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Sierra Corps Forestry Fellow, American Forests, Southern Sierra Reforestation Coordinators
Position Title: Southern Sierra Reforestation Coordinators
Host Site: American Forests
Site Supervisor: Kat Barton, Southern CA Reforestation Manager
Term: Full Term Fellow, 1920 hours (approximately 11 months at 40 hours/week)
Position Location: Porterville, CA
Number of Positions Available: 2
Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship Program Background:
Sierra Corps is a Forestry Fellowship program implemented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance that aims to increase workforce capacity for forest health restoration, biomass utilization, and wildfire resilience projects in the Sierra Nevada. The Alliance places Fellows with partners throughout the region for forest-health related employment. Fellows bring their education, skills, and expertise to engage in fellowships that provide assistance in assessment, planning, permitting, project management, and other essential forest restoration and wildfire resilience work. The Sierra Corp is a program that allows you to advance your career in environmental conservation by working as a forest health project specialist developing skills in project management and contributing to the increase in pace and scale of forest restoration at a time when it is critically needed.
For this position, you will be a Fellow for Sierra Nevada Alliance, completing your fellowship and working under direct supervision by American Forests.
Compensations and Benefits:
● $26/hr, full-time
● Employer-provided Health Insurance, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave as identified in the Sierra Nevada Alliance Employee Handbook
● A total of $3,650.00 stipend to be used during the Fellowship term, itemized as follows:
o $1250 travel stipend
o $500 supplies stipend
o $500 equipment stipend
o $1400 training stipend
Time Commitment: Fellows are required to complete project specific work and professional development activities and trainings over 1920 hours (approximately 11 months, working 40 hours/week). All Fellows are required to commit to the full term of their Fellowship position.
Paid holidays, accrued vacation, and sick leave are also included in this time commitment. The position starts in January 2024 and will conclude upon completion of 1920 hours, approximately December. Position begins mid- to late- January 2024.
Host Site Description: American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building. Established in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. working to restore urban forests and forested landscapes.
American Forests is proud to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible (DEIA) workplace. We welcome individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team. We are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful and provides opportunities for advancement and professional growth for every team member.
Position Description: The southern portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains has experienced numerous large fires that have increased the likelihood of a full ecosystem conversion across the landscape. American Forests is working with federal, state, tribal, private and non-profit partners in the region to address these impacts through cross-boundary, climate-smart reforestation projects. The Reforestation Coordinators will directly increase the pace and scale of post-fire reforestation and restoration efforts. Treatments that they will be supporting include, but are not limited to, seedling planting, fuels reduction, and vegetation management. Additionally, the Coordinators will participate in American Forests’ state-wide Cone Corps program to organize and support cone collection efforts to address current seed shortages. Coordinating closely with American Forests’ Reforestation Manager to complete these activities, Fellows will also work alongside other staff from Sequoia National Forest, Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, California Conservation Corps, and other partner organizations as appropriate.
This position is a great opportunity to build your career in forestry and natural resources, directly implement an innovative post-fire recovery effort, and gain highly in-demand skills including contract management, seed collection, and reforestation project planning. We look forward to the opportunity to work with someone who is interested in mentorship and aspires to grow their career in forest health project management!