POSITION TITLE: FORESTER 2: PLANNING FORESTER 8112-2
This position is assigned the responsibility of the management planning for all Quinault Indian Reservation trust forest lands through the implementation of the Forest Management Plan and all affiliated documents (Environmental Assessment and Biological Opinion).
The Planning Forester is responsible for full and proper implementation of the Quinault Indian Reservation Forest Management Plan. Major duties include facilitating the Interdisciplinary Team process, managing the submittal of ESA required documents to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, maintaining the PCF database, assisting the Inventory and Harvest shops with timber sale scheduling and completing all annual reporting requirements related to the FMP. Duties also include managing the FMP update process every ten years including coordinating the required environmental/NEPA process and the ESA Section 7 consultation process.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS/JOB DEMANDS
Establish and maintain an effective system of communications within the organization, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups and individuals. Make presentations to senior staff, members of the Tribal Council, and the general public as required. May represent the Manager, department and/or Nation at national, state, and local meetings/conferences to promote and explain QIN objectives and policies. Act as advisor to the senior management and Tribal Council on the development and implementation of QIN policies within areas of expertise. Supervise technical/support staff.
Work is primarily performed in a variety of indoor or outdoor settings for eight hours per day, or combinations of same. Mobility is needed to perform duties and attend various meetings. Physical effort may be needed to perform on-site activities. Outdoors activities are performed in varying weather and terrain conditions. Activities may be performed in rainy and windy weather with below freezing temperatures, and may involve physical risks such as falling, slipping, tripping, and working in significant hazardous logging conditions capsizing in cold water. May participate in aerial surveys conducted by helicopter or plane in low level flights over target area. Basic communication skills such as talking, seeing, and hearing are needed for telephone usage and oral discussions. Use of hands and fingers to handle objects and control automated equipment, hand and power tools, using finger dexterity could be required. Patience and persuasiveness are needed when interacting with other people. Occasional involvement with hostile and/or argumentative individuals. Must have the ability to work in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines. Necessary aptitudes include understanding instructions, numerical aptitude, precision problem solving, initiative, ingenuity, and imagination; analytic ability, memory, concentration, and judgment.
The Planning Forester must have good writing and public speaking skills along with experience in stand and landscape level planning, NEPA and ESA requirements, and long-term project management. Desired experience would include knowledge of BIA forest management requirements, Geographic Information systems, forest inventory databases, and stand and landscape level modeling. Bachelor’s degree with major study in forestry, forestry management, or other related natural resource field (ecology, wildlife, etc.) is required.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND/OR KNOWLEDGE:
Working knowledge of the balance of natural resources in their environment. An awareness of the habitat needs of fish and wildlife in Western Washington. Demonstrated knowledge of writing and editing NEPA documents for forest management activities. A valid driver’s license. A working knowledge of basic computer operation. Skill in the use of Microsoft Office software.
DESIRABLE SKILLS AND/OR KNOWLEDGE:
At least two years of experience as a field Forester doing basic forestry in timber sales, silviculture, resource protection, or other associated natural resources work is desirable. Logging methods and their environmental impacts to the land. Logging equipment capabilities and applications. Knowledge of silvicultural prescriptions.