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
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. The selected applicant will work at the intersection of community and natural resources on collaborative forest and watershed restoration, as well as supporting youth involvement in this work. The position duties will be tailored to the individual interests and skills of the selected applicant, and may include outreach and capacity-building work to promote resilient forest ecosystems and rural communities, support for implementation of forest restoration, and support of youth engagement programming to develop the next generation of stewards. The apprentice will join a talented team of natural resource and rural 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 and land managers in a highly collaborative environment. Apprenticeships will last a minimum of six months, and may be extended up to nine months by mutual agreement. Applications are due by December 20th, with an anticipated start date of January 2022.
The selected candidate will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and professional skills while contributing to meaningful outcomes for rural communities and landscapes through involvement with a suite of Sierra Institute projects. Project areas described below provide an overview of the core efforts the selected apprentice will contribute to. These are meant to provide a general understanding of the position, and may not capture all responsibilities.
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.
About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.
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.