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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/22/24

Applications Due03/13/24

Vacancy ID151779


AgencyEnvironmental Conservation, Department of

TitleForester 1 / Trainee 1/2 (2 Positions) - NY HELPS

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $47925 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Essex

Street Address 1115 NYS Route 86

City Ray Brook


Zip Code12977

Minimum Qualifications This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).

For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title may be filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

Minimum qualifications:

A bachelor's or higher degree in ecological forest management, forest biology, forest ecosystem science, forest health, forest resource management, forestry, Natural Resources Planning, Natural Resources Management, Natural Resources Conservation, or urban forestry.
A bachelor's or higher degree including or supplemented by 24 credits in any of the following; dendrology, entomology, environmental planning (as part of a forestry program), environmental policy (as part of a forestry program), environmental resource management (as part of a forestry program), forest ecology, forest ecosystem, forest entomology, forest inventories, forest pathology, forest management, forest measurement/inventory, forest recreation, forest recreation management, geographic information system (GIS), natural resources planning, natural resources policy, pathology, plant entomology, plant pathology, silviculture, soils, surveying, or wilderness management.

Candidates may also be appointed via the following:

Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC

Reinstatement - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.

Transfer - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 11 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the minimum qualifications above

Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Environmental Program Specialist 1 (Natural Resources), Forestry Technician 2 and Forestry Technician 3

55-b/55-c Appointment- Must meet minimum qualifications above and include a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.

Duties Description DEC Region 5 manages around 2.8 million acres of state land and conservation easements including 3/4 of the Adirondack Park. The successful candidates, under direction from the Supervising Forester, will administer various programs in the Division of Lands and Forests including State Forest and Private Land Services. Duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Coordinate management plan development for land management units:
• Serves as lead author and management team leader - Coordinates with various Department programs, State agencies and stakeholders and facilitates team meetings.
• Prepares reports, studies and formal correspondence and presents information for public awareness.
• Performs analysis of natural resource conditions through forest inventory to develop sustainable forest management plans based on current guidance, policies, and law.
• Meets schedules and assures plans are accurate and complete.

2. Coordinate management plan implementation for State lands:
• Serves as area manager and oversees construction, maintenance, and related management tasks.
• Develops sustainable timber management strategy and implementation for state forest units including timber sale preparation and oversight.
• Develops work plans based on management plan guidelines, Department policy and other relevant regulatory requirements.
• Works cooperatively with other Department programs and stakeholders to complete projects.
• Helps prepare and manage contracts.

3. Provide private forestry services technical assistance and outreach to forest landowners:
• Administer forest tax law 480a properties as assigned.
• Provide technical assistance to forest landowners on private forest management.
• Assist private forest landowners with cost share programs including EQIP and Regenerate NY.
• Provide technical assistance and outreach regarding forest carbon management and forest carbon program enrollment to private forest landowners.
• Prepare reports, studies, conduct presentations and outreach events.

4. Respond to questions and complaints from the public.

5. Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with internal and external stakeholders. Represent DEC in a positive, professional, and productive manner.

6. Conduct other program-related activities as assigned by supervisor.

Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain Must be able to work in remote areas. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions. Travel may be required. Overtime may be required. Overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 60 pounds. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Heath Boomhower

Telephone (518) 402-9273

Fax (518) 402-9038

Email Address


Street 625 Broadway

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12233


Notes on ApplyingPlease email/mail your resume and transcript to the above. Be sure to include Posting #24-151779 on your resume and also in the subject line of your email or it may not be accepted. An unofficial transcript is acceptable.

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