Burned Area Restoration Crew Lead

Website The Great Basin Institute with USFS

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Shasta Trinity National Forest, is recruiting two (2) Burned Area Restoration Crew Leads to participate in survey, monitoring, and treatment projects to implement the forest’s invasive plant control program.

Position Summary:
The Carr, Hirz, and Delta fires on the Shasta Trinity National Forest created optimal conditions for existing invasive plant infestations to spread and for new infestations to get established. In response to this threat BAER report has been completed outlining the priorities to eradicate weed infestations through a variety of methods, including the use of hand pulling and digging. The mutually beneficial objectives of this agreement are to begin restoration on the Shasta Trinity Forest’s landscapes and vegetative communities through the treatment of invasive plant infestations utilizing a variety of site appropriate techniques including hand pulling and the use of hand tools.
Crew leads will survey, monitor, remove, and control invasive plants within the burned area in order to help promote the reestablishment and growth of native vegetation, restore wildlife habitat(s), and restore the natural ecosystem of the burned area. Infestations will be treated based on priority and plant phenology. All treatment sites and new populations will be mapped with a GPS unit or tablet, and an Implementation Log will be used to document the specifics of each treatment. Treatments in the Carr, Hirz and Delta Fire areas will involve hand pulling or digging. Most sites will require a second visit four to six weeks after the initial treatment to assess effectiveness and conduct follow-up treatments as necessary.

Essential Duties:
• Provide guidance and support of project activities, including ensuring adherence to agreed-upon protocols and procedures;
• Serve as a positive role model for other field team members;
• Facilitate accurate completion and documentation of project efforts;
• Ability to operate a GBI 4×4 vehicle, often on unmaintained road surfaces;
• Hiking/Backpacking multiple miles, daily, while carrying field equipment;
• Potential for camping in remote backcountry settings for multiple nights;
• Recording field data with hand held GPs and in written form;
• Removal and treatment of exotic vegetation by hand, or hand-tool; and
• Completion of reporting documentation as required by agency staff

Location: 

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest, located in north central California, is the largest national forest in California and provides some of the highest quality fish and wildlife habitat in the Pacific Northwest. It is comprised of 2.1 million acres ranging in elevation from 1,000 feet to 14,162 feet at the summit of Mt. Shasta. This forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and more than 6,000 miles of streams and rivers. In addition, there are wild and scenic rivers, national trails and scenic byways and a National Recreation Area. For further information on the forest, please see www.fs.usda.gov/stnf

Compensation: 

This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend of $9,030.00 for this 19-week position. This is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. This stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. When overnight camping is required, members shall receive a per diem of $15. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,255.24 that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

Technical requirements:
o The successful candidates will possess knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification – prior experience with invasive plant management preferred;
o Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units and/or PDRs for navigation and/or data collections, along with basic computer skills;
o Ability to carry up to 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountain forest roads; and
o Possess strong leadership skills and be detail oriented.

Additional requirements:
o Ability to self-direct and self-motivate;
o Possess strong organizational skills;
o Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain;
o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices;
o Communicate effectively with a diverse public; and
o Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
o The successful applicant(s) must complete the following background checks: (1) AmeriCorps Criminal History Check (state and federal), (2) National Sex Offender registry check, and (3) USDA Forest Service background investigation.

o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

More info can be found: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=CONSBOARD&req=2019-ACI-034

To apply for this job email your details to thoppeglosser@ucdavis.edu