Forest Resource Assistant (8542C) - 14288

San Francisco
Jan 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Forest Resource Assistant (8542C) - 14288 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Rausser College of Natural Resources serves society by generating and disseminating knowledge in the biological, physical, and social sciences in order to provide the tools both to protect the Earth's natural resources and ensure economic and ecological sustainability for future generations.

We are the bearer of the University of California's historical land-grant mission, and we stand by our explicit commitment to deliver real solutions to our state, our country, and our world. All of our faculty members hold appointments within the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and our approximately two dozen Cooperative Extension specialists conduct research and build outreach programs connecting Rausser to the wider world.

The Berkeley Forests manages multiple research stations. Assignments may be at any one of these sites, but most will be at Blodgett Forest in El Dorado County, CA. Forestry-related research in areas of forest ecology, ecosystem processes, silviculture, and forest management are conducted at Center properties. These positions provide broad support for achieving the mission of facilitating research, demonstration, and education. A wide variety of work experience is provided, including experience towards becoming a CA registered professional forester. Information on these properties and their function is available at

  • Resource monitoring program, including measurement of permanent vegetation and riparian plots.
  • Assist with various silviculture and ecology research studies.
  • Stand improvement practices, including thinning, pruning, and mechanical/chemical weeding.
  • Surveying forest feature locations, including use of Global Positioning Devices.
  • Timber Harvest preparation including timber marking and layout.
  • Maintenance of roads, facilities, and equipment.
  • Work with interns to provide guidance in performing forestry field work.

Required Qualifications
  • Vegetation measurement techniques, including use of tree measurement tools.
  • Identification of common Sierra Nevada plants.
  • Field orientation/surveying including use of a compass and maps.

  • Ability to read, write, follow oral and written instructions and demonstrated ability to perform general agricultural work.

Preferred Qualifications
    Safe use and maintenance of chainsaws, brushcutters or pruners, and forestry hand tools.
  • Operation of automatic four wheel drive vehicles and valid Calif. Driver's license.
  • Use of field data loggers and computers to collect research-grade precision data.
  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from university program that includes curricula related to management of forest resources.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a full-time, 40-hours per week, Limited (temporary) position with an anticipated end date of October 31, 2021.

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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