Title:  Forestry Professional III

Application Deadline Date:  07/31/2024
Req ID:  50469
Department:  Forests Parks & Recreation
Location: 

White River Junction, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $28.16

Overview

Join a dedicated team of county foresters in the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR). We're recruiting for a county forester position covering towns around northern Windsor County. County foresters work with landowners, consulting foresters, loggers, sugarmakers, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource professionals to promote sustainable forest stewardship on private land in Vermont. The primary duty is to administer Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA) for a designated coverage area. This includes forest management plan reviews, professional and technical assistance to forest landowners, onsite field inspections, collaboration with the Vermont Department of Taxes, database management, and other duties related to the program. In addition to Use Value administration, outreach and education promoting sustainable forest stewardship to landowners, schools, and community groups are important responsibilities of this position. Other duties include assisting towns with municipal forest stewardship, administration of Forest Stewardship and other federally funded forestry related cost-share programs, and grants to qualifying landowners. This position will also provide professional assistance to other FPR programs and activities, including Urban and Community Forestry, Forest Protection, Watershed Forestry, State Lands, and Forest Economy.


Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and diplomatically with individuals and groups with widely varying viewpoints are critical to this position, as is the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with landowners, forestry professionals, co-workers, and partner organizations. The position requires skills in project management, meeting facilitation, public speaking, presentation development, and field-based data collection tools and software. At a Forester III level, this position will require the ability to obtain a Vermont forester's license within 6 months of hiring. Candidates must be able to travel and use of personal vehicle will be required at times. The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation currently operates in a hybrid working environment, supporting remote work and may include Core Days in which all staff are in the office. Permission to participate in telework is applied for on an individual basis. The duty station for this position is White River Junction.

Who May Apply

This position, Forestry Professional III (Job Requisition #50469), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact keith.thompson@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are frequently performed in a field setting; involving exposure to all types of weather conditions. Strength and agility are needed in traversing steep and rough terrain. They may use a variety of hand tools, such as axes, saws, and shovels, and power equipment, such as chain saws. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required. Some work outside of regular working hours may be required. Strong and conflicting public opinions may be encountered.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree in forestry, natural resources, biological or physical science, engineering, or an environmental field AND four years or more of experience at a professional level in forestry, natural resources, biological or physical science, engineering, or an environmental field.

OR

Bachelor's degree in forestry, natural resources, biological or physical science, engineering, or an environmental field or higher AND two years or more of experience at a professional level in forestry, natural resources, biological or physical science, engineering, or an environmental field forestry or a natural resources field.

OR

Master's degree or higher in forestry, natural resources, biological or physical science, engineering, or an environmental field.

OR 

One year or more as Forestry Professional II with the State of Vermont.

Special Requirements

Some positions may require the ability to obtain a Vermont forester's license within 6 months of hiring.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.