The Staff Forester / Woodland Ecologist, under general supervision, provides program leadership to multi-county Forest Health, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), and Land-Forest Stewardship initiatives by providing technical assistance and educational programs to promote and conserve the social, economic, and environmental benefits of trees, forests, woodlands, and other related natural resources.
Other duties will include: 1) Delivering a comprehensive, multi-faceted forest management program which incorporates both rural and urban/community forestry components to public and private stakeholders; 2) Creating windbreak installation and conservation tree planting plans, including mapping of field data; 3) Delivering the Texas Forest Stewardship Program to communities and private, non-industrial landowners in West Texas; 4) Providing direct support and assistance to local, regional, and statewide Incident Response efforts and Forest Resource Protection program delivery; and 5) Supporting the operations of West Texas Nursery, including tree seed collection, tree propagation, and seedling shipping and delivery.
Required Education: Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Biology, Range Management, Environmental Management, Horticulture, Wildlife or a closely related field of study
Preferred Education: Master of Science in Forestry, Biology, Range Management, Environmental Management, Horticulture, Wildlife or a closely related field of study
Required Experience: 0-2+ years of practical experience as a Staff Forester / Woodland Ecologist
Preferred Experience: 3-5+ years of practical experience as a Staff Forester / Woodland Ecologist with supervisory experience
Required Skills: Knowledge of basic MS applications; Excellent communication skills, written and oral; Able to work effectively with minimal supervision
Preferred Skills: Strong interpersonal skills with networking abilities; Working knowledge of ArcGIS and digital orthoimagery applications; Seedling propagation and production
Required Qualifications: Texas Drivers License; TDA Non-commercial Pesticide Applicators License within 6 months of employment; Must achieve and maintain moderate level Work Capacity Test (2-mile walk in 30 minutes or less while carrying a 25-lb pack) and obtain NWCG training Red Card Certification within 60 days of employment
Preferred Qualifications: ISA Certified Arborist; NWCG Firefighter Type 2