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Help Promote Vibrant Rural Communities

Rural Community Development Project Specialist

Work in Beautiful Indian Valley!


The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Rural Community Development Project Specialist to work with rural communities throughout California. The position is based in the very rural northern Sierra town of Taylorsville. The Project Specialist will join a talented team of natural resource and rural community development professionals dedicated to landscape restoration and community well-being in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades, and will have the opportunity to work closely with diverse partners in a highly collaborative environment.

Job Duties

The Project Specialist will be involved in a variety of projects focused on rural community development, forest industry workforce development, forest and watershed health, environmental justice and the well-being of rural communities. The position involves substantial research, writing and collaboration with community partners.

Rural Community Development Program Support (~50%):
• Conduct research surrounding rural community development and work with the rural development team to provide business development support and conduct capacity building activities centered arounds supporting a forest restoration economy;
• Contribute to planning and implementation of community workshops that measure socio-economic conditions in Sierra Nevada forested communities;
• Support program planning efforts centered on workforce development in forest restoration;
• Conduct outreach, project support, and assessment efforts with programs supporting forest restoration crews working in rural areas of the state as well as with Tribally-run forestry crews;
• Draft reports on water related needs in tribal communities and under resourced communities across the Sierra Nevada;
• Conduct research on funding mechanisms related to equitable payment for ecological services;
• Conduct background research on issues related to environmental justice and rural community well-being;
• Plan and provide support for community collaborative group workshops.

Rural Community Survey and Research (~20%): Along with providing support to the range of projects in Sierra Institutes rural development program, the Project Specialist will work on a rural community decadal survey to understand issues of rural change in Westwood, a former logging company town. Previous surveys were conducted in 1990, 2000, and 2010, and informed issues of relevance to the community. Most of the work involves working with community partners to administer the survey, collecting data, analyzing data, and communicating survey results.
Working with the Rural Development Team, the Project Specialist will:
• Work with Sierra Institute supervisors and community partners in the town of Westwood, CA, to refine survey methodology and data collection tools, including survey instrument and code book;
• Develop a data collection protocol and work with community partners to administer the survey to all households in the community;
• Input survey results into a database, clean data, and analyze results, including by integrating results from previous surveys to understand change over time; and
• Communicate results, including through formal write-ups, short research briefs, and meetings with key community members to ensure results are widely communicated and provide a pathway to rural community development.

Social Media and Marketing Support (~20%): This will include development of social media posts, visual aids for Sierra Institutes newsletter and general outreach materials using mediums like Canva to highlight and disseminate Sierra Institute program work.

General Organizational Support (~10%): As a member of Sierra Institute’s professional staff, the Project Specialist will contribute to the organization’s overall pursuit of its mission. Responsibilities may include participating on field trips with youth, assisting with administrative duties in the main office, or other organizational support activities.



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

Collaborative Forestry Field Technicians

Timber Marking Crew Positions working in Lassen National Forest


The Collaborative Forestry Field Technicians will serve as crew members performing forestry work related to timber management and restoration treatment implementation on the Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest. Crew members will work in cooperation with Sierra Institute and ARD staff to implement timber sale and restoration treatment preparation work including unit boundary marking, marking of green and salvage (burned) timber, and collection of fire severity data.

To find out more read the following position announcements:


Wilderness Trail Crew

Wilderness Trail Crew Positions working in the Lassen National Forest


The Wilderness Trail Crew is a unique opportunity to contribute to forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the Lassen National Forest (LNF). Qualified individuals with an interest in wilderness management, trail work, 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 benching of trails, maintenance of water bars, brush clearing, and clearing of downed logs and hazard trees. Work will primarily be completed using hand tools and non-mechanized equipment such as crosscut saws.

To find out more read the following position announcements: