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Utility Forester / Forestry Technician – In Grass Valley, California
Grass Valley, California
Full time Positions
Compensation is competitively offered and based upon experience and qualifications. These positions offer competitive salary and benefit packages; entry level technicians start hourly as non-exempt employees; overtime compensation will apply, with room for advancement and possible full-time salary position. Full-time salary positions include paid professional training opportunities, holidays, vacation, medical insurance, and a retirement plan with employee 401k matching retirement contributions. Pay Range: $22-$25/hour.
Forester’s Co-Op is offering a job opportunity to grow with us and is seeking highly motivated, educated Professional and Utility Foresters, and Arborists, to join our full-service forestry-consulting firm. At FCO you will be more than just a number on the payroll, you will be part of a select group of sought-after natural resource professionals with a future. Established in 1999, Foresters Co-Op has been a key figure in California forestry applying our forest management expertise on hundreds of thousands of acres of timberland while also providing professional Veg Management services for our state’s major utilities. FCO has established a reputation of quality by maintaining an experienced staff of Licensed RPF Foresters, Arborists, GIS Analysts and Forestry Technicians, thus affording future employees the opportunity to work in a challenging environment of technical and interesting natural resource management projects. Many of our newly hired staff shortly become lead foresters working directly with our clients, in a project management role.
Immediate positions open:
Forester's Co-Op has an immediate opening(s) for Professional Foresters and entry level Forestry Technicians to work on Cal Fire timber harvest permitting, Forest Practice Rule compliance and utility vegetation management fieldwork assignments. We offer above average compensation and opportunities to gain varied work experience. Successful applicants will work jointly with professional foresters, Certified Arborists and our data management team on all facets of field work in our forestry/vegetation management operations. Currently, applicants will focus primarily on vegetation management/tree risk assessment, as well as the potential for expanded roles in quality control, and work on other various contracts FCO holds. The term of these positions is full time after the successful completion of a 6-month probationary period. Consideration will be given to current enrollment in academic degree completion schedules. Seasonal availability hiring will also be considered for students currently enrolled. Appropriate equipment and transportation will be provided.
This position will be based out of Grass Valley, CA, and may require out of town travel up to 40% of the time. Applicant will primarily be working individually as part of a larger team in our backyard, the Northern Sierra Nevada’s. As a full service-consulting firm, there is generally a need for work travel to the natural resource management projects in Northern and Central California. The ideal applicant(s) will need to have the flexibility to travel during the week as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Identifying, inspecting, and assessing vegetation along right of ways for vegetation management
•Inventorying assessed vegetation via ESRI applications on IPad or IPhone.
•Working closely with property owners to assess and assign tree work as needed.
•Quality Control and Work Verification of completed projects. (Ensuring deliverables are correct and others are performing work appropriately)
•Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects in traditional forestry projects or other Utility vegetation assessment work.
•Two years Junior College degree in forestry or biological sciences, or a minimum of two years of forestry (utility or traditional), arboriculture or biological science field work
•ISA Certified Arborist or the ability to gain certification within 1 year.
•High degree of self-motivation, excellent organizational skills, good decision-making skills and a good attitude
•Must be able to work in inclement weather and hike and navigate steep, brushy terrain.
•Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
•Be able to navigate using a map and/or compass.
•Above average math and computer skills, GIS skills are extremely helpful.
•Proficient in Microsoft office suit (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
•Working knowledge of GPS systems
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
•Possess a B.S. or advanced degree in forestry, arboriculture, or closely related field and/or currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and working towards a degree in forestry or closely related field.
•Comprehensive knowledge of California’s forest management laws and regulation.
•Holds a current license as a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in California.
•Working knowledge of both CEQA and NEPA environmental regulation and processes.
•ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ Certification)
•Qualified Applicators License or Pest Control Advisor (QAL/PCA)
•Familiarity with Northern California tree species, basic mensuration, and silvicultural techniques
•Working knowledge of a diameter tape, Relaskop, hypsometer and other common forestry equipment.
•Must be able to work alone in the field.
•Operations of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs and 4WD vehicles)
•Ability to operate a backpack and truck mounted herbicide sprayer.