Forestry Aide – California Tahoe Conservancy

South Lake Tahoe, California

The California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) is a state agency within the California Natural Resources Agency. The Conservancy’s jurisdiction spans the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin (Basin) and covers approximately 236 square miles. This service area includes the City of South Lake Tahoe and portions of El Dorado and Placer counties.

General Duty Statement:

Under the supervision of the Community Forestry Supervisor, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and other forestry program staff in the planning and implementation of Conservancy fuels reduction and forest health projects, and other forest management activities.

Job Duties:

Essential: 65% – Forestry project layout, preparation, and monitoring

Assist in a broad range of forest management project preparation and monitoring activities under direction of the Conservancy’s RPF, including:

  • Use hand-held global positioning system (GPS) receiver, assessor parcel maps, subdivision maps, and other maps to identify and flag project boundaries;
  • Identify and flag sensitive resources (e.g., stream environment zones, cultural areas, nesting bird sites) within project boundaries;
  • Apply knowledge of desired conditions related to fire hazard reduction, forest stand structure and composition in accordance with the Conservancy’s Forestry Guidelines;
  • Identify and mark trees for removal consistent with Forestry Guidelines and project-specific forestry prescriptions;
  • Apply knowledge of California and Lake Tahoe Basin rules and regulations (e.g., California Environmental Quality Act, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency code, California Forest Practice Rules).
  • Perform implementation of forestry monitoring utilizing specialized forestry equipment, knowledge of local flora and application of survey protocol upon training

Essential: 30% – Assist with on-going forestry program activities and public outreach

  • Assist Conservancy biologist with wildlife and habitat assessment surveys;
  • Inspect active projects and report any issues observed to staff project manager;
  • Assist program staff with citizen calls regarding hazardous vegetation;
  • Address public inquires in the field regarding Conservancy’s mission and objectives and forest practices;
  • Assist Conservancy field crews with time sensitive erosion control, fuel hazard reduction or other resource protection projects.

Non-Essential: 5% Special Projects – Implement special projects or other duties depending on skill set and agency need.

Supervision Received
The Forestry Aide reports directly to the Community Forestry Supervisor. The RPF, Forestry Field Preparation Specialist and program staff will provide project specific direction, training, and assignments.

Supervision Exercised

Required Skills
The incumbent requires computer skills (Word and Excel); writing and analytical skills; the ability to work independently and to communicate (verbal/written) clearly, concisely and accurately; to reason logically and creatively in resolving problems; skill in dealing effectively with others; willingness and ability to accept increasing responsibility and meet deadlines; the ability to use GPS, maps and a compass; apply basic principles of forestry and fire protection; identify tree and shrub species; apply laws, rules, and regulations applicable to scope of duties and responsibilities (e.g., Public Resources Code, Health and Safety Code, Penal Code, California Administrative Code) to ensure compliance for public safety and environmental protection; and the ability to foster and succeed in a work environment that celebrates diverse backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences.

Special Personal Characteristics
The incumbent should also possess a willingness and ability to maintain sufficient physical condition in order to perform tasks in support of the Conservancy’s mission including regular physically strenuous field work; willingness as a learner to do routine and detailed work; and an aptitude and liking for forestry work.

Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined at the Conservancy’s sole discretion. Must be regularly available and willing to work the hours the Conservancy determines are necessary or desirable to meet its business needs.

Other Information
The duties of this position are performed inside and outside. The employee’s workstation is located at 1061 3rd Street building and is equipped with standard or ergonomic office equipment, as appropriate. Travel is required to attend meetings, training and project sites. Requires use of telephone, personal computer, GPS, and other specialized forestry tools. Incumbent must work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.

Outdoor Work may include:

  • Inclement weather, which can mean rain, ice, snow, flood events, extreme heat, fire
  • Adverse conditions, such as working in active waterways or near prescribed fire operations
  • Traversing steep and uneven terrain
  • Use of specialized outdoor and technical equipment
  • Visiting active forestry project sites
  • Remote work sites

Physical conditions of the work may require the need to:

  • Be outdoors for up to 8-10 hours a day
  • Stand/walk for up to 8-10 hours a day
  • Sit for up to 8-10 hours a day
  • Work on a computer for up to 8 hours a day
  • May have to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Using stairs

Use of Field Equipment, including power tools, may be necessary for:

  • Due to a critical and time-sensitive need
  • Demonstration purposes
  • Critical health and safety need
  • Annual staff work days


  • May require the need to work holidays, nights or weekends
  • Drive safely in adverse conditions
  • Wear appropriate safety gear

Salary and benefits: 

$3,157.00 – $3,803.00 monthly ($18.21-$22.52 hourly)

New salary range $3,157 – $3,903 monthly/2% increase July 1, 2023. *Health, dental and vision benefits are available to candidates that commit to at least 6-months or more. Improving Affordability and Access to Health Care pay differential is available to employees enrolled in a state-sponsored health plan. Employees enrolled in a state-sponsored health plan shall receive a differential of $260.00 per month.

How to apply:

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages. You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

CA Tahoe Conservancy
Attn: Stefanie Melendez
1061 3rd Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages. You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CA Tahoe Conservancy
Stefanie Melendez
1061 3rd Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Office hours Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position. Resume is required and must be included.

Other – Complete application packages include a resume and the State Examination/Employment Application (STD Form 678). To be considered for the first round of interviews, it is recommended to apply by February 15, 2023.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

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