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State of Massachusetts Seasonal Forestry Assistant (Community Engagement) - Greening the Gateway Cities (Westfield) in Westfield, Massachusetts

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, golf courses, trails and parkways. The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal Forestry Assistant. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. The Seasonal Forestry Assistant will work outdoors in all types of weather. This positions begins on or about March 27, 2022 and ends November 19, 2022. SPECIFIC DUTIES: Assists in the tree planting operations for the Greening the Gateway Cities Program to increase tree canopy cover for the purpose of reducing heating and cooling energy costs to residences and businesses and to educate private landowners and the public about proper tree selection, care and maintenance. Assists with leading the community engagement and outreach efforts for the Greening the Gateway Cities Program; able to communicate the objective of the program effectively to a diverse community of homeowners and residents. Interacts with the public to encourage participation in the GGCP; promotes the program effectively and clearly. Assists Forester with scheduling and attending site visits. Interacts with the public and provides technical advice to landowners about proper tree selection and maintenance. Assists Foresters in the supervision of daily tree planting crews to ensure trees are planted according to DCR Bureau of Forestry standards. Assists Foresters with maintaining various logs relating to tree planting location and management. Operates and assists in maintaining state vehicles. Works outdoors in all types of weather. Performs related duties such as assigned. Qualifications - External Knowledge of the principles and practices of applied forestry and wood harvesting. Ability to identify tree species. Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment used in forestry. Knowledge of safety practices used in forestry. Knowledge of the types and uses of hand held power tools such as chainsaws, hedge trimmers, etc. Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in forestry. Ability to understand, explain and interpret the laws, rules, regulations, policy, procedures, standards and practices governing assigned agency activities. Ability to follow written instructions. Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others. Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures. Ability to act quickly and make decisions in dangerous and emergency situations. Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written expression. Ability to maintain accurate records. Ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, specifications, blueprints, maps, etc. 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 Forestry Assistant (Community Engagement) - Greening the Gateway Cities (Westfield) Location: Massachusetts-Westfield-Route 202 Requisition ID: 220002WF