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State of Massachusetts Forester I- Greening the Gateway Cities - South Region in Foxboro, Massachusetts

The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance our Commonwealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the well-being of all. The DCR is steward to one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation which includes more than 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways. DCR strives to be an exemplary leader in conservation and recreation. DCR’s staff is passionate, dedicated, and continuously employs best practices that are informed by expertise, and creates a sense of place through carrying out the mission. About Conservation and Resource Stewardship: DCR places are special. It starts with the conservation and stewardship of our Commonwealth’s unique and significant landscapes. Outdoor recreation invites all to experience these resources and see what makes Massachusetts special. It is the purpose of the Conservation and Resource Stewardship team to ensure these lands are available for future generations. It is our passion to create a sense of place at DCR that will foster a culture of stewardship. About the Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry: The Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry offers programs to promote, protect and enhance healthy and diverse wooded and urban forests throughout our Commonwealth including grant opportunities for urban forestry and volunteer fire assistance, staff assistance to municipalities for fire control, consulting forestry and forest stewardship for private lands, oversight of forest health issues including insect and disease control and storm related response, regulatory guidance on timber harvests as well as forest management and timber sales on state lands. About the Greening the Gateway Cities Program: The Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP) is celebrating its 10thAnniversary this year. The GGCP was created with the goal of increasing the number of trees planted in urban residential areas of Massachusetts Gateway Cities that have lower tree canopy, older housing stock, higher wind speeds, and a larger renter population. The GGCP is designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in environmental justice neighborhoods, while improving the aesthetic appearance of these neighborhoods. The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Forester I, Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP). South Region. The Forester I will be responsible for implementing the plans for planting trees on public and private property in the gateway cities located in the southern region; supervising and managing seasonal laborer planting crews; planning and coordinating program outreach; implementing data collection operations after planting; coordinating with nurseries for tree delivery; and performing related work as required. SPECIFIC DUTIES: -Assist in the implementation of program activities on both public and private property, designing outreach strategies and materials for private property owners, conducting site visits to locate trees on private and public property, and coordinating with municipal forestry staff to maximize the number of trees planted in targeted Gateway City neighborhoods. -Supervise seasonal staff, coordinate daily work plans, record staff time and attendance, conduct training programs, keep moral high by creating a positive and safe work environment, mitigate potential conflicts and determine disciplinary action if needed, maintain high standards of work quality and professionalism. -Assumes the role of the GGC city lead forester as needed. -Interacts with the public and provides technical advice to landowners about proper tree selection and maintenance. -Accepts tree deliveries from nurseries under contract and monitors and assures compliance of nursery stock with contractual agreements. -Monitors the tree planting activities of municipal and non-profit grant recipients. -Gathers and disseminates information concerning agency programs by correspondence, telephone, personal contact, and through public education programs. -Prepares or develops weekly planting 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, including working with Energy and Environmental Affairs and the University of Massachusetts to deploy and record information from data loggers. -Use desktop computers in the office and portable devices in the field to record and manage tree planting activities. -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. -Assist in the planting of trees, as needed, with hand tools to dig holes and install plant material. Assist with loading and unloading of trucks and vans and moving of nursery stock in a safe and efficient manner. -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. -Performs related duties as assigned, such as 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. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -MA Certified Arborist or ISA Certified Arborist -Knowledge of the principles and techniques of forest resource management, watershed management and silviculture. -Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in connection with forest resource management and watershed management. -Knowledge of the types, uses and proper care of materials and equipment used in forest resource and watershed management. -Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in forest resource management operations. -Knowledge of the types and uses of handheld power tools such as chain saws, brush saws, etc. -Knowledge of the techniques followed in minimizing and preventing forest insect and diseases. -Skill in the use of precision measuring devises and instrumentation used in forest resource management. -Ability to analyze forest conditions and apply silvicultural prescriptions. -Ability to explain the provisions of laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities. -Ability to follow written and oral instructions. -Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others. -Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedure. -Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs, and tables. -Ability to act quickly and make decisions in emergency situations and dangerous situations. -Ability to give oral instructions in a precise and understandable manner. -Ability to communicate effectively in both an oral and written manner. -Ability to write clearly and concisely. -Ability to use microcomputers for word processing and database management. -Ability to deal tactfully with others. -Ability to maintain accurate records. -Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time. -Ability to walk long distances over rough, forested terrain. -Ability to exercise sound judgment. -Ability to use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. -Ability to explain the procedures, guidelines, policies, etc. governing unit activities. -Ability to operate a motor vehicle. -Ability to read and interpret documents, such as reports, topographic maps, and land survey plans. -Ability to use GIS software. _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. Please attach a cover letter and resume when applying for this position. 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. * *The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Agriculture* *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Forester I- Greening the Gateway Cities - South Region Location: Massachusetts-Foxboro-Mill Street Requisition ID: 23000D9N