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Forestry Resource Crew Leader
Job Code:2019-RAP-005
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:6 Months

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS), is recruiting a Resource Crew Leader to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to estimate volume, defect, and quality of timber in a given area using maps and written cruise plans provided by an advanced cruiser that explain sampling intensity, plot locations, type of cruise and any special instructions.  The successful applicant will gain insight in to the operations of a federal land management agency, and develop marketable skills that can be applied towards future forestry project implementation. The specific duties of the Resource Crew Leader will include, but are not limited to:


  • Work under supervision of a professional forester, and using pre-established marking rules, selects and marks trees to be harvested or left uncut.
  • Prepares area maps and marks boundaries.
  • Summarizes cruising and marking data and prepares reports.
  • Responsible for identifying, distributing, and balancing the workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and skill level.
  • Establishes priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks.  
  • Monitors and reports on the status and progress of work.
  • Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques and provides on the job training to new employees.
  • Performs other multifunctional work, as assigned, in other areas of resource management such as wildlife, recreation, visuals, resource planning, hydrology and archeology.

Contract Timeline:
• 26-week appointment beginning May 6, 2019, or upon availability
• Full time, 40 hours per week

The crew leader will be based out of the Kern River Ranger District (Kernville, CA) of the Sequoia National Forest (SNF), which is one of 19 National Forests in California and takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. The SNF's landscape includes soaring granite monoliths, glacier-carved canyons, roaring whitewater, and more than 30 groves of sequoia trees in the forest's lower elevation slopes. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west. For additional details about the forest, please visit the forest’s official website.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Wages: $17.75
• Camping per diem: $15.00
• Paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
• Housing may be available on the Kern or Hume Ranger District at $8.70/day (for no less than one month at a time)

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Forestry, Resource Management, Botany or other related natural science field, with experience 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 in standard forestry mensuration, survey, and inventory protocols;
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Experience leading 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;
  • experience with wildlife, hydrology and archeology surveys
  • 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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