Crew Lead (1)
Crew Members (6)
Alternates (2)

Time Frame: Starting: November 1st
Ending between: April 20th – May 18th
12 8-day work sessions – 10-hour days
Two-week breaks for holidays and other occasions
See calendar for more information

Pay Scale:
Crew member: $12.00 – $14.00/hr dependent on experience – paid through stipend/grant
Crew Lead: $18.00 – $20.00/hr dependent upon experience – paid through stipend/grant

Job description: Work under the direction of experienced State Parks Natural Resource staff at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Palomar Mountain State Park and Anza Borrego Desert State Park as state park volunteers. Work will be conducted over 12 8-day spikes. To increase efficiency when working in the backcountry, the crew will be required to work 4-day work weeks (10-hour shifts). Group camp locations with bathrooms, hot showers and electricity will be provided to crewmembers during the spikes.

Job Duties
• Reduce accumulated down wood to decrease likelihood of a stand replacing wildfire in newly reforested sites at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park;
• Restoring and improving wildlife habitat across Colorado Desert District;
• Use of hand tools such as chainsaws and brush cutters and motorized wheelbarrows to reduce slash and prepare prescribe burn units, felling and clearing hazardous trees and assisting with fire suppression (training provided, no previous experience required);
• Camping up to seven nights in wilderness setting at state park group camp locations with bathrooms, hot showers and electricity;
• Communicating effectively with crew members, crew leaders, and park staff;
• Contributing to basic duties at the campsite including keeping camp area clean and organizing crew equipment;
• Following clear directions;
• Working safely with others;
• Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, and community members
• Participating in in-field education sessions;
• Percentage of time spent on: labor– 80%, traveling– 10%, hiking– 10%.
This position is a unique opportunity to gain experience in forestry management, field work and wildland fire within California State Parks.

• Must be in excellent physical condition to respond the physical demands of the job
• Must be physically capable of walking and working in areas of uneven, rocky terrain for extended periods of time, in possible seasonal temperatures that may occasionally be below 32º F or exceed 90º F though care will be taken to reduce exposure times to inclement weather.
• Must be able to repeatedly bend over and kneel
• Must be able to lift 25 lbs continuously and backpack with a 50 lb pack for a distance of 1-mile occasionally;
• Possess the willingness and ability to work and camp up to seven nights in a row, in a wilderness setting, in all weather conditions
• Be at least 18 years of age

Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Native Plant Identification
• Invasive Plant Identification
• GPS Unit Training
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Please contact hayley.elsken@parks.ca.gov for applications and questions.

Tagged as: entry-level, field work, fire, forest management, natural resources