Forestry Crew Technician – Plumas National Forest

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Forestry Crew Technician – Plumas National Forest
Job Code: 2019-ACI-075
Location: Quincy
State: California
Program: AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length: 6 Months
Job Description:
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) in Plumas National Forest, is recruiting for three  Forestry Field Crew Technicians to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to perform presale duties including timber marking, traversing, and basic tree measurements, vegetation management and restoration projects within forest/woodland areas. This is a unique opportunity to work in support of forest health/management while also contributing to the initial stages of reclamation and reforestation of a recent burn site.

Duties will include but are not limited to;

  • Selects and marks individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silvicultural prescriptions, and specific instruction.
  • For 3-p sampling, estimates individual tree volume by established methods.
  • Traverses harvest units, processes information and produces maps.
  • Designates sale area and cutting unit boundaries on the ground.
  • Interprets Aerial Photos and locates ground features.
  • For timber cruising, serves as tally person and may operate electronic field data recorders.
  • Assists in the measure of limiting distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures.Timber cruising is done under the direct supervision of a qualified timber cruiser.
  • Observes and reports areas of possible archeological significance, and sightings of sensitive, threatened or endangered wildlife species.
  • Participates in other aspects of resource management support work such as recreation, maintenance, silviculture, tree planting, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Training will be provided on tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, fire/fuels and project specific details.

Camping near a work site for several consecutive days will be required to meet project objectives.

Contract Timeline:
• 6-month appointment
• May/June 2019 (contingent on snowpack)
• Full time, 40 hours/week
Quincy, CA: Mt. Hough Ranger District and Beckwourth Ranger District in Plumas National Forest
Compensation and Benefits:
• Wages: $14,815 living stipend, dispersed bi-weekly
• Education Award: $3,047.50
• Per Diem: $15/day (if camping)
• Paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry;
  • Familiarity with the mixed conifer forests typical of eastern California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography, desirable;
  • Practical working knowledge of forestry methods and techniques, and a knowledge of resource values and their relationships sufficient to carry out work assignments.
  • Basic knowledge of timber cruising practices including: measurement techniques, defect recognition, data recording, etc.
  • Skill in the application of standard methods and standard technical guidelines in accurately recording data, and in the use of basic tools.
    • The purpose of the work is to apply sale area plans, cruise plans, silvicultural prescriptions, and project work plans to field situations.
    • The accuracy of work affects the quality of the residual timber stand post-harvest, the timber harvesting operation, and the volume and value of the timber to be removed.
  • Basic knowledge of silvicultural treatments sufficient to understand marking guides. Ability to identify local tree species, diseases, defects, and other common characteristics important to selection of harvest trees.
  • Basic knowledge of logging methods, mapping techniques, and Forest Service objectives, policies and practices particular to timber sale preparation.
  • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols;
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
  • Experience 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;
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting;
  • 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 in rugged terrain under adverse conditions for long periods of time.
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days; and
  • Work in the forest environment involves considerable risk of falls due to uneven terrain, risk of insect bites, contact with poisonous plants, etc.Work is conducted where there is exposure to conditions such as rain, snow, wind, dust, extreme heat and extreme cold.Hardhat, boots, gloves, and possibly other safety equipment are required.
  • 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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