Overview

This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).

For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title may be filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply.

To be eligible for appointment under NY HELPS, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications below:

Minimum qualifications:

Forester Trainee 1:
A bachelor’s or higher degree in ecological forest management, forest biology, forest ecosystem science, forest health, forest resource management, forestry, Natural Resources Planning, Natural Resources Management, Natural Resources Conservation, or urban forestry.
OR
A bachelor’s or higher degree including or supplemented by 24 credits in any of the following; dendrology, entomology, environmental planning (as part of a forestry program), environmental policy (as part of a forestry program), environmental resource management (as part of a forestry program), forest ecology, forest ecosystem, forest entomology, forest inventories, forest pathology, forest management, forest measurement/inventory, forest recreation, forest recreation management, geographic information system (GIS), natural resources planning, natural resources policy, pathology, plant entomology, plant pathology, silviculture, soils, surveying, or wilderness management.

Forester Trainee 2:
You must also have: Either 1: One year of professional experience in forestry; OR 2: A master’s or higher degree in ecological forest management, forest biology, forest ecosystem science, forest health, forest resource management, forestry, Natural Resources Planning, Natural Resources Management, Natural Resources Conservation, or urban forestry.

Forester 1:
You must also have: Either 1: Two years of professional experience in forestry; OR 2: A master’s or higher degree in ecological forest management, forest biology, forest ecosystem science, forest health, forest resource management, forestry, Natural Resources Planning, Natural Resources Management, Natural Resources Conservation, or urban forestry AND One year of professional experience in forestry.

Candidates may also be appointed via the following:

Reassignment – Currently in the title and an employee of DEC

or

Reinstatement – 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.

or

Transfer – One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 11 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the minimum qualifications above

or

Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Environmental Program Specialist 1 (Natural Resources), Forestry Technician 2 and Forestry Technician 3

55-b/55-c Appointment- Must meet minimum qualifications above and include a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.

Duties Description
As a Forester Trainee, you would perform beginning level professional forestry work under the supervision of higher level staff while participating in a two-year intensive on-the-job training program. Upon successful completion of the traineeship, Forester Trainees are advanced to the full performance level, Forester 1.

The incumbent will be responsible for the management of State forest lands in Cattaraugus County. This includes the following tasks:

  • Coordinates Unit Management Plan development for State land management units and presents information for public awareness.
  • Coordinates management plan implementation for state land management units, including prescribing forest management treatments, developing work plans, monitoring recreational use and associated impacts, performing boundary line maintenance, conducting forest inventories and monitoring forest health.
  • Oversees forest product sales contracts and construction, maintenance and related work on State forest lands.
  • Works cooperatively with other Department programs and stakeholders to complete projects, including the oversight of Volunteer Stewardship Agreements and Temporary Revocable Permits.
  • Conducts other program-related activities as assigned by supervisor.
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.
Must be able to work in remote areas.
Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions.
Travel may be required.
Overnight travel may be required.
Must be able to lift and move objects up to 40 pounds.
Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.

We offer a work-life balance and a generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:

  • Holiday & Paid Time Off
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Pension from New York State Employees’ Retirement System
  • Shift & Geographic pay differentials
  • Affordable Health Care options
  • Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost
  • NYS Deferred Compensation plan
  • Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, and U.S. Savings Bonds
  • And many more…

For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.

DEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer