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South Sugarloaf Fire Rehabilitation Technician

South Sugarloaf Fire Rehabilitation Project Background Information:
On August 17th, 2018 lightening started the South Sugarloaf Fire on the Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, Jarbidge Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF). The fire burned approximately 145,000 acres of NFS land, 80,000 acres of private land, and 10,000 acres of other federal or state land. The fire burned numerous watersheds that are tributary to Wildhorse Reservoir, the Owyhee River, and the North Fork of the Humboldt River. The North Fork of the Humboldt is occupied habitat for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT), a federally-listed species. The fire also burned through high quality native vegetation communities which had minimal background weed populations (less than 3% in the pre-existing monitoring plots). Included in the native plant community are several large greater sage-grouse leks as well as brood rearing habitat. 

The cross-boundary objectives of the South Sugarloaf Fire Rehabilitation project are to:
• Improve upland and stream habitat quality for sage-grouse and other native terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
• Reduce and mitigate wildfire risk.
• Protect water quality by reducing the delivery of road-generated sediment to stream channels and wet meadows, and preventing stream crossing failure. 
• Protect water supply for the livestock grazing industry, including numerous private landowners and 12 HTNF grazing permittees.
• Manage livestock distribution to protect water quality, promote rangeland recovery, and reduce effects to wildlife habitat.
• Environmental education and public outreach.
Monitoring will evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of actions, using random sampling within the project area. Monitoring will include, but is not limited to: 1) Seeding: species composition, ground cover; 2) Stream stabilization: stream bank stability, sediment loading; 3) Road maintenance: road drainage and condition; 4) Water development repair and replacement: disturbance recovery, new invasive/noxious weed occurrences; and 5) Fence replacement: appropriate wire/spacing/fence markers, disturbance recovery. 

Project Description:
Great Basin Institute in cooperation with the Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, Jarbidge Ranger District Wells, NV Ruby Mountains Ranger Station is seeking to recruit individuals to join the South Sugarloaf Fire Rehabilitation Project Team. The primary focus of the team (~60% of time) will be completing boundary fence reconstruction projects to reestablish US Forest Service property boundaries to assist with managing grazing permits. Reestablishing fence perimeters will in turn protect water quality, promote rangelent recovery and reduce effects to wildlife habitat. In addition, the team will spend the remaining project time supporting US Forest Service staff with reseeding and planting desirable native and non-native species, assist with the construction of beaver dam analogs in watersheds within the burned area, and assisting with post fire monitoring. 

Location:
Openings are available and will be stationed with the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District located in Wells, NV. 

Rising from the floor of the Great Basin—the vast expanse between the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains where creeks and rivers flow inland rather than to the ocean—the steep, green mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest provide critical water, wildlife habitat, and incredible adventures for visitors and residents. Ghost towns and historic mining cabins dot these vast, largely undiscovered sky islands that offer freedom, solitude, and a sense of discovery and adventure for the self-reliant. 

Compensation: 
• 6 month (900 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $6,150 living stipend (approximately $700 every two weeks before taxes)
• 18 week (675 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $2,255.24 education award
• $15.00/night per diem
• Preventative Health Insurance 
• Housing available at no cost 

Timeline: 
• July 8 through November 7, 2019
• Dates can be flexible. Please contact Kevin Dose (kdose@thegreatbasininstitute.org) to discuss your options.

Requirements: 
•Must maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.
•Be able to communicate effectively with US Forest Service Staff and fellow team members.
•Possess the willingness and ability to work in a wilderness setting, in all weather conditions, without formal restroom facilities or running water.
•Be able to lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally.
•Be at least 17 years of age.
•Be a US citizen.
•Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
•Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards).
•All position offers are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.