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Forestry Technician

State of Montana

Missoula ,  Montana

FORESTRY DIVISION: The Forestry Division, headquartered in Missoula, is responsible for planning and implementing forestry and fire management programs through an extensive network of staff located in field offices across the state. The Forestry Division has four major functions: fire & aviation management, forestry assistance, business management, and policy, planning & outreach. Following is a brief description of the programs, products and services offered through the Forestry Division's diverse programs.

BENEFITS: Benefits for eligible state employees include a credit union, a deferred compensation program, public employee’s retirement program, 15 working days annual leave per year, 12 days sick leave per year, paid holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The Department of Natural Resources may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications for the position: application form, typing test results, education, structured interview, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related current and past performance and application supplements.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This position serves as a Forest Technician in the Southwestern Land Office of the Trust Lands Division in the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The incumbent participates in a variety of forest management and forest improvement projects, and may be assigned to any of the four SWLO Unit offices. Typical projects and activities include timber cruising and other timber sale preparation, data collection, traversing and surveying proposed roadways, marking locations for various purposes, thinning set-up, prescribed burns, contract administration and various other projects as needed. The position reports to the Area Silviculturist and does not directly supervise other agency personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must be at least 18 years old, and in good physical condition. Typically requires at least two years experience in forestry related work (or forestry course work). Applicants must be familiar with plant and tree identification, map & compass orienteering, land survey systems, data collection methods, and air photo interpretation. Requires a Montana Operators Driver’s License.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Requires graduation from high school and at least two years experience in forestry related work (or forestry course work).

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