|Date Opened||11/26/2018 3:15:00 PM|
|Salary||$56,263 - $81,251/year|
|Job Type||Open to the Public|
|Close Date||12/7/2018 11:59:00 PM|
At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. The mission of the Bureau of Natural Resources is to conserve and enhance Connecticut’s fish, wildlife and forest resources and to enhance opportunities for public use and appreciation. The Bureau of Natural Resources is made up of three Divisions (Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife) and a central office.
Programs within the Forestry Division focus on working with partners to protect Connecticut's forest resources. With close to 60% of its land area in forest, Connecticut is one of the most heavily forested states in the nation. At the same time, Connecticut is also one of the most densely populated states.
DEEP's Forestry Division is seeking to hire an Environmental Protection Forester 1 within the State Lands Management Unit. This position is based in Pleasant Valley (Barkhamsted), CT, and will assist in developing forest management plans that implement sustainable forestry practices.
This position is 35 hours per week, Mon - Fri. Some evenings and occasional weekends may be required.
Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov , (860) 424-3006.
This position is non-competitive. Open to the public.
Eligibility Requirement - SPECIAL Notice:
Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain certification as a Forester in accordance with Section 23-65h of the Connecticut General Statutes unless already certified by another reciprocating state. , “see note below”. Applicants not currently certified as a Forester must take this certification exam March 13, 2019. Exam pre-registration is required by February 4, 2019. Uncertified applicants not pre-registered by February 4, 2019 will not be deemed qualified to apply. Additional information may be found at web site: DEEP Calendar - Event Details or by calling 860-424-3630.
Note – Reciprocity: Forester certification or licensure from another state under a law which provides substantially similar qualifications for certification and which grants similar privileges of certification without examination to residents of Connecticut certified under the provisions of Connecticut General Statute 23-65h.
Examines, compiles data on and evaluates forest areas in regard to most effective use and maintenance considering such factors as the care and cultivation of forest trees and forest land management including but not limited to economic factors, fire protection, access, recreation and effects on soil, wildlife and fish; writes and implements comprehensive land management plans, providing recommendations for timber and fuelwood harvesting, planting, pruning, building of access roads and waterholes, tax benefits, legal requirements and marketing; leads and/or coordinates timber cutting, fuel wood harvesting, road building and other activities on state lands assuring that procedures and requirements are followed by those involved; develops estimates, bids and contract specifications for timber, cord wood sale and other projects; maintains records, accounts for monies collected and reports on transaction; may assist and advise private owners and towns in various technical aspects of forestry and land management; may prepare reports, write correspondence, write or assist in writing educational or informative materials; may speak before interested groups regarding various aspects of forest management and conduct educational tours; may lead and perform boundary marking; may lead and assist in fire prevention and control activities including the training and direction of fire wardens and crews; may be required to assist other states or federal agencies on emergency assignments; performs related duties as required.
This specific position:
Works independently coordinating with the Statelands Management Supervisor and program staff developing forest management plans that implement sustainable forestry practices including collecting, compiling, and analyzing forest data for estimating volume of wooded acres and recommending species and volume to be removed in order to improve State forest land resiliency and productivity, writing reports and keeping woodlot records current in order to maintain and develop forest management plans and educating and informing interested groups and the public concerning sustainable forest management on State forest lands. The position also assesses forest health issues associated with potential discovery of damaging invasive insects on State forests. Prepares reports, writes correspondence, educational and informative materials; leads and performs boundary marking; leads and assists in fire prevention and control activities including the training and directing fire wardens and crews; may be required to assist other states or federal agencies on emergency assignments. Performs miscellaneous administrative duties: uses personal computer (write reports, databases, GIS); responds (e.g. written & orally) to correspondence & inquiries; provides recommendations to the Statelands Management Supervisor & staff on assessment of projects to improve efficiency. Administers timber sales contracts, ensuring contractor compliance with all terms, conditions, and payments schedules.
Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of silvics, silviculture, and wildlife habitat improvement.
Ability to utilize computer software, forestry related phone apps, geographic information systems, geodatabases and electronic field data collection.
Considerable oral and written communication skills.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.