State of Massachusetts Forestry Assistant in Clinton, Massachusetts

Position: Seasonal Forestry Assistant

Position Number: 00256659

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

Start Date: 05/13/2018

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.

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.

Assists in the preparation of multiple use forestry management plans; assists in the interpretation of aerial photos and other cartographic work regarding forests; assists in the inventory of natural resources and establishing and maintaining state forest boundary lines.

Conducts vegetation surveys and collects information on deer impacts on DCR properties.

Assists in planning and supervision of timber stand improvement work by state forest crews and private contractors.

Assists in the sale of wood products including preparing silvicultural prescriptions, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of harvesting, and ensuring contractual compliance by private contractors.

Cooperates with state and municipal authorities during emergencies and natural disasters such as forest fires, wind or ice storms, and insect infestations.

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

Perform tree measurements on DCR Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) plots.

Assist with locating and marking DCR boundaries.

Operate, maintain and repair chainsaws, brushsaws, power pruners, and other equipment used to accomplish goals.

Assist in DCR emergency responses to wildfire, medical, search and rescue as need.

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.

The position will include some or all of these specific duties:

  • Assist Management Foresters with timber sale preparation, stand exam, timber marking, boundary line location and forest inventory.

  • Assist Management Forestry and Service Forestry Programs with geographic information system (GIS) data entry.

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: 180000WS