Forester II (Req#22000AIA)
About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
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. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways.
In addition, DCR has conservation programs that enhance and protect natural resources throughout the Commonwealth. DCR’s Bureau of Forestry and Fire Control offers programs, technical assistance, and grants for landowners in Massachusetts for the stewardship of our forests, both rural and urban, to conserve forests, maintain clean air and water, and enhance wildlife habitat for future generations.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Service Forester.
General Duties of Service Foresters:
The Service Forestry Program provides outreach and education to private landowners and municipalities to aid them in making educated decisions about their woodlots as well as protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations.
Service Foresters work in both an office and field environment. Service Foresters are assigned a field district. This job posting is for field district 11, https://www.mass.gov/doc/service-forester-district-map/download . District 11 is a rural mainly forested area, field work will comprise at least 60% of a work week with time for outreach and programming at the district and state level, including the Timber Harvest License program.
Within the specified district, as well as in collaboration with others on a statewide level, a Service Forester provides technical assistance to landowners, and site visits to active timber harvests for environmental compliance. They may write articles or create material about forestry subject matter for technical and popular audiences, and work with municipalities on forestry related projects. Current statewide program initiatives are focused on climate, carbon and working with timber harvesters on BMP's related to climate change. With oversight from the program director, Service Foresters have a high degree of autonomy for their day-to-day field and office work, so must be a self-starter with a high degree of organization and accountability.
A Service Foresters must be independent worker with forestry field experience, technical forestry skills, knowledge of silviculture, and other natural resources (such as wildlife or forest health), as well as solid computer and communication skills. They must be comfortable working with the general public, members of town boards, loggers, and foresters.
A Service Forester has related duties such as maintaining records (both electronic and paper), submitting time sheets or mileage logs, and attending a variety of meetings both virtual and in-person.
Applicants for this position must possess, or be able to obtain within 1 year, a valid Massachusetts Forester's License which is a term and condition of employment. https://www.mass.gov/guides/forestry-licensing-in-massachusetts
Specific Duties of Service Forester position:
This position will include some or all of these specific duties:
-Assist in statewide initiatives such as Foresters for the Birds and Climate Smart Forestry.
-Collaborate with other service foresters, agency personnel, and environmental groups (Mass Audubon, New England Forestry Foundation, Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and others) on programs, grants, and other related forestry projects.
-Work with Director of Service Forestry and Forest Stewardship coordinator to advance outreach initiatives through landscape and statewide level outreach efforts.
-Produce quarterly Service Forestry Program newsletter.
-Develop and manage plans to promote Service Forestry activities and programs with internal and external stakeholders including but not limited to DCR’s various Bureaus, Divisions and Programs, EEA, US Forest Service and constituents by working with DCR’s website manager/ social media personnel, and the collecting of photos or videos and other related media.
-Review of Ch132 timber harvest applications for completeness and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, conducting interim site visits and final inspections for active timber harvests to ensure regulatory compliance.
-Administer MA Licensed Timber Harvesting testing protocols and conduct continuing education workshops to both licensed timber harvesters and foresters.
-Review Forest Stewardship management plans and proposed management practices for improved bird habitat, forest resilience, and/or forest carbon.
-Conduct landowner outreach including attending in-person and virtual meetings, compiling mailing lists from a variety of sources including in-house databases. This may include the preparation of cover letters, popular writing for pamphlets, newsletters, cold calls, and web content.
-Conduct field and office review of Ch61 current use forest management plans for silvicultural appropriateness, statutory, and regulatory compliance.
-Collect and maintain GIS data and projects, including forest cutting plan data.
-Data collection, entry, processing, and analysis, using a variety of methods and tools, including field tablets.
-Must be comfortable working with technology - data management, data integration, and GIS skills a plus.
-Other Service forestry duties as assigned, including but not limited to office tasks, new initiatives, and grant reports.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of forest resource management, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) 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 the required experience *
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.
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