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Forestry Crew Technician - Tahoe National Forest

Company: The Great Basin Institute
Location: Reno
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS at Tahoe National Forest, is recruiting six Forestry Technicians to perform timber sale-preparation, vegetation management and restoration projects within the Sierraville Ranger District. Duties will include performing unit location identification and layout (flagging, marking, GPSing), tree species identification, tree marking based on complex silvicultural prescriptions, timber-cruising and assisting in stand exam data collection. Data are gathered using standard instruments, direct measurements, observations, and on-site inspections. Forestry Technicians may also select and mark individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines and silvicultural prescriptions. Job specific training will be provided including tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, fire/fuels and other project specific details. Forestry Technicians will characterize composition and structure of targeted stands and will mark trees involved in prescribed treatment/management to reduce wildfire risk. These positions operate as a crew to apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides (paint) to designate harvest timber. The Forestry crew applies instructions issued in the timber-cruise plan, taking and recording tree measurements, assessing quality, and determining defects. Harvest unit boundaries are traversed to determine area. In addition, members of the Forestry crew observe and report areas of possible archaeological significance, and sightings of sensitive, threatened or endangered wildlife species. The work will be physically demanding and will involve extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (6,000 to 9000 ft.) on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow or rain. The position will require working in remote locations on National Forest land. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days on and 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry; Familiarity with cruising and marking techniques; Familiarity with Sierra Nevada forested habitat types Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols; Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff; Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion; Proficiency in navigating off trail using GPS and/or topographic map and compass; Willingness and ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions; Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently; Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; Willingness to work a variable schedule in response to project needs, possibly including some weekends, holidays; Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS and GBI staff and field personnel; Drivers license and clean driving record; Experience in the safe operation of 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads; and Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the USFS. - There are six (6) positions open: - Two (2) positions May November (1200hr term) - Four (4) positions June November (900hr term) Compensation and Benefits: This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Living Allowance 1200hr: $19,753 Living Allowance 900hr: $14,815 Education Award 1200hr: $4,266.50 Education Award 900hr: $3,047.50 Insurance: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute Student Loan Forbearance: If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving. Interest Accrual Repayment: As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award. - To learn more and apply, please follow the link below: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=GESJ&req=2020-ACI-003

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