Forest Restoration Technician

Watershed Science · Nevada City, California
Department Watershed Science
Employment Type Full Time - Seasonal
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $16.00 per hour

TITLE:                  Forest Restoration Technician
TYPE:                  Full time, hourly, non-exempt, temporary position from June to August 2021. Frequent 4 10-hour days/week as well as frequent camping required.
LOCATION:       The office is in Nevada City, CA. This position will require travel throughout the Yuba River watershed within the Tahoe National Forest.
REPORTS TO:    Forest Conservation Coordinator

The Forest Restoration Technician will assist with SYRCL’s (pronounced “circle”) forest conservation work throughout the Yuba River watershed. SYRCL’s forest health program’s primary goals include improving forest health and resiliency, engaging diverse stakeholders throughout the Yuba River watershed to promote and implement forest health projects, implementing restoration and monitoring projects, and raising funds through collaborative grant requests and alternative funding streams.

SYRCL’s forest health work has rapidly accelerated since 2019 with receipt of funding from the CA Department of Conservation, Yuba Water Agency, US Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, and the Wildlife Conservation Board. The Forest Restoration Technician will primarily assist with SYRCL’s new forest health initiative, the Yuba River Headwater Aspen Restoration Assessment and Planning Project. This project will result in planning for at least 100 acres of the most critically threatened aspen vegetation in the Yuba River watershed. Additionally, this position will have the opportunity to train in ecological monitoring with Forest Service staff.

This is a full time temporary, non-exempt, and hourly position. The Technician will be asked to camp in remote locations while conducting field work for no more than three nights a week. This position will last from June to August 2021, with potential opportunity for extension to November 2021 depending on future funding and candidate performance.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Forest Restoration Technician will contribute greatly to the first field season for the Yuba Headwaters Aspen Assessment, conducting fieldwork that will contribute to a novel baseline dataset for further aspen restoration planning and implementation across the watershed. The Technician may be called to assist with other fieldwork for SYRCL forest health initiatives, as needed.

General Responsibilities

  • With the Forest Conservation Coordinator, conduct a season of ground assessments in the Yuba River headwaters at 40-80 aspen sites.
  • Collect high quality forest field data, including but not limited to overstory and understory plant species, tree height, percent canopy closure, tree insects and diseases, and overall site conditions.
  • Maintain high quality data assurance and care with all field data collection.
  • Assist with hosting volunteer field days, engaging with volunteer community members of all ages and communicating forest ecology to a diverse audience.
  • Assist with other forest/aspen fieldwork-based projects as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Completed or in pursuant of bachelor’s degree in forest ecology, forestry, biology, natural resources management, or a closely related field.
  • Experience in outdoor work either in forestry, related field, or recreation (i.e. leading backpacking trips, leading outdoor education trips, etc.)
  • Experience in ecological field data collection.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent follow through on all tasks.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working and camping in forest environments.
  • Knowledge of Sierra Nevada headwater ecology, including conifer and mixed forests.
  • Excels working in a small crew.
  • Possession of a properly registered and insured personal vehicle, and a valid California Driver’s License. Will receive reimbursement for mileage.
  • Ability to maintain an upbeat, positive attitude while working long days.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with conducting forest mensuration techniques.
  • Knowledge of and experience in identifying high elevation Sierra Nevada plant species.
  • Confident in using a dichotomous key to identify unknown plant species.
  • Basic field GPS/navigation skills.
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick learning performer highly valued.


  • Ability and willingness to work at high elevations, walking over uneven terrain, up/down hills and steep canyons, or other similar physical activity while carrying a heavy load and working in very hot or inclement weather conditions.
  • The Technician may often be required to camp in remote locations for up to three consecutive nights.

Pay is $16/hr. and will include travel reimbursement. Temporary employees are not eligible for health insurance, paid holidays, or paid Personal Time Off (PTO). Sick Leave will be accrued at a rate of one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked and may not be used during the first 30 days of employment.

Application closes on April 23, 2021.

Submit your cover letter and resume electronically at

No phone calls, please.

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

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  • Location
    Nevada City, California
  • Department
    Watershed Science
  • Employment Type
    Full Time - Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $16.00 per hour