This is a unique opportunity to contribute to fuels reduction activities within a designated wilderness area in a National Park. Qualified individuals with an interest in active management of forested landscapes for ecosystem resilience, wilderness land management, and/or the use of fire as a tool to promote ecosystem health, are encouraged to apply. Weather permitting, the incumbent will spend five months performing fuels reduction work in Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) to promote future prescribed and/or managed fire activities.
The incumbent will work as a member of a six-person crew, and under the supervision of a Crew Lead, to perform wilderness fuels reduction activities within LVNP. The position will work cooperatively to perform hand thinning, limbing, and bucking of dead and small diameter live material within units totaling 2,400-acres in a designated wilderness area. The position will be responsible for rearranging fuels in preparation for future entries, including piling and lopping and scattering. The position will periodically work with youth and other restoration crews to accomplish project objectives, and may be asked to assist in supervision and delegation of these crews. Other tasks and duties may be assigned as appropriate to further crew objectives.
The incumbent works as team member to safely fall, buck, and limb live and dead trees using non-mechanized equipment (e.g., crosscut saws, axes, etc.) in undeveloped wilderness areas. Fuels are rearranged, either by piling or lopping and scattering depending upon fuel loading, to facilitate future prescribed fire. The incumbent may be asked to assist in the supervision of, and delegation to, youth and other restoration crews assisting with the aforementioned activities.
The incumbent will utilize provided silvicultural prescriptions and/or remove fuels based on designated cut trees, depending upon the complexity of the location. The incumbent will be expected to recognize tree species, defects, and environmental hazards in executing the prescription and cut tree mark, calling attention to unnecessary risks and flagging hazard trees for future removal using mechanized equipment.
The incumbent will assist as needed in the construction of fire line to facilitate future entries. This may entail the removal of brush, exposure of mineral soil, and additional tree falling to meet fuel reduction objectives.
This is a seasonal position beginning May 2021 and ending October 2021.
Start date: May 2021
To Apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and reason(s) for interest in the position, resume, and contact information for three references as one document. Submit application materials to Jobs@SierraInstitute.us with “WFM Sawyer Crew Member” in the subject line. Application review and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Position(s) open until filled.
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