The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) is looking for a Collaborative Forestry Field Operations Coordinator to support the implementation of forest health and fire management activities. Primary responsibilities are the management and development of Sierra Institute’s field crews – currently including the wilderness fuels module, and wilderness trail crew. The Collaborative Forestry Field Operations Coordinator is also responsible for developing additional organizational capacity to carry out applied land management activities in the region, which may include facilitating expanded training and development of additional field workforces.
This position will also collaborate with other Sierra Institute staff including the P-CREW Youth Corps Coordinator to provide opportunities for youth participants to work alongside and engage with professional restoration crews; and the Collaborative Forestry Specialist to coordinate training and other implementation efforts.
The position may also be responsible for contract development, bid solicitation, and contract administration for forest health and fire management activities. The Collaborative Forestry Field Operations Coordinator reports to the Stewardship Projects Manager and may supervise up to 30 seasonal staff members. The position requires an individual with the technical knowledge to advise crews, leadership skills to motivate, and a collaborative spirit to work effectively with Sierra Institute staff and partners. Applications are due by December 12th, with an anticipated start date of January 2022. Position is open until filled.
This position will be responsible for conducting operational and logistical activities for field crews – before, during, and after the field season; job duties include but are not limited to: scouting and planning for project implementation; leading the recruitment and hiring process; maintaining field supplies and vehicles; providing and coordinating crew trainings; overseeing day to day operations of field crews; monitoring and tracking project accomplishments; assisting in the development and implementation of seasonal staff policies and procedures; and engaging in other field crew support needs as identified.
Once established, the Coordinator will be expected to work with the Stewardship Projects Manager to identify and develop additional opportunities that increase the pace and scale of landscape restoration, with a particular emphasis on expanding Sierra Institute’s implementation workforce. The position works primarily indoors in an office setting, and is required to work at a computer for the majority of each day during the off season. Field work will occur sporadically throughout the year, and may be required regularly during the summer and fall seasons. Some travel for meetings, site visits, and crew check-ins is expected, with occasional overnight stays. Time away from the office will occur primarily during the field
season. Work will fall primarily within the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM Monday-Friday, though the field season work schedule will require flexibility to accommodate supporting crews, field work and other needs.
● Experience leading and coordinating restoration-based field activities such as fuels management and trails; or comparable work or professional education experience;
● Strong ability and willingness to mentor personnel and manage crew dynamics;
● Experience with the use and maintenance of mechanized and non-mechanized equipment (chainsaws, crosscut saws, brush whackers, loppers, axes, mcleods, and other hand tools);
● Ability to lead and/or coordinate trainings necessary for field staff (tool use/maintenance, first aid, communications, backpacking, Leave No Trace);
● Ability to manage tool and gear maintenance, organization and procurement;
● Proficiency in mapping/navigation and satellite communication systems;
● Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with federal, state, and other partners;
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel);
● Current first responder training Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or higher;
● Basic understanding of land management policies, and natural resource issues such as climate change, wildfire, forestry, wilderness stewardship, and ecological restoration;
● Interest in reimagining and developing the ecosystem restoration workforce of the future;
● A willingness to work and live in a rural, mountainous area that receives snow and ice in winter;
● A team-oriented perspective with a productive level of self-guidance and initiative;
● An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the workplace;
● A personal vehicle for transportation outside of work;
The following qualifications are not required but preferred:
● Degree or certification(s) that are applicable to land management planning,
restoration, public land recreation;
● Demonstrated knowledge of collaborative resource management;
● Experience with workforce development initiatives;
● Experience using ESRI ArcGIS or other geospatial platforms.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Skills or experiences that can fill in for desired qualifications may be considered. EOE
About Sierra Institute for Community and Enviroment
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.