The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a forester. This is a cooperative position between the NWTF and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will be responsible for administering, implementing and promoting forestry improvements through NRCS technical assistance programs on private lands across western Washington. This is a full-time, term limited (three-year minimum) position. Duty station is Chehalis, WA.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The forester position assists partners in promoting management of privately owned forested lands and riparian areas for multiple resource benefits, including forest health, wildlife habitat, fuels reduction and water quality. The forester provides forestry assistance to private landowners, communities and public agencies to achieve optimum environmental, economic and social benefits from forest resources. In addition, the forester will implement silvicultural practices and deliver technical assistance and financial assistance programs under the direction of cooperating partners.
- Provide multiple resource management planning that addresses significant forest and riparian health concerns on private lands through the delivery of technical assistance and available federal and state financial assistance programs
- Develop and provide recommendations for working in forest stands and riparian areas to ensure these critical habitats are included in private lands management planning
- Work with local conservation districts to identify and plan multi-partner landscape level conservation projects. Attend local applicable working groups.
- Provide expertise related to management of wildlife habitat beneficial to wild turkeys, elk, deer and other wildlife species with emphasis placed on forest health, including forest thinning, proper grazing regimes and riparian improvements
- Develop forest management and tree planting plans for private landowners
- Prepare and implement forest management plans based on accepted silvicultural practices
- Prepare forest management project contracts, providing specifications and prescriptions for thinning, mastication, slash treatments, and other forest management activities
- Develop and deliver innovative forest management techniques to landowners and cooperators through workshops, written materials, field days and educational programs
- Provide internal review and input as requested on need, purpose and design during all stages of USDA-NRCS program forest management project planning and implementation
- Assist landowners and NRCS with compatible use authorization plan development, Toolkit plans, CPA-52 form and any needed NEPA or ESA compliance.
- Assist NRCS as need on practice certification including all documentation needed to meet appropriate NRCS standard.
- Submit quarterly activity reports to NRCS point of contact.
- Provide training to NRCS staff and partners on healthy forest practices and forestry techniques
- Promote awareness and collaboration of state, federal and local conservation programs and planning, and acquire project support through engagement with conservation organizations, local conservation groups, industry and local communities
- Other functions as assigned by supervisor
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Preferred candidates will possess experience working in the forest ecosystems, riparian communities and a working knowledge of wild turkeys, forest wildlife and their habitat requirements. Knowledge of forest entomology, pathology, forest management and planning for major silvicultural types of the region is required. A working knowledge of basic surveying principles, map reading and GIS/GPS technology, ArcGIS skills and the ability to apply professional scientific techniques to the land for which responsibilities are assigned is required. The forester will possess the ability to effectively cooperate with private landowners, the general public, cooperators and their peers. The position requires the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, to convey clear and persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
- Demonstrated knowledge of forest management techniques
- Strong organizational skills and capability to work independently with little direct supervision
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a SAF-Accredited Program or other natural resource degree with a strong forestry emphasis, or relevant experience (Applicants with a Master’s degree in forestry or education/experience in wildlife management are preferred). Applicants within two months of graduating with a degree as listed and secure degree before date of hire.
- Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook
Applicant must be able and willing to:
- Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted
- Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently.
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.
Please visit the NWTF website (https://nwtf.applicantpro.com/jobs/) to apply