JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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PERMANENT POSITIONS

Help Promote Vibrant Rural Communities
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Stewardship Specialist

Help Build the Restoration Workforce of the Future!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) is looking for a Stewardship Specialist to support the Sierra Institute’s wilderness trails crew through: conducting operational and logistical activities – before, during, and after the field season; providing crew training; and engaging in other field crew support needs as identified. This position will also be responsible for overseeing forest restoration contracts (e.g., hand-thinning) by conducting project inspections, providing guidance to contractors, and monitoring project progress. Additional opportunities for this position to contribute to Sierra Institute's restoration initiatives may be available in alignment in the individual’s skills and interest (e.g., field surveys, ArcGIS, technical report writing, etc.). This is an exciting opportunity to support innovative stewardship in some of our wildest places!

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

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Workforce Development Coordinator

Facilitate Economic Opportunity for Diverse Rural Forested Communities!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Workforce Development Coordinator to advance the organization’s leading-edge forest restoration workforce development and training program designed to equip rural and Tribal community members with the skills and opportunities to pursue a career in forest restoration.

The Workforce Development Coordinator position will be integral to the Sierra Institute’s workforce development program and must be deeply committed to environmental justice and the well-being of rural and Tribal communities. This position will support the full spectrum of programmatic activities to grow and sustain a forest restoration workforce in the Sierra Nevada and surrounding regions. The Coordinator will work with restoration crews to facilitate trainings, and provide support as they increase their skills, obtain new certifications and credentials, and advance professionally. Additionally, the Coordinator will work with a range of partner organizations and entities, including non-profits, state agencies, Tribal governments, and others, to implement the program. The Coordinator position will work with both rural community development and collaborative forestry staff at Sierra Institute, helping us achieve our goal of stewarding forests and watersheds while building capacity and economic opportunity for diverse rural forested communities.

Anticipated start date of mid-May/early June

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Wood Utilization Project Coordinator

Lead Development of an Innovative Wood Products Campus!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment’s Wood Utilization Project Coordinator will advance development of the organization’s wood product campus at Crescent Mills, and will advance the critical bridge between landscape management to wood utilization and infrastructure development projects. This is an exciting opportunity to lead development of an innovative wood product campus and novel work that represents the cornerstone of landscape restoration and community revitalization efforts following the 2021 Dixie Fire. This is a potential multiyear position with long-term growth potential for increased project responsibilities, and potential for assuming increased staff leadership.

Position is open until filled, with review of applications beginning on May 15th, 2023. Anticipated start date is June 2023.

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Tribal Outreach Coordinator

Coordinate tribal involvement in restoration work to advance tribal priorities and protect cultural resources!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Tribal Outreach Coordinator to lead and coordinate tribal involvement in the organization’s collaborative, large-landscape restoration work to improve forest and watershed health and protect communities in the northern Sierra. This is a unique opportunity to support the integration of tribal knowledge and values as part of novel collaborative planning efforts for multiple large-landscape restoration projects. The Tribal Outreach Coordinator will support the integration of tribal groups and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into the federal environmental compliance (NEPA) process with Agency partners as well as into Sierra Institute’s broader program of work. The Coordinator will build on existing relationships and create new partnerships to ensure cultural resources, sites, and values are resilient on the landscape and work to restore living cultural resources on the land. Primary responsibilities will include developing meaningful partnerships with tribal entities and other relevant partners, regular meeting coordination and facilitation, and writing and editing environmental analysis and related documents. 

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2023.

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Financial Assistant

Join a talented team dedicated to strengthening rural communities!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Financial Assistant. In cooperation with the Financial Manager, the selected candidate will assist in the execution of the organization’s bookkeeping functions, including grants management and related financial reporting. The selected candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Sierra Institute’s Financial Manager, and will work closely with program staff on identified grants, agreements, and contracts. The ideal candidate is proficient with financial accounting software and non-profit accounting principles, and possesses grant management and payroll experience.

Review of applications will begin on May 1; position open until filled.

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Forest Ecologist

Improve Forest Resilience in the Northern Sierra!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a qualified individual to fill the  position(s) of Forest Ecologist to plan, implement, and evaluate forest restoration projects in the  Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades. The selected individual will work closely with Sierra  Institute staff, non-governmental partners, and federal land management agencies to advance  multiple large landscape restoration projects to improve forest resilience across critical  watersheds, as well as support post-fire restoration in the Dixie Fire footprint. This is a  tremendous opportunity for a talented natural resource professional who is excited to join a  growing partnership effort to expand capacity for scaling up restoration to meet the current forest  and fire challenges.

Anticipated start date in June/July;
Review of applications will begin on May 29th

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SEASONAL POSITIONS

Spend a season contributing to meaningful landscape restoration work in a diverse and beautiful landscape recovering from the Dixie Fire.

Seasonal Positions - Field Crews

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Cultural Resource Technician

Work in beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park!

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute), in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), is hiring one Cultural Resource Technician (GS 5 or 7 equivalent) to work with and assist the LAVO Cultural Resource Manager in all tasks associated with cultural resource surveying and monitoring in the park. The work will include specific tasks such as conducting surveys for archeological sites,features and artifacts; possible testing of archeological sites; monitoring for cultural resources during implementation activities; assisting with preservation projects; assisting with data collection and management; and development of site forms and reports. This is a great opportunity to learn about the cultural resource management within a National Park through hands-on field and office duties.

The position offers a unique opportunity to visit a large area of the park and includes work in some of the most sensitive and beautiful areas within its boundaries. The Cultural Resource Technician may also participate in similar activities to advance other collaborative restoration projects in Plumas and Lassen Counties. This position is part of an exciting partnership between Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and Lassen Volcanic NP to complete a variety of important cultural resource monitoring activities.

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Wilderness Trail Crew

Wilderness Trail Crew Positions working in the Lassen National Forest

Sierra Institute in collaboration with Lassen National Forest (LNF) is hiring a Wilderness Trail Crew composed of one crew leader and five crew members who will contribute to forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the LNF. Qualified individuals with an interest in trail work, wilderness management, and the active management of ecosystem services are encouraged to apply. The Wilderness Trail Crew will spend the season performing a variety of trail maintenance projects in Wilderness and non-wilderness areas of the LNF Almanor Ranger District. Work will include tread and drainage, brushing, log outs, and hazard tree removal. Work will be completed using hand tools, crosscut saws, and chainsaws. Project work will require backcountry spike camping. Work schedule will be four ten hour days with three days off or eight ten hour days with six days off based on project requirements. The Crew may also assist as necessary with other activities to advance landscape restoration in the region.

The Wilderness Trail Crew Members will work under the direction of a Wilderness Trail Crew Lead, Sierra Institute support staff, and Forest Service project partners to carry out various trail maintenance and restoration activities within the LNF. The crew will work cooperatively to re-establish and maintain access to designated trails in order to increase accessibility to public lands within the LNF including diverse Wilderness landscapes. One of the primary project areas is the Ishi Wilderness; a 41,000 acre Wilderness area composed of rugged river canyons dotted with basaltic outcroppings, caves, and unique pillar lava formations.

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