Natural Resources Program Technician/Nursery Technician
Division: Arkansas Forestry Commission
Department: Baucum Nursery
Location: Pulaski County/North Little Rock
Arkansas Forestry Commission
Nursery Supervisor James Shelton
1402 Highway 391 North
North Little Rock, AR 72117
Standard State of Arkansas employment application required.
Apply online: http://www.arstatejobs.com
Entry Level Salary: $29,046
Application deadline: Aug. 18, 2017
STATE’S MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- The equivalent of a high school diploma.
- Two years of field experience in wildlife or fisheries management or forestry or land management.
- Must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (Class A). (Within 120 days of hire date)
- The procedures and methods used in documenting wildlife investigations.
- The equipment and techniques used to maintain buildings, grounds and equipment.
- Fish propagation, harvesting, cultivation, and maintenance activities.
- Tissue and blood sampling techniques used in collection research.
- Agricultural methods and basic land laws.
- Timber marking, land surveying, and other related forestry techniques.
- Farm equipment and operation.
- Collect samples of wildlife, perform fish hatchery, prepare reports, maintain files, and present oral and written information.
- Operate and maintain wildlife equipment.
- Perform nursery, seed orchard, landscaping, and related tasks.
- Offer assistance on technical horticultural methods and operations.
- Operate and maintain farm tractors and equipment.
- Knowledge of herbicides and fertilizers
- Knowledge and ability of seed stratification and assist with seed planting
- Ability to load and unload trucks and operate forklifts
- Ability to get a noncommercial chemical applicators license
- Ability to operate and maintain irrigation equipment
- Supervise small work crews
- Backup truck driver
- Occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals may be required.
- Occasional heavy lifting may be required.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS MUST BE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Move to the location of the job at employee’s expense.
- AFC Residency policy: Forest Rangers and County Foresters must live in their area of responsibility or within fifteen road miles of their assigned work center. District Foresters must live in their assigned District.
- Accept compensatory time off instead of overtime payment for overtime hours worked if the job is nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- The AFC may call back emergency response employees to work and supervisors may schedule their workday to carryout emergency response duties.
- Emergency response employees on approved mileage reimbursement must have a dependable vehicle to meet emergency response requirements.
- Employees may be required to undergo a physical examination.
- Forest Rangers, County Foresters, State Forest Foreman, Forest Technicians, and AFC Investigators must meet physical fitness standards annually.
- Foresters must meet Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters certification requirements within one year of employment.
- The Law Enforcement Standards Commission certifies law enforcement employees. These employees must be at least 21 years old, satisfactorily complete a thorough background investigation, and physical and psychological examinations.
- Federal Department of Transportation regulations require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for all employees with truck driving or emergency response duties. Pre-employment and random alcohol/drug testing is mandatory for CDL holders. CDL holders must be at least 18 years old.
- Complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) and provide related documentation proving the applicant is a United States citizen or an alien authorized to work in the United States.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Arkansas Forestry Commission does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment, access, or in the provision of services. Information about the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Arkansas Forestry Commission Human Resources Administrator. Qualified applicants with disabilities may request needed accommodations to participate in the application process by contacting the Human Resources Administrator at 501/219-6370, #1 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.
The AFC offers an excellent benefit package including immediate accrual of annual and sick leave, eleven paid holidays, and a contributory retirement plan. The AFC pays the major portion of medical health insurance for full-time employees.
Other benefits include maternity/paternity leave, court and jury duty, military leave and a catastrophic illness leave program as well as Family and Medical Leave. AFC employees may choose to participate in a deferred compensation plan and various options for life insurance, accident insurance, cancer care and intensive care insurance. Employees may participate in the Arkansas Cafeteria Plan which is a program designed to allow an employee to pay for group health and life insurance premiums, dependent day care and out-of-pocket medical costs tax free. All employees of the AFC are covered under workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.