Stewardship Program Coordinator - CA National Forests

The Great Basin Institute

Various, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $28-$30/hr
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Stewardship Program Coordinator will work in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) Sequoia, Mendocino, and Lassen National Forests to provide management of collaborative stewardship projects in the Sierra Nevada. The Coordinator will plan and oversee activities associated with the numerous Forest Restoration Projects, while also supporting the Forest wide effort to reduce fuel loading associated with pine beetle mortality, blow downs from high wind events, and post fire recovery. Additional coordination activities include NEPA planning and other implementation measures, including biomass removal, mastication, machine piling and shrub control. These projects reduce fuels and promote forest health and habitat improvement/protection by removing drought- and beetle-impacted trees as well as those lost from windfall events across National Forest.

Job duties are, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Identify and verify the land status and environmental constraints affecting the layout of the proposed project on the ground.
  • Review, compile and analyze field data for project planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting.  
  • Monitor and oversee cruising and marking of timber, prepare general logging plans, and verify logging system settings for project implementation.
  • Utilize appropriate documents, determine sale boundaries, proper location of logging roads, acceptable marking and cutting methods, stumpage prices, and the requirements for brush disposal, erosion control, and stand improvement.  
  • Prepare and ensure quality of documentation such as detailed maps, timber sale appraisals, and timber sales write up.
  • Coordinate contracts with mastication and biomass removal contractors, monitor contractor compliance, and conduct quality control of implementation projects.
  • Assist with monitoring, tracking, and reporting on project efforts and progress.

Contract Timeline:

• Anticipated Start Date varies by forest from ASAP to February 2024
• Full time position at 40 hours per week; available to occasionally work a varied schedule as needed, including some weekends, evenings and/or holidays.


Sequoia National Forest (SQF) is located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The U.S. National Forest is named for the majestic Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees which populate 38 distinct groves within the boundaries of the forest.
SQF is one of the most iconic natural locations on the West Coast and contains over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of road and 850 miles (1,370 km) of trails, and hosts a number of camping and recreational facilities for your enjoyment. The forest is adjacent to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The only one of California's 18 national Forests not crossed by a paved road or highway, the Mendocino National Forest (MNF) is especially attractive to people seeking an outdoor experience of tranquility and solitude. There are a variety of recreational opportunities — camping, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel.
It is comprised of 913,306 acres and is approximately 65 miles long and 35 miles wide. The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was established in 2015 and lies on the southern part of the forest.

Nestled in the scenic beauty of Northern California, Lassen National Forest (LNF) offers unparalleled natural splendor. It is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting over a million acres of wilderness that provides a serene and tranquil backdrop. The range of recreational activities is vast, including camping, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Lassen was home to many Native Americans long before recorded history and is to this day.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Hourly Rate $28-$30, Full time, 40hrs/week
  • Full Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance premiums paid 100% by GBI.
  • 4% 401K Matching Contribution after 90 day waiting period; 100% vested on first day of enrollment.
  • 4hrs Vacation Accrued per 80 hour pay period; Accrual starting first day of employment.
  • 4hrs Sick Leave Accumulated per 80 hour pay period; 40 Hours Annual Maximum Sick Leave Accumulated and Used; Accumulation starting first day of employment.
  • This position is eligible for paid holidays following the GBI holiday schedule.
  • Professional training and certifications may be provided as needed.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Forestry, Resource Management or other related natural science field, with experience (2 years minimum) that demonstrate successful application of the principles of forestry;
  • Knowledge of the mixed conifer forests typical of southern Sierra Nevada mountains in California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography;
  • Experience (2 years minimum) in standard forestry mensuration, survey, and inventory protocols;
  • Ability to monitor contactor compliance with contract and agreement stipulations;
  • Experience with project management and coordination
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Experience employing and training field personnel in safety practices, low impact principles, field methods, and data management;
  • Experience leading forestry crews in the field, including oversight of safety, communication, fidelity to methods, and data quality;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
  • Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons;
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days (if necessary);
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; 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 and objectives of the USFS.

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Category Admin & Leadership, Forestry, General / Stewardship
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