Working Title: Bay Watershed Riparian Forest Buffer Spec
Role Title: Natural Resource Specialist III – 59113
Application Deadline: 8/24/2017
Job Type Detail: Restricted Full-Time Salaried – Non Faculty- FTS-1R
Hiring Range: $32,500 to $34,000
Agency: Dept of Forestry (411)
Agency Website: Click Here to Apply
Location: Augusta – 015
Position Number: 00103
Job Posting Number: 1027648
Does this position have telework options? Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No
Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Description: The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF)is seeking a motivated individual to assist the Bay riparian forest buffer project coordinator in planning, tracking, and project implementation. Duties include: working with agency staff, Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff in identifying and engaging landowners and implementing projects to increase landowner enrollment in CREP, CRP, and landowner adoption and maintenance for forest buffers (Practice CP22) as well as other conservation practices; implementing actions in the Virginia Riparian Buffer Plan, including the establishment of new buffers, conservation of existing buffers and tracking the establishment of new buffer miles; providing technical assistance and training to natural resource personnel and VDOF staff in forested buffer establishment and insure that there are sufficient qualified employees to provide timely silvicultural recommendations, riparian area restoration, and conservation; establishing cooperative partnerships with other government agencies and non-government organizations; implementing agency strategies and programs involving Chesapeake Bay specific watershed planting projects and initiatives; monitoring and tracking project successes and failures and responding accordingly. This is a restricted, grant-funded position with state benefits. This position may be extended based on funding availability.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from an SAF accredited University or a related field; or equivalent field experience required. Technical experience and in-depth knowledge of the science related to forestry, hydrology, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; knowledge of stream morphology, stream restoration techniques, and riparian buffer establishment strategies; knowledge of streamside forest ecosystems and forest management; ability to effectively work in interagency environment and maintain effective working relationships with non-governmental organizations, VDOF staff members, the general public, and local, state, and Federal government agencies; experience making effective oral presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences; demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; valid drivers license; ability to occasionally travel around the state and stay overnight; ability to negotiate different types of forested terrain on foot; experience with and ability to effectively use a PC and Microsoft Office software; and ability to effectively and efficiently work as a member of a team of diverse individuals required.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in Forestry or a related field preferred. Data tracking and monitoring experience using computer databases; and/or experience using GIS preferred.
Special Requirements: Selected candidate is required to pass a criminal background check and a drug test. Must be able to meet minimal physical requirement. May, at times, be called upon to assist with wildfire management
Special Instructions to Applicants: Only online applications will be accepted.
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