North Carolina State Parks
Raleigh, NC
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$17/ hr
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Last Date to Apply
The Assistant Land Management Specialist is a full-time, temporary position that assists the Natural Resources program staff in a wide variety of land management and ecological monitoring activities including identifying and recording flora and fauna species, all aspects of prescribed fire, ecological restoration, invasive species control, equipment operation/maintenance, timber inventories, delineation of stream and wetland boundaries, and more. Position will be supervised by the piedmont region biologist but may assist with other projects across the state as needed. • Standard work week will be Monday – Friday 0800 – 1700, but can change frequently and on short notice. Work week is typically 40 hours. May include occasional overnight assignments, and occasionally exceed 40 hours. • Preferred to be based out of the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, N.C. • Work activities can occur at any North Carolina State Park property statewide during employment. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT: The Assistant Land Management Specialist may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions: • Present frequent possibility of injury. • Require long hours in isolated settings. • Require physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions and on difficult and sometimes hazardous terrain. • Require the ability to occasionally operate light to heavy machinery. • Require willingness to travel frequently and potential overnight stays.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a two-year technical school with an Associate’s degree in forest management, environmental or natural science curriculum, and one to two years related experience in natural science-related field, or land management field work; or an equivalent combination of education and experiences. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: • Ability to perform and report on natural resource inventories using accepted statistical methodologies with limited oversight. • Knowledge of forestry BMP’s and their field implementation for multiple objective activities. • Basic identification skills of common fauna species native to the North Carolina piedmont across various taxa. Knowledge and experience in various monitoring techniques preferred. • Ability to identify and learn plant species including herbaceous groundcover across the NC physiographic regions. • Have knowledge and ability of data organization, record keeping, and attention to pertinent detail. • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2 or higher. Prefer some prescribed fire experience. • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities and goals, and resolve complex problems both independently and in collaboration & consultation with supervisor and other Natural Resource Program staff. • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.: chainsaw, ATV, tractor and implements, leaf blower, radio, hand tools, drip torch, spray equipment, etc.) • Ability, and willingness to handle herbicides during vegetation management • Ability to mix, handle, and apply herbicides in accordance with label directions and supervisor instructions. • Ability to learn how to correctly identify invasive plants with minimal review, and to differentiate invasive plants from native vegetation of similar appearance. • Ability to create maps utilizing GIS, GPS, aerial photography, and other suitable sources for field & office needs. • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions from supervisors and co-workers. • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, with co-workers, Division personnel, and occasionally with the public. • Ability to develop and complete tasks within specified timeframes. • Ability to utilize and navigate to remote sites with maps, written directions, and GPS. • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. • Possession of valid NC driver’s license and ability to safely operate state vehicles. COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: The position holder must have excellent command of the English language and be able to clearly and concisely convey information orally and in writing; effectively be able to present ideas to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and message. Presents results and summaries; adheres to reporting requirements; and contributes to writing reports. The position holder should have the ability to analyze, manipulate and evaluate information/data, including the use of software by utilizing word processing such as Microsoft Word and spreadsheet manipulations such as Microsoft Excel. HOW TO APPLY: • Send completed resume and PD-107 to: • NC PD-107 can be found at: • For more information contact: Jessica Jordan at 919-219-3070
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