Does this describe you?

You have greatly enjoyed forest management and CEQA or NEPA compliance work. You also relish collaboration with other natural resources professionals and agency staff to solve challenging resource problems. Recently, you’ve been wanting to apply your skills to lead or support more projects that improve forest resilience in California. You are excited about the prospect of being on the leading edge of a state-wide effort to increase the pace and scale of projects that address California’s wildfire and climate crisis. You are team-oriented and highly motivated to contribute to the development of forest management plans and projects, guide a project through the regulatory compliance process, and meet client objectives. Analytical thinking and writing quality are core skills. You believe strongly in the value of well-conceived, concise, and clearly written analysis, so that clients, regulators, and public agency officials have technically accurate, objective, and reliable information to support their decisions.

Would you enjoy this?

If you worked at Ascent Environmental, this week you might

  • Help to lead preparation of a CEQA document for a forest management project in cooperation with interdisciplinary staff and public agency clients.
  • Collaborate with state or federal agency staff to identify the most appropriate strategy to comply with CEQA, NEPA, and the California Forest Practice Act.
  • Prepare a forest management plan for a land conservancy, local government, or state agency that includes an assessment of forest conditions, delineation of treatment units, and development of treatment prescriptions for fuel reduction and ecological restoration.
  • Prepare a wildfire risk assessment for a NEPA or CEQA document, evaluating potential wildfire risks to a proposed development project and developing wildfire mitigation measures.
  • Prepare a Timber Harvest Plan, Program Timber Harvest Plan, Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan, or CAL FIRE exemption consistent with the California Forest Practice Act.
  • Evaluate a proposed forest management project for consistency with the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) or a similar program.
  • Help prepare a scope of work and price estimate for new work to develop a forest management plan or prepare a CEQA/NEPA document for a fuel reduction project.
  • Speak at a conference or in-house training about the latest strategies to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration.

If you're interested, here's a bit more:

We are looking for a Forester with a strong background in environmental planning to be a key member of Ascent’s growing forest management practice. The candidate should be located in California or Nevada and be able to report periodically to one of Ascent’s offices in Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Oakland, or San Diego. Candidates should have a BS or MS in Forestry or a related field and a minimum of 4-7+ years of relevant experience. Excellent writing skills are important. A California Registered Professional Forester (RPF) license is desired but strong forestry/fire fuel/wildfire planning experience may be substituted for an RPF license. Required are extensive knowledge of California forest management techniques and regulations, and strong interpersonal skills. The candidate will be working on interesting and complex projects throughout California and will be on the leading edge of California’s effort to address the state’s wildfire and climate crisis.

Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging workplace environment with excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, collegial teamwork, participation in important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in community service events, and regular performance recognition.

Still Interested?

Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume to:

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