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Forestry Technician 1 (Seasonal)

Company: State of New York
Location: Syracuse
Posted on: April 16, 2019

Job Description:

Minimum Qualifications 30 semester college credit hours, including or supplemented by 12 semester credit hours in forestry, which must include at least one course in three or more of the following areas: pathology, entomology, forest biology, silvics, silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, forest soils, dendrology, botany or land surveying. OR One year of diversified, technical forestry experience in two or more of the following areas: forest management, including sale and removal of timber products, nursery management, including the transplanting of tree or shrub seedlings; forest pest management, including control of diseases and insect pests. Preferred knowledge and skills * Experience identifying and controlling invasive plants using manual and chemical control methods. Ability to identify giant hogweed, kudzu and associated plants with minimal training. * Experience identifying common tree species of New York and the pests that impact them. * Skill in using maps, GPS and GIS to assist in locating and recording survey sites. Experience creating GIS polygons using ArcMap or ArcGIS. * Physical ability to dig, cut and/or use a pesticide backpack, or use a chainsaw to control invasive species for long hours in hot and cold weather in a variety of terrains while maintaining a good attitude. * Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to interact well with the public and provide accurate information about giant hogweed, kudzu, southern pine beetle and other target species to interested persons. * Self-motivated, work well both independently and in a collaborative setting. * Must be a NY State Certified Category 3A Pesticide Technician/Applicator or able to pass pesticide exams prior to start date. * Candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license at the time of appointment. * Must be physically able to perform the duties assigned. Duties Description DEC Division of Lands & Forests, Forest Health, has statewide invasive species control programs for giant hogweed, kudzu, southern pine beetle, and other target species. This position will move between control programs based on the seasonality of treatment for each species. The position's duties involve fieldwork throughout NY on both public and private lands; mapping infestations, collecting site information, surveying for plants and implementing control of giant hogweed, kudzu, southern pine beetle and other target species. Appropriate safety equipment and safety training will be provided at the outset of employment. Principal Duties * Contact property owners to obtain permission to enter property for survey and/or control. * Locate specific control sites using maps and GIS products. * Implement manual and chemical control of giant hogweed, kudzu and other target plant, insect or disease. Pesticide will be applied under the supervision of a certified commercial pesticide applicator using an appropriate backpack sprayer and nozzle to minimize non-target effects, according to the product label and manufacturer's safety instructions. All necessary equipment will be provided. Landowners will be notified prior to herbicide application and provided with a copy of the herbicide label. * Use equipment such as a compact tracked loader or a tracked aerial lift and power tools such as chainsaws or brush saws to access and treat southern pine beetle and other target species. * Conduct field surveys with the use of a hand-held GPS and mobile mapping unit and plot target species location polygons and records on digital maps. * Acquire and inventory digital photographs of specific control sites to monitor yearly progress. * Maintain detailed records of the control activities and site information for each site. Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain, work in remote areas and in adverse weather conditions. Travel may be required. Physical ability to perform the duties assigned. This is a seasonal, hourly appointment with a duration of 5/20/19 to 3/31/20. Program needs will determine actual termination date, which may be prior to termination date indicated. Actual work schedule, duties, and travel requirements may vary and will be discussed at the interview.SDL2017

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