Wilderness Trail Crew Member Apprentice
Posted: April 27, 2021
Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Time Commitment: Mid-May thru Sept/Oct 2021
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) in collaboration with Lassen National Forest (LNF) is providing a unique opportunity to contribute to forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the LNF.
Qualified individuals with an interest in wilderness management, trail work, and active management of ecosystem services are encouraged to apply. The Wilderness Trail Crew, consisting of a Crew Leader, four Crew Members, and a Crew Member Apprentice, will spend approximately 5 months performing a variety of trail maintenance projects. Work will include benching of trails, maintenance of water bars, brush clearing, and clearing of downed logs and hazard trees. Work will primarily be completed using hand tools and nonmechanized equipment such as crosscut saws. Other tasks and duties may be assigned as appropriate to further crew objectives.
The Wilderness Trail Crew Member Apprentice will serve as a member of a crew performing trail restoration activities within the Almanor Ranger District of the LNF. The position will allow the incumbent an opportunity to “learn on the job” alongside an experienced crew to safely perform trail maintenance, hand thinning, limbing, low-stumping, and bucking of dead and small diameter live material. The position will be responsible for re-establishing and maintaining access to designated trails in order to increase accessibility to public lands within the LNF including diverse wilderness landscapes.
Additional crew tasks may also include rearranging fuels in preparation for prescribed fire or managed wildfire, including piling and lopping and scattering. All crew members are expected to engage positively with youth and exhibit professionalism as the crew may periodically work alongside local youth corps to accomplish project objectives.
As work will be conducted in designated wilderness areas, the Crew Member Apprentice is expected to uphold the ethics of wilderness land management, working to minimize the visual and ecological impacts of human intervention and practicing Leave No Trace principles. Training will be provided to inform decision making in wilderness in line with the 1964 Wilderness Act and for adherence to minimum visual retention standards in the USFS Scenery Management System.
Operations and Safety
The work required of the crew involves objective hazards. The Crew Member Apprentice is expected to and practice situational awareness, directly addressing and/or raising safety concerns as they arise. Training will be provided to ensure ability to safely execute job functions.
The Crew Member Apprentice will receive training on crosscut saw use and will assist in the completion of tasks as directed by the Crew Leader, including equipment management, tool repair, and maintenance.
Please note these qualifications are what we believe is necessary to ensure the selected applicant is
successful in this position, however we encourage all who are interested to apply and highlight how
their experience and background will make them successful.
Compensation is $14.00 per hour for approximately 4 months weather and fire permitting. Health benefits through Sierra Institute are not available for this position, but may be obtained through Covered California (http://www.coveredca.com/). Field staff will be provided monthly sick time, paid holidays, and paid climate leave. Paid climate leave is intended to mitigate work days impacted by extreme weather conditions. Necessary training will be provided, including crosscut saw safety and use (limbing, and bucking), as well as defensive driving in order to operate federal vehicles. While working, the crew will be provided an opportunity to camp for multiple nights within various locations on the Lassen National Forest including the diverse wilderness areas of the Ishi Wilderness and Caribou Wilderness. Housing is not provided on off days. Depending on inventory, the Crew Member Apprentice may be provided with basic gear needed to work in the woods, including; tent, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag.
Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to [email protected] with “Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Member Apprentice” in the subject line.
Review of applications and interviews will begin April 21, 2021 and will be conducted on a rolling basis. Positions are open until filled. Please direct questions to Danielle Berry, Stewardship Project Manager via email at [email protected].