Forester (Forester)

Full Time

  State of Florida

  Tallahassee, Florida, United States

FORESTER

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

CONTACT:

Chris Schmiege, (850) 681-5877

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in forestry or related field. Course work must include the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration and Forest Management (a transcript will need to be provided to verify the required courses have been completed); or

Receipt of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in forestry or related field within six (6) months of the closing date of this advertisement. Course work must include the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration and Forest Management (a transcript will need to be provided to verify the required courses have been completed).

Requires possession of a valid Class E Driver License.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work
history, hours worked and formal education are required to be
considered in qualifying for this position.  Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate
Profile.  Resumes and other documentation can be
attached to provide additional information.***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities.
  Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Moderate to frequent travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.

Must obtain Forest Inventory and Analysis Certification from the USFS with an 80% test score within twelve (12) months of appointment, and maintain at least an 87% check score average as determined by the USFS through check plots.

NOTES:

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $32,988.80 annually.

JOB DUTIES:

This work is in forest management and inventory of forestlands in Florida as prescribed under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program.

Locates and/or relocates and re-establishes permanent forest plots using specialized forestry tools and equipment. Gathers, encodes, summarizes and downloads/uploads forest resource data in digital form and/or hard copy, as needed, using computerized field data recorders and computers. Specific coding of land uses, stand history, forest classification, vegetative type, ecosystems and other must be determined and encoded. Identifies forest land ownership in each county through various map features, plats, aerial photography, courthouse visits and site visits. Operates motor vehicles including, but not limited to, cars and trucks necessary to transport personnel to forest and non-forest plot locations. Responsible for fully conducting Forest Inventory and Forest Health Monitoring, Forest Utilization studies, and Timber Product Output surveys, in the state of Florida as assigned.

Produces, develops and incorporates weekly and/or monthly reports, correspondence, verbal communications, records, etc., to the State FIA Coordinator and/or US Forest Service personnel conveying information on the progress, problems, changes and/or other factors affecting the collection of forest resource data.

Provides on-the-job training for field personnel temporarily assigned to forest resource data collection. Meets periodically with others of this job description (in state and out of state) to convey and resolve problems in local, county, state and regional forest resource data collection processes, and shares updated techniques and information critical to data collection.

Conducts various studies to supplement and improve forest data collection, statistical modeling and forest inventory processes.

Attends periodic training sessions through state, federal and private sources, as determined, to improve and update forest resource data collection techniques and to improve job productivity.

Performs other duties as assigned.

THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS ARE INCLUDED:

  • State of Florida Retirement package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health insurance - State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for Individual & Family coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts available
  • Tax deferred savings program available through payroll deduction
  • Uniforms provided at no cost
  • Annual boot purchase allotment