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Conservation Transactions Manager – Pacific Forest Trust

San Francisco, California

About Pacific Forest Trust:

Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) delivers landscape-scale private forest conservation in the West and develops innovative incentives for forest conservation at the national level. We do so in ways that reward private landowners for managing for public benefits, i.e. clean water, a healthy climate, and habitat for abundant native wildlife. Our work sustains rural communities and restores resilient forest landscapes across ownership boundaries. PFT is recognized nationally as a leader in developing new payment systems for ecosystem services, from climate to carbon, working forest conservation easements, watershed and habitat services, and sustainable, renewable biomass energy.

PFT has led the conservation of over 350,000 acres of forestland and developed, acquired, and stewards conservation easements on 110,000 acres. PFT owns 2,100 acres and manages 14,000 acres for sustained timber, water, and habitat values. Our projects are outstanding not only for their scale, but for their landscape impacts and high standards for delivering multiple public benefits. PFT is thrice accredited by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Learn more here.

About the Opportunity:

PFT seeks a detail-oriented, collaborative, and experienced Transactions Manager to manage and help lead conservation easement and fee title acquisition projects from inception to closing.  The right candidate loves natural forest landscapes, has a knowledge of natural resource management, and sees the importance of sustaining working forests with wild qualities. They are nimble, resourceful, and have a knack for working with landowners, agencies, and community stakeholders.

This position plays a central role in implementing and managing PFT’s conservation easement and fee title acquisition projects from initial reconnaissance through closing. This includes the negotiation and development of easement terms, conducting project due diligence, managing title review and appraisal processes, contributing to grant writing and baseline development, and managing all other details related to the acquisition of working forest conservation easements and forest properties in fee. Our projects, primarily located in California and Oregon, are often large-scale and complex, and require frequent engagement with public and private partners. This position also provides overall project management consistent with PFT’s policies and procedures as an accredited land trust and publicly supported non-profit organization – and with our commitment to the highest ethical standards.

Pacific Forest Trust is headquartered in the Presidio of San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento CA; Ashland, OR and Portland, OR.  This is a full-time position, requiring frequent regional travel, and offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Project selection: Field inquiries and participate in outreach for potential projects, undertake initial project review and develop recommendations to PFT’s Director of Conservation & Stewardship and executive staff consistent with PFT procedures. Participate in developing specific terms of engagement to initiate projects.
  • Project due diligence: In collaboration with Stewardship staff, undertake project and property due diligence based on field and data review, including natural resources, infrastructure, and title; prepare conservation assessment documents with findings of conservation value.
  • Conservation easement and purchase/acquisition option development: Under the direction of the Director of Conservation & Stewardship, participate in developing recommendations for major conservation easement terms; negotiations with landowners; and drafting conservation easement documents using PFT standards and outside legal counsel.  Draft purchase option agreement.
  • Fee title acquisition: Participate in negotiation of purchase terms; prepare purchase option agreements.
  • Funding: Assist with the preparation of grant proposals; manage agency due diligence process.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Manage outreach to identified key agency and community stakeholders, including tribal interests. Organize property tours, prepare fact sheets and other outreach materials, and obtain letters of support for projects.
  • Appraisals: Manage selection of third-party qualified appraisers, contract preparation, and appraisal review process. Coordinate with landowner and funding agencies.
  • Baseline Report: Working with Stewardship staff, participate in and oversee preparation of baseline documentation reports for all acquisitions.
  • Closing: Manage all aspects of transaction closing, including preparation of final purchase documents, final title review/insurance, escrow, approvals, and execution.
  • Records: Organize and ensure proper filing and maintenance of all project documentation, records, and reports, both internally and externally with partner landowners, agencies, and counties.
  • Constituency building: Participate in PFT’s efforts broadly, providing written and graphic materials (photos/maps) as needed to promote the projects and to better advance PFT mission and programs.
  • Play a key role in PFT’s Conservation and Stewardship team.

Reports to:

Director of Conservation and Stewardship, working collaboratively with the Conservation & Stewardship team.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years working with a land trust in developing and completing conservation easements and fee title acquisitions.
  • Demonstrated success managing (and closing) conservation easement projects that meet the highest standards that Land Trust Accreditation requires. Be prepared to provide specific examples.
  • Relevant college degree (forestry, natural resources, conservation, biology, etc.), with training and experience in conservation real estate and/or law. Advanced training or degree in conservation and/or real estate law preferred.
  • Knowledge and training in natural resource management (especially forestry), GIS, and resource inventories/data management a plus.
  • Strong track record of collaboration and partnership with a range of diverse stakeholders to develop successful conservation projects.
  • Expertise and success in obtaining and managing grants from public sources for land and conservation easement acquisitions, especially in Oregon and California.
  • Excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong initiative, perseverance, and resilience.
  • Personable and flexible.
  • Strong capacity to manage time and competing priorities; able to meet timelines/deadlines.
  • Comfortable and effective working in a small, busy organization.
  • Applicants must be able to lift 20 pounds and hike across sometimes steep or uneven terrain.
  • Committed to PFT’s mission

Travel:

Significant regional travel is required. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Location:

We are flexible but prefer to have this position work from PFT’s San Francisco office, at least initially.

Salary:

$75,000 – $100,000: Salary is determined by a number of factors including education, experience, skills, training, and location.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, including how you heard about this opportunity, to jobs@pacificforest.org.

Applications will be renewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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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
None

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.

Attendance
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

Miscellaneous:

  • 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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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Seasonal Temporary Positions with Tahoe National Forest

Tahoe National Forest, California

The Tahoe National Forest is currently hiring for several temporary positions on our developed recreation (campground) and trail crews for the 2023 season.  Trail crew opportunities include non-motorized, wilderness, and OHV trail crews. There are many opportunities to perform valuable, fun, and rewarding work outdoors this summer on the Tahoe National Forest.

These announcements are now open for applications online.   The positions range from GS-03 to GS-07 levels at all of our district offices in Nevada City, Camptonville, Grass Valley, Truckee, Sierraville and Foresthill, California.  Apply online by January 19, 2023.

Click here for a list of available positions.

Click here for more information about jobs with the US Forest Service.

Digital Fundraising Manager – Wild Earth Guardians

Remote

This is an associate position and reports to the Development Director. The Digital Fundraising Manager will be responsible for all of Guardians digital fundraising, creating and delivering compelling and engaging digital content to Guardians members, email activists, and social media followers. You will be responsible for meeting clear goals related to growing each of these audiences, and increasing Guardians total membership and membership revenue exclusively from these digital channels. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in online fundraising and will bring expert knowledge of cutting-edge trends in email, social media, digital fundraising and advertising, and SMS communications. The right candidate will also have experience partnering with diverse teams and individuals to get buy-in and support for achieving ambitious goals for both fundraising and digital advocacy. The Development Director will prioritize work as needed but the Digital Fundraising Manager will need to work independently and will have decision-making authority over the work they manage.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Balance time and attention between digital fundraising, list growth, and paid social advocacy.
  • Lead efforts, in collaboration with communications, development, programs, and organizing staff, to manage and expand digital and email member acquisition and conversion strategies. This includes aggressively growing Guardians email subscriber list and increasing revenue from Guardians current and new digital audiences.
  • Oversee the development of strategy and calendar management for digital fundraising content.
  • Create and design digital content; coordinate with Membership Manager on print content as needed.
  • Oversee design and implementation of A/B and other testing to maximize advocacy and fundraising performance.
  • Work with Membership Manager and Digital Systems Specialist to oversee management and ongoing assessment of CRM systems.
  • Partner with Communications to monitor and analyze digital metrics, oversee email production and distribution, manage social media calendar and paid promotion.
  • Advise and train organizational staff on email strategy, new tactics, and best practices.
  • Partner with Communications to manage broadcast SMS systems for digital advocacy and fundraising.
  • Keep abreast of new trends in online advocacy, fundraising and organizing in order to provide creative ideas to the Communications and Development teams.
  • Identify new opportunities and channels for digital fundraising and advocacy.
  • Manage necessary contractors and vendors.
  • Assist with other Development projects and events as requested.
  • Performs duties as assigned.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree or proven experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in digital fundraising, paid advertising, social media, and online communication, preferred.
  • Experience running successful and dynamic data-driven digital ad programs, peer-to-peer campaigns, and other email and member acquisition strategies required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current, emerging and innovative best practice in fundraising required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an exceptional and demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to perform at a high level while working under multiple deadlines.
  • Expertise in digital communications and social media platforms with a commitment to continued learning.
  • Experience maximizing email deliverability and retention in an ever-changing digital ecosystem.
  • Deep understanding of content management software, website development, and digital analytics, including Google Analytics.
  • High awareness of news, politics, policy developments, and issues related to WildEarth Guardians vision and program work.
  • Team player with experience collaborating with diverse individuals across multiple time zones.
  • Ability to maintain high levels of competence, creativity, and professionalism.
  • Committed to practicing WildEarth Guardians’ principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Passion for protecting the environment and wild world.
  • Availability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to meet deadlines.
  • May occasionally be required to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet deadlines. Must be able to work at a computer for the majority of the workday.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Youth Backcountry Instructor – Zephyr Point Conference Center

Zephyr Cove, Nevada

The Youth Backcountry Instructor (YBI) will work under the direct supervision of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s Youth Programs Manager and Zephyr Point’s Program Manager to implement the Youth Backcountry Camp (YBCC) Program by supervising, teaching, and facilitating meaningful experiences for youth during multi-day backpacking trips. This Program focuses on backcountry skills, natural history, and character development through experiences that take youth into new and outdoor environments.

Responsibilities

  • With a co-instructor, lead four-day backpacking trips for up to 13 youth each week
  • Facilitate program curriculum to participants by teaching basic backcountry skills, natural history, and stewardship ethics and leading character-building activities
  • Manage the program’s outdoor gear stock
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision-making to assess and mitigate hazards
  • Effectively build rapport with participants, co-instructors, chaperones, and co-workers
  • Role-model inclusive behavior and facilitate a positive group culture among diverse partner groups and youth
  • Manage participants in emergencies and adhere to all risk management and emergency action policies and procedures
  • Maintain high energy, a positive attitude, and attention to participants and chaperones
  • Communicate program details and outcomes with parents and guardians
  • Report on program outcomes after each YBCC trip
  • Represent the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Zephyr Point in a professional manner

Required Qualifications

  • 21 years old or older by June 5, 2023
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, including Live Scan fingerprinting
  • Experience working with youth ages 12-17
  • Experience in a youth leadership role such as a mentor, camp counselor, coach, teacher, etc.
  • Proficient soft skills necessary to support youth mental health and emotional challenges
  • Strong decision-making skills, ability to work without direct supervision, and adaptability to changing, dynamic environments
  • Ability to clearly, assertively, and effectively communicate orally
  • Ability to manage self-care and energy in the backcountry in all conditions
  • Experience recreating in the outdoors
  • Passionate about environmental stewardship and connecting others to nature
  • Committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion values

Required Certifications

Certifications must be obtained before the start of the position and valid through the employment end date. Some certification courses may be provided at Zephyr Point prior to the position start date.

  • Wilderness First Aid certification or higher
  • CPR
  • Lifeguard

Click here for the full job description.

Click here for the application.

Government Affairs Manager – The Climate Center

Sacramento, California

Position Description

The Government Affairs Manager (GAM) is responsible for The Climate Center’s policy advocacy in California, primarily focused on policymaking at the State Capitol to realize the ambitious and urgently needed goals of our Climate-Safe California campaign. The GAM is an experienced policy expert who is a team player and team builder, driven to excellence, a self-starter, goal-oriented and committed to an equitable, vibrant future for all. She/they/he will provide expert analysis and guidance on a full range of climate policies including clean energy, natural carbon sequestration, resilience and related efforts to The Climate Center’s management team, initiative leaders and other staff as well as the Board and partners.

The GAM is The Climate Center’s expert on legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis. She/he/they will bring extensive experience in California climate law and policy, including drafting, reviewing and driving the passage of legislation. The GAM will have an in-depth strategic understanding of how the legislative branch can work with the regulatory and executive branches to achieve policy goals. The GAM will also play a lead role in building partnerships and coalitions to support The Center’s policy priorities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and regularly report on and evaluate progress on an annual workplan that will outline how to develop and support policy priorities of The Climate Center across organizational initiatives;
  • Build relationships and advocate for The Climate Center’s policy priorities with legislators, their staff, the governor’s office, relevant agencies, key influencers, labor unions, and nonprofit partners;
  • Maintain knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field, serve as a resource to staff on developing issues, and make recommendations to adjust organizational and statewide campaign strategies ensuring that The Climate Center has the appropriate advocacy and policy plans and actions to achieve its goals;
  • Develop policy solutions in coordination with The Climate Center’s staff, advisors, coalition partners, and subject matter experts;
  • Develop and support the production of materials (fact sheets, action alerts and emails, legislative and budget analyses, slide presentations) to improve stakeholder understanding of policy;
  • Coordinate and co-develop communications between The Climate Center’s policy and other relevant consultants, and organizational leadership and staff;
  • Track lobbying activities to ensure work is within the organization’s annual 501(h) election limits, and federal, state and local reporting requirements are met;
  • Recommend legislation for The Climate Center to support or oppose;
  • Track legislative contacts, key positions, and needed follow-up, and share with relevant staff;
  • Conduct media advocacy in conjunction with The Climate Center’s communication staff;
  • Manage communications for all legislative and regulatory hearings, testimony, or formal presentations, including prepping relevant staff;
  • Produce regular quarterly reports for the CEO and board detailing progress towards organizational policy goals;
  • Participate in developing the organizational strategic plan and the annual budget for the policy program;
  • Assist with fundraising activities; and,
  • Other activities as determined by the Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years experience advocating for and developing policy for climate, energy, environmental or related issues in Sacramento, serving as a legislative chief of staff, legislative director, and/or state policy staff lead for a nonprofit organization or equivalent
  • Demonstrated and well-developed network of contacts among California state policymakers and their influencers
  • Proven expertise in strategy development and coalition building
  • Extensive knowledge of California legislative and administrative processes and experience analyzing, and interpreting legislative and regulatory language
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral; experience as a public spokesperson and advocate; ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences; a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to work collegially, listen well and partner collaboratively with other staff, advisors and organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with groups and individuals across the political spectrum;
  • Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously under pressure and to adjust to frequently changing demands
  • Enjoys working with teams and taking feedback while also a self-starter
  • Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of climate change policy
  • Ability to build relationships with relevant policy partners (eg, with government, policy shops, academic institutions, NGO partners)
  • Demonstrated understanding of community organizing and power building;
  • Ability to develop educational and outreach materials
  • Legal degree is preferred but not required
  • Commitment to equitable climate action
  • Good sense of humor!

For more information and to apply, click here.

Wildlife Monitoring Technician – Great Basin Institute

Susanville, California

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM, is recruiting a Wildlife Monitoring Technician to help address key management tasks related to multiple projects within the Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, California. Through this opportunity, the successful applicant will be exposed to the operations of a federal land management agency charged with a multiple-use and sustainable-yield mission. The Technician will gain a greater understanding of how policy decisions are formulated, gain hands-on experience with natural resource monitoring protocols and field techniques, enhance skills related to data collection and behavioral observations, as well as actively participate in formal trainings.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Nesting raptor surveys
  • Greater sage grouse lek counts
  • Bald eagle nest checks
  • Habitat restoration and improvement projects

An outcome of these field exercises is providing BLM management with the necessary data to assess whether planned habitat improvement projects can move forward to the implementation phase. Upon completion of this position, the Wildlife Monitoring Technician will be better prepared to take on additional responsibility in fields related to rangeland management, wildlife biology, or public land management. Applicants seeking to apply for graduate school will have compelling experience and real-world knowledge to apply to their application.

Contract Timeline:

  • 25-week appointment beginning March 2023
  • Full time (40 hours/week)

Location:

The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office is located in Susanville, California, in the vicinity of many outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, kayaking, frisbee golf, and skiing/snowboarding. Susanville is located in northeastern California, with access to nearby national forests and the Sierra Nevada range to the south and Reno, NV 90 miles to the southeast.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Total Living Allowance: $12,600 (Approximately $1,000 biweekly before taxes)•Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,247.50 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
  • Housing Stipend: up to $75/week
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost

Job Qualifications:

Technical requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or coursework and experience in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or a related field;
  • Field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols and accurately recording field data;
  • Office experience that included data entry and report writing;
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys;
  • Familiarity with wildlife species in the area; including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species;
  • Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation and data collection;
  • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers preferred;
  • Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; and
  • Experience in conducting avian surveys and nest monitoring preferred, particularly for gallinaceous species

For more information and to apply, click here.

Wildlife Monitoring Technician – Great Basin Institute

Cedarville, California

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM, is recruiting two (2) Wildlife Monitoring Technicians to help address key management tasks related to multiple projects within the Applegate Field Office in Cedarville, California. Through this opportunity, the successful applicants will be exposed to the operations of a federal land management agency charged with a multiple-use and sustainable-yield mission. The Technicians will gain a greater understanding of how policy decisions are formulated, gain hands-on experience with natural resource monitoring protocols and field techniques, enhance skills related to data collection and behavioral observations, as well as actively participate in formal trainings related to first aid, off-highway vehicle operation, and the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy. The primary project focus will be the Greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lek counts
  • Habitat use research
  • Vegetation monitoring (e.g. line point intercept)
  • Conducting AIM surveys

An outcome of these field exercises is providing BLM management with the necessary data to assess whether planned habitat improvement projects can move forward to the implementation phase. Upon completion of this position, the Wildlife Monitoring Technicians will be better prepared to take on additional responsibility in fields related to rangeland management, wildlife biology, or public land management. Applicants seeking to apply for graduate school will have compelling experience and real-world knowledge to apply to their application.

Contract Timeline:

  • 25-week appointment beginning mid-late February 2023
  • Full time (40 hours/week)

Location:

The BLM Applegate Field Office is located in Alturas, California, in the vicinity of many outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, and skiing/snowboarding. The barracks are located in the historic town of Cedarville, founded in 1864. Cedarville, California is a small mountain town of 500 people located in the northwest corner of Modoc County just to the east of the Warner Mountains. The town sits in Surprise Valley on the border of Modoc National Forest and South Warner Wilderness, two and a half hours from Lassen National Forest, and three and a half hours from the Black Rock Desert.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Total Living Allowance: $12,600 (Approximately $1,000 biweekly before taxes)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,247.50 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
  • Housing Stipend: up to $75/week
  • Onsite housing available at cost of $158.57/month
  • Camping Per Diem: $15/day (if applicable)
  • Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Eligibility: Upon successful completion, members between the ages of 17-30 (35, if you are a veteran) are eligible for non-competitive status for government hiring for two years.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost

Job Qualifications:

Technical requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or coursework and experience in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or a related field;
  • Field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols and accurately recording field data;
  • Office experience that included data entry and report writing;
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys;
  • Familiarity with wildlife species in the area; including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species;
  • Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation and data collection;
  • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers preferred;
  • Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; and
  • Experience in conducting avian surveys and nest monitoring preferred, particularly for gallinaceous species

For more information and to apply, click here.

Seasonal Field Instructor – Sierra Streams Institute

Nevada City, California

Under the supervision of Sierra Streams Institute Education Project Manager, the Seasonal Field Instructor, hereby referred to as Field Instructor, will assist with planning and and implementation of field programs for a collaborative education and research project between Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSoS) office, Sierra Streams Institute and the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. This project is being funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the years 2019-2023. This position is temporary and begins in January 2023 and funding will run for 5 months ending on May 31st 2023.

The Field Instructor will work closely with elementary teachers, education researchers, and other environmental educators to run educational field experiences for a community-based citizen science education program with 3rd-5th grade classes in Nevada County. As part of this program, students will investigate their local forest health by collecting, analyzing, and sharing data on forest and fire ecology. Teachers will participate in professional learning workshops which support them in leading these investigations in or near their own schools, and aligning this work with science curriculum standards. The field Instructor will be based at the Sierra Streams Institute office and will travel to school sites within the County to assist with the implementation of the program.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Guiding groups of up to 15 3rd-5th grade students in outdoor learning: teaching and assisting them with collection of forest health and fire resiliency data in a forested plot, while managing group dynamics and safety;
  • Assisting students in the classroom with entering their data into an online platform, visualizing and analyzing their data, holding scientific conversations regarding their findings, and communicating their research to external audiences;
  • Leading virtual educational activities in the case of distance learning;
  • Working with a team to lead the sharing of student research findings on forest health through community events, such as at the STEAM Expo;
  • Assisting with the setup modified forestry plots near school sites, including removing hazards (such as poison oak), creating signage, clearing trails, and marking boundaries;
  • Collecting and inputting forest ecology data for quality control of student collected data;
  • Assisting with the creation, proper maintenance, and management of curriculum tools and materials, such as laminated field instructions, forestry tools, tape measures, pencils, etc;
  • Supporting all staff and participant health and safety through following COVID-19 precautions, such as maintaining social distancing, sanitizing tools/materials between users, and supporting students in carrying out safety measures (based on current SSI policy as well as state and federal law);
  • Working a varied schedule based on program needs; will require some early evening hours for teacher meetings.

Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Effectively and safely lead groups of elementary students in both outdoor and indoor settings.
  • NGSS elementary curriculum.
  • Implementing science curriculum, especially project-based learning in environmental science. Writing science curriculum a plus.
  • Equitable and anti-racist education practices, such as being able to identify and support the unique needs of all students.
  • Analyzing situations accurately and adapting to challenges in implementing field programs.
  • High comfort level working with Google Apps and Microsoft Office applications (i.e spreadsheets, word processing, presentation slides).
  • Experience with database and/or citizen science database platforms.
  • Strong public speaking skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of contemporary environmental challenges as they relate to forests in Nevada County a plus.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing Citizen Science student data a plus.
  • CPR and First Aid Training a plus.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Environmental Technician: Land Steward/Lot Inspector – Tahoe Resource Conservation District

South Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) partners with the California Tahoe Conservancy to manage Tahoe RCD and state-owned lands through the Tahoe Conservation Partnership. Under the Tahoe Conservation Partnership, Tahoe RCD hires and manages field crews and natural resource specialists to perform natural resource management activities on public lands, owned by California Tahoe Conservancy and Tahoe RCD. This 25+ year relationship of restoration and land management allows Tahoe RCD and the Tahoe Conservancy to collaborate and manage approximately 4,700 parcels, totaling nearly 6,500 acres on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. This tremendous responsibility includes forest habitat enhancement and hazardous fuel reduction, resource protection and restoration, streambank stabilization, property inspection and maintenance, and aquatic invasive species management.

This position requires working in various adverse conditions including wildfire smoke, snow, rain, and extreme heat. Length of field season may be modified due to inclement weather, adverse field conditions and/or workload demands and funding constraints.

Primary Duties:

The primary duties of this position include inspection of Conservancy properties and stewardship of the Conservancy’s Upper Truckee Marsh (UTM) and Trout Creek Meadow, and Tahoe RCD’s Johnson Meadow.

Stewardship Duties – The primary responsibilities of the land steward are to promote awareness and stewardship of the UTM, Trout Creek Meadow, and Johnson Meadow and the issues related to Tahoe RCD’s and the Conservancy’s property management efforts. Other duties include educating the public on rules and local ordinances associated with the UTM and assisting with the implementation of interpretive and educational programs. This position will also assist with the UTM Restoration Project by conducting monitoring, public outreach, and data management.

Inspection Duties – The selected candidate will assist with routine maintenance and inspection of the Conservancy’s 4,700 parcels on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. This includes project identification, resource evaluation, litter and trash abatement, trespass/encroachment verification and resolution, and interaction with landowners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Land Steward:

  • Educate marsh visitors on appropriate use of the property and importance of wildlife protection
  • Coordinate with law enforcement as needed to address various UTM user issues
  • Ensure property protection and identify management issues
  • Identify, monitor, and treat invasive species populations
  • Monitor usage patterns and onsite natural resources
  • Assist with outreach events
  • Monitor and protect Tahoe Yellow Cress populations
  • Conduct restoration monitoring tasks, including basic data collections, photo documentation, and field inspection
  • Support the UTM Project construction, including compliance monitoring and public outreach
  • Perform administrative and office support activities, including data entry and spreadsheet management, document scanning, file organization, and weekly report preparation.
  • Litter removal

Lot Inspector:

  • Evaluate resources on-site including identification of erosion control issues, invasive species, hazardous trees, project monitoring, and general management concerns
  • Use GPS enabled tablet devices to document property inspections
  • Input and manage field data through Conservancy’s Property Data Management System
  • Identify property lines
  • Identify and plan maintenance and restoration projects
  • Conduct litter abatement
  • Communicate with Conservancy neighbors to resolve encroachments and other resource issues
  • Attend routine check-in meetings in an office setting

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, desire to interact with and educate the public
  • Professional demeanor, demonstrate tact and patience during potentially contentious public interactions
  • Ability to work safely and independently with limited daily supervision in the field for extended periods of time in varying weather conditions including smoke and varying terrain
  • Ability to maintain detailed records and manage data
  • Ability to self-motivate and maintain a positive attitude when completing repetitive tasks
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License with clean driving record
  • Understanding of Tahoe environmental issues and concerns

For more information and to apply, click here.

Environmental Technician – Tahoe Resource Conservation District

South Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) partners with the California Tahoe Conservancy to manage Tahoe RCD and state-owned lands through the Tahoe Conservation Partnership. Under the Tahoe Conservation Partnership, Tahoe RCD hires and manages field crews and resource specialists to perform natural resource management activities on public lands, owned by California Tahoe Conservancy and Tahoe RCD. This 30+ year relationship of restoration and land management allows Tahoe RCD and the Tahoe Conservancy to collaborate and manage approximately 4,700 parcels, totaling nearly 6,500 acres on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin, in addition to Tahoe RCD lands. This tremendous responsibility includes forest habitat enhancement and hazardous fuel reduction, resource protection and restoration, streambank stabilization, property inspection and maintenance, and aquatic invasive species management.

This position requires working in various adverse conditions including wildfire smoke, snow, rain, and extreme heat. Length of field season may be modified due to inclement weather, adverse field conditions and/or workload demands and funding constraints.

Primary Duties:

This is a labor-intensive and physically demanding position, working as an integral member of a crew implementing restoration, forestry, and/or maintenance projects, as well as performing other associated tasks. This position may require flexible work hours when needed including holidays, evenings, and weekends. Note that the following list of crew activities is not exhaustive and may include cross-program coordination. The following lists various crew activities and assignments:

Restoration Crew:

  • Encroachment resolution, restoration, and site protection (fence/vehicle barrier installation)
  • Ecological restoration, revegetation, and soil erosion control measures
  • Invasive plant species management using non-herbicide methods
  • Fuel hazard reduction and vegetation removal
  • Road and/or trail removal, rehabilitation, and stabilization
  • Litter, debris, and hazardous waste removal
  • Coordination on unhoused and potential encampment(s) resolution
  • Cross-program support including property and facility maintenance, post-incident (fire, flooding, etc.) stabilization, large-scale river restoration activities, etc.

Forestry Crew: 

  • Hazard tree removal
  • Fuel hazard reduction
  • Forest health improvement
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Roping/rigging for safe tree removal
  • Pile building, dragging slash, chipping
  • Litter, debris, and hazardous waste removal
  • Coordination on unhoused and potential encampment(s) resolution

Land Management Crew: 

  • Fence and vehicle barrier installation and repair
  • Hazard tree removal and fuel hazard reduction
  • Roping/rigging for safe tree removal
  • Litter, debris, and hazardous waste removal
  • Coordination on unhoused and potential encampment(s) resolution
  • Property and facility maintenance including public recreation sites

General daily job duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Safely operating tools and equipment including chainsaws, chippers, brush cutters, various power/hand tools, and heavy equipment
  • Actively participating in routine safety talks and training sessions
  • Caring for, maintaining, and ensuring the security of State tools, property, and equipment
  • Serving as secondary driver for crew and equipment to and from work sites
  • Performing warehouse maintenance and organization tasks

Applicants must demonstrate ability to work as a professional, mature team member in stressful and physically demanding situations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work safely and cooperatively in a group setting under a variety of working conditions
  • Ability to perform manual labor in rough terrain, lift heavy objects, and work for extended periods of time in various weather conditions including smoke
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, with clean driving record
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work on holidays, evenings, and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to follow directions and carry out specific project plans

For more information and to apply, click here.

Timber Stand Improvement Crew – The Great Basin Institute

Georgetown, California

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Eldorado National Forest is recruiting a Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) Crew to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to perform inspection of contracted vegetation management and restoration projects within forest/woodland areas. This work provides professional development opportunities in standard forest management practices while supporting USFS initiatives for healthy and productive forest landscapes and resources. Duties will principally involve inspecting outcomes of reforestation treatments, including inspection of planting and herbicide contractors. Additional duties will involve timber cruising and marking and flagging in timber stand improvement unit boundaries for subsequent TSI treatments.

Initial work will involve oversight of contractors preforming landscape improvements on targeted areas on USFS lands. GBI Timber Stand Improvement (Contract Inspection) crews will conduct compliance inspections for various vegetation treatment projects including planting, mastication, herbicide treatments and brush cutting. In the latter half of the season, Crews will collect plot and regeneration data from reforestation treatments. Additional duties may include training in timber marking and cruising and the application of these learned skills on large timber sales areas. This work greatly supports the regeneration of forested areas, facilitates the restoration of landscapes affected by type-conversion and high severity wildfire, the preparation of future timber sales and contributes to the development and refinement of management techniques and operations.

One five-person Timber Stand Improvement (Contract Inspection) crew, comprising one crew lead and four crew member per crew, will perform this work in coordination with USFS personnel. Please note that, for several consecutive weeks at a time, the work schedule of GBI crews aligns with the work schedule of contractors when the contractors are on site planting and applying herbicides. During these phases, extensive overtime (up to 12 hours (04:00 to 16:00 hrs) of work per day, including travel from and to job sites,  for up to six consecutive days, paid at 1.5 times regular wage for any hours over 40 in a work week) is expected. When performing work not related to contract administration, the normal work schedule will consist of 4-10 hr days per week working from approximately 07:00 to 17:30 hrs.

For Crew Lead Position:

  • Applicants are expected to exercise sound judgement, and be willing to work hard in a physically demanding position with an eye towards the safety and well being of their crew.
  • Leadership responsibilities of this position include communication with USFS and GBI staff, maintaining safety awareness and practices in the field, scheduling, logistics, and overseeing fidelity to methods and quality of outcomes.

Preferred qualifications as follows: 

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Forestry or a closely related field, plus applicable field experience in techniques for timber stand improvement;
  • Knowledge of the mixed conifer forests typical of westside-Sierra California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography;
  • Experience in chainsaw operation and pesticide application;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
  • Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting;
  • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of field equipment and personal gear, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons;
  • Willingness and ability to work extensive overtime hours for several consecutive weeks multiple times during the field season;
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; 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 and objectives of the USFS.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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