Forester - Land Management

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ross County, OH
  • Nov 25, 2016
Full time Environmental Education/Communication Forestry Natural Resources Urban Forestry

Job Description

Serves as Land Management Forester and develops and maintains multiple use resource management plans for Chillicothe District Office  and other state forest lands and coordinates plans to provide needed priority to timber production, minerals, wildlife habitat, recreation, watershed protection, soils, aesthetics and other environmental qualities: prepares district forest management zone maps to ensure protection of sensitive areas, cultural/historical areas, plants, and animals and consideration of appropriate forest users (i.e., general public); makes recommendations to management and staff regarding use of state forest areas to demonstrate sound forest management techniques to public and private forest landowners; submits plans for review to higher-level management staff; reviews and implements approaches and techniques for potential application to state forest land management (e.g., prescribed fire, Geographical Informational System [GIS], Global Positioning System [GPS), will assist in acquiring  and maintaining third party sustainable forestry certification (e.g. audits, developing written plans and obtaining appropriate GIS information), may assist in invasive species program.
 
Conducts cruises and inventories state forest land to determine types, stock, size, growth, conditions, and volumes of trees and seedlings on various sites (i.e., data is utilized in areas to include management plans, timber appraisal, timber sales, and forest health monitoring): analyzes and interprets data (e.g., in conjunction with other factors such as wildlife, recreation, aesthetics and watershed) to determine forest management needs; makes recommendations to higher-level management staff for timber sales, timber stand improvement or other cultural treatments; monitors health of forest and recommends appropriate forest management actions; utilizes traditional forestry equipment, new technology, and aerial photographs to collect and analyze forest data; prepares reports and documents and maintains forest management records; monitors impacts of recreation and public activities on forest; makes recommendation for design, layout, maintenance, relocation and rehabilitation of trails and/or other public uses.
 
Represents division and performs public relations duties:  promotes interest, activity, and understanding in forest conservation; writes news articles; organizes and/or participates in field days and demonstrations; makes public appearances via radio, TV and service groups; writes reports; composes correspondence; attends meetings with civic, professional, and governmental agencies; serves as local contact for division programs and responds to simple inquiries; works on special projects; performs wildfire support as directed within training and physical capabilities.
 
Prepares timber sales:  marks trees for harvesting; estimates volume by species; establishes layout for logging roads and necessary boundaries; prepares maps and summaries of marked timber required to prepare bid information; addresses concerns regarding public sentiment, neighbor impact, best management practices, erosion, road construction, harvesting equipment, and other special considerations; administers timber sales for compliance; completes revenue transmittals regarding timber sale transaction; scales forest products for volume as directed, marks logs for bucking, assists with forest product merchandising; monitors assigned activities relative to exploration and development of minerals and oil and gas on state forests; may train forest industry personnel in proper harvesting practices; may serve as lead worker and organize tasks to accomplish daily projects involving lower-level positions.
 
Assists certification coordinator in implementing and conducting certification activities in the Land Management Manual (e.g. forest plans relating to contract administration, activity assessments, silvicultural prescriptions, activity inspections, monitoring): produces reports and documents relating to certification program.
 
Performs routine maintenance on work vehicle (e.g., checks oil and tires, cleans vehicles, checks fluid levels): perform maintenance on trails (e.g., inspects and evaluates trail condition, removes trees and other debris from trail, mows/treats vegetation along trail edge), performs facility maintenance (e.g., mowing, painting, building repair), oversees the implementation of forest boundary maintenance (e.g. encroachment, trespass issues, paint/mark).

Closing 11/30/2016 11:59 PM Eastern

Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$19.29 Hourly