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Western International Forest Disease Work Conference


Job Opportunity: Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Forest Health Forester)

  • By danny.norlander
  • 07 Sep, 2017

Oregon Department of Forestry, Brookings, OR

Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Forest Health Forester)

Salary: $3,150.00 - $4,580.00 Monthly
Location: Brookings, OR
Job Type: Limited Duration
Job Number: ODF17-0097
Closing: 9/14/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Description

There is currently one  Limited Duration, full-time positionopen with the Oregon Department of Forestry located in  Brookings. This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for these positions and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. For specific questions regarding this position please contact Ryan Greco, Coos Bay Unit Forester, at 541-267-1742.

This Limited Duration agreement is expected to end no later than September 1, 2019.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Mission is –
 To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment, which will enhance Oregon's livability and economy for today and tomorrow. ODF is a multi-programmed, multi-funded public agency chartered and structured to administer the forest laws and policies of the State of Oregon, within the framework of sustainable forests, for the benefit of all Oregonians.

This position supports the Private Forests Program's Insect and Disease Section by managing the treatment activities for Sudden Oak Death (SOD).

The Private Forests Program encourages economically efficient forest practices that ensure the continuous growing and harvesting of forest tree species, consistent with the sound management of soil, air, water, fish and wildlife resources and assures the continued benefits of these resources for future generations; provide technical and financial assistance to non-federal forest landowners to improve the management on private forest lands and to minimize the incidence and severity of forest insect and disease impacts throughout the state. The benefits derived from this program affect all Oregonians. The program directly regulates forest operations statewide on all non-federal forestland. The program also encourages voluntary actions that go beyond the standards of the forest practice rules and as such is a major element supporting the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

The main purpose of this position is to coordinate the implementation of treatments designed to eradicate the pathogen (Phytopthora ramorum) responsible for Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Eradication treatments include setting up a treatment zone around identified SOD infected tanoak (and other infected host species) and then treating the area with herbicide to prevent re-sprouting of diseased vegetation. The treatment continues with the cutting, piling and burning of infected trees and nearby host vegetation. This position is required to make landowner contacts, ensure progress on and completion of eradication contracts, provide contract progress reports, and participate in eradication efforts on sensitive sites. The contracts administered within the SOD program exist of contracts for herbicide application, hand cutting, piling, and burning, and mechanized logging. This position will work to determine which method of eradication (machine or hand work) is best suited for the particular site and fits best with the landowners objectives. This position may also be required to check for completion on eradication work done by landowners themselves but which are being reimbursed by the program and to ensure strict compliance with the program's guidelines. Tasks may also include monitoring of SOD prescribed burning, flagging and/or mapping SOD sites, field data collection, data quality control, sampling of suspected diseased vegetation, and basic reporting in support of SOD scientific studies.

This position may also provide SOD technical assistance to the public and assist with early detection programs such as stream baiting or bucket baiting. In addition to eradication efforts, this position may plan, coordinate, and layout host removal projects aimed at removing SOD hosts from areas where spread is likely to occur. These projects will have many of the same characteristics of the eradication sites but will occur in areas where there is no current known infestation.

This position may lead or coordinate the work of field technicians, seasonal, part-time, or temporary employees on specific projects. This position may also assist in carrying out general technical forestry and forest health tasks associated with program goals and objectives. Data collected from surveys and applied research aids the Department, landowners, and elected officials in developing and implementing management strategies to reduce pest impacts and protect the environment. This position receives direction from the Sudden Oak Death Leadworker.
 

The Oregon Department of Forestry: Serving Oregonians by protecting Oregon's forests.

Duties & Responsibilities

Major duties include but are not limited to:

Contract Inspection

Monitors and inspects SOD eradication or other contract work to ensure quality, compliance and progress. Resolve minor contract compliance issues. Write reports of findings and inspection reports. This may include contract work aimed at host eradication in areas previously uninfected with SOD.

Project management

Assists other unit staff in collecting and documenting relative information for monitoring and eradication projects, contacting landowners to discuss project goals, obtaining permission to access land and arrange field visits.

Works with landowners and other state and federal agencies to implement host removal projects that are in addition to eradication activities. The host removal projects are located in areas of high likelihood of disease spread and or in areas to the north of the current infestations and are designed to create a barrier or "SOD free zone". Flagging and layout experience, as well as knowledge of current forestry management techniques are required. Host removal projects will involve a large amount of landowner contact and constant communication with landowners regarding the contract work occurring on their property.

Data Collection

Locates ground plots or survey lines using maps, aerial photos, and compass for Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Implements established survey and evaluation procedures for identifying SOD infestations. May deploys and retrieves bait traps. May work independently or with others to collect and maintain data on permanent monitoring plots, research plots, and demonstration areas. May act as an aerial observer from a fixed or rotary winged aircraft, identifying and recording dead trees onto maps or photos. Could act as a lead worker in performing various survey functions.

Field activities require:

  1. Methodical and sometimes repetitive day-to-day activities.
  2. Accurate record keeping of collection procedures and data.
  3. Coordination with other seasonal employees on specific projects.
  4. Precise navigation in vehicles or aircraft using maps, photos, and geographic positioning systems.
  5. Working in steep rugged terrain in brushy conditions during inclement weather. Fieldwork requires good physical condition. Fieldwork will require hiking over steep and unstable terrain, through very thick brush in adverse weather conditions. A high awareness of safety precautions is a priority. Attention to proper implementation of protocols is crucial and can be challenging under adverse conditions.

Because the Department's highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways. That assistance may be directly aiding the emergency effort in the field or at an ODF facility. It also may be in providing backup to fill in for another position that is being used in direct aid to the emergency, or it may be in performing an essential function in some capacity either within this Program or elsewhere in the field.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Employee must be able to work outdoors and walk over steep and rough forest terrain in variable weather conditions. About 70% of time is spent conducting ground surveys and other field work under these conditions. Employee will often work alone in the field and will be exposed frequently to physical hazards. Particular attention to safety practices and use of safety equipment is required. Surveying from an airplane or helicopter (5%). Frequent irregular working hours outside the regularly scheduled working hours. Driving to and from field sites on highways and unimproved forest roads. Occasional use of pesticides or exposure to them during research and monitoring projects that use pesticides. Use of standard forest and pest management tools, including chainsaws. Required to drive an assigned vehicle, obeying all traffic laws.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Plant Pathology, or a closely related natural resource field; OR
  • Three years of experience in Forestry, Plant Pathology, or a closely related natural resource field.

Transcripts are required to be attachedto your application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must clearly show 1) your name;  2) the name and address of the institution;  3)the degree received and; 4) required courses completed with a passing grade. For application purposes, unofficial copies are acceptable; however official or original documents may be requested to validate education. Transcripts must be attached to your application and WILL NOT be accepted as verification of education after the announcement has closed.

NOTE: This position requires the operation of a State vehicle for the purpose of conducting official State business. An Oregon driving record checkwill be conducted on the top applicants to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record. If your license is from outside Oregon, you must submit at least a three year court/DMV printout at the time of interview.

An unacceptable driving record includes:

  • Conviction of a major traffic offense within the previous 24 months which includes reckless driving, driving under the influence, failing to perform the duties of a driver, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, felony hit and run, etc.;
  • Felony revocation of driving privileges or felony or misdemeanor license suspension within the previous 24 months;
  • More than 3 moving traffic violations in the previous 12 months;
  • A careless driving conviction in the previous 12 months;
  • A Class A moving traffic violation in the previous 12 months.

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES:
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to identify Pacific Northwest trees and shrubs.
  • Ability to identify common indicators of tree damage caused by insects, diseases, animals, and environmental factors.
  • Strong experience working with forest-related contracts and landowner agreements.
  • Proficiency with GPS devices and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Good communication skills.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

To improve communication with all applicants the State of Oregon requires an e-mail address be provided on all applications. If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one, please refer to our Applicant Frequently Asked Questions web page to view several links to internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The State of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

To ensure clear communication, please unfilter emails from neogov.com and governmentjobs.com.

Please note:The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job announcements may change without further notice.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call ODF Human Resources at 503-945-7200.

Only complete applications will be considered. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in the work experience section of your application.Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for the position. Do not submit a resume in place of completing the Supplemental Questionnaire or the Work Experience section of the application.

Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application.

Veterans -
If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

  • A copy of the DD214/215 for the five (5) point preference;
  • OR A copy of the DD214/215; AND a veteran's disability preference letter from the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.


For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org , and select veterans' preference.

PLEASE NOTE: The Oregon Department of Forestry does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO WORK FORCE DIVERSITY

By danny.norlander 13 Sep, 2017

DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE MANAGEMENT

 

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) provides resources for the prevention and suppression of wildland fire on State Trust Land and private property located outside incorporated communities. The Agency provides services for fire prevention, urban, and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of grants available. And, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642; Pub.L.113-79), also known as the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, requires the state to create and implement an up-to-date natural resources assessment and strategy. DFFM also house the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which provides fire inspection and permitting services.

 

Visit our website at https://dffm.az.gov

 

 

 

FORESTRY PROGRAM SPECIALIST

       FOREST HEALTH

 

  LOCATION

 

1110 W. Washington, Ste. 100, Phoenix, AZ 85007

 

  JOB SUMMARY

 

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) is seeking a Forestry Program Specialist to work with the Cooperative Forestry Team and will be responsible for implementation of a comprehensive and robust statewide forest health program.

 

You will be responsible for:

 

·         Providing forest health technical assistance and outreach to community groups, local governments, landowners, related businesses, and Native American tribal organizations statewide. Respond to requests for technical assistance from state and private landowners and managers (urban and non-urban).

·         Oversee and participate in all aspects of cost assistance projects, which may include field forestry work, remote sensing, data collection, data reporting, and tracking accomplishments of specific grant projects. Manage Western Bark Beetle Initiative grant projects.

·         Lead agency efforts in completing annual aerial detection surveys for insects and pathogens in Arizona forests. Participate in flight surveys, data collection and synthesis, and annual report compilation.

·         Maintaining project records and financial documents; prepare needed paperwork for assigned projects. Compile accomplishment reports and other publications as necessary.

·         Assisting with urban interface forestry management planning, including forest health and maintenance (disease prevention).

·         Major position emphasis will be in forest health, though the incumbent may also work in other general grant-funded forestry related functions including: urban forestry, invasive species management, public outreach, forest inventory, forest land management plan assistance, forest stewardship, geographical information systems mapping, and fuels mitigation.

 

 

  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

 

EDUCATION:

 

·         Bachelor or Master of Science Degree ((Master's Preferred). or higher) in Forest Health, Entomology, Forest Management or other Natural Resource Management field.

·         3-5 years professional experience in Forestry-related position.

·         Experience with forest insect and disease (forest health) programs and activities in urban and non-urban areas of Arizona.

·         ISA Certified Arborist.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA’S)

 

KNOWLEDGE:

 

·         Considerable knowledge of forest entomology.

·         Natural resource management in the Southwest to include standard forestry practices, dendrology, forest insects and diseases, common forest pathogens, urban forestry, wildland fire fighting, fire effects, and general multiple resource management (range, wildlife, soil, water, air).

·         Arizona ecosystems and their relationships.

·         Principles of planning, organizing, and directing area and state programs.

·         Federal, State, Tribal laws and Agency Standards, policies and procedures applicable to the area(s) of assignment

SKILLS :

 

·         Forestry and natural resource measurement skills.

·         Mapping, remote sensing and GIS skills.

·         Computer skills in standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs.

·         Excellent public presentation skills, and written and oral communication techniques.

·         Technical report writing and financial document review skills; attention to detail.

·         Establishing reasonable goals, objectives and deadlines using efficient, organized working habits.

·         Operational skills utilizing a wide variety of forestry tools and equipment such as forest inventory and marking materials, insect traps, and multi-channel radios.

ABILITIES:

 

·         Work independently and/or collectively with colleagues, clients and team members.

·         Fly in small fixed-wing aircraft for long periods of time and see all colors.

·         Adapt to changing work priorities, environments and new technologies.

·         Communicate and work effectively with a variety of entities.

·         Develop and maintain strong working relationships with communities, organizations and private land owners.

·         Work in a fast-paced environment and to meet tight deadlines.

 

  PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

 

Driving Requirement : Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

 

 

  BENEFITS

 

The State of Arizona will provide the following to you:

  • A robust and affordable insurance  plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options
  • A top-ranked retirement program  with 100% employer matched contribution
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Accrued vacation and sick days
  • An incentivized commuter club  and public transportation subsidy program
  • Work-life balance and additional options for life betterment such as: deferred compensation, credit union membership, and a wellness program
  • Rewarding work that impacts the people of Arizona

 

    

 

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.
Click the APPLY NOW button to submit your application.
Having trouble applying for this position?
Email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov or call 602-542-4700 for assistance.

By danny.norlander 13 Sep, 2017
Service, Science, Sustainability

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public's interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.

DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.
Duties:
Forest Health Restoration Science Lead
Natural Resource Scientist 4
Recruitment # 2017-08-7616-07897


SALARY RANGE:          
$5,101 – $6,862 per month
                                         
TYPE OF POSITION:    
Permanent, Full-time. This position is represented by the WFSE.
Important Note: Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.

LOCATION:                    
Olympia, Washington

CLOSES:
26 September 2017        
Note: Recruitment may be extended after 26 September depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.

POSITION PROFILE:

This scientist position will serve as the agency's expert in forest health restoration science by developing evaluations at different scales (stand, watershed) to prioritize forest health treatments, monitoring forest health treatments and researching/publishing relevant subjects to advance the science of forest health restoration. This position will serve a key scientific leadership role for the agency as well as the state and region collaborating with scientific peers, natural resource managers, agencies, landowners and stakeholders to advance the science of forest health restoration and foster healthy, resilient forested landscapes. If you are a scientist that has proven experience managing natural resources, assessing forest health conditions and risk, developing forest health treatment plans and prescriptions, communicating complex scientific topics to technical and non-technical audiences, publishing research findings in refereed publications, and a passion and commitment to working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to create healthy, resilient forested landscapes we want to hear from you!
Qualifications:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduate level knowledge and management experience in some combination of forest ecology, silviculture, forest health, fire science, forest management and/or landscape ecology.
Ability to use modern spatial and non-spatial modeling concepts, techniques and software to study trends and predicted changes in forest conditions, forest health and wildfire risk, and values at risk over time.
Working knowledge of the Scientific Method, including sound understanding and working knowledge of experimental design, sampling procedures, error assessment methods, data analysis procedures, and both spatial and non-spatial statistical techniques.
Demonstrated ability to conduct ecological research, systematic literature reviews, plan and implement field studies, and conduct associated data analyses.
A successful record of publishing peer-reviewed research papers and reports, and presentation of research at scientific meetings and conferences.
Advanced knowledge and experience using remotely sensed data and GIS software to map and analyze forest ecosystems and associated natural resources.
Proven experience implementing advanced forest ecology and silvicultural concepts in a forest management context.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to convey complex forest ecology science to technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to lead internal and external forest health science working groups as needed to further agency projects and initiatives.
Experience participating in multi-stakeholder forest collaborators and understanding of how to effectively communicate and represent both science and agency policy to external partners.

This level of knowledge, skill and ability is typically achieved after:

A Master's degree with a major study in natural resource science (e.g. forestry, landscape ecology, fire science, wildlife biology) or a closely related field and five of years' professional research and applied management work experience in forest ecology, silviculture, fire science, landscape ecology, forest management, wildlife management or a closely related field relying on the aforementioned required position competencies.
A Ph.D. degree (preferred) with a major study in natural resource science (e.g. forestry, landscape ecology, fire science, wildlife biology) or a closely related field and two of years' professional research and applied management work experience in forest ecology, silviculture, fire science, landscape ecology, forest management, wildlife management or a closely related field relying on the aforementioned required position competencies.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Ph.D is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to acquire and manage grants.
Ability to simplify and explain complex scientific data to general audiences.
Knowledge and experience in applying climate change science to the study and analysis of forest ecosystems.

SPECIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
Work will primarily be performed in an office setting with up to 25% in the field conducting monitoring and research of forest health treatments.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
Ability to work independently and sometimes in remote locations.
Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
Supplemental Information:
WHO MAY APPLY
This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.

APPLICATION PROCESS
To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
You must submit the following:
Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.
Attach your Resume or Curriculum Vitae – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
Attach or provide a link to an example of a published peer-reviewed research paper, and/or presentations of research at scientific meetings and conferences.
The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.
You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.

Note: Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record issued from all states in which they have held a license during the past 3 years.

Questions? Please contact Chuck Hersey, Acting Forest Health Program Manager at (360) 902-1045 chuck.hersey@dnr.wa.gov
or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.

By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.
By danny.norlander 07 Sep, 2017

Natural Resource Specialist 1 (Forest Health Forester)

Salary: $3,150.00 - $4,580.00 Monthly
Location: Brookings, OR
Job Type: Limited Duration
Job Number: ODF17-0097
Closing: 9/14/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Description

There is currently one  Limited Duration, full-time positionopen with the Oregon Department of Forestry located in  Brookings. This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for these positions and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. For specific questions regarding this position please contact Ryan Greco, Coos Bay Unit Forester, at 541-267-1742.

This Limited Duration agreement is expected to end no later than September 1, 2019.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Mission is –
 To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment, which will enhance Oregon's livability and economy for today and tomorrow. ODF is a multi-programmed, multi-funded public agency chartered and structured to administer the forest laws and policies of the State of Oregon, within the framework of sustainable forests, for the benefit of all Oregonians.

This position supports the Private Forests Program's Insect and Disease Section by managing the treatment activities for Sudden Oak Death (SOD).

The Private Forests Program encourages economically efficient forest practices that ensure the continuous growing and harvesting of forest tree species, consistent with the sound management of soil, air, water, fish and wildlife resources and assures the continued benefits of these resources for future generations; provide technical and financial assistance to non-federal forest landowners to improve the management on private forest lands and to minimize the incidence and severity of forest insect and disease impacts throughout the state. The benefits derived from this program affect all Oregonians. The program directly regulates forest operations statewide on all non-federal forestland. The program also encourages voluntary actions that go beyond the standards of the forest practice rules and as such is a major element supporting the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

The main purpose of this position is to coordinate the implementation of treatments designed to eradicate the pathogen (Phytopthora ramorum) responsible for Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Eradication treatments include setting up a treatment zone around identified SOD infected tanoak (and other infected host species) and then treating the area with herbicide to prevent re-sprouting of diseased vegetation. The treatment continues with the cutting, piling and burning of infected trees and nearby host vegetation. This position is required to make landowner contacts, ensure progress on and completion of eradication contracts, provide contract progress reports, and participate in eradication efforts on sensitive sites. The contracts administered within the SOD program exist of contracts for herbicide application, hand cutting, piling, and burning, and mechanized logging. This position will work to determine which method of eradication (machine or hand work) is best suited for the particular site and fits best with the landowners objectives. This position may also be required to check for completion on eradication work done by landowners themselves but which are being reimbursed by the program and to ensure strict compliance with the program's guidelines. Tasks may also include monitoring of SOD prescribed burning, flagging and/or mapping SOD sites, field data collection, data quality control, sampling of suspected diseased vegetation, and basic reporting in support of SOD scientific studies.

This position may also provide SOD technical assistance to the public and assist with early detection programs such as stream baiting or bucket baiting. In addition to eradication efforts, this position may plan, coordinate, and layout host removal projects aimed at removing SOD hosts from areas where spread is likely to occur. These projects will have many of the same characteristics of the eradication sites but will occur in areas where there is no current known infestation.

This position may lead or coordinate the work of field technicians, seasonal, part-time, or temporary employees on specific projects. This position may also assist in carrying out general technical forestry and forest health tasks associated with program goals and objectives. Data collected from surveys and applied research aids the Department, landowners, and elected officials in developing and implementing management strategies to reduce pest impacts and protect the environment. This position receives direction from the Sudden Oak Death Leadworker.
 

The Oregon Department of Forestry: Serving Oregonians by protecting Oregon's forests.

Duties & Responsibilities

Major duties include but are not limited to:

Contract Inspection

Monitors and inspects SOD eradication or other contract work to ensure quality, compliance and progress. Resolve minor contract compliance issues. Write reports of findings and inspection reports. This may include contract work aimed at host eradication in areas previously uninfected with SOD.

Project management

Assists other unit staff in collecting and documenting relative information for monitoring and eradication projects, contacting landowners to discuss project goals, obtaining permission to access land and arrange field visits.

Works with landowners and other state and federal agencies to implement host removal projects that are in addition to eradication activities. The host removal projects are located in areas of high likelihood of disease spread and or in areas to the north of the current infestations and are designed to create a barrier or "SOD free zone". Flagging and layout experience, as well as knowledge of current forestry management techniques are required. Host removal projects will involve a large amount of landowner contact and constant communication with landowners regarding the contract work occurring on their property.

Data Collection

Locates ground plots or survey lines using maps, aerial photos, and compass for Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Implements established survey and evaluation procedures for identifying SOD infestations. May deploys and retrieves bait traps. May work independently or with others to collect and maintain data on permanent monitoring plots, research plots, and demonstration areas. May act as an aerial observer from a fixed or rotary winged aircraft, identifying and recording dead trees onto maps or photos. Could act as a lead worker in performing various survey functions.

Field activities require:

  1. Methodical and sometimes repetitive day-to-day activities.
  2. Accurate record keeping of collection procedures and data.
  3. Coordination with other seasonal employees on specific projects.
  4. Precise navigation in vehicles or aircraft using maps, photos, and geographic positioning systems.
  5. Working in steep rugged terrain in brushy conditions during inclement weather. Fieldwork requires good physical condition. Fieldwork will require hiking over steep and unstable terrain, through very thick brush in adverse weather conditions. A high awareness of safety precautions is a priority. Attention to proper implementation of protocols is crucial and can be challenging under adverse conditions.

Because the Department's highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways. That assistance may be directly aiding the emergency effort in the field or at an ODF facility. It also may be in providing backup to fill in for another position that is being used in direct aid to the emergency, or it may be in performing an essential function in some capacity either within this Program or elsewhere in the field.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Employee must be able to work outdoors and walk over steep and rough forest terrain in variable weather conditions. About 70% of time is spent conducting ground surveys and other field work under these conditions. Employee will often work alone in the field and will be exposed frequently to physical hazards. Particular attention to safety practices and use of safety equipment is required. Surveying from an airplane or helicopter (5%). Frequent irregular working hours outside the regularly scheduled working hours. Driving to and from field sites on highways and unimproved forest roads. Occasional use of pesticides or exposure to them during research and monitoring projects that use pesticides. Use of standard forest and pest management tools, including chainsaws. Required to drive an assigned vehicle, obeying all traffic laws.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Plant Pathology, or a closely related natural resource field; OR
  • Three years of experience in Forestry, Plant Pathology, or a closely related natural resource field.

Transcripts are required to be attachedto your application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must clearly show 1) your name;  2) the name and address of the institution;  3)the degree received and; 4) required courses completed with a passing grade. For application purposes, unofficial copies are acceptable; however official or original documents may be requested to validate education. Transcripts must be attached to your application and WILL NOT be accepted as verification of education after the announcement has closed.

NOTE: This position requires the operation of a State vehicle for the purpose of conducting official State business. An Oregon driving record checkwill be conducted on the top applicants to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record. If your license is from outside Oregon, you must submit at least a three year court/DMV printout at the time of interview.

An unacceptable driving record includes:

  • Conviction of a major traffic offense within the previous 24 months which includes reckless driving, driving under the influence, failing to perform the duties of a driver, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, felony hit and run, etc.;
  • Felony revocation of driving privileges or felony or misdemeanor license suspension within the previous 24 months;
  • More than 3 moving traffic violations in the previous 12 months;
  • A careless driving conviction in the previous 12 months;
  • A Class A moving traffic violation in the previous 12 months.

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES:
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to identify Pacific Northwest trees and shrubs.
  • Ability to identify common indicators of tree damage caused by insects, diseases, animals, and environmental factors.
  • Strong experience working with forest-related contracts and landowner agreements.
  • Proficiency with GPS devices and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Good communication skills.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

To improve communication with all applicants the State of Oregon requires an e-mail address be provided on all applications. If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one, please refer to our Applicant Frequently Asked Questions web page to view several links to internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The State of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

To ensure clear communication, please unfilter emails from neogov.com and governmentjobs.com.

Please note:The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job announcements may change without further notice.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call ODF Human Resources at 503-945-7200.

Only complete applications will be considered. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in the work experience section of your application.Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for the position. Do not submit a resume in place of completing the Supplemental Questionnaire or the Work Experience section of the application.

Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application.

Veterans -
If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans' preference points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

  • A copy of the DD214/215 for the five (5) point preference;
  • OR A copy of the DD214/215; AND a veteran's disability preference letter from the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.


For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org , and select veterans' preference.

PLEASE NOTE: The Oregon Department of Forestry does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO WORK FORCE DIVERSITY

By danny.norlander 22 Aug, 2017

New Mexico Forest Entomologist and Forest Health Program Coordinator

 

Job Title:

Forest Health Program Manager (EMNRD Position #59953)

 Closing Date/Time:

Friday 9/15/2017 11:59 PM Mountain Time

     

Salary:

$31,782.00 - $55,307.00 Annually

Job Type:

Permanent Position

Location:

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Purpose of Position

 

Forest Health Specialist and Forest Entomology Program Manager:

 The purpose of this position is managing the Forestry Division's Cooperative Lands Forest Health Management Program. The position will conduct activities that assess and detect, prevent and suppress forest pest infestations and disease conditions on state and private forestlands in New Mexico. This position provides leadership, guidance, direct technical assistance, and other services to State and private land managers and landowners. This position is a critical first line of defense in regard to identifying unhealthy forests stands and watersheds, which left untreated, are very susceptible to wildland fire. This position gathers this data by discovery, identification and reporting of damaging pests. Discovery is accomplished by surveillance and/or planned surveys. This position is responsible for the annual forest insect and disease condition report and aerial survey maps which will be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service in September of each year. Approximately 10,000 acres of State and private forestlands are planned for ground survey annually. Systematic detection surveys of forestlands are conducted to augment discovery of pest problems obtained by field surveillance. Areas to be surveyed will be prioritized by coordinating with the U.S. Forest Service. Problem areas detected in aerial survey will be ground checked wherever appropriate. In total, approximately 1,400,000 acres per year need to be surveyed aerially.

 Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Range Management, Forest Management, Natural Resources, Wildlife Science, Fire Science or Ecology and three (3) years of experience in Forest health and Entomology, Forest Management, Natural Resources, Wildlife Science, Fire Science and/or Ecology. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling seven (7) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

 

Agency Contact Information:  
Andrew Frederick, (505) 476-3343 or at andrewg.frederick@state.nm.us


Link to Agency:  
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/


Click Apply to learn more about this position.

 

Applicant Help/How to Apply:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/newmexico/jobs/1827891/forester-health-specialist-emnrd-59953?department[0]=Enrgy%2C%20Minrls%20%26%20Ntrl%20Rsrcs%20Dpt&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

 

 

 

By danny.norlander 24 Jan, 2017

Hello WIFDWC,

Mark your calendars for the 2017 meeting! WIFDWC 2017 will be held in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada. Watch for a new, upcoming WIFDWC webpage.

Dates: October 2-6, 2017

Main Venue: Tigh-na-mara Resort ( http://www.tigh-na-mara.com/ )

More details about lodging, travel, and local arrangements will be provided at a later date. We look forward to seeing you in Parksville!
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