Overview

Job Title

Staff Forester / Woodland Ecologist I – FIA

Agency

Texas A&M Forest Service

Department

Forest Inventory Analysis

Proposed Minimum Salary

$4,250.00 monthly

Job Location

La Grange, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description
The Staff Forester / Woodland Ecologist I will serve as forest survey crew leader and be responsible for the survey program in the assigned region. The Staff Forester / Woodland Ecologist will investigate land ownership in the tax office, contact landowners, locate field plots, collect and transmit forestry survey data and meet production goals as well as assist with local and statewide incident response and other agency program duties.
Responsibilities:

  • Serve as forest survey crew leading and be responsible for the survey program in the assigned region. Investigate land ownership in the tax office, contact landowners, locate field plots, collect and transmit forest survey data and meet production goals.
1)Maintain QA average <95%
2)Meet monthly production goals
3)Effectively supervise technical field staff
4)Effectively acquire access to plot locations
5)Assist with hiring of technical field staff
6)Assist with training of new FIA employees
7)Assist with regional special studies.
  • May require extended personal, telephone, or electronic communications.
  • May require working long hours, with minimal rest in severe conditions.
  • May require walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching and kneeling
  • May require lifting and carrying heavy objects
  • May require driving motor vehicles for long distances.
  • May require exposure to harsh environmental conditions such as wind, sunlight, rain & temperature extremes.
  • Acquire USFS FIA ‘Certified Cruiser’ certification within six months of employment.
  • Involvement in local natural resource organization (SAF, TFA, FLA..) Assist with delivery of other local agency programs as available (Management plans, Con. Ed programs, fire prevention/suppression, WUI..)
  • Assist with local and statewide incident response operation and other agency programs. Maintain FFT2 NWCG Certification.
Working Conditions: Outdoor field work
  • Other duties as assigned.
Benefits: Texas A&M University System strives to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce. Texas A&M Forest Service offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off and health and lifestyle programs as well as educational incentives and tuition reimbursement opportunities. Some additional benefits include the ability to accrue compensatory time off, overtime on emergency response and a physical fitness incentive of $500 for passing the arduous test (walk three miles wearing a 45-pound pack in 45 minutes or less) each year.
Education and Experience:
Required Education: Bachelors degree in Forestry, Forestry Management, Range Science, Natural Resource Management or closely related course of study.
Preferred Education: Masters degree in Forestry, Forestry Management, Range Science, Natural Resource Management or closely related course of study.
Required Experience: None
Preferred Experience: Experience in field of natural resources, production or working as part of a team.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Preferred knowledge: Full understanding of cooperation with federal agencies
Required Ability: Communicate clearly. Multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Preferred Ability: Lead and motivate large staff.
Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:
Required: Valid Texas Drivers license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
Preferred: USFS Certified Cruiser. SAF Certified Forester.
Other Requirements:
Must be able to work overtime w/some overnight travel; in the field for extended periods of time.
Applicant Instructions:
A resume, cover letter and transcript(s) are REQUIRED to be uploaded to application. References are required to be entered in the secondary questionnaire section of the application. Certifications are preferred to be uploaded to the application. Documents/certifications can be uploaded in the “My Experience” page in the “Resume/CV section. More than one document can be uploaded; just click the “Upload” button for each document. Documents can only be loaded at this time and cannot be uploaded once the application is submitted. If there are any issues uploading documents, please contact 979-458-6690. Please check your spam folder for any emails that may be sent out in regards to this job requisition.
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