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State of Massachusetts Forester I Greening the Gateway Cities in Quincy, Massachusetts

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, campgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, golf courses, trails and parkways. The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Forester I. Work location 55 Sea Street, Quincy, MA. The Forester I will conduct tree planting operations for the Greening the Gateway Cities Program to increase tree canopy cover for the purpose of reducing heating and cooling energy costs to residences and businesses and to educate private landowners and the public about proper tree selection, care and maintenance. The incumbent is responsible for implementing the preparation of plans for replanting trees on public and private property in the cities of Quincy; planning for and implementation of data collection operations after planting; coordination with nurseries for tree delivery. SPECIFIC DUTIES: Assist in the implementation of program activities on both public and private property, including overseeing seasonal staff, designing outreach strategies and materials for private property owners, conducting training programs for planting crews, conducting site visits to locate trees on private and public property, coordinating with municipal forestry staff and preparing planting data and progress reports. Interacts with the public and provides technical advice to landowners about proper tree selection and maintenance. Accepts tree deliveries from nursery under contract and monitors and assures compliance of nursery stock with contractual agreements. Gathers and disseminates information concerning agency programs by correspondence, telephone, personal contact, and through public education programs. Prepares or develops reports and memoranda using word processing, spreadsheets and databases and communicates with agency personnel using computer network. Maintains various logs and records relating to tree planting location and management; prepares, reads and interprets written reports as required; interprets topographical and GIS maps; represents the agency at meetings and exhibits; operates communications equipment, maintains field equipment, and drives a motor vehicle as required. The Forester I may also: Conduct meetings, task forces and/or conferences with agency staff and professionals in related disciplines on issues such as meeting program goals, updating arboricultural techniques, and new forest resource management procedures. Represent agency at local public hearings, advisory committee meetings and task forces concerning forest resource management. Serve as liaison to municipal, federal and state agencies and other organizations regarding forest resource management and environmental protection. Perform related duties as assigned. * * PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: License and/or Certification Requirements MA Certified Arborist or ISA certified Experience in urban or community forestry in a municipal setting. Experience in community outreach, training and education. Experience in working collaboratively with community residents and public officials. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of forest resource management and arboriculture. Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in connection with forest resource management. Knowledge of the types, uses and proper care of materials and equipment used in forest resource management. Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment used in reforestation program management such as lap top computers, flatbed trucks, multi-passenger vans, and hand tools. Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in forest resource management operations. Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in connection with arboriculture. Ability to analyze tree health conditions and make arboricultural recommendations. Ability to explain the provisions of laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities. _COMMENTS/SALARY RANGE_ Salary placement is determined by years of experience and education directly related to the position and the Human Resources Division’s Recruiting Guidelines. In the case of a promotional opportunity, the salary provisions of the applicable collective bargaining agreement will apply to placement within the salary range. This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of forest resource management, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. An Associate's degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.* II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License. *An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Agriculture* *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Forester I Greening the Gateway Cities Location: Massachusetts-Quincy - Quincy Shore Drive Requisition ID: 21000B2J