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Forestry Technician (Tahoe National Forest)
Job Code:2019-RAP-028
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:6 Months

Job Description:
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Forest Foundation and Tahoe National Forest, is recruiting a Forestry Technician to support surveys of timber resources on the forest. The Forestry Technician will be responsible for coordinating with USFS staff and GBI personnel to conduct forest surveys to characterize stand structure and composition. The goal of this position is to independently conduct stand exams and collect data to determine silvicultural prescriptions for vegetation and timber management projects. The Forestry Technician:

Conducts reforestation and stocking surveys of recently planted tracts;
Performs surveys to determine stand conditions and the need for pre-commercial thinning and/or treatment;
Traverses project areas, determines acreage, and drafts maps of those areas; 
Conducts on-site observation of contractor or agency crews engaged in timber stand improvement or reforestation efforts;
Inspects silvicultural contract work (e.g., genetic tree improvement, planting, thinning, seeding, site preparation) for compliance with contract(s); and
Observes and reports areas of possible archaeological significance, and sightings of sensitive, threatened or endangered wildlife species. 

Project sites within the Sierraville Ranger District will be targeted. Outcomes of field work, conducted in accordance with USFS protocols, will advance planning for management actions on Tahoe National Forest. Opportunities to assist in other resource management projects may also be available during the course of the field season on the. 

The work is physically demanding and involves hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (6,000 to 9000 ft.) on a daily basis, commonly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow or rain or high wind events.   Candidates will need to bring their own gear for such conditions.  The position will require working in remote locations on National Forest lands to accomplish project goals. Work schedules, generally consist of 5 days per week (8 hours/day).  However, there is potential for an abbreviated work schedule consisting of 4 days per week (10 hour days).  Work schedules are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. This is principally a field-based position.

Contract Timeline:
o Timeframe: June or Upon Availability
o Full time, 40 hours per week, possibly including some weekends, holidays.

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the north central Sierra Nevada Range between Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento Valley. The land rises from an elevation of 1,500 feet in the Sierra foothills on the west, to 9,400 feet along the rugged ridges of the Sierra Crest. Interstate 80 and Highway 49 traverse the Forest and offer year-round access. The Sierraville Ranger District is located on the edge of Sierra Valley, approximately 30 minutes north of Truckee. Opportunities for recreation abound in this region.

Compensation and Benefits:
o $16.00/hour
o Limited health, dental, and vision insurance, paid by GBI, is available starting on day 1.
o Housing is available at the Sierraville Ranger District for a reasonable rate.

Job Qualifications:
o Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry;
o Familiarity with the mixed conifer forests typical of eastern California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography, desirable;
o Experience in timber cruising and in standard forestry mensuration, survey, and inventory protocols;
o Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols;
o Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o Experience using ArcGIS to create maps;
o Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
o Experience using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
o Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting; 
o 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; 
o Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days; and
o 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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