of experience in natural resources management and assessment, post education
  • Ability to work with diverse partners and stakeholders and facilitate productive decision making
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies
  • Ability to work virtually and independently from a remote workplace when working in the Southern Sierra.
  • Ability to commit to full term of Fellowship position

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2 years combined experience in:
    • forest health monitoring and assessment
    • conservation planning
    • project management
    • environmental analysis and research
    • environmental education/communications
    • watershed restoration and management
  • ArcGIS GIS analysis and web mapping applications knowledge
  • Strong technical writing skills geared toward grant writing and project outreach
  • Desire to work in a forest health related career
  • Passion for conservation of the Sierra Nevada
  • Knowledge of CEQA/NEPA regulations and documentation

Prospective applicants must provide their own transportation to project work sites.  An all-wheel or 4-WD vehicle, with good clearance is preferred.  All mileage and related travel expenses are reimbursable at IRS rates.  All other equipment will be provided by Plumas Corporation.

Plumas Corporation Website: www.plumascorporation.org www.plumasfiresafe.org

Sierra Nevada Alliance Website: www.sierranevadaalliance.org 

Sierra Corps Website: www.sierranevadaalliance.org/sierra-corps-forestry-fellowship-program/ 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send letter of interest and CV/resume to the SNA Forestry Program Director, Taylor Parker, PhD at: Taylor@SierraNevadaAlliance.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning June 15, 2022, and will continue until positions are filled, expected in early July 2022.

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