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Job Code:2019-RAP-003
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 Forester to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to determine, plan and arrange the resources necessary to complete the layout of timber sales. 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 Forester will include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifies and verifies the land status and environmental constraints affecting layout of the proposed project on the ground.
  • Reviews, compiles and analyzes field data.  
  • Monitors and oversees cruising and marking of timber, prepares general logging plans, and verifies logging system settings.
  • Utilizing appropriate documents, determines sale boundaries, proper location of logging roads, acceptable marking and cutting methods, stumpage prices, and the requirements for brush disposal, erosion control, and stand improvement.  
  • Prepares and ensures quality of documentation such as detailed maps, timber sale appraisals, and timber sales write up.

Contract Timeline:
26-week appointment beginning May 6, 2019, or upon availability

The incumbent will be based out of the Hume Lake Ranger District (Dunlap, 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: $24.25/hour
Fully paid health insurance premiums (medical, dental, vision, prescription)
Dependent coverage available out-of-pocket
Paid holidays and personal leave

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Forestry, Resource Management, Botany or other related natural science field, with experience (2 years minimum) 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 (2 years minimum) 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 employing 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;
  • 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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