Forestry Technician with a diverse skill set including but not limited to fighting fire, plant and animal inventory, watershed restoration, and forest/fuel management.
Primary duty: contain, control and suppress wildland fires, parachute from airplanes as an initial attack resource in order to suppress wild fires in remote places with varied terrain. As a smokejumper I give equipment safety checks to fellow smokejumpers, follow exit procedures from the aircraft, guide my parachute to targets under varied wind and drift conditions, have been trained in malfunction procedures, adjusted to unforeseen conditions during parachute operations, completed letdown procedures accurately. I have been a supervisor on a wide range of wildland fires including acting as an Incident Commander in conjunction with my smokejumper responsibilities. Operate and maintain chainsaws, fusees, drip torches, flares, portable pumps, and radios. I have directed and performed hose lays, directed and applied water, determined rates of fire spread, conducted and supervised backfiring operations, fire patrol and mop-up activities. I have used and maintained complex fire suppression equipment systems. I am a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificated Senior Parachute Rigger, this certification allows me to inspect, repair and pack main and reserve parachutes. Climb trees for cargo retrieval using lanyards and spikes. Arbor climber certified for tree maintenance and exotic insect inspection. I am a IC4 trainee, crewboss, helicopter crew member, fire effects monitor and a trainee for heavy equipment boss, felling boss, and field observer.
Secondary duties: Often work with other resources such as helicopters as a part of a helitack crew where the primary duties consist of manifests, constructing helispots, fire support and fire suppression. Assist in class instruction for the US Forest Service S-class series.
Repair Forest Service equipment and help construct fire equipment such as line gear, hose bags, cargo chute containers, and smokejumper suits.
Worked as a crew member of a fire use module.
Primary duties: conducted plot surveys analyzing fire behavior, vegetation consumption, burn severity, smoke parameters and rate of fire spread on wildfires in Alaska. Conducted fire ecology vegetation plot surveys analyzing plant growth and general ecosystem recovery on fire scars.
Secondary duties: taking fire crews down to the lower 48 on fire assignments. Conducted invasive plant surveys, created fire maps using Arcview/GIS for public information and landscape analysis, kept inventory of equipment and placed orders wen necessary. Worked in remote areas of Alaska where mitigating hazards (bears, boating, camping, hiking) were part of a daily routine. Carried upwards of 60 pounds hiking over tundra. Worked with helicopters for crew transport and fire suppression.
Primary duties: Worked on a 20 person handcrew as a national resource to suppress wildland fires. Responded to both initial attack and extended attack fire incidents by constructing fire lines using chainsaws, hand tools, portable pumps, operating and programing radios, using GPS units to map fire perimeters. Endurance necessary to work 16 hours shifts, carrying upwards of 60 pounds, for 14-21 day details required all of us to be in good physical condition and to mitigate fatigue during stressfully hazardous conditions.
Secondary duties: fuel management, thinned trees as an action to create healthy forests, responded to natural disasters, trained new crew members, conducted weather measurements, served as a lookout, worked on prescribed burns as an igniter, fire effects monitor and holder. One of the lead crew drivers, drove with 10 other crew members to incidents and projects.
Salmon Population Surveys Humboldt County California
Evaluation of Watershed Restoration Projects California
Vegetation Diversity Plot Surveys California, Oregon, Alaska
Invertebrate Population Surveys Bolinas Lagoon, Tiburon Research Center, CA
Data Analysis and Interpretation for Ecological Restoration Projects Tiburon Research Center, CA
Wetland Plant Diversity Surveys Bolinas Lagoon, Arcata Marsh, CA
Fuel Loading Measurements using Brown's Transects Mendocino CA
Stream Habitat Surveys Humboldt County, CA
Macro-Invertebrate Population Surveysand Analysis Freshwater Creek Watershed, CA
Asian Longhorn Beetle Eradication Program Worcester, MA
Effects of Increased Wastewater Treatment Regulations on Algae Density in the Clark Fork River Missoula, MT
Water Quality Testing (well water, rivers and water filters) Nicaragua
Monitoring and Evaluation of NGO Water Projects (designing the protocol) Nicaragua
Oversaw burning operations for prescribed burns over 250 acres.
Taught Introduction to Soils at the University level.
Trained and supervised new crew members on a hand crew and a smokejumper crew.
Certified as a Senior Parachute Rigger within the first two seasons of my employment with the Smokejumper Program
Awarded funding for Salmon in the Classroom program.
Awarded a scholarship for Conservation and Education projects in Latin America.
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