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.

TEMPORARY/SEASONAL

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

Featured Opportunities

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P-CREW Field Coordinator

The Field Coordinator for P-CREW youth corps is integral to the success of this program. The Field Coordinator will report directly to the P-CREW Program Coordinator and work closely with all field and office staff. This position will provide critical support with coordination, logistics, and administration of three youth crews.

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Collaborative Forestry Technician Crew Leader

 

The Forestry Crew Leader will grow their knowledge of Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest ecosystems,
technical forestry, collaborative forest management processes, and crew management and leadership

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Rural Community Development Apprentice

Get 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.

Youth Stewardship

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!

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 following position announcements to learn more:

Field Coordinator

Crew Members

Seasonal Field Crews

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:

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CREW MEMBERS

CREW APPRENTICE

Wildlife Technician

Wildlife Technician working in Lassen Volcanic National Park and surrounding lands.

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute), in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), is hiring one Biological Technician (Wildlife) to work with and assist the LAVO Wildlife Biologist in all tasks associated with wildlife inventory and monitoring in the park. The work will include specific tasks such as conducting surveys for California Spotted Owl, Northern Goshawk, and American pika, installing and maintaining remote cameras for wildlife monitoring, and assisting with operation of the parks Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. This position may also assist with small mammal trapping on occasion. Other duties may include bear hazing and public education and assisting other programs within the Resource Management Division as needed. 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 position may also participate in similar activities to advance other collaborative restoration projects in Plumas and Lassen Counties.

Read the full position announcement here.

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

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.

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 due by April 30th, 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 due by April 30th, 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.