Description The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, golf courses, trails and parkways.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Forester III, State Lands Mgmt Forestry Director.
The Management Forestry Program Director oversees the State Public Lands Management Forestry Program by developing relationships with program constituents, overseeing forest management activities on state lands within DCR’s Division of State Parks and Forests, maintaining policies and procedures, developing performance measures, providing fiscal oversight, managing multiple funding accounts, reporting to DCR senior staff on program performance, coordinating events and training programs and attending, on behalf of the state, relevant workshops, seminars, lectures and conferences related to state lands management. The Management Forestry Program Director is the statewide forestry spokesperson for DCR’s Division of State Parks and Forests.
1) Monitor, assess, and manage the Commonwealth's forests in a sustainable, exemplary manner.
2) Provide direction and oversight to silviculture implemented on DCR’s State Forests, Parks and Reservations
3) Approve staff drafted timber sale contract/permits and MA Chapter 132 Forest Cutting Plans; serve as signatory and arbiter of forestry aspects of the timber sale contract/permit and cutting plans 4) Develop, implement, and monitor the policies and operational procedures relating to forest management on state lands.
5) Develop, implement, and monitor standards for maps, boundaries, roads, visual aesthetics, and habitat management.
6) Oversee the preparation and editing of Forest Resource Management Plans and the review of the Landscape Designations for DCR Parks and Forests; Selection Criteria and Management Guidelines
7) Conduct public outreach for State Lands Management. Work independently and with staff on interpretive/educational messaging about forest management
8) Help contribute to the redraft of the state’s Forest Action Plan.
9) Assist Director with Bureau/DCR meetings
10) Work with GIS/Inventory Forester and Information Technology (IT) on continued improvements to forestry databases and forestry information systems
11) Coordinate forest monitoring on stand level and landscape level with staff GIS/Inventory Forester using modern stand exam techniques, remote sensing and Continuous Forest Inventory.
12) Help coordinate forest studies on DCR properties.
13) Reach out to constituents to raise awareness of the program and increase participation based upon evaluated constituent needs.
14) Oversee State Public Land Policies and Procedures including development of state goals.
15) Develop program performance measures, maintain program records and annually evaluate and report to the state and federal government on program progress and future direction.
16) Supervise the Management Forestry Program staff and perform administrative tasks for the program.
17) Fiscal Oversight: Manage and administer the budget for Capital Forestry Programs.
18) General Program Execution: Organize, arrange for and present speeches, lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences and training sessions relative to the state lands forest management program; Prepare and distribute newsletters and information relative to program events and correspond with stakeholders, committees and organizations state-wide.
19) Attend local, state, regional and national meetings and conferences relevant to public lands management.
20) Coordinate forest monitoring with Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative.
21) Perform all related duties as assigned.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Official Title: Forester III Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Amherst-Route 116 Job: Agriculture Agency: Department of Conservation & Recreation Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Posting Date: Aug 19, 2020 Number of Openings: 1 Salary: 64,294.62 - 94,119.74 Yearly If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Agatha Summons - 617-626-1275 Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists Confidential: No
Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least
(A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of forest resource management, (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, and
(C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or
(D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. An Associate's degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
III. A Graduate degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required
(A) experience and one year of the required
(B) experience.* *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of two years of the required
(A) experience, and one year of the required
(B) experience. No substitution will be permitted for the required (C) experience.
Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class Three Motor Vehicle Operator's License.