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Trinity county resource conservation district

Weaverville, CA

https://www.tcrcd.net/

Building Resiliency in a Changing Climate

Desired Skills/Traits:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources (forestry, botany, hydrology, agriculture, or environmental sciences and management) with prior GIS experience

  • Public Speaking/Outreach/Teaching

  • GIS knowledge and fluency

  • Desire to work outside, field work experience

  • Graphic design experience

  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to work in field and hike difficult terrain with 50 lbs pack

  • Basic 32 Red Card (Wildland Firefighter Training), Swiftwater Rescue

 

Openings: 1 of 1

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Focus Area: Forestry/Fire

Climate Mitigation & Adaptation, Ecological Forestry, Education & Outreach, Fire Preparedness & Management, Regenerative Agriculture, Volunteer Engagement, Watershed Management, Food Systems

project breakdown

Research

10%

Planning

25%

Implementation

25%

Education & Outreach

40%

Goals & Needs

Weaverville Community Forest

1. TCRCD has been home to GrizzlyCorps Fellows since the program’s inception, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to promote climate resiliency in Trinity County.

2. The day in the life of the Fellow will be varied seasonally, and involve working closely with the Forest Health Program, Education and Outreach Program, and Watershed Programs at TCRCD.

September-March: there will be many opportunities for stakeholder meetings, GIS work and research into beaver dam analogue planning, community events such as Science on Tap, educational programming in local schools, and forest health field work in the Weaverville Community Forest.

March-May: there are opportunities for community events such as wildflower hikes, invasive weed removal events, beaver dam implementation trainings, field work training, stakeholder meetings, educational programming in schools, and planning for the Weaverville Farmers Market.

May-August: there will be many field work opportunities to assist with forest health and watershed related activities, weekly coordination of the farmers market, and Weaverville Summer Day camp.

3. In a rural region such as Trinity County, there are many facets of our community and surrounding environment that are underserved, understaffed, and lack the resources and understanding to adapt to a rapidly changing climate and the elevated risks associated. The potential for capacity building with GrizzlyCorps provides as opportunity to engage and educate the community in meaningful ways about forest health management, wildfire risk reduction, and food sovereignty; participate in field work and real time data collection to aid in adaptive management practices of forests and watersheds; utilize technological approaches of geospatial analysis to plan and mitigate for droughts, high flood events, habitat degradation and loss, and infrastructure damage; and further watershed restoration efforts using low-tech process-based restoration techniques to restore ecosystem health, increase biodiversity, reduce wildfire risk, decrease agricultural run-off, increase carbon sequestration, and improve climate resiliency.

4. The Fellow's service will promote GrizzlyCorps' purpose and goals by focusing on rural communities that can benefit from community education, engagement, and understanding to improve forest health, watershed management, and food security in a changing climate. Additionally, the service will assist in planning and implementation to help mitigate elevated climate risks of wildfire, drought, high flood events, and loss of biodiversity.

Capacity Building Projects

Weaverville Community Forest

The Fellow will assist the TCRCD Forest Health Program with community engagement in the Weaverville Community Forest, an award-winning partnership between TCRCD, the USFS, and the BLM. Education programming includes field trips and forestry curriculum for elementary to high school students, with an aim to engage you with their local ecosystem, increase understanding of forest health, and fire ecology. Other opportunities include assisting with public meetings regarding the WCF, organizing educational hikes with specialists, and supporting facilitation of the WCF steering committee. The fellow will have an opportunity to bolster our capacity to complete field work on the Community Forest, especially through the winter season.

To learn more about the Weaverville Community Forest, its mission and history visit: www.tcrcd.net/wcf.

 

Education and Outreach

The Fellow will enhance the District's mission to provide watershed and forest health education to both students and the community in Trinity County, in addition to supporting the weekly Weaverville Certified Farmers Market, and community education and volunteer efforts. The educational programing will cover a range of important topics, such as water quality and pollution, the life cycle of salmon, fire ecology and preparedness, and gardening. Activities designed for youth will take place in schools, through field trips, at a three-week summer camp, and during a three-day environmental camp. The fellow would support and help organize the local farmers market that promotes local agriculture, food security, and fosters community engagement around sustainable practices, in addition to community-focused educational and volunteer efforts, such as invasive weed removal, native plant cultivation, Science On Tap, the Trinity River Cleanup, and the Spring Wildflower Walk.

 

Watershed Resiliency Support

The Fellow will support the TCRCD Watershed Program in GIS road realignment, planning of beaver dam analogues, watershed field work, and supporting coordination of the Trinity River Watershed Council.  By increasing the accuracy of our road layer in the Upper Trinity region, we will support emergency responders, community members, and professionals with resources they need to increase the health of our forest, manage for wildfires, increase community safety, and identify sedimentation sources to the Trinity River. This will increase the organization’s capacity for future projects in the area, and support the planning and implementation of beaver dam analogues. Watershed field work will capture data to aid in adaptive management of water and fisheries resources, and coordination of the TRWC supports collaboration of over 20+ community and agency stakeholders working to improve the health and resiliency of the Trinity River Watershed.

Organizational & Community Highlights

The Trinity County Resource Conservation District (TCRCD) is a special district whose mission is to assist in protecting, managing, conserving, and restoring the natural resources of Trinity County through information, education, technical assistance, and project implementation programs.

Our office is located in Weaverville, California at the foothills of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Weaverville, the County seat of Trinity County is approximately 60 minutes from Redding in Shasta County and 2 hours from Arcata along Highway 299. Trinity County has a population of approximately 15,781 and over 76% of the land is managed by the federal government. There is an abundance of outdoor recreation activities including access to the Trinity River along the Highway 299 corridor. Weaverville has a quaint historic downtown along Main St. with a few art galleries, shops, and restaurants, yet is limited in indoor activities options. The Weaver Basin Trail system surrounds the town and offer great opportunities for accessible hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Trinity Lake and Lewiston Lake are just a short drive away with great fishing, hiking, swimming, and boat opportunities.

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