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SENIOR FORESTER - 42005745

Date: Jun 13, 2021

Location: BRISTOL, FL, US, 32321

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Requisition No: 349622 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: SENIOR FORESTER - 42005745

Position Number: 42005745 

Salary:  $39,915.72 - $49,894.52 

Posting Closing Date: 06/25/2021 

SENIOR FORESTER

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

 ***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

CONTACT:

Primary - Jason Love, (850) 681-5891

Alternate - Todd Knapp, (850) 681-5879

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor’s degree with a major in Forestry or related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university and two (2) years of professional forestry experience; or

A master’s degree with a major in Forestry or a related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university and one (1) year of professional forestry experience.

A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in Forestry or a related field obtained outside the United States must either: 1) be obtained from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university in addition to the applicable required experience above; or 2) curriculum must include at least two (2) of the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration or Forest Management in addition to the applicable required experience listed above.  NOTE:  Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their equivalency transcript showing the attained required courses listed above.

NOTE: ALL POSITIONS WITHIN THIS CLASS REQUIRE POSSESSION OF A VALID DRIVER LICENSE.

 ***ATTENTION CANDIDATES***

To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

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:

Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.

NOTES:

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $39,915.72 annually.

Working hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

JOB DUTIES:

This is a highly technical, independent position with field and administrative responsibilities. The incumbent in this position serves as a primary link between the Florida Forest Service and the National Forests in Florida, facilitating communication and conducting field work for projects authorized under the Good Neighbor Authority Supplemental Agreements. The incumbent serves as the lead for coordinating and conducting fieldwork associated with impacts to natural resources on both public and private lands as the result of natural disasters. The incumbent also serves to identify, prioritize, and implement projects in their geographical region under the authority of Florida’s Shared Stewardship Agreement.

Serves as one of two primary field managers for projects authorized and implemented under Good Neighbor Authority Supplemental Agreements on one of the three (3) National Forests in Florida in association with nearby State Forests.  Conducts timber sale assessments, writes timber sale prescriptions in coordination with the appropriate National Forest Service staff, prepares and provides oversight for timber sales, oversees archaeological assessments, oversees road improvement projects, conducts common stand examinations (forest inventory), among other projects.  Documents all field activities and prepares documents for state and federal reporting. Participates in prescribed burning on National Forests in Florida once qualified.

Provides forest management technical assistance to rural private and public forest landowners in the implementation of state and federal cost-share programs, including the Hurricane Michael Florida Timber Recovery Block Grant Program.  Coordinates with both state land and county foresters to conduct timber loss determination assessments on assigned parcels, including on-site assessment of damage (timber plots and cruises) and post-processing of data.  Provides information and recommendations to landowners as required, and assists in the completion of state and federal reporting.

Serves as one of two primary field managers for projects conducted under the authority of Florida’s Shared Stewardship Agreement.  Coordinates with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Resources Conservation Service, United States Forest Service, and the Florida Forest Service on the identification, prioritization, and implementation of projects appropriate under the agreement.

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 regulation.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS ARE INCLUDED:

  • State of Florida retirement package
  • 10 Paid holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – the State covers the majority of the premiums for Individual and 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

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: Panama City