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State of Massachusetts Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant (Amherst) Winter 22-23 in Amherst, Massachusetts

POSITION INFORMATION: Title: Seasonal Forestry Assistant Location: Amherst Field Office Start Date: asap End Date: 3/25/23 This position is funded from the Commonwealth’s annual operating budget. Please note, if you are selected for this position and will be working less than 90 days, the position will automatically revert to a short-term position. Our short-term positions are not part of the salary scale that is advertised within this job posting. Should this position revert to a short-term seasonal position (less than 90 days), your salary rate will be discussed with you during the interview phase of the process. _Duties:_ About the Department of Conservation and Recreation: The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways. In addition, DCR has conservation programs that enhance and protect natural resources throughout the Commonwealth. DCR’s Bureau of Forestry and Fire Control offers programs, technical assistance, and grants for landowners in Massachusetts for the stewardship of our forests, both rural and urban, to conserve forests, maintain clean air and water, and enhance wildlife habitat for future generations. https://www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-forest-fire-control-and-forestry The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant. Seasonal positions may be subject to the recall process and will be filled in accordance with collective bargaining agreements, positions not filled using this process will be interviewed for. _General Duties of Seasonal Service Forestry Assistants:_ Seasonal Service Forestry Assistants help perform the necessary and fundamental tasks for the Service Forestry Program which provides outreach and education to private landowners and municipalities to aid them inmaking educated decisions about their woodlots, as well as protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations. Works in both an office and field environment. Field environment includes work in all types of weather, work in isolated areas, and travel for job-related purposes. Must be an independent worker, with some forestry field experience, good people skills, must enjoy working with young adults, as well as have solid computer and writing skills. _Specific Duties of the Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant:_ The position will include a focus on the new young forester mentoring program. The purpose of the program is to provide an introduction to the profession of forestry with a focus on equity and inclusion as well as opportunities for young foresters to develop their skills for the job market. Target age: junior in high school through junior in college. The forestry assistant position will help with some or all of the following duties: * Assist DCR personnel and external partners in group outreach efforts to provide an initial connection to the profession * Assist DCR personnel with the organization of job shadow opportunities with a variety of forestry related professionals * Assist DCR personnel in making connections with conservation organizations who have an interest in the professional development of students entering natural resource professions * Assist DCR in identifying a group of natural resource professionals who are willing to work with young people exploring the profession of forestry * Assist DCR in the creation of outreach material, web content, and other related media needs for the program The position may also include some or all of the following: * Landowner outreach including attending in-person and virtual meetings, compiling mailings list from a variety of sources including in-house databases. The preparation of cover letters, popular writing for pamphlets, newsletters, and web content. * Assist DCR staff with field and office review of forest management plans and forest cutting plans prepared by private foresters as well as applications for practices to improve forest resilience. * Assist DCR staff with collection and maintenance of GIS data and projects, including forest cutting plan data. * Assist DCR staff with data collection, entry, processing, and analysis, using a variety of methods and tools, including field computers. * Assist DCR staff with interim site visits to active timber harvests to ensure regulatory compliance * Assist DCR staff in the review of practices for improved bird habitat, forest resilience, or forest carbon. * Assist DCR staff with other Service forestry duties as assigned, including but not limited to office tasks. This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * * Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time experience in forestry or natural resource management, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. * * Substitutions: I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in forestry or forestry management may be substituted for the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Agriculture* *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant (Amherst) Winter 22-23 Location: Massachusetts-Amherst - UMASS Morrill Bldg Requisition ID: 22000D6C

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