Summary:The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking a motivated Forest Program Specialist to conduct business out of our Harrisburg headquarters location. As a Forest Program Specialist, you will provide assistance to the Habitat Planning and Development Division Chief to ensure that the Game Commission meets the standards set forth in the Prescribed Burning Practices Act, established in 2009. You will serve as the statewide Fire Program Manager for the Game Commission’s prescribed fire resources and qualifications, wildfire resources and qualifications, prescribed burn plan development, prescribed fire and wildfire reporting, and wildfire intelligence and weather. Examples of Job Duties:
- This position is responsible for developing statewide goals and processes for building and maintaining qualified resources to conduct prescribed fires and respond to wildfire emergencies.
- The position reviews and assesses prescribed fire and wildfire resources statewide for the Game Commission; incorporating data in the wildland fire qualifications databases; setting statewide qualification objectives; and determining the skills, training and experience needed to maintain and build capacity for prescribed fire implementation and wildfire response.
- Based on assessed need, the position coordinates with regional and headquarters supervisors, other state and federal agencies, and non-governmental agency partners on training offerings and schedules with the result of continually improving the Game Commission’s prescribed fire program and wildfire response per the agency’s Strategic Plan.
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- Assist in the development and maintenance of a 5-year allowable cut plan which is designed to regulate all forest stands and provide a sustained yield of forest products, considering the multiple uses of the forest, such as; biodiversity, aesthetics, timber production, wildlife habitat, water quality, forest soils, recreation, etc.
- Design timber sales and establish regulations concerning fuel wood, section-one, and regular auction timber sales in accordance with county policy and state statutes.
- Administer active timber sales; enforce compliance of sale regulations, state statutes, county policies, and Best Management Practices (BMP's). Scale wood products.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of a Resource Inventory which is essential in making land management decisions.
- Maintain ArcGIS databases and other associated Resource and departmental computer applications.
- Assist in the development and initiation of inventory alteration procedures to ensure reliable, up-to-date data for the future.
- Assist in the development of a long-range comprehensive management plan that will protect and enhance the natural resources of Becker County.
- Develop and submit complete project proposals for wildlife habitat improvements, TSI, road/trail construction or improvement, parks, and recreation proposals, etc.
- Assist in Coordinating contracts for site preparation using accepted mechanical and chemical prescriptions, tree planting, bud capping, and other departmental resource renewal contracts.
- Manage the ACE Forest Management program, including project accounting, carbon modeling, landowner communications, contracting, and other program details within required timelines.
- Develop and manage forest carbon and ecosystem services research initiatives as needed, working within cross-functional partnerships to implement research framework and lead on the ground implementation
- Participate in or lead new carbon project development feasibility assessments including researching protocols & methodologies, assessing regional capacity/availability, and developing high-level credit generation models under different third-party standards like ACR, VCS and Puro.earth.
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- With the support of the FSC US Board of Directors, execute the vision and strategy, and position the organization for growth.
- Identify and pursue additional sources of funding, whether they are from donors, novel services, or value-added, non-dues revenue sources.
- Grow FSC US membership and certificate holder base and enhance relationships with existing ones.
- Develop and foster a collaborative relationship grounded in mutual respect and accountability with the US Board of Directors, FSC International, and with and among other member country offices.
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- Collaborate with the DNR Forest Health Team to implement the statewide Forest Health Program, offering tree health diagnosis, analysis, data, training, and communication materials to Department of Natural Resources staff and other forest managers.
- Provide administrative and technical oversight over the Regional Forest Health Program, which mirrors the statewide program.
- Develop, analyze and interpret tree health data, information, and management strategies for forest managers and the general public. Inform managers and the public of important tree health information through direct communication, public presentations, press releases, scientific publications, social media posts, and interviews.
- Develop and deliver forest health training material for various audiences, including pest identification, tree health diagnosis, and forest health management strategies and tactics. Coordinate training activities with other DNR divisions, government agencies, and universities.
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Under the direction of the Module Leader, assists with leadership, training, and mentoring interorganizational module crews representing a diverse set of partner organizations on prescribed fire assignments. They will also work with partners to plan and prepare for prescribed fire operations, including unit layout, burn plan writing, and following TNC’s Fire Manual and Standard Operating Procedures, as well as preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, monitoring post-burn fire effects, and carrying out other prescribed fire and vegetation management related tasks. This position will work independently and in teams, lead others, follow direction from supervisors, teach courses, and mentor others, while also advancing their own training and qualifications. The Module Assistant will will support prescribed fire planning, operations, monitoring, and training opportunities for permanent and short-term TNC employees, as well as volunteers, contractors, and assigned partner agency staff serving on the module for a season or short-term rotation from non-profit NGOs, Indigenous Peoples and Tribes, local fire departments, and local, state, and federal agencies, with a focus on providing inclusive workforce development opportunities for under-represented groups. It is imperative that the Module Assistant is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Leads, trains, and mentors interorganizational module crewmembers representing a diverse set of partner organizations on prescribed fire assignments. They will work with partner organizations to plan and prepare for prescribed fire operations, including unit layout, burn plan writing, and following TNC’s Fire Manual and Standard Operating Procedures, as well as preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, monitoring post-burn fire effects, and carrying out other prescribed fire and vegetation management related tasks. This position will work independently and in teams, lead others, follow direction from supervisors, teach courses, and mentor others, while also advancing their own training and qualifications. The Module Leader will support prescribed fire planning, operations, monitoring, and training opportunities for permanent and short-term TNC employees, as well as volunteers, contractors, and assigned partner agency staff serving on the module for a season or short-term rotation from non-profit NGOs, Indigenous Peoples and Tribes, local fire departments, and local, state, and federal agencies, with a focus on providing inclusive workforce development opportunities for under-represented groups. It is imperative that the Module Leader is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The person in this position will compile accomplishment reports, program reviews, and help capitalize on strategic opportunities to engage the TNC fire program to accelerate ecological fire in Oregon.
- Conduct an inventory of Holt Research Forest data and develop a plan for updating the HRF research project on the University of Vermont’s Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Website.
- Identify stories of importance in Holt Research Forest datasets.
- Develop communication initiatives to share stories of importance with regional landowners and community members.
- Plan and conduct on-site regeneration monitoring, updating established systems and protocols on an as-needed basis.
- Support Maine TREE’s forest-based education initiatives, including working closely with summer forestry technicians and contributing to on-site field tours.
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- Outreach to and engagement of loggers to assess site eligibility, build understanding of the program, enroll prospective participants, and maintain relationships.
- Develop an outreach and messaging toolbox to communicate via various methods (websites, mailings, in-person events) with loggers and land trusts about the program’s benefits and requirements.
- Work with project team to design a program to identify applicants and award funding by 2024 for up to three mini-pilot loggers outreach regions across New England which will employ innovative methods or be working to reach underserved individuals and communities.
- Engage loggers and conservation partnerships as project partners to conduct systematic outreach to small-acreage woodland owners across the region. Remain in touch with regional partners throughout the course of the project to support diffusion of successful outreach methods and share lessons learned.
- Responsibilities listed are at the GS-07 level.
- Perform a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to natural resources management programs, (i.e., timber/silviculture, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, watershed, range and vegetation management).
- Prepares, develops, and executes timber cruises and sample surveys for resource information and estimate quality and quantity of timber for purpose of appraisal, sales administration, management planning, and logging plans.
- Lays outs sales in accordance with EAR and other instructions, considering variables such as accessibility, steep slopes, stream protection, nesting tree protection, wildlife impacts, fuels management and regeneration requirements.
- Lays out the boundary of areas designated for planting, site preparation, and timber stand improvement contracts
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- Conceive, develop, and plan, conduct, report, and disseminate individual research aligned with the unit’s mission to forward the understanding and management of native and invasive plant pathogens in the United States.
- Utilize multiple disciplines to identify and conduct research on invasive and/or emerging pathogens of management importance, and to contextualize research-results from complex issues.
- Cross problem areas (non-native insects, invasive plants), when known interactions of multiple invasive species occur, or if relevant questions arise concerning biological control to preserve native or manage non-native plant species.
- Integrate major disciplines into individual research approaches and methodologies.
- Facilitate internal collaborative relationships looking for opportunities to add needed expertise to studies and to add value to other studies.
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