Klamath Forest Sign and Sinkyone Wilderness Restoration Team

Expected Dates
August 30, 2021 to November 19, 2021
Site
Klamath National Forest
Position ID
PO-00731261
This SCA Team will undertake two projects; a forest-wide signage project on the Klamath National Forest and an ecological restoration/fuels reduction project in coastal prairie habitat a Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.  The team will start on the Klamath NF and will repair and/or replace kiosks and information display panels at 29 campgrounds, 13 day-use areas, 50 trailheads, and 12 river access sites. Signage will improve Leave No Trace, covid-19, and river safety messaging for the public. The team will then move to Sinkyone Wilderness State Park along wildest stretch of the California Coast, known as the “Lost Coast.”

At Sinkyone, the team will restore coastal prairie habitat by removing invasive non-native plant species and native scrub and trees that have encroached into past historic prairie boundaries. The introduction of invasive non-native plant species and the encroachment of shrubs and trees, such as coyote brush and Douglas-fir, has reduced suitable habitat for many wildlife species including the resident herd of Roosevelt elk.  It has also increased unsafe fuel loads which will be reduced to create safer conditions for the surrounding communities of Whitethorn and Whale Gulch.  Invasive non-native plants will be removed by hand using hand tools such as a weed wrenches or shovels. Plants will be dug out of the ground to a depth of no more than two feet. For larger invasive non-native plants, such as eucalyptus, and native shrubs and trees, a handsaw or chainsaw will be used. Chainsaws will not be used in the park areas that are state-designated wilderness. Most removed vegetation will be piled and burned at a later date.

Field-life is rugged, and while on work hitches, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while on hitch, this program is alcohol and substance free.  

 
Arrival Location
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Medford, OR
   
Crew Camping
Expect to be camping for the duration of the program.  Crews should also expect to be mobile and travel long distances in remote locations to get to their project sites.  Members will be expected to work together to ensure that all SCA equipment, vehicles, trailer, and tools are properly maintained and ready for use in the field.  Personal vehicles are not recommended for this project.  Crew members will have access to an SCA vehicle for transportation to and from work projects.   The crew will have a modest budget for occasional hotel stays during the project for when they are traveling between project locations or on days off. 
  
Member Responsibilities
  • Ensure project, crew community, basecamp, vehicles, and general safety standards are upheld; full engagement is expected in all work projects and community activities. 
  • Interfacing with general public and partner organizations in a manner that reflects positively upon the crew, organization, and agency. 
  • Take on role of Hitch Leader for at least one hitch, serving as a professional liaison with SCA Project Leaders, handling the logistics of a project, meal planning, delegating responsibilities, developing emergency response plans, and completing all necessary paperwork. 
  • Recording work totals and creating reports for submission to agency partners; this will include GPS field data collection and post-processing. 

Member Qualifications

  • Commitment to living and working within an intensive crew environment; interpersonal skills and community living experience are pluses. 
  • Commitment to service in working conditions that will include: extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and precipitation. 
  • Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program. 
  • Ability to pass SCA background check. 
  • Valid driver’s license; ability to pass Motor Vehicle Records check preferred 

Member Benefits:
- $650 - one time round trip travel allowance
- $200 - weekly living allowance
- AmeriCorps eligible ($1,311.11 education award)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
 
**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. To be eligible for this position you must have served as an AmeriCorps member less than 4 times**


*** The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement several safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic.  Please review the documents below for SCA’s updated organizational response plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. 

SCA COVID-19 Response Plan (updated 6/25/2021)
SCA COVID-19 Participant Agreement Form (updated 1/27/2021)

For Members who have accepted this position (Please click on the links below to review the steps you need to take to prepare for your position) 
Preparing for your Corps Team Position
Onboarding for Your Corps Team Position
Trail Corps Team Gear List

  • Klamath National Forest and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park in northern California
  • hand and power tools
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Camping
competent without supervision
Construction
competent with supervision
GPS
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision