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SCA Forestry Technician


Fort Drum ,  New York
Botany Forestry

Local candidates only-No relocation available for this opportunity.  To apply, please visit and search for job # 42149


The candidate will administer the responsibilities of the Range and Training Land Assessment (RTLA) program at Fort Drum, NY. The overall mission of the RTLA program is to collect and analyze natural resource information and to provide that information to those in command of the Army community, in support of preserving the military’s testing and training missions now and in the future. The RTLA program focus’ on developing and implementing effective monitoring strategies for assessing the success of land management decisions.


  • Monitor impacts of land use and military training activities on soils and vegetation
  • Conduct data collection.
  • Implement a number of different vegetation sampling techniques in the field.

A minimum of one year of course work in botany or a related field is required.  BS/BA degree in botany, biology, ecology, natural sciences, or a related field is desired.  Candidates with coursework and/or experience in plant taxonomy and identification, natural resource sampling and monitoring techniques are preferred.

Specific Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of general ecology and plant taxonomy.
  • Experience in conducting forest inventory and/or vegetation sampling
  • Demonstrated knowledge of vegetation sampling protocols
  • Knowledge of the dendrology and taxonomy of regional flora and proficiency using dichotomous keys to identify plant species.
  • Experience with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and land navigation with a map and compass. 
  • Ease with working under adverse field conditions (temperature, humidity, long hours in the field, insects, etc.)
  • Capable of working as part of a two or three-person team with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work and learn on the job.
  • Must have a tolerance for biting insects and tick exposure.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience in or on military installations.  
  • Experience with plant taxonomy.

Applicants should be in good physical condition, willing to work long hours outdoors in all types of weather conditions and terrain, and able to work cooperatively with others in a team environment. Must be able to bend over, climb terrain and climb in and out of vehicles. May drive an ATV or truck. Must be able to walk, stand or sit for long periods of time. Must be able to reach arms above head.

A valid driver’s license is required. Must pass MVR and maintain legal driving capabilities both on and off post.

This is a temporary full-time position, not to exceed four months (Jun1-Sept30).  Successful applicants will work 40 hours per week, typically 7:00a to 5:30p Tuesday through Friday.

Must have a tolerance for biting insects and tick exposure.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements:

Preferred: Ability and willingness to use appropriate PPE, to include DEET and Permethrin treated clothing to repel biting insects and ticks.

Required: Use of PPE to include long sleeves, bloused boots or pant legs taped and conducting check for ticks each time you leave the field during tick season.

Parsons is an equal-opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBT.

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