Forestry Technician - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design - #19543391
West Virginia University
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Forestry Technician. This position will assist the Forest Manager and perform tasks essential to research and operations of the University Research Forest as well as other lands managed by the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Collect information for the GPS/GIS database for the WVU Research and other lands under the management of the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
- Collect timber cruise data, checking results for completeness and accuracy.
- Record, prepare and organize information for reports to be written by the Forest Manager and/or faculty on research projects being conducted at the University Forest or other lands managed by the Division.
- Maintain all required records, reports, data statistics, etc. as mandated by Federal, State, WVU, DCANRD, and Division of Forestry and Natural Resources policies and procedures.
- Ensure proper operation of logging and other contract activities being performed on the University Forest and other managed lands.
- Assist and supervise the work of student workers essential to the operation of the Forest. Demonstrate basic techniques and equipment to other personnel and students.
- Operate equipment needed for harvesting timber, building and maintaining skid trails and forest roads, establishing food plots for wildlife, and reclaiming disturbed areas.
- Perform repairs and maintenance to buildings and grounds at the Forest Headquarters.
- Operate, calibrate, clean, and perform routine maintenance on equipment listed above, on a weekly basis.
- Associate Degree in Forestry (Forest Resource Management), Natural Resources or a closely related field.
- Six (6) months experience in the following:
- Forestry related field work
- GPS/GIS office and field work
- Knowledge of and ability to do work in timber harvesting (felling, skidding, bucking, and transporting of wood products) as well as laying out and supervising logging operations.
- Computer skills using forest inventory programs such as cruising software, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Arc Map.
- Tree and plant identification
- Knowledge of GPS/GIS. Must collect field data and place into a GIS program and produce clear and accurate maps of research areas and harvest boundaries.
- Must know how to properly operate forestry tools such as Biltmore stick, diameter tape, prism, clinometer, relascope, laser clinometer, compass, survey equipment, and laser range finder.
- Must know how to operate heavy equipment, such as log truck, dozer, skidder, front end loader/backhoe, log loader, grader, and tractor.