Sierra Corps Forestry Fellowship

Program Overview

Sierra Corps is a Forestry Fellowship program implemented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance that aims to increase workforce capacity for forest health restoration and biomass utilization projects in the Sierra.  Beginning in Fall 2019, the Alliance will place three Fellows with partner organizations throughout the region for a year of forest-health related employment. Fellows will bring their education, skills, and expertise to engage in paid fellowships that provide assistance in assessment, planning, project permitting, project management, and other essential forest restoration implementation tasks.


Now Accepting Host Site Applications!

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The Request for Applications is open for 2019-20 Sierra Corps Host Sites! This is the initial year of a new forest health related Fellowship program led by the Alliance. We are looking for supportive, enthusiastic conservation organizations that are implementing forest health and biomass development related projects to host Fellows for up to one year starting late fall 2019. The program is aiming to have host sites lined up by the end of August but applications will be accepted throughout the Fall. The Sierra Nevada Alliance received a generous grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to initiate this program which aims to increase on the ground forestry project pace and scale while training and developing a more significant workforce. This program is modeled after the Alliance’s 14 year old Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership Program. Fellows can be placed at host sites for a year of work or for more discrete cost-share projects. Project types include restoration implementation, assessment and monitoring, technical permitting and planning, GIS analysis, or community outreach and facilitation. Please contact, Nicole Lutkemuller, Sierra Corps Program Director, at or (530) 542-4546 ext. 708 for more information!


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Program Description

Host Site Application

The Problem

The 400-mile long Sierra Nevada range is the geographic backbone of California, encompassing over 33,000 square miles, comprising all or part of 22 counties, and 24 major watersheds. These forested watersheds provide 60% of California’s developed water supply. In addition, the Sierra is also home to 50% of all plant species in California, and 400 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.  Forests of the Sierra are in dire need of massive restoration efforts. The Sierra Corps Fellowship Program will contribute to the needed increase in pace and scale of forest restoration in the Region by expanding skilled workforce capacity.