The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Collaborative Forestry Specialist to
support the organization’s work to improve forest health through appropriate forest management, primarily
through the coordination of forest stewardship and restoration projects. Our work ranges from project
development through environmental analysis to implementation. Work will include developing and
implementing silvicultural treatments, conducting environmental analysis work, and managing forestry projects.
Primary responsibilities are the management of ongoing forest restoration projects on Federal lands. In part, this
will entail facilitating innovative uses of existing tools and authorities to advance landscape-scale restoration in
the region. The Forestry Specialist is also responsible for developing additional in-house capacity for applied land
management activities in the region, as well as building inter-organizational capacity within the South Lassen
Watersheds Group. The position requires an individual capable of handling a dynamic set of responsibilities with
diverse skill sets required to move projects from the conceptual phase through implementation. We anticipate a
start date in December 2022.
The Collaborative Forestry Specialist must be capable of handling coordination among staff and partners, serving
in a leadership role at times, overseeing diverse forest management work, and will be required to balance a
variety of project work. The Forestry Specialist is expected to participate in all aspects of the Collaborative Forestry
Program, operating with significant independence under the supervision of the Stewardship Projects Manager
and Collaborative Forestry Program Manager. The position will work closely with numerous Sierra Institute staff as
well as with external partners. The Sierra Institute’s Collaborative Forestry Program work includes facilitating the
planning and implementation of an array of forest health and ecosystem restoration projects with partners,
including federal and state agencies, community-based organizations, and private landowners. This position is
funded for an initial three-year term, and has long-term growth potential for increased project responsibilities,
and potential for assuming increased staff leadership responsibilities.
The Forestry Specialist will be expected to take a supporting role in building and maintaining strong relationships
with partners, and may be asked to coordinate seasonal and/or term staff to implement primarily field-based
work. The position may require supervision of field based employees and/or contractors. Once established, the
Forestry Specialist will be expected to work with other staff to identify and develop additional opportunities that
increase the pace and scale of forest restoration. This position works primarily indoors in an office setting, and is
required to work at a computer for the majority of each day. Field work may occur, particularly during the
summer and fall seasons. Some travel for meetings, site visits, and workshops is expected (up to 20%), with
occasional overnight stays (generally less than 1 night per month). Work will fall primarily within the hours of 7:30
AM and 5:30 PM Monday-Friday, though some variation is expected to accommodate field work and other needs.
About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) is a community-based organization which
actively promotes healthy forests, watersheds, and communities by investing in the well-being of rural
communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource management. Our work is grounded by
the concept of triple bottom line values, supporting initiatives that simultaneously benefit the environment,
economy, and equity within a given landscape.