18817 – Forest Inventory & Analysis Forester 1 – Knox County

Tennessee Division of Forestry
Knox County, TN
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Accepting applications from Aug 11th to Aug 24th, 2021. This position is with the Tennessee Division of Forestry (TDF) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. This FIA unit is part of a nationwide U.S. Forest Service program that collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest resources. Field-based measurements occur on permanent plots located on a systematic grid across public and private ownership. FIA foresters collect data about tree measurements, forest health parameters, understory vegetation composition, habitat types, down dead woody material, silvicultural practices, natural disturbances, and land ownership. The FIA Forester works in a two-person crew and reports to the FIA Program Specialist. The FIA Forester will primarily work from the Nashville workstation, but some flexibility in workstation and location exists. Plots are located statewide, and foresters may be sent to assist data collection in other areas of Tennessee on an as-needed basis. FIA foresters must be willing to work in challenging terrain, travel to remote plot locations (sometimes overnight), and plan their work according to weather conditions. The full-time work schedule is typically 37.5 hours, Monday—Thursday. This position has built-in flexibility during the Monday—Friday work week to accommodate weather-related impediments. Some weekend and overnight travel may occur. Data is collected to defined standards, and data quality is confirmed by the U.S. Forest Service. Standards of performance must be demonstrated annually to maintain data collection certification. The Forest FIA Specialist will provide training and support during the certification process. Loss of certification could result in job termination. This job posting is for one FIA Forester 1. An applicant appointed to this position can be reclassified to Forester 2 if s/he has at least one year of post-graduate forestry experience. If the applicant appointed to this position does not have prior experience, then s/he can be reclassified to Forester 2 after successful completion of a one-year training period. Specific Job Duties: PLANNING 1. Assist in locating permanent field plots with road navigation, interpreting maps and aerial photos, determining scale of aerial photos, running compass lines, chaining/pacing distances, and using GPS equipment. 2. Assist in determining ownership and obtaining permission from the owner to enter property where plots are located. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION 1. Measure and record forest inventory data (e.g., percent ground cover, tree diameter, tree height, tree vigor, tree status, fire fuel loading). 2. Maintain a data quality standard set by U.S. Forest Service. 3. Complete FIA certification within one year of hire.
Minimum Qualifications: 1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in forestry or similar natural resource curriculum that includes dendrology, forest measurements, silviculture, and forest management. 2. Possess and maintain a valid vehicle operator’s license. You must apply through Tennessee's Career Portal at: https://careers.edison.tn.gov/psc/hrprdrs/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?FOCUS=Applicant& Applicants must attach a copy of their transcript to their application, or send it to Thomas Rowe at thomas.rowe@tn.gov.
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