Conservation Technician – Feather River Resource Conservation District

Quincy, California


This opportunity is for a Seasonal Conservation Technician position working primarily on the Moonlight Fire Area Restoration Project on the Plumas National Forest. Project will complete watershed and forest health restoration activities in areas where the high severity fire occurred on National Forest System lands on the Plumas National Forest (PNF), Mt. Hough Ranger District. Other major projects include the Emergency Forest Restoration Team, which aids Plumas County private landowners in restoring their property post fire, and the North Quincy Wildfire Resiliency Project. This Position is based out of Quincy, CA.

Technical duties include, but are not limited to, reforestation contract inspection, hazardous fuels reduction, wildlife surveys, prescribed fire, timber stand improvement (TSI), and habitat and landscape restoration. Two (2) to four (4) seasonal positions from approximately early March to early November 2023. Start and end dates may change due to snowpack and weather conditions.  Compensation is $21/hour.

Major Duties

  • Serves as inspector on specific contracts as assigned. Inspects silviculture contract work (e.g., planting, thinning, herbicide release, site preparation) for compliance with contract. Directs contractor in the steps necessary for contract compliance and reports violations to the Project Assistant (PA) or Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). Ensures all provisions are enforced and proper measures are taken to protect or enhance values in accordance with contract objectives. This entails inspecting seedlings planted by a contract crew for proper planting specifications and proper application of herbicide around seedlings. FRRCD crew will not be planting seedlings or applying herbicide themselves.
  • Utilizing chainsaws for the purpose of hazardous fuels reduction and aspen stand restoration. Work includes hand thinning with chainsaws and building and wrapping slash piles.
  • Conduct surveys for Northern goshawks and California spotted owls as a part of NEPA and CEQA compliance prior to fuels reduction projects.
  • Conduct timber stand improvement surveys for pre-commercial thinning and fuels reduction projects.
  • Working on wetland and riparian mitigation projects performing duties related to riparian enhancement and invasive weed control. Major duties include planting, plant protection, irrigation operation and maintenance, assisting with botanical surveys, hand pulling invasive weeds, biological surveys and monitoring.
  • Establish boundaries and exclusions for project areas using flagging, tablets, and GPS devices.
  • Conduct botany surveys.
  • Participation in prescribed fires and pile burning.
  • Working alongside college students to help improve their field skills and professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful applicant for the position must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of natural resource management, forestry, ecology and general concepts involved in the district assignment.
  • A valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. (4-wheel drive experience preferred.)
  • Physical capability and endurance to conduct fieldwork in remote settings under strenuous conditions, including the ability to carry up to 50 lbs. over rough terrain and hike for an extended length of time in extreme heat.
  • Ability and willingness to work in inclement weather, and work on holidays and weekends.
  • Ability to follow detailed field protocols and thoroughly collect data.
  • Ability to be well organized and handle occasionally challenging field logistics.
  • Ability to adhere to workplace safety protocols.

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