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Forest Technician (Seasonal) - Sproul Forest District

Employer
State of Pennsylvania
Location
East Renovo, Pennsylvania, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Sector
Government
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal
THE POSITION

Are you someone who is deeply passionate about our local forests and finds solace in the great outdoors? If so, we invite you to become a part of the esteemed Sproul Forest District team at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources! Not only will you have the chance to serve the public and make a difference, but you'll also have the opportunity to advance your career and explore various promotional avenues. Embrace the joy of working in nature while contributing to the preservation and conservation of our precious forests.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

The main objective of this role is to offer technical forestry services in the implementation of programs for the Bureau of Forestry, while also achieving the goals set forth in the Forest Resource Plan for the Sproul State Forest. The primary responsibility of this position is to focus on timber management, with additional duties assigned as well.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

* Seasonal full-time employment without benefits. The season runs from approximately March until November at which the employee is placed on leave without pay.
* Work hours are:
* 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday - Wednesday, with a 30-minute lunch.
* 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Thursday (Friday-OFF), with a 30-minute lunch.

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.

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 currently waived 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/test once for this posting.Your results will be provided via email.

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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 visit www.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 visit https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3 and 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 college credits which includes 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 visit https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3 and 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. You must complete the application and answer the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be 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 our FAQ page.

* Yes

07

WORK BEHAVIOR 1 - PERFORMS TIMBER STAND ANALYSIS

Performs timber stand analysis under the direction of a forester by conducting inventory plots and analyzing data such as timber type, timber vitality, timber measurements, forest regeneration, wildlife habitat and conditions, recreational use, and insect and disease mortality to make forest management decisions.

Levels of Performance

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

* A. I have experience performing timber stand analysis under the direction of a forester by conducting inventory plots AND analyzing data such as timber type, timber vitality, timber measurements, forest regeneration, wildlife habitat and conditions, recreational use, and insect and disease mortality.
* B. I have experience performing timber stand analysis under the direction of a forester by conducting inventory plots; but I DO NOT have experience analyzing data such as timber type, timber vitality, timber measurements, forest regeneration, wildlife habitat and conditions, recreational use, and insect and disease mortality.
* C. I have experience performing timber stand analysis under the direction of a forester by analyzing data such as timber type, timber vitality, timber measurements, forest regeneration, wildlife habitat and conditions, recreational use, and insect and disease mortality; but I DO NOT have experience conducting inventory plots.
* D. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to forest measurement, dendrology, or silviculture.
* E. 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.
* The specific duties performed while conducting inventory plots.
* The specific duties performed while analyzing data.
* The type of data you analyzed.

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 - EXAMINES AND MARKS TREES

Examines trees to make volumetric computations and marks timber for removal from state lands, special use lands, or privately owned lands.

Levels of Performance

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

* A. I have experience examining trees to make volumetric computations; AND I have experience marking timber for removal from state lands, special use lands, or privately owned lands.
* B. I have experience examining trees to make volumetric computations; OR I have experience marking timber for removal from state lands, special use lands, or privately owned lands.
* C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to forest measurements, dendrology, or silviculture.
* 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.
* Details regarding your experience examining trees to make volumetric computations.
* Details regarding your experience marking timber for removal.

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 - LAYS OUT TIMBER SALES

Lays out timber sales under the direction of a forester which involves delineating the area and marking trees for sale in accordance to stand prescription while considering factors such as species, tree conditions, wildlife habitat, and insect and disease, etc.

Levels of Performance

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

* A. I have experience laying out timber sales under the direction of a forester which involved delineating the area, AND marking trees for sale in accordance to stand prescription while considering factors such as species, tree conditions, wildlife habitat, and insect and disease, etc.
* B. I have experience laying out timber sales under the direction of a forester which involved marking trees for sale in accordance to stand prescription while considering factors such as species, tree conditions, wildlife habitat, and insect and disease etc., but I DO NOT have experience delineating the area.
* C. I have experience laying out timber sales under the direction of a forester which involved delineating the area.
* D. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to forest measurement, silviculture, or dendrology.
* E. 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.
* The activities you performed in marking trees for sale.
* The activities you performed in delineating an area.
* The actual duties you performed in laying out timber sales.

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

16

WORK BEHAVIOR 4 - UTILIZES DATA COLLECTION TOOLS

Uses electronic devices such as field computers, GPS, ArcGIS, etc. in order to perform data collection work.

Levels of Performance

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

* A. I have experience using electronic devices such as field computers, GPS, AND ArcGIS in order to perform data collection work.
* B. I have experience using electronic devices such as field computers and GPS in order to perform data collection work; I DO NOT have experience using ArcGIS.
* C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to forest measurement, mensuration, remote sensing, or GIS.
* D. I have NO experience or education related to this work behavior.

17

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.
* The type(s) of electronic devices you used to obtain this data.
* For what purpose did you use these electronic devices.
* The actual duties you performed.

18

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

19

WORK BEHAVIOR 5 - WILDLAND FIRE

Performs wildland fire duties such as working with hand tools, hose lays, portable pumps, drip torch, and operating brush trucks during wildfires and prescribed fires.

Levels of Performance

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

* A. I have experience performing wildland fire duties such as working with hand tools, hose lays, portable pumps, drip torch, and operating brush trucks during WILDFIRES AND PRESCRIBED FIRES.
* B. I have experience performing wildland fire duties such as working with hand tools, hose lays, portable pumps, drip torch, and operating brush trucks during WILDFIRES OR PRESCRIBED FIRES.
* C. I have successfully completed coursework related to National Wildfire Coordinating Group coursework related to fire suppression or prescribed burning, wildland fire, or prescribed fire studies.
* D. I have NO experience or education related to this work behavior.

20

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.
* The type(s) of prescribed fire duties that you performed.
* The type(s) of wildfire duties that you performed.

21

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

22

WORK BEHAVIOR 6 - LAND MANAGEMENT

Performs land management techniques such as herbicide or pesticide treatments and mechanical vegetation management (chainsaw and heavy equipment use) to control invasive species and ensure the healthiest and most biodiverse habitat and ecosystem.

Levels of Performance

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

* A. I have experience performing land management techniques such as herbicide or pesticide treatments AND mechanical vegetation management (chainsaw and heavy equipment use) to control invasive species and ensure the healthiest and most biodiverse habitat and ecosystem.
* B. I have experience performing land management techniques such as mechanical vegetation management (chainsaw and heavy equipment use); but I DO NOT have experience using herbicide or pesticide treatments) to control invasive species and ensure the healthiest and most biodiverse habitat and ecosystem.
* C. I have successfully completed coursework related to conservation and land management, introduction to ecosystems; or certification in chainsaw/heavy equipment use.
* D. I have NO experience or education related to this work behavior.

23

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.
* Details regarding your experience using herbicide or pesticide treatments to control invasive species.
* Details regarding your experience using mechanical vegetation management to control invasive species.

24

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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