Forest Health Project Specialist – Sierra Corps Forestry Fellow, Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD)

Remote and on-site, Eastern Madera County, California

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 Corps 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 Coarsegold Resource Conservation District.

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:
    • $1250 travel stipend
    • $500 supplies stipend
    • $500 equipment stipend
    • $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 February 2024 and will conclude upon completion of 1920 hours, approximately January 2025. Position begins in February 2024.

Host Site Description:

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) is a special district of the State that has existed in Madera County since 1966. The CRCD is solely grant funded and ran by a volunteer Board of Directors. Because of this, the RCD has remained small over the years. The first employee was hired in 2018. Currently, we have two full time employees and two employees that act as part time employees/consultants, providing 10-15 hours weekly. One of these part time employees is retiring and will be leaving CRCD in 2024. CRCD’s current areas of focus are fire prevention/education, forest health, and restoring/installing native plant habitats.

Position Description:

CRCD, as a prospective host site for a Sierra Nevada Alliance Fellow, seeks a highly motivated Forest Health Project Specialist to assist in administration and implementation of Fire Prevention and Forest Health projects on private property. The successful applicant will be involved in creating FireWise community protection plans, forest management plans, defensible space assessments, and assistance in hosting community outreach, education, and restoration events. The Fellow will work collaboratively with partner organizations and agencies to provide input on technical documents and reports for our developing planning and advisory collaborative, which consists of all major stakeholder agencies, special districts, and public service entities in Eastern Madera County. These organizations include but are not limited to CAL FIRE, USFS, Eastern Madera Fire Safe Council, Madera County, USDA NRCS, Yosemite Sequoia RC&DC, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Yosemite Gateway Prescribed Burn Cooperative, local land Owners, Red Cross, and others.
This Fellowship collaborates closely with Eastern Madera Firesafe Council (EMCFSC) to develop policies and procedures and Grant Management handbook. The successful candidate will draft and develop program management policies and handbooks for CRCD. These policies and handbooks will be developed in close collaboration with Eastern Madera Fire Safe Council’s staff and SNA Fellow, and both organizations will utilize this deliverable in future staff training.

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