Private Lands Forester: Virginia

IUP Research Institute/USDA-NRCS
Job Category
Full time Positions
$50,000-52,000 + benefits
Last Date to Apply
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Research Institute, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is looking for a motivated individual to work effectively with private forest landowners and local conservation partners in the Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia. The selected individual will conduct landowner outreach, collect and review silvics data, draft forest management plans, and prepare stands for project implementation for landowners interested in being part of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership to assist in the recovery of the Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA), while also promoting forest health and timber production objectives.
•Bachelor's degree or higher in Forestry and a strong understanding of forest stand improvement practices and wildlife conservation in eastern deciduous forests •Experience working with private landowners as well as public agencies (NRCS, USFWS, state forestry and wildlife agencies, etc.) strongly desired •Experience developing and implementing site-specific forest management plans/practices, and the ability to utilize forest inventory tools/inventory protocol needed. •Willing and able to travel throughout western Virginia with occasional overnight travel as project area covers 29 counties. Use of NRCS vehicles for site visits is provided and IUP-RI will cover expenses related to overnight travel. •Knowledge of NRCS landowner cost-share programs desired •Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines. •Proven ability to be self-motivated, responsible, and solve problems. Applicant must be able to develop and manage their own daily work schedule to achieve results and work independently. •Willing and able to work in physically challenging environment under adverse conditions. IUP-RI provides a GPS unit, cruising vest, prism, flagging, forestry paint, etc. Potential projects are in heavily forest landscapes and often in rugged terrain, so comfort, ability and desire to navigate environments is required. •Forester will be required to participate in specific NRCS training programs in order to use NRCS facilities, computers, and equipment. Applicant must have a valid driver's license. Though this position is largely field or home office based, candidates should plan to be located in western Virginia. The forester will be an IUP-RI employee and represents IUP-RI in its work. The forester will be supervised by the IUP-RI project manager in partnership with VA NRCS staff. To Apply: Please send a single PDF containing 1) cover letter, 2) resume or CV, and 3) names and contact information for 3 references to Kristin Fuoco at with the subject line "VA Forester Position." If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Kristin by email. *The IUP Research Institute does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), disability, age, citizenship status, genetic information, GED rather than high school diploma, use of service animal and relationship or association with a disabled person.
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Kristin Fuoco
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