Forest Inventory Technician; Albany County, NY

Albany Water Department
Albany County, NY
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
Spring 2023
Last Date to Apply
Open until filled
The City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply (AWD) is offering seasonal employment to assist in forest inventory and watershed maintenance for the Water Department’s lands and waters. The Water Department currently owns and manages a water system consisting of two surface water supply reservoirs, a finished water reservoir, and approximately 6,000 acres of lands and forests. The seasonal Forest Inventory Technician will be assisting the watershed forester with routine forest inventory and other land management activities. The primary responsibilities of the seasonal employment will revolve around completing a routine forest inventory of the Alcove and Basic Creek Reservoir Forestlands. This position is ideal for individuals who enjoy working outside, are interested in expanding their technical skill set, and are looking for hands-on natural resource management experience. Potential Assignments: • Forest inventory & mapping using standard forestry tools and ArcGIS Online desktop and applications • Data entry & management • Natural resource surveys and management • Utilize ESRI ArcGIS software and web applications to inventory, update, and maintain the watershed GIS database • Assist in timber marking, invasive species removal, and other forest management activities • Assist in the development and implementation of management plans • Other various activities as needed by the Department
Minimum Qualifications: 1. An associate's or higher-level degree in environmental science, conservation biology, forestry, forest biology, natural resource management, civil or environmental engineering, geology, physical or natural science or a closely related field; OR 2. Completion of at least 30 credit hours in forestry, which must include at least one course in three or more of the following areas: botany or forest vegetation, dendrology, forest biology, forest ecology, forest ecosystem management, entomology, forest health, forest mensuration or biometry, forest pathology, forest protection, forest soils, general soils, geographic information systems, land surveying, silviculture, forest and/or timber management, or forest and wood products engineering. You must submit a list of qualifying courses with your application- include the course title, number of semester credit hours per course, name of college or university, and date of completion. OR 3. 1 year technical forestry experience; OR 4. Combination of any of the 3 requirements above. 5. Possession of a NYS Driver’s License is required at the time of appointment and for the duration of employment. Additional Requirements: • Be fluent in both written and spoken English. • Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States. • Be able to work full-time (32 - 40 hours/week) during the seasonal employment. • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and to work in adverse weather conditions on water and on land that may be on steep, rocky and uneven terrain. • Able to work independently as well as with a team. Preferred Knowledge and Skills: • Knowledge of native and invasive plant species of Northeastern forests • Experience with common tools and procedures for forest inventory • Experience with scientific data collection and standard operating procedures • ArcGIS & GPS, possibly including ArcGIS Online programs and apps • Microsoft Office, primarily Word and Excel • Interest in natural resource management • Technical writing skills • Good reading and comprehension skills
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