JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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Jake Norman

P-CREW Youth Crew Leader

Onboarding/ Training (flexible start date): ASAP - July 14, 2022
P-CREW Youth Corps (5 weeks): July 15 - August 18
Wrap Up Week: August 22 - 26
**Optional Extension: Trail Restoration Field Crew: August 29- mid October
Benefits: P-CREW Youth Corps 5 weeks + Wrap Up Week): $1,026 weekly + all meals provided

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Introduction

The Sierra Institute’s P-CREW youth corps is an immersive, six-week, experiential work opportunity designed to offer employment on Northern California’s public lands to youth from rural and urban areas around the state.
P-CREW Youth Corps currently provides two 14-person youth corps crews to complete conservation projects such as: trail maintenance and building, invasive species removal, aspen and meadow restoration, and hazardous fuels reduction. Crews will spend their weekends playing in the mountains through activities like hiking, backpacking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and more!
P-CREW is uniquely capable of providing a formative and unforgettable experience for youth through
immersion in the culture and communities of the Sierra Nevada’s largest watershed. Students will forge
unexpectedly strong friendships, develop leadership and job skills, explore diverse and wild forests, and build pride and confidence in themselves. We purposefully design crews to be balanced across geographies and gender identities to foster opportunities for exposure to a variety of backgrounds, stories, and cultures among crewmates.

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TEMPORARY/SEASONAL

Spend a season contributing to meaningful landscape restoration work in a diverse and beautiful landscape recovering from the Dixie Fire.
Youth Stewardship
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P-CREW Youth Corps

P-CREW Youth Corps engages youth (ages 16-18) on restoration projects to inspire positive development and foster the next generation of natural resource stewards!


P-CREW Crew Members

Introduction

Live. Learn. Work. Play!
Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in Watersheds (P-CREW) Youth Corps is a residential and fully immersive paid summer job for youth from across Northern California. P-CREW Youth Corps crews live and camp together while working on meaningful restoration projects, participating in outdoor activities on the weekends, and deepening their connection to the land and water. This program was designed to engage and empower youth to become stewards of the land through paid work on conservation projects, educational lessons on ecology and sustainable outdoor recreation, social and emotional learning activities, and building lasting friendships within their crew. All transportation, gear, equipment, and meals are provided to the crews to support equitable access to our program.
We have various jobs available with P-CREW!
Visit our website and read the Youth Crew Member position announcement to learn more:

Read Full Position Description Here: Youth Crew Members (Age 16-18)

 


P-CREW Alumni All-Star Assistant

Introduction

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is seeking a P-CREW Alumni to re-join the crew this  summer as an Alumni All-Star Assistant (AAA). This is a truly unique opportunity to gain leadership  skills while sharing  your knowledge and experience with new P-CREW members. The Alumni All-Star Assistant will work with Crew Leaders to assist in building the crew dynamic, lead chores, inspire group morale, and be the all-star crew member that the crew members look up to. The AAA must be able to  manage a peer/leader relationship with the crew. The Alumni All-Star Assistant will make minimum wage for a 48-hour work week during the regular season. Food and gear will be provided. 

Job Duties

  • Assist and support Crew Leaders with project goals and supervision of crew
  • Help teach P-CREW traditions (personal stories, dinner circles, etc.)
  • Lead, assign, and oversee all camp  chores
  • Lead some evening games and activities 
  • Step-up to give Crew Leaders time-off 
  • Be an all-star role model for the crew by: showing excellent work ethic, a Positive Mental Attitude,  and ability to help explain the importance of this work  
  • Act as liaison (the go to person) between the Crew leaders and the crew members
  • Check in with crew members
  • Work hard on conservation projects throughout the week 
  • Be willing and able to help out or take charge in emergency/first aid instances

READ FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE.

Seasonal Field Crews
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Collaborative Forestry Field Technicians

Timber Marking Crew Positions working in Lassen National Forest

Introduction

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:

CREW LEADER

CREW MEMBERS

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Wilderness Trail Crew

Wilderness Trail Crew Positions working in the Lassen National Forest

Introduction

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:

CREW LEADER

CREW MEMBERS

Apprenticeships
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Botany Technician - Invasive Plant Management Apprentice

Work in beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO)!

Position Overview

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park
(LAVO), is hiring two Botany Technicians to apprentice with and assist the Lassen Volcanic NP Invasive Plant Management Lead in all tasks associated with non-native plant control in the park. The work will include specific directed control operations, surveys for invasive plants, restoration of disturbed areas, seeding and seed collection, and preparing additional sites for restoration. Control will be done using both manual and chemical control techniques. This position will include the spraying of herbicide. The applicant should be capable of hiking up to six miles daily while carrying a pack weighing up to forty pounds. The position is a field position and will get to visit a large area of the park and includes work in some of the most sensitive and beautiful areas.

This is a great opportunity to learn the plants of the southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada, as well
as brush up on plant identification skills using dichotomous keys. There will be opportunities to join other resource management crews and gain experience in numerous other tasks. 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 restoration planning and implementation activities in the National Park.

READ FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE.

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Collaborative Forestry and Youth Stewardship Apprenticeship

Work at the intersection of community and natural resources on collaborative forest and watershed restoration, as well as supporting youth involvement

Introduction

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) is looking for one motivated individual to fill the position of Collaborative Forestry and Youth Stewardship Apprentice.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with an anticipated start date of May/June 2022.

Job Duties:

Collaborative Restoration Planning and Implementation (~75%): The Sierra Institute in partnership with the South Lassen Watersheds Group, a collaborative group planning for the future of forest management, climate resilience, and economic development in critical upper watersheds, to accelerate restoration across an 850,000-acre landscape. Active projects include large landscape restoration planning on a 150,000 acre multi-jurisdictional restoration project, planning for reintroduction of prescribed fire in a recommended Research Natural Area, implementation of fuels management in preparation for prescribed fire in wilderness areas, and integrated forest-meadow-stream restoration across several project areas. Potential responsibilities include: conducting background research for large-landscape, cross-boundary planning, supporting landowner outreach and engagement, post-fire recovery and restoration planning, and implementation of forest restoration. The apprentice may also be asked to engage in an array of field activities including natural resource monitoring and inventory, project preparation work, and implementation of forest and watershed restoration on public and private lands. The apprentice’s primary responsibilities will be tailored to individual interests and abilities.

Youth Stewardship (~15%): Sierra Institute’s flagship youth stewardship program, P-CREW, is an immersive experiential work opportunity on northern California’s public lands for youth from rural and urban areas. Participants forge unexpectedly strong friendships, develop leadership and job skills, explore diverse and wild forests, all while building pride and confidence in themselves through social and emotional learning. The selected apprentice will help Sierra Institute’s P-CREW staff prepare for the 2022 season, including updating systems for tracking crew project accomplishments, supporting the recruitment process, and developing natural resource education materials.

General Organizational Support (~10%): As a member of Sierra Institute’s professional staff, the apprentice 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.

READ FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE.

Rural Community Development Apprentice

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

Introduction

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with an anticipated start date of May/June 2022.

Job Duties

Rural Community Survey and Research (~40%): Along with providing support to the range of projects in
Sierra Institutes rural development program, the apprentice will primarily 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 apprentice will primarily:
• 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.

Rural Community Development Program Support (~30%): In addition to working on the Westwood
survey, the apprentice will have the opportunity to learn about and support other aspects of work at the
Sierra Institute, based on the apprentice’s interests and the Institute’s needs. This may include:
• Contribute to planning and implementation of community workshops that measure socioeconomic 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 background research on issues related to environmental justice and rural community
well-being, and;

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
apprentice 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.

READ FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE.