Seasonal Forestry Assistant (Amherst)

DCR - Urban Parks & Recreation - Amherst, MA

Full-time$3,100 a month
Position: Seasonal Forestry Assistant
Location: Amherst Field Office, Amherst
Start Date: 6/23/19
End Date: 11/16/19

About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
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. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position Seasonal Forestry Assistant.

Seasonal positions may be subject to the recall process and will be filled in accordance with collective bargaining agreements, positions not filled using this process will be interviewed for.

Forestry Assistants work outdoors in all types of weather; work in isolated areas; may be exposed to the hazards of power tools and equipment such as chainsaws and hoists and travel for job related purposes.
Assists in the preparation of silvicultural prescriptions; uses maps and digital ortho-photography, GPS and GIS equipment and data, and other cartographic work regarding forests; assists in the inventory of natural resources and the establishment and maintenance of state forest boundary lines.
Assists in planning and supervision of timber stand improvement work by state forest crews and private contractors.
Assists in the sale of wood products including gathering data for silvicultural prescriptions, minimizing adverse environmental impacts of harvesting, and ensuring contractual compliance by private contractors.
Cooperates with state and municipal authorities during emergencies and natural disasters such as forest fires, wind or ice storms, and insect infestations.
Performs related duties such as maintaining records and attending staff meetings.

Specific Duties:
The position will include some or all of these specific duties:
Assist State Lands Management Foresters with timber sale preparation, stand exam, timber marking,boundary line location and forest inventory.
Assist Management Forestry and Service Forestry Programs with geographic information system (GIS) digitizing and data entry.


Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time experience in forestry or natural resource management, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in forestry or forestry 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.

Official Title: Forestry Assistant
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Amherst-Route 116
Job: Agriculture
Agency: Department of Conservation & Recreation
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Jun 11, 2019, 7:29:43 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 1,547.60 Biweekly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: John Viola - 617-626-1161
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists
Confidential: No