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State of Massachusetts Seasonal Forestry Assistant - Greening the Gateway Cities (Lowell) in Lowell, Massachusetts

* POSITION INFORMATION: Title: Seasonal Forestry Assistant Location: Greening the Gateway Cities, Lowell Start Date: 5/20/24 End Date: 11/30/24 Number of openings: 2 *ABOUT THE AGENCY: The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s mission isto 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 Seasonal Forestry Assistant, Greening the Gateway Cities Program. Please note, if you are selected for this position and will be working less than 90 days, the position will automatically revert to a short-term position. Our short-term positions are not part of the salary scale that is advertised within this job posting. Should this position revert to a short-term seasonal position (less than 90 days), your salary rate will be discussed with you during the interview phase of the process. The Seasonal Forestry Assistant will work outdoors in all types of weather. SPECIFIC DUTIES: Assists in the tree planting operations for the GGCP 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. Assists with leading the canvassing and outreach efforts for the GGCP; able to communicate the objective of the program effectively to a diverse community of homeowners and residents. Interacts with the public to encourage participation in the GGCP and provides technical advice to landowners about proper tree selection and maintenance. Assists Foresters with scheduling and attending site visits. Assists Foresters in the supervision of daily tree planting crews to ensure trees are planted according to DCR Bureau of Forestry standards. Assists Foresters with collecting data and maintaining databases. Able to read maps and planting plans. Operates and assists in maintaining state vehicles. Works outdoors in all types of weather. Performs related duties such as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of applied forestry and wood harvesting. Ability to identify tree species. Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment used in forestry. Knowledge of safety practices used in forestry. Knowledge of the types and uses of handheld power tools such as chainsaws, hedge trimmers, etc. Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in forestry. Ability to understand, explain and interpret the laws, rules, regulations, policy, procedures, standards and practices governing assigned agency activities. Ability to follow written instructions. Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others. Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures. Ability to act quickly and make decisions in dangerous and emergency situations. Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written expression. Ability to maintain accurate records. Ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, specifications, blueprints, maps, etc. There are many benefits to joining the GGCP team: -Engage in urban forestry activities within the Gateway Cities of the Commonwealth. -Learn tree planting best practices from experienced GGCP Foresters. -Gain invaluable communication skills engaging with stakeholders throughout your local GGCP community. -Experience working in a State agency with diverse career opportunities. -Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists (MOSES) Unit 9 Union representation. -Eligible for union recall rights to position next season. -Personal time and paid holidays. -Accrue sick time and vacation time. -Health insurance is available. -Opportunities for overtime throughout the season. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. __ 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) 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. Substitutions: 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 * *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: *Seasonal Forestry Assistant - Greening the Gateway Cities (Lowell) Location: Massachusetts-Lowell-500 Pawtucket Boulevard Requisition ID: 240004X5