Alcona Conservation District Forestry Assistance Program FORESTER Position Description
The Alcona and Iosco Conservation Districts (CD) are seeking a Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) Forester. This position is shared between the two Districts. Position requires a minimum of a B.S. in Forestry from an SAF-accredited college. If not already an SAF-Certified Forester (CF) or SAF-Candidate Certified Forester (CCF), the new hire shall initiate efforts toward full CF certification.
This position is funded by a year-to-year State of Michigan grant. The starting wage will be commensurate with candidate’s experience and education. There is an additional stipend for benefits.
Send resume to:Alcona Conservation District PO Box 291 Harrisville, MI 48740 OR email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Resumes will be accepted through June 11, 2021
The Forestry Assistance Program provides private landowners and local units of government, technical information and guidance on the use and management of their forestry, wildlife habitat, and related natural resource concerns. The FAP Forester position is primarily a field position.
The Alcona Conservation District will be the employer of record for this position and will handle payroll and accompanying paperwork. Day to day administrative supervision will be provided by the Alcona Conservation District Manager. The forester’s time is allocated between the Alcona and Iosco Conservation Districts with the primary field office location being 320 S. State Street, Harrisville, MI.
Upon accepting the job offer, the successful candidate must sign a work agreement which defines the conditions of employment including salary and benefits. A performance evaluation will be conducted annually. Continuing education needs and opportunities will be considered at that time and as applicable.
The basic requirements for this position are:
Bachelor or Master of Science degree in forestry from an accredited college or university
Good communication skills (writing, public speaking, client interaction)
Computer competency for correspondence, record keeping, documentation and research
Skill in reading various types of interpretive maps (aerial, topography,soils, plat)
Skill in use of GPS and compasses
Ability to work with associated governmental agencies and non-governmental groups to achieve mission-driven short- and long-term goals
Self-driven with an ability to work independently with a minimum of guidance
Serve as initial point of contact for non-industrial private forest landowners, local governments, and other private property owners for forest management, wildlife habitat, and soil & water conservation concerns
Fulfill grant agreement requirements which includes meeting goals (deliverables)
Provide on-site land inspection and resource evaluation
Provide options to clients regarding sustainable forest management, wildlife habitat management, and invasive species identification and control
As needed, prepare written summary of findings, a management plan, or referral to an appropriate agency after an on-site inspection or other communication with clients
Provide advice on tree planting/reforestation for timber production, windbreaks, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration
Provide diagnosis and advice on the control of insects and diseases affecting individual trees or private forests
Maintain a good working relationship with agency and other forestry assistance providers, both public and private
Provide technical input regarding species selection for the Conservation District's annual tree, shrub, plant sales (primarily native species that are useful for reforestation, wildlife habitat, soil erosion control, etc.)
Provide advice on the control of erosion, sedimentation, soil compaction and other environmental impacts resulting from forest management activities
Conduct educational demonstrations and workshops
Independently prepare correspondence, reports, news articles and social media posts
Assist with preparation of the FAP documentation eg. annual grant application and Natural Resource Plan of Work
Submit monthly accomplishment reports to the CD Boards (more frequently if needed)
Other duties as assigned
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