Sierra Nevada Alliance

Quincy, 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

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 the fiscal agent for the Plumas County Fire Safe Council (PCFSC) since 2002. All project contracting and staff support for PCFSC work is provided through Plumas Corporation. PCFSC’s mission is to reduce the loss of natural resources and human values through Firewise community programs and pre-fire activities.

Position Description: The Fellow selected for this position will work closely with PCFSC staff to assist with a variety of project and program management tasks. The focus of the position will be to lead the development of a small firewood processing biomass project in conjunction with a contracted consultant/engineering company. This would entail determining the site layout for the facility, equipment needs, transportation requirements, permitting, and developing a project plan and budget. Additional tasks, as needed, include: coordinating with the Feather River Resource Conservation District on assisting the Emergency Forest Restoration Team (EFRT) with conducting landowner site visits, and providing operator oversight on FSC’s subcontracted site prep and reforestation work developed from the site assessments; participating in Firewise meetings and assisting with assessments and applications; conducting photo monitoring on current hazardous fuel reduction (HFR) projects; work with subcontracted Registered Professional Foresters on HFR projects; and helping with wildfire education outreach. Our Fellow will also aid in the development of grant applications and requests for proposals, and creation of maps and other digital information products as the project needs and skills align.

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 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
    • wildland fire management
    • biomass energy technology or sustainable resource economics
  • 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

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

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