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Forester

Harris County

Humble ,  Texas
Forestry

Under the direct supervision of the park director, the Forester manages and coordinates daily work assignments in conjunction with the park manager. The Forester professionally plans, implements and maintains aspects of Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center's natural forested areas, fruit, historic and memorial trees, landscaping and tree nursery.

This position requires a self-motivated individual with a "can do attitude," willing to work indoors or outdoors in all weather conditions, not afraid to get their hands dirty, and capable of conducting a variety of tasks in the course of a normal day.

  • Required knowledge includes tree identification, diseases and treatment, and skilled with forestry equipment and tree felling techniques.
  • Team plans and implements Jones Park's environmental and natural history programs.
  • May exercise supervision over work crews or volunteers assigned to a particular program or project.
  • Polite communication skills and willingness to interact with the general public and volunteers are essential traits.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Adapts to a variety of situations, personalities, and available resources.
  • Alert to public safety and work hazards at all times.
  • Answers correspondence and questions from the public and media related to park programs and facilities.
  • Collects, organizes, and maintains seeds, specimen, artifacts and program supplies.
  • Conducts advance planning of work itineraries.
  • Develops, designs and maintains quality appearance of the park and its resources.
  • Develops interpretive signage and park literature in conjunction with other staff. 
  • Enforces park rules and regulations.
  • Grows, maintains and propagates trees (particularly heirloom and natives) in the greenhouse and nursery for use on park property or for programs.
  • Maintains forestry tools and equipment including chainsaws, chains, and sharpeners to assure good operating conditions exist at all times.
  • Operates outdoor equipment including chainsaws, chipper, and tractor.
  • Oversees and maintains Park Forest health, tree planting, removal, spraying and pruning and inventory.
  • Performs general park maintenance and assists with projects as needed.
  • Plans and helps execute special events and festivals held throughout the year.
  • Presents or hosts various natural/living history programs throughout the year.
  • Works directly with, and at times oversees staff, crews, interns and a variety of volunteers in assigned duties, projects, and programs.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Requirements:
A (4) four-year Bachelors of Science degree in forestry, forest management or related curriculum
OR

Bachelors of Science in science, nature or history related curriculum
and a minimum of one (1) year of forestry experience
OR

A two-year (2) Associates Degree
and a minimum of two (2) years related experience
OR

Four (4) years minimum experience in a similar position or field of work.

Plus
A Pesticide Applicator's License (in Lawn & Ornamental and Weed control) as issued through the Texas Structural Pest Control Board is required to perform this job; continued employment is contingent upon obtaining referenced licenses. OR the ability to obtain a Pest Control Operator's license within one (1) year of hire.
Must possess and maintain a valid Texas driver's license and have an acceptable driving record.

Additional Requirements:

  • General knowledge of outdoor activities and skills
  • General knowledge of Texas history
  • Good knowledge of local natural history, flora, and fauna
  • Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and GIS Mapping
  • Nature interpretation experience
  • Operation of a variety of forestry and landscape equipment
  • Patient and experienced working with children and the public
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as science-related articles, and procedure manuals, operating and maintenance instructions; write routine reports; correspondence and informational articles for publication; maintain records; speak effectively before public groups of visitors, both formally and informally.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks concurrently
  • Ability to work with others and team oriented
  • Analyze, generate, research and refine programs
  • First aid training a plus
  • Flexible personality, open to new ideas, and suggestions
  • Good observation skills
  • Initiative and perseverance to complete projects

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is Periodically exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; vibration; night-time shifts; and routine use of a computer monitor. The noise level in the work environment is normally moderate.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to
Stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle, feel and reach with hands and arms; frequently required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell; regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



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