Federal Engagement Forester-35124

OUR MISSION: To help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. Visit us at http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/
Based in Missoula, the Forestry Division promotes responsible and proactive stewardship of Montana's forests and rural lands. Our programs help private landowners manage their forested lands, and help cities and towns develop vibrant parks, boulevards and natural areas. We respond to wildfires, insect pests and diseases, and advocate for sustainable forest management practices on private, state, tribal and federal forestlands. We value Montana's integrated forest industry and its social, economic and environmental benefits.
The duty station for this position is the Libby Unit located 12 miles east of the town of Libby at the junction of Highway 37 and the Fisher River Road. The predominant work will be within the boundaries of the Kootenai National Forest.
The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.
BENEFITS: Benefits for eligible state employees include a credit union, a deferred compensation program, public employee's retirement program, 15 working days annual leave per year, 12 days sick leave per year, paid holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver's license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.
SPECIAL INFORMATION: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.
A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. 25% travel time with possibility of occasional overnight travel.
Completed online application, cover letter describing your interest in the position and why you are a good fit for a DNRC-Forest Service partnership position, along with you current resume.
HELPFUL HINT: You must check the "relevant document" box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The position will utilize tools and authorities such as Good Neighbor Authority, and Master Stewardship Agreements to plan, coordinate, and implement forest management projects to improve forest health, reduce hazardous fuels, and harvest commercial timber from federal lands and across ownership boundaries. The position coordinates within the DNRC, with other agencies, local governments, and other interested stakeholders to accomplish forest management projects on National Forest System Lands, and across multiple ownerships.
The position performs advanced professional forest-management duties related to the preparation and/or administration of complex forest-product sales and other forest restoration projects. Projects will be designed on a case by case basis to integrate federal agency goals and requirements with State policies and procedures. The position will coordinate closely with federal partners to ensure efficient and appropriate project scheduling, and to achieve mutual interagency goals. The position designs, completes, coordinates, and implements detailed silvicultural prescriptions, timber-marking guidelines, specifications for aerial and/or ground-based logging systems, road construction, or reconstruction specifications for federal engagement projects. The position assures Best Management Practices, Streamside Management Zone, Forest Plan, and NEPA requirements are implemented. The position will integrate into all phases of Forest Service projects and may perform as a NEPA team member. The position prepares timber sale package documents which may include, Silvicultural Prescription, MEPA documents, Timber Sale Contract, Timber Sale Maps, Prospectus, Notice of Sale, Summary of Actions and other summaries of timber values, cruise documentation, forest improvement appraisal, road and logging costs, and specifications, and procurement packages such as pre-commercial thinning contracts and invitations for bids and will perform administration and oversight of those contracts.
Provides program and project expertise, and responds to and answers questions of internal and external specialists, other agencies, and the general public regarding the DNRC's Federal Engagement Program and projects. Promotes goals and objectives, fosters awareness of issues affecting forest resources.
QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of advanced forest management principles, concepts, practices, and theories; ability to prepare environmental documents and silvicultural prescriptions; identify and apply resource-protection measures commensurate with environmental considerations; prepare timber sales; provide for timber stand improvement, reforestation, fuels reduction, fire suppression, and contract administration. Problems encountered, approaches taken and solutions implemented, are unique to each project due to the complexity of resource management in the area and the integration of DNRC and Forest Service protocols. Considerable intellect and skill are required in oral and written communications. The ability to work with diverse interests is required. Skills in global positioning and global information systems (GPS/GIS), laser measuring equipment and other computer software are required. Skills are required in fire management procedures and methods, including fuels and fire effects, standards, methods, and equipment used in forest-fire control. Applicant must have the ability to walk over steep, rough and varied terrain for long periods of time as well as work in an outdoor environment in different and sometimes severe weather conditions. The ability to work with minimum supervision and achieve work objectives and the ability to perform vigorous outdoor work as a team or alone is required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Forest Management with 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional forestry experience.

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