Assistant Conservation Forester (3 positions)
Focus program area(s) for this position will be rural forestry and forest management assistance to landowners.
Improve the health, sustainability and productivity of Nebraska’s trees and forests by assisting Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) programs complete tree and forestry-related projects on private and/or public lands. Assist NFS field staff with providing tree and forestry assistance to landowners, clients or other stakeholders, as appropriate based on the NFS program focus area. Employee will have the opportunity to work with diverse personnel from a variety of organizations, as well as gain exposure to an array of NFS forestry assistance programs. If employee is interested and meets the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) firefighting qualifications and completes the required NWCG work capacity test (pack test), employee can serve as a wildland fire engine crew member on out-of-state fire assignments.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See: http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
- Associate’s degree or equivalency in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, wildlife, biology, entomology, horticulture, wildland fire or closely related field (as appropriate for the position focus area)
- Equivalent education may include a combination of formal post-secondary education with at least 15 credit hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture; OR NWCG qualifications (e.g. Firefighter Type 1) appropriate for position focus area.
- One year of experience completing projects related to forestry/tree/natural resource management, tree planting and design, natural resource surveys or closely related activities.
- Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and implement forestry or natural resources activities.
- Ability to implement and maintain projects and activities, including documenting progress and preparing reports as guided by a supervisor.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form. Self-starter with proven record of organizational skills.
- Appropriate tree and forestry knowledge relevant to position focus area.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and meet University driver eligibility requirements.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalency in forestry, natural resources, horticulture, entomology or closely related field (as appropriate for the position focus area)
- Equivalent education may include a combination of formal post-secondary education with at least 24 credit hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture; OR arborist certification from ISA; OR NWCG qualifications (e.g. Engine Boss or similar level) appropriate for position focus area.
- One year of experience providing landowner assistance with tree and forest management, natural resources management, forest products, horticulture, entomology or closely related field.
- Knowledge of Great Plains forestry, tree care, timber harvesting, wood utilization, community landscapes and/or wildfire issues.
- Knowledge of technology applications to complete tasks, as appropriate for the position focus area.
- Experience with providing presentations to groups.
- NWCG S130/S190 (Basic Red Card Certification).