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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 16-00198
Application Due By 7/8/16
Title Forester 2
Location: City
DEC Region
Central Office
Lands & Forests/Private 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)

Project Supervision 50%
Manage and implement several comprehensive, statewide forest health programs dealing with native and exotic forest health Damage Causing Agents.
• Recruit, hire, train and supervise seasonal forestry technicians to perform ground-based detection surveys and conduct suppression, management or eradication activities.
• Supervise the development, candidate selection and implementation of the SUNY-DEC intern program.
• Hire, organize and manage volunteers, summer interns and seasonal forest technicians and laborers working on collaborative Forest Health projects.
• Develop action and management plans for specific DCA projects.
• Purchase and maintain equipment necessary for these projects.
• Supervise and train crews on standard operation procedures and personal safety as required by the Division and under law.
• Direct annual statewide or localized insect trapping surveys that monitor for invasive or exotic forest pests.
• Produce reports on results.

Collaboration and Regulation, 20%
• Work with Federal agency scientists and collaborators to integrate their developing technical applications to improve our forest health survey, detection and rapid response to exotic and invasive threats.
• Assist with forest health regulatory decision making in response to invasive and/or exotic agents previously unknown in the state.
• Assist with the development of Regulation interpretations and guidelines for forest health quarantines, restricted zones and regulated items.

Program Development 20%
• Write project and program grant proposals, developing budgets and preparing narratives for accomplishment objectives.
• Develop and implement work plans for numerous statewide forest health projects
• Report on the results of forest health surveys for general forest health conditions.
• Design and develop new surveys in response to emergency insect or disease or abiotic occurrence in NY's forests.
• Collect, write and edit the annual accomplishment reports for all forest health activities guided by our USDA Forest Service Cooperative agreements.
• Prepare statistical analysis and interpolations of survey data to describe risks and hazards at the landscape level.
• Provide expert advice, review and make recommendations regarding forest health technology and methodologies.
• Prepare expert reports and professional papers on the results of investigations and studies on the units forest health projects.

Training and Support 10%
• Provide Forest Health training and support to DEC Foresters, interested public and professional groups.
• Prepare grant proposals for design development and research of forest health projects to support regional interests as presented by DEC foresters and the local PRISMs.
• Serve as expert lecturer and contributor in forest health management for academic institutions and organizations interested in forest health related activities.

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 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 work in adverse weather conditions. Travel, overtime and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available for emergency response and available to respond to after-hours emergencies.
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.