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Forest Technician (Wage) - Plant Protection Division

Employer
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Location
PA, Pennsylvania, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 13, 2024

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Forest Technician (Wage) - Plant Protection Division

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Forest Technician (Wage) - Plant Protection Division

Salary

$22.50 Hourly

Location

*Home Headquartered, PA

Job Type

Civil Service Seasonal Full-Time

Job Number

CS-2024-81210-54140

Department

Department of Agriculture

Division

AG Plnt Pro Div

Opening Date

05/30/2024

Closing Date

6/13/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Code

54140

Position Number

50564946

Union

AFSCME

Bargaining Unit

B1

Pay Group

ST05

Bureau / Division Code

00043951

Bureau / Division

AG Plnt Pro Div

Worksite Address

Home Headquartered

Contact Name

OA, CE Section Intake Division

Contact Email

RA-OACEINTAKESEC@pa.gov

+ Description

+ Benefits

+ Questions

THE POSITION

NOTE: THIS IS A REPOSTING OF (CS-2024-81210-54140). IF YOU APPLIED UNDER THE PREVIOUS POSTING WHICH WAS OPEN FROM APRIL 9, 2024 TO APRIL 23, 2024, YOU CANNOT SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION.

Are you deeply committed to protecting Pennsylvania's environment? The Department of Agriculture is looking for dedicated individuals to assist in the fight against the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, a major threat to our agricultural commodities, forest ecosystems, and communities. Join our team today and contribute to the solution!

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

This position will conduct pest surveys and site assessments in Pennsylvania to detect the Spotted Lanternfly. You will contact property owners to explain survey programs, examining trees or placing traps before conducting activities on private property, following survey protocols to place, maintain, and remove survey traps, removing captured insect specimens from traps on schedule, and promptly submitting them to headquarters staff at the PDA Entomology Laboratory in Harrisburg for identification are all part of the responsibilities. Additionally, you will conduct visual surveillance of symptomatic host plants for signs of target organisms and following data entry protocols provided by headquarters staff are also required. A pplying pesticides to manage the Spotted Lanternfly or its hosts will also be part of your responsibilities.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description (https://careers.employment.pa.gov/pd/PD\_NEOGOV.asp?p=50564946) .

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

+ This is a seasonal, full-time position without benefits. The season runs from approximately March until November, at which time the employee is placed on leave without pay. This position will continue based on funding.

+ Work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday, with a 30-minute lunch.

+ This position will be home headquartered if applicant lives in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry, or York county. If applicant does not live in one of these counties, the assigned state vehicle must be parked in one of these counties and the work day will start at 8:00 AM at the location of the assigned state vehicle.

+ This position will attend occasional meetings at 2301 N Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA 17110.

+ Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.

+ You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

+ An associate's degree in forest technology; or

+ Completion of equivalent formal education in forestry.

+ Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree/credits.

Conditions of Employment:

+ This position requires possession of a valid PA non-commercial Class C driver's license or equivalent.

Other Requirements:

+ PA residency requirement is currentlywaived for this title.

+ You must be able to perform essential job functions.

How to Apply:

+ Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).

+ If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

+ Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date . Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.

+ Failure to comply with the above application requirements will eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Veterans:

+ Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov .

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):

+ 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

+ Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).

+ Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.

+ Your score is valid for this specific posting only.

+ You must provide complete and accurate information or:

+ your score may be lower than deserved.

+ you may be disqualified.

+ You may only apply/testoncefor this posting.

+ Your results will be provided via email.

Learn more about our Total Rewards by watching this shortvideo (https://www.youtube.com/embed/HtcSRnndflc?rel=0) !

Health & Wellness

We offer multiple health plans so our employees can choose what works best for themselves and their families. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Compensation & Financial Planning

We invest in our employees by providing competitive wages and encouraging financial wellness by offering multiple ways to save money and ensure peace of mind including multiple retirement and investment plan options.

Work/Life Balance

We know there's more to life than just work! Our generous paid leave benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, eight weeks of paid parental leave, military leave, and paid time off for most major U.S. holidays, as well as flexible work schedules and work-from-home opportunities.*

Values and Culture

We believe in the work we do and provide continual opportunities for our employees to grow and contribute to the greater good. As one of the largest employers in the state, we provide opportunities for internal mobility, professional development, and the opportunity to give back by participating in workplace charitable giving.

Employee Perks

Sometimes, it is the little "extras" that make a big difference. Our employees receive special employee-only discounts and rates on a variety of services and memberships.

For more information on all of these Total Rewards benefits, please visitwww.employment.pa.gov and click on the benefits box.

*Eligibility rules apply.

01

Condition of Employment- Do you possess a current driver's license which is not under suspension?

+ Yes

+ No

02

If you answered yes, please provide your driver's license number and expiration date. If you answered no, type N/A in the text box below.

03

Do you possess a conferred associate's degree or higher, or are you within three months of conferring an associate's degree or higher, in forest technology?

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted. If you answer "yes" to this question based on education acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visithttps://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3and click on Other Information.

+ Yes

+ No

04

If you are pursuing an associate's degree or higher in forestry but have not yet completed it, on what date do you expect to receive your degree? Type N/A in the text box if this does not apply.

05

Have you completed at least 60 semester college credits which includes completion of 12 semester college credits in forestry? (Acceptable forestry coursework must include at least the following: one course in dendrology; one course in forest measurements, surveying, or mensuration; and one course in forest ecosystems management, forest ecology, or silviculture).

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted. If you answer "yes" to this question based on education acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visithttps://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3and click on Other Information.

+ Yes

+ No

06

You must complete the supplemental questions below. These supplemental questions are the exam and will be scored. They are designed to give you the opportunity to relate your experience and training background to the major activities (Work Behaviors) performed in this position. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may delay the processing of your application or result in a lower-than-deserved score or disqualification. Youmustcomplete the applicationandanswer the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents willnotbe reviewed for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position or to determine your score.

All information you provide on your application and supplemental questions is subject to verification. Any misrepresentation, falsification or omission of material facts is subject to penalty. If requested, you must provide documentation, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals who can verify the validity of the information you provide in the application and supplemental questions.

Read each question carefully. Determine and select which "Level of Performance" most closely represents your highest level of experience/training. List the employer(s)/training source(s) from your Work or Education sections of the application where you gained this experience/training.The "Level of Performance" you choose must be clearly supported within the description of the experience and training information entered in your application or your score may be lowered.In order to receive credit for experience, you must have worked in a job for at least six months in which the experience claimed was a major function.

If you have read and understand these instructions, please click on the "Yes" button and proceed to the exam questions.

If you have general questions regarding the application and hiring process, please refer to ourFAQ page (https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx) .

+ Yes

07

WORK BEHAVIOR 1 - CONDUCTS FIELD SURVEYS

Conducts field surveys of forests to assess forest health and detect evidence of major forest pest populations.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

+ A. I have experience conducting field surveys of FORESTS to assess forest health and detect evidence of major forest pest populations.

+ B. I have experience conducting field surveys of NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS OTHER THAN FORESTS (e.g., fields, farms, golf courses, or residential lawns) to assess health and detect evidence of pest populations.

+ C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to forest health or dendrology.

+ D. I have NO experience or education related to this work behavior.

08

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

+ The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.

+ Your experience conducting field surveys to detect pest populations.

+ The type(s) of environment(s) you surveyed.

+ Your specific duties and levels of responsibility.

09

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

+ College/University

+ Course Title(s)

+ Credits/Clock Hours

10

WORK BEHAVIOR 2 - COLLECTS SPECIMENS

Collects, identifies, and catalogs specimens (e.g., insects, plants, nematodes, and other organisms) to provide a resource for making accurate pest identifications and comparisons.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

+ A. I have experience collecting, identifying, and cataloging specimens to aid in making accurate pest identifications and comparisons.

+ B. I have experience related to any specimen collection that included performing routine curatorial tasks (e.g., maintaining logs/records or inventories), preparing specimens for shipping, or performing equipment maintenance.

+ C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to entomology or plant pathology.

+ D. I have NO experience or education related to this work behavior.

11

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

+ The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.

+ Your experience collecting, identifying, or cataloging specimens.

+ Your experience performing routine curatorial tasks such as maintaining logs/records or inventories, preparing specimens for shipping, or performing equipment maintenance.

+ The type(s) of specimens with which you have experience.

+ Your specific duties and level of responsibility.

12

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

+ College/University

+ Course Title(s)

+ Credits/Clock Hours

13

WORK BEHAVIOR 3 - PERFORMS DATA COLLECTION WORK

Performs data collection work utilizing electronic devices such as data recorders and GPS units to aid in making forest management decisions.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

+ A. I have experience performing data collection work utilizing electronic devices such as data recorders and GPS units to aid in making forest management decisions.

+ B. I have experience performing data collection work utilizing electronic devices such as data recorders and GPS units, but I have not performed this duty to aid in making forest management decisions.

+ C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to forest measurement, mensuration, remote sensing, or Geography Information Systems (GIS).

+ D. I have NO experience or education related to this work behavior.

14

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

+ The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.

+ Your experience performing data collection, including the electronic devices you utilized.

+ The type(s) of data you collected.

+ Your specific duties and level of responsibility.

15

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

+ College/University

+ Course Title(s)

+ Credits/Clock Hours

Required Question

Agency

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Address

613 North Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120

Website

http://www.employment.pa.gov

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