The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) has an immediate need for a full-time, term limited (minimum of 3 years) Conservation Forester (Forester). The Forester will be a valuable member of the MDF Conservation Team who report directly to the MDF Director of Conservation and will work closely with MDF staff and partners. The incumbent will work cooperatively with the USDA Forest Service on the Plumas National Forest and other forests in Region 5 (CA) to assist MDF in developing, implementing, and managing collaborative habitat and conservation projects with the U.S. Forest Service and other MDF partners to meet deer habitat and watershed restoration objectives. Applicants should be able to work independently, have working knowledge of tools and tactics for forestry, silviculture, timber stand improvement, fuels reduction, habitat management, and fire restoration including reforestation with an understanding of contract management, and project implementation. Duty Station will be at the Plumas National Forest Supervisors Office in Quincy, CA with travel requirements in CA and other areas as needed.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
• Collaborate with Forest Service on the development of proposals focusing on the restoration of natural communities, wildlife habitats and overall ecosystem function.
• Develop, administer, implement, and monitor MDF/Plumas National Forest agreements and contracts in cooperation with Plumas NF program staff.
• Assist with MDF projects within Region 5 (CA) and other regions if needed where forestry skills and qualifications are needed.
• Identify opportunities and provide implementation recommendations for proposed vegetation projects to create effective management through contracting.
• Coordinate with MDF staff and MDF conservation partners.
• Develop working relationships with local, State or Regional contractors.
• Manage subcontractors to implement fuels reduction projects (mulching, mastication, hazard tree felling, thinning, etc.)
• Assist in the development of contracting specifications to meet land management objectives.
• Construct, update reports, manage data and provide oversight for all contract administration.
• Promote participation and highlight accomplishments by submitting newspaper articles to all local newspapers within the project area and providing radio interviews on identified radio stations.
• Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills
Preferred candidates will possess experience working in forest ecosystems, riparian communities and a working knowledge of mule deer, forest wildlife and their habitat requirements. Knowledge of fire behavior, forest management and planning for major silvicultural types of within the western region is required. A working knowledge of basic surveying principles, map reading and GIS/GPS technology, ArcGIS skills and the ability to apply professional scientific techniques to the land for which responsibilities are assigned is required. The forester will possess the ability to effectively cooperate with Federal, State, local government entities, land management contractors, general public, and their peers. The position requires the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, to convey clear and persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others. Knowledge or ability to learn general contract administration and project implementation.
Salary/Benefits $70 – $80K DOE plus benefits. Health Insurance and 401K.
Duty Location Quincy, CA (Plumas National Forest Supervisor’s Office)
Travel Successful applicant will have occasional travel to various project sites within CA and to MDF HQ in Salt Lake City, UT.
To Apply: Application through email only. Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references (combined into one (1) document - MS Word or PDF (preferred)) with a subject line of - “Conservation Forester Job Application” to email@example.com. Applicant will be notified if they are selected for an interview after application deadline.
Application Deadline: 2/4/2022
Anticipated Start Date: March 2022
Contacts: If you have questions, please contact Steve Belinda - MDF Director of Conservation at firstname.lastname@example.org /(307) 231-3128
MDF is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.
Successful candidate will be required to pass a background check and drug test as condition of employment with MDF.
This position will be located in a federal office subject to requirements under Executive Order 14042 to mandate vaccinations for COVID-19. All prospective hires will be required to provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Per the order, employees may also request a Medical or Religious exemption from the vaccine requirement and the request must be supported by a doctor for a medical exemption or by a statement from the employee for a sincerely held belief for a religious exemption. COVID-19 workplace safety protocols will need to be required in federal offices and workplaces.
Education requirements: Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Forestry from a SAF accredited program or a degree in wildlife biology/management, or natural resources related field with significant forestry experience. Experience with forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, and wildlife biology is required. Applicants that are Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) and have experience with federal agreements/contracts will be given preference.
• Strong organizational skills, networking, communication (ex., verbal, presentation, inter-personal, writing), project management and leadership ability is preferred.
• Experience working with Federal / State agencies.
• Experience or ability to use ArcGIS, Google Maps, Avenza Maps, and other computer mapping systems, including GPS, to identify and delineate project boundaries.
• Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other computer software.
• Able to work in a wide range of field conditions often requiring rigorous physical activity
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines; applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems.
• Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted.
• Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently without experiencing debilitating health problems.
• Applicant may be required to participate in specific training programs to use partner facilities and equipment.
• Valid driver’s license