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Forester

Deadline:
Employer:
Florida Forest Service
Job Field:
Forestry
GIS/Technology
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Florida
Location Detail:
Englewood
Job Description:

   This is a professional and administrative position responsible for developing, directing and coordinating all resource management activities on the Myakka and Peace River State Forests and the Babcock Ranch Preserve. 
    
   Responsible for the preparation, coordination and implementation of management plans on the Myakka and Peace River State Forests. This includes such activities as timber sales, tree plantings, prescribed burning, exotic species control, recreational activities, tracking research studies, road maintenance and repairs, and managing wildlife species. This position may be required to perform Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) work, including FIA Certification by the United States Forest Service and the gathering and recording of FIA plot data in the field. Responsible for assisting in timber inventory and other silviculture type management, such as timber sales, at Babcock Ranch Preserve. 
    
   Maintains contact with cooperating agencies and private environmental and recreational groups to ensure cooperative efforts and input into the management of the forests. 
    
   Responsible for preparing and submitting accomplishment reports and vehicle records. 
    
   Provides wildfire and emergency response support as directed. Assists in the development of smoke management, wildfire prevention, prescribed fire, pre-suppression burning plans and hazardous fuels mitigation. Assists in the enforcement of Florida’s open burning laws and regulations. 
    
   Responsible for fiscal items which may include annual budget preparation, preparation and management of contracts for service, and recreational and timber sales receipts. 
    
   Maintains proficiency in new and innovative forestry and biological topics, research, endangered species regulations, prescribed fire management and total ecosystem management techniques. 
    
   Performs other related work as assigned, which may include the handling of revenue. 

Qualifications:

   MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 
    
   A bachelor's and/or master’s degree in Forestry or a related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university; or 
    
   Anticipated receipt of a bachelor's and/or master’s degree in Forestry or a related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university. Note: Applicants in this category will not be appointed until they have acquired and provide final proof of received the required degree. 
    
   A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in Forestry obtained outside the United States must either: 1) be obtained from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university; or 2) curriculum must include at least two (2) of the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration or Forest Management. Note: Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their equivalency transcript showing the attained required courses listed above. 
    
   ***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work 
    history, hours worked and formal education are required to be 
    considered in qualifying for this position. Responses to 
    Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate 
    Profile. Resumes and other documentation can be 
    attached to provide additional information.*** 
    
   The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 
    values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. 
    Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 
    
   ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: 
    
   Requires possession of a valid Class E Driver License. 
    
   Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed. 
    
   NOTES: 
    
   Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment. 

Miscellaneous:

   SPECIAL NOTES: 
    
   The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 
    
   Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. 
    
   The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. 
    
   VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 
    
    
   Nearest Major Market: Sarasota 
   Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa 

Salary:
The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $36,287.68 annually.
Benefits:

   THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS ARE INCLUDED: 
   •State of Florida Retirement package 
   •10 Paid Holidays annually 
   •Annual Leave 
   •Sick Leave 
   •Health insurance - State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for Individual & Family coverage 
   •Life insurance 
   •Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc. 
   •Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts available 
   •Tax deferred savings program available through payroll deduction 
   •Uniforms provided at no cost 
   •Annual boot purchase allotment 

How to Apply:

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