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Forester 2

Applications accepted from current State employees and former permanent competitive class employees eligible for reinstatement. You must meet the minimum qualifications.

Forester 2
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 16-00254
Application Due By 8/26/16
Title Forester 2
Location: City
DEC Region
Central Office
Lands & Forests/State Lands
$67,703- $85,636 Effective 4/2014
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities The Forester 2 will work in the Albany office under the direction of the Chief of the Bureau of State Land Management. The Forester 2 will serve as the primary administrator of the forest certification licenses with the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. and as primary contract administrator for the current 5-year third party forest certification audit contract and subsequent contracts. The Forester 2 will take the Bureau lead on all issues related to the certification of State Forests, including:
• Coordinating and participate in annual external and internal audits, which involve field inspections of DEC lands;
• Developing, reviewing and editing audit reports;
• Responding to non-conformances and corrective action requests resulting from audits;
• Developing corrective action plans;
• Assisting in program work plan development, unit management planning, and updating the Strategic Plan for State Forest Management;
• Responding to questions and issues raised by regional staff to assure continued compliance with certification standards;
• Responding to correspondence from the public concerning the certification of State Forests.
The Forester 2 will also devote up to 25% of their time in assisting with the maintenance and use of the State Forest Inventory Database. The Forester 2 must have the ability to communicate well with field staff, be willing to travel on the average of once every two weeks, and to be creative when working with limited resources by collaborating with staff and other agencies. Additionally, the Forester 2 will work in a team environment, assisting all Bureau staff with tasks as requested by the Bureau Chief.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC
Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.
Transfer Eligible - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 21 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below;
Open competitive minimum qualifications (provided for 70.4 transfer eligibles):
1) a bachelor's or higher-level degree in forestry from a college accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) AND three years of professional-level forestry experience;
2: a bachelor's or higher-level degree, including or supplemented by 40 semester credit hours in forestry, which must have included at least one course in four or more of the following areas: silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, forest soil, dendrology, forest management, wilderness management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), forest ecology, forest recreation, forest biology, or forest and wood products engineering AND three years of professional-level forestry experience. Please include a list of qualifying courses and the credit hours for each.

If there is a viable promotion examination eligible list for this position, candidates who qualify based on 70.4 transfer cannot be considered.

If you are on an examination eligible list for the position title, you do not need to respond to this posting UNLESS you are also eligible for appointment by transfer, reinstatement or reassignment as defined above; or the appointment type is provisional or temporary. The eligible list(s) will be canvassed as appropriate. Always respond to an eligible list canvass.
Additional Comments Must have a valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain and work in adverse weather conditions. Travel and overnight travel may be required.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are met and includes the Control Number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or Employment Application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038


Additional Notes:

If you are a permanent NYS employee not employed by the Department of Environmental Conservation or applying for reinstatement, please provide your social security number so that appointment eligibility may be verified.

State Employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must include two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview