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State of Massachusetts Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant in Amherst, Massachusetts

Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant Forestry Assistant Agency Name: Department of Conservation and Recreation Official Title: Forestry Assistant Functional Title: Seasonal Service Forestry Assistant Occupational Group: Agriculture, Forest & Garden Position Type: Seasonal Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time Salary Range: Bargaining Unit: 09 Shift: Day Confidential: No Number of Vacancies: City/Town: Amherst Region: Western Facility Location: 40 Cold Storage Drive, Amherst, MA Application Deadline: Apply Online: Posting ID: This position is funded from the Commonwealth’s annual operating budget. 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. 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 in making educated decisions about their woodlots, and 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. Often the work is independent in remote settings, and the use of a personal vehicle with mileage reimbursed consistent with collective bargaining agreements will be required if a state vehicle is not assigned, or an assigned state vehicle breaks down, is disabled, or reassigned. Assists the service forestry program in all aspects including technical assistance to landowners, site visits to active timber harvests for environmental compliance, writing about forestry subject matter for technical and popular audiences. May also be involved in the inventory of natural resources; the establishment and maintenance of state forest boundary lines; assisting in planning and supervision of forest management projects by state forest crews and private contractors. Performs related duties such as maintaining records, submitting time sheets or mileage logs, and attending staff meetings. Must be an independent worker with some forestry field experience, technical forestry skills as well as good computer and writing skills. Specific Duties of Seasonal Service Forestry Assistants: The position will include some or all of these specific duties: · Assist DCR staff with 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 Location: Massachusetts-Amherst - UMASS Morrill Bldg Requisition ID: 210008Y1