Position: North Florida Conservation Forester
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Summary: The North Florida Conservation Forester is a staff member of the Field Initiatives Department’s (FID) North Florida Conservation Program (NFL) in The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. The position works under the supervision of the NFL Stewardship Coordinator and is based at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) in Bristol, Fl. They develop and execute conservation forestry projects on both Conservancy and partner owned lands in Florida. They may also provide forestry support as needed to neighboring TNC Chapter’s in the southeastern U. S. states. This position has currently identified financial support through September 30, 2019 and no guarantees can be made that the position will extend beyond that date. However, The Nature Conservancy is an employer at will and the employment relationship may end at any time.
Essential Functions: The North Florida Conservation Forester provides technical leadership and support to the Florida Chapter and assists with local and regional longleaf pine ecosystem Forest Restoration planning efforts as well as forest science consultation as needed. The Conservation Forester uses the best science and current thinking on forest management and restoration to address critical forest restoration needs in the southeastern U. S. The Conservation Forester works with state, federal and private partners using a wide range of tools (e.g. Stewardship Authority and Good Neighbor Authority) to effect lasting, landscape scale longleaf pine ecosystem restoration. The Conservation Forester addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process. The Conservation Forester coordinates forest restoration community support both externally and within the Conservancy (i.e. locally, regionally, and World Office). The Conservation Forester coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages to completion.
Responsibilities & Scope:
Forestry Operations (80%) – Focuses efforts on regional longleaf pine ecosystem forest restoration.
- Works in coordination with supervisor and other NFL staff on longleaf pine forestry partnership projects in the NFL region and neighboring states as needed.
- Responsible for all aspects of timber contractor performance.
- Responsible to ensure both project parameters and partner performance adhere strictly to both Conservancy and partner SOPs regarding timber procurement and financial transparency.
- Works in close consultation with partner staff to ensure project objectives and outcomes are achieved and acceptable.
- May serve on prescribed burns as a crew member on TNC and partner lands as needed.
- Ability to meet minimum Florida TNC training and health requirements for wildland fires at the arduous level. Excellent physical condition. For Florida: 3 mile walk with a 45-pound pack with a time of 45 minutes or less. Must meet NWCG 310-1 training requirements for Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2).
- Operates 4×4 vehicles and ORVs (ATV’s/UTVs) in difficult terrain. ORVs must be operated safely according to TNC ATV/UTV Operating Guidelines and ensure that each employee is capable of safely operating the equipment and complying with the TNC ATV/UTV Operating Guidelines at all times. May be required to attend and pass an ATV Rider Safety Course (ex. ATV Safety Institute)
- Develops and maintains geospatial data on projects using GPS receivers and GIS
- May be required to provide technical presentations in professional settings.
- Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
Operations & Supervision (10%) – Comply with, communicate, and enforce TNC policies and procedures related to finances, supervision, and operational guidelines.
- Financial responsibility may include working with supervisor on project budgets, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development
- Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
- May supervise technical staff and volunteers as needed
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Other Projects (10%) – Participate in other strategic FID & Florida Chapter projects
- May contribute to regional conservation projects with other FID staff and serve on Florida Chapter matrix team projects as needed.
- May provide forestry related consultation support to other TNC Florida Chapter departments.
- May serve as a content expert in support of philanthropic events of the Florida Chapter
- Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in longleaf pine ecosystem natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience managing staff or volunteers.
- Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
- Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
- Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
- Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
- Experience in training.
- Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record
Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited university.
- 3-5 years’ experience in longleaf pine ecosystem timber management.
- Experience using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies for data collection, downloading and processing/manipulation.
- Experience applying silvicultural Best Management Practices (BMPs).
- Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
- Experience in all aspects of forestry including timber harvest, site preparation, reforestation, pre-commercial thinning, insect and disease management and coordinating multiple use management
- Experience with all aspects of timber procurement (stand assessment, volume calculations, timber sale prospectus generation, bid advertisement, contractor selection, contractor management and quality control).
- Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
- Experience with budget development and fiscal responsibility.
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation forestry (including regional timber markets and products), land management and natural resource preservation, especially as related to longleaf pine forest management and restoration.
- Qualified by National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards as Firefighter Type 2 (or higher qualification) and at least 1 year experience with wildland fire
For full application description and to apply– The job ID number is 45760, and is searchable by that number on PeopleSoft and onhttps://careers.nature.org.