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Forester

Employer
State of South Carolina
Location
Pineridge, South Carolina, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Sector
Government
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Wetlands
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Job Responsibilities

The SC Park Service manages and protects more than 90,000 acres of South Carolina's natural and cultural resources, which range from deep mountain wilderness and old-growth forests to plantation homes, battlefields, waterfronts, and wetlands. The state park system includes over 48 operational parks and six historic properties. The system also includes more than 1,500 separate buildings, 155 cabins, 80 motel rooms, 3,000 campsites, two 18-hole golf courses, two saltwater fishing piers, 42 ponds, 156 miles of paved roads, and more than 300 miles of hiking and riding trails.

Job Purpose and Duties:

To develop and implement a system wide habitat restoration program in coordination with the State Park Service's Natural Resource Management Section.

1) Coordinates the development and implementation of a wide variety of natural resource management plans/ projects including visitor service enhancements, forestry, wildfire, hazard tree and invasive exotic plant management plans agency-wide and for individual park needs.

2) Contributes to developing and enhancing SC State Park Service's planning and prioritization of resource management and conservation projects through geospatial and technical methods.

3) Plan, coordinate and administer habitat restoration activities systemwide.

4) Develop resource management training for field and program staff to develop or improve their resource management skills and knowledge.

5) Provides administrative support for specified projects. Conveys information to park service staff, visitors, and/or other stakeholders pertinent to resource management projects on State Park lands.

6) Practice and promote teamwork within the park and/or district, throughout the agency and with external agency stakeholders. Represents office as an active member on agency teams as assigned throughout the year.

Minimum and Additional Requirements

Requires graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters or related degree in biology, environmental management, conservation science or other natural science-related field and two (2) years program experience in field forestry, biology, natural resource management or related field. At least two (2) years of experience performing moderate to advanced geospatial analysis. Proficiency performing geospatial analyses using ESRI software products for land management and conservation planning purposes. Experience with online GIS interfaces. Experience writing forest management plans.

Additional Requirements;

Position requires some driving and travel with occasional overnight stays. Requires moderate to heavy lifting, walking, and standing on uneven terrain. Working Conditions are often outdoors with potentially extreme weather conditions.

Comprehensive knowledge of silviculture and forest management practices, prescribed burning and herbicide use/application and their effects on forest ecology. Developed computer skills with natural resource related software and data collection equipment. Good communication and reporting skills required. Ability to oversee and coordinate multiple activities/projects/initiatives requiring detailed knowledge of varying ecosystem functions and management techniques. Ability to work effectively in a team setting, often across agencies and organizations. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Position requires occasional training/presentation of work to park staff, stakeholders, or the public. Skills necessary to effectively receive, formulate, and disseminate information using a variety of software applications both in an office and field setting. Possess or the ability to obtain a South Carolina Driver's License. Currently possess or possess the ability to obtain ISA Certification, SC Forester Registration, and SC Pesticide Applicator License within 3 years of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

A master's degree is preferred and can substitute for (2) years of experience.

Additional Comments

Actual Job Location: Resource Management.

Full-time, 37.5 hours weekly. Position requires regular travel and occasional overnight stays.

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

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