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Forest Practices Forester (Forester 3 - PCN 9580)


Forest Practices Forester (Forester 3 - PCN 9580)

Forest Practices Forester (Forester 3 - PCN 9580)

State of Alaska
Juneau, AK

Job details

Job Type

Full-time

Posting extended by one day due to holiday on 1/21/22

What You Will Be Doing

The State of Alaska seeks an experienced forester to join our team focused on forest management in the Southeast State Forest System and administering the Alaska Forest and Resources and Practices Act on private land in the temperate rain forest of Southeast Alaska. The work setting is a mix of office and field work. A forester in this position can also expect to be involved in a variety of other forest management projects on public land. This position may be home-based in Juneau or Ketchikan. Ketchikan-based staff are eligible for a $20,000/ year housing and retention stipend. The staffing location is subject to negotiation at the time of hire.

Mission and Culture
The mission of the Division of Forestry is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska’s forests to provide a sustainable supply of forest resources for Alaskans and return revenue to the State. We are leaders in forest management, forest practices, wildland fire management, and cooperative forestry programs across the state. Our influence crosses ownership boundaries through leadership of all-risk incident management teams, management of federal timber resources under the Good Neighbor Authority, and best management practices that apply to all commercial forests.

Core Responsibilities
This position administers forest management in the Southeast State Forest System and guides other foresters and operators in implementing the Alaska Forest Practices Act on private and public land. The incumbent is also designated to take a lead role in the development and implementation of forest practices monitoring programs, tracking metrics and scientific changes as they occur in the program. The position will typically work with other staff, agency representatives and private foresters with some occasional tasking at times alone in remote forests. As a program lead, the forester is expected to provide appropriate direction, influence timber sale operators, other agencies, and the public to protect the interests and resources of the State. The position will spend a portion of their time in the office reviewing operating plans, preparing for field work, processing information gathered, communicating with stakeholders, and recommending State action in written and verbal form through the Area Forester. The incumbent may also apply their experience aiding other Division of Forestry staff in preparing commercial state timber sales and conducting incidental timber sale administration.

Benefits of Joining Our Team
The work is located primarily in southeast Alaska with occasional opportunities to work in other parts of the State. The Southeast Alaska Archipelago has abundant forest and aquatic resources. Public lands and island life dominate the landscape. Forest management in the area is a mix of old and young growth management. Working in this position will provide opportunities to develop approaches to contemporary forest management issues. Demand for active management by forest users and communities is significant. Staffing in the organization typically provides an opportunity for broad exposure to a variety of missions; there are multiple options for long-term growth and advancement to leadership in both the resource and the wildland fire program. Career training and innovation are the building blocks of our culture. Work schedules vary with the season; summer tends to provide extended weather and long daylight opportunities which provide blocks of time to work or enjoy the location’s outdoor opportunities.

The Working Environment You Can Expect
The job is based in either the Ketchikan or Juneau office. The area maintains several offices composed of a team of six people. The amount of office time varies with the season and the operational needs. The balance of office to field work for this position is approximately 50/50 over the span of the year. Field work takes place on several large islands and will require overnight travel. Time in the field will vary from one day to two weeks. A variety of transportation methods are used (such as but not limited to, small aircraft, boats, trucks and ATVs). Accommodations when traveling are typically in hotels or lodges with occasional remote camps. Most overnight accommodations are in small semi-rural communities. Per diem is provided when traveling.

To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following core competencies:
  • Self-starter who can identify issues, develop solutions, is accountable and an effective communicator.
  • Significant experience with state forest practices on private land. Regionally experienced with timber sales including road design and construction, timber harvest systems and sale administration.
  • Proficient in written and oral communication and GIS software.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry or closely related curricula.
And
One year of professional journey level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as Forester 2, Fire Management Officer, State Logistics Center Coordinator, or Natural Resource Specialist 2 with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.

Substitutions:

Four years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field AND journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices, such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. (2.67 semester or 4 quarter hours of post-secondary education are equal to one month of experience). The experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician 3, Wildland Forestry Technician 2, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher 2 with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.

Certification from an accredited vocational technical school in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field and three years of journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. The experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician 3, Wildland Forestry Technician 2, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher 2 with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.

Certification via NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Incident Qualification Card (AKA 'red card') within the preceding three (3) years in any of the following will substitute for the required education:
1. Expanded Dispatcher Coordinator (CORD),
2. Fire Behavioral Analyst (FBAN),
3. Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS),
4. Safety Officer Type 2 (SOF2),
5. Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3),
6. Planning Section Chief Type 3 (PSC3),
7. Operations Section Chief Type 3 (OSC3), or
8. Logistics Section Chief Type 3 (LSC3)
For NWCG Incident Qualification Card certification information see: National Incident Management System (NIMS): Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).

Special Note:
Closely related curricula and work experience includes fields such as: geosciences, geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat management, forest engineering, remote sensing, vegetation classification, natural resource bio-metrics, and wildland fire control.

One year of work experience equals 12 months of seasonal work.

Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned work in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; may fly in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters and handle hazardous materials.

Most positions require "Red Card" qualification under the Incident Command System.

Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.


Additional Required Information

**NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY**


At the time of application,the applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach, please email the contact listed below):
  • Job resume, complete with supervisor contacts.
  • Two professional references with contact information: phone/email.
If selected for an interview, the applicant must provide the following:
  • Two most current evaluations from previous/current employer.
  • A copy of your current driver’s license.
  • Copy of current NWCG red card (if you have one).
SPECIAL NOTICES
  • Position travels frequently and occasionally on an indeterminate schedule to perform forest practices and timber sale inspections. Travel associated with timber sale preparation occurs in a more planned manner and is subject to logistical constraints. Most field duties require travel overnight and for periods of less than one week from the duty station.
  • Position may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned work in and out of the area that requires absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days.

Application Notice
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via a hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska “How to Apply” page. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing.

Supplemental Questions
This recruitment utilizes a supplemental questionnaire as part of the application process. These questions may be a mix of written, multiple-choice, and select all that apply questions. The answers you provide to the questions will be an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience and/or education. The answers will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process; please be as thorough and accurate as you can.

A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Education
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of the interview.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Work Experience
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer’s name, job title, employment dates, and whether full or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Multiple Locations
The location of this position is currently in Juneau; however, it may be located in Ketchikan, dependent upon the location of the most qualified candidate. There is only ONE position to be filled.

Driver’s License Requirement
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.

Firearms
This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly , committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position

EEO Statement
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Workplace Alaska Application Questions & Assistance
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll-free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.

For applicant password assistance, please visit the reset password page.

For specific information about the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:


Greg Staunton
Area Forester
Phone: 907-225-3070
Email: greg.staunton@alaska.gov


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits
  • Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
    • The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See https://doa.alaska.gov/drb/programs/index.html for additional information.
      • AVTEC
      • Confidential
      • Correctional Officers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
      • Supervisory
      • Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
      • Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)
    • The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.
      • General Government
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts
      • Public Safety Employees Association
      • Masters, Mates & Pilots
  • Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)
Optional Insurance Benefits
  • Group-based insurance premiums for
    • Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
    • Long-term and short-term disability
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
    • Supplemental Survivor Benefits
  • Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
  • Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
  • Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
  • Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
  • Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
  • Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options
See https://doa.alaska.gov/drb/retirement/index.html for additional information
Paid Leave & Other Benefits
  • Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
  • Eleven paid holidays a year
  • Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.

See https://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ghlb/employee/health/gymListing.html for additional information


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