Forest Silviculturist

Website Yurok Tribe


The direction of the Forestry program is to prescribe and implement a variety of treatments at a landscape level. These treatments include commercial thinning, pre-commercial thinning, pruning and ladder fuels reduction and lopping ground fuels. It is the role of the silviculturist to identify and map 900-1,200 acres in these landscape level areas requiring these treatments. Under the direct supervision of the Forestry Director, the Forest Silviculturist will be responsible for the reservation wide reconnaissance, inventory of treatment units, location and planning of treatments, coordination with the Planning forester to balance timber harvests with carbon sequestration, supervision and implementing all presale timber harvest documents and activities. The position will be responsible for 1, 3 and 5 year stocking studies and entering field data in the growth and yield model. The position will be responsible for preparing silvicultural prescriptions and botany reports to meet Tribal standards and the Federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines for proposed forest management activities on all Tribal lands. This position will be responsible for prescribing early stand treatments and related forest development activities- appropriate site preparation, species composition for planting and early stand treatment schedules. Responsibilities also include a complete plant inventory and preparation of Botany Reports. The Forest Silviculturist will meet and coordinate with other Tribal departments as necessary.


1. Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in a forestry related discipline and three (3) years’ experience specifically in preparing reports and administering silvicultural prescriptions.

2. Graduate of the National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP).

3. Experience with CA State Board of Forestry’s Forest Practice Rules along with applicable Federal rules and regulations mandating how Tribal natural resource operations are conducted.

4. Working knowledge of computer hardware and software e.g. Microsoft office.

5. Working knowledge of forest and carbon modeling and harvest scheduling software- FVS and FPPS.

6. Experience with technical report writing.

7. Experience with various timber harvesting systems.

8. Ability to communicate with others, both written and orally.

9. Ability to work with minimum supervision.

10. Able to withstand hard, physical labor on adverse slopes and in weather that can be extreme.

11. Valid state issued driver’s license and/or the ability to obtain a California or Oregon driver’s license. Must be insurable on the Tribe’s insurance policy.

12. Employee must recognize and appreciate this is a multi-cultural work environment.

Contact Person: Oscar Gensaw

Phone: 707-482-1350


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