Collaborative Forestry and Youth Stewardship Apprenticeship

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

About the organization

Our Mission
Promoting healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decision-making and programs.

Our Approach
Recognizing the direct relationship rural communities have with forest landscapes, Sierra Institute has advanced integrative programs that support rural environmental, economic, and community health at local, regional, and national levels for the past twenty-five years.


Collaborative Restoration Planning and Implementation (~75%): The Sierra Institute in partnership with the South Lassen Watersheds Group. Active projects include large landscape restoration planning on a 150,000 acre multi-jurisdictional restoration project, planning for reintroduction of prescribed fire in a recommended Research Natural Area, implementation of fuels management in preparation for prescribed fire in wilderness areas, and integrated forest-meadow-stream restoration across several project areas.
Youth Stewardship (~15%): Sierra Institute’s flagship youth stewardship program, P-CREW, is an
immersive experiential work opportunity on northern California’s public lands for youth from rural and urban areas. Participants forge unexpectedly strong friendships, develop leadership and job skills, explore diverse and wild forests, all while building pride and confidence in themselves through social and emotional learning. The selected apprentice will help Sierra Institute’s P-CREW staff prepare for the 2022 season, including updating systems for tracking crew project accomplishments, supporting the recruitment process, and developing natural resource education materials.
General Organizational Support (~10%): As a member of Sierra Institute’s professional staff, the
apprentice will contribute to the organization’s overall pursuit of its mission. Responsibilities may
include participating on field trips with youth, or other organizational support activities.


• An undergraduate or advanced degree in forestry, wildlife, hydrology, or related natural
resources field;
• Basic understanding of land management policies, and natural resource issues such as wildfire
forestry, and ecological restoration;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and ESRI ArcGIS;
• A desire to work and live in a rural, mountainous area that receives snow and ice in winter, and
may experience wildfires and/or periods of wildfire smoke in summer;
• A team-oriented perspective with a productive level of self-guidance and initiative;
• An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the workplace;
• A personal vehicle for transportation outside of work;
• A strong interest to learn about rural issues and engage with rural communities.
• Demonstrated knowledge of collaborative resource management and community involvement;
• Experience with technical field forestry activities, such as forest inventory, timber sale
preparation and administration;
• Experience conducting resource surveys independently and as part of a group (e.g., common
stand exams, wildlife surveys, water resource surveys)
• Demonstrated ability and effectiveness in working with youth in a natural resource setting.
• Interest in post-fire forest restoration


$2,000/month, plus shared housing

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send your resume, cover letter, and the contact information for your references as one pdf to [email protected] with the position title you are applying for in the subject line.

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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