State of Massachusetts Forestry Assistant in Clinton, Massachusetts


Position: Seasonal Forestry Assistant/Forest Legacy Program

Position Number: 00256103

Location: DCR, Bureau of Forestry and Fire Control, Clinton Field Office, 355 West Boylston St., Clinton, MA 01510

Start Date: 04/15/2018

End Date: 09/15/2018

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. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, campgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal Forestry Assistant to work with Forestry Legacy Program

The Massachusetts Forest Legacy Program holds over 80 Conservation Restrictions (CRs) throughout the Commonwealth. The Forestry Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to monitor those CRs. In addition, the Forestry Assistant will assist Forest Legacy and Stewardship staff on related projects as needed.

Performs related duties such as maintaining records and attending staff meetings.

Salaries are based upon full-time/40 hours worked per week. Work schedules and days off are at the discretion of the Supervisor. This position may require working weekends and/or holidays.

Specific duties include:Conducting detailed field inspections of CRs and meeting with CR landowners as needed. Documenting existing conditions on CRs using photography, GPS technology, and thorough notes. Preparing detailed monitoring reports based on field inspections as needed. Using geographic information systems software (ArcGIS) to develop maps of CRs as needed. Maintaining various logs and records, including Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) data entrees and updates. Working cooperatively with other Land Acquisition and Stewardship Staff on a variety of projects as needed. Communicating with Conservation Commissions and Land Trusts who monitor Forest Legacy Program CRs. Other related duties for the Bureau of Forestry as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Biology, Forestry, or Wildlife Biology. Knowledge of and familiarity with Conservation Restrictions. Knowledge of the principles and practices of assessing environmental conditions including the ability to recognize potentially harmful environmental conditions. Experience using hand-held GPS devices and digital cameras. Ability to read and understand topographic maps, assessor plans, and survey plans. Ability to use geographic information systems (i.e. ArcGIS and Google Maps) to create maps. Ability to read, understand, interpret, and apply legal documents, technical literature, and regulations to conditions on a property. Experience reviewing and writing reports including maps, photographs and narrative describing conditions on a property. Knowledge of New England habitat types, native wildlife species, and invasive terrestrial plants. Strong organizational skills.

A cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position must be submitted as part of the application process. These documents must be specifically attached “as relevant” to the requisition for which you are applying.

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.


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.

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: Forestry Assistant

Location: Massachusetts-Clinton-Route 110

Requisition ID: 180000WQ