Forest Restoration Crew Member (2 positions)

Shultz Forest Management and Consulting LLC

Califon, New Jersey

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $17-20/hr
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Benefits: Paid holidays, vacation/sick leave, housing is available

Job Description: 

Shultz Forest Management and Consulting LLC is seeking applicants to fill two full time (40hrs/week), Forest Retoration Crew Member positions. The primary focus of these positions is to conduct wetland and forest restoration on private and public lands throughout New Jersey.  Primary duties will include mechanical and chemical treatment of both herbaceous and woody invasive plants, tree sapling/seedling maintenance, tree planting, and foret stand improvement cutting. The position will include a small amount of overnight travel for which expenses will be covered. There also may be occasional travel to eastern Pennsylvania to work on additional sites.  

Crew members will primarily treat invasive plants using herbicides with backpack sprayers and spray bottles during the summer. Mechanical treatment of invasive plants and forest stand improvement cutting includes using loppers, handsaws, and chinsaws to cut woody vegetation in the late summer and fall. Tree sapling maintenance includes removing tree tubes and re-staking trees, as well as some deer fence maintenance. Tree planting includes planting thousands of bare-root and containerized seedlings on wetland and forested sites in the fall. Crew members will learn how to use various equipment, how to apply herbicides safely and correctly, how to identify and treat several invasive plants, how to identify common tree species native to the Eastern United States, how to correctly plant different types of tree seedlings, and how to safely operate a chainsaw. Crew members will also be provided with additional educational opportunities. 

Job Requirements: 

This is a labor-intensive field position, and the employee should expect to spend >90% of their time working outdoors, must be able to carry a 30-pound pack over various terrain, lift 50 pounds, and work in all weather conditions. Some work will be conducted in wet areas and proper footwear will be required. Encounters with poison ivy, stinging and biting insects, ticks, venomous snakes, and other hazardous conditions common to the forests and wetlands of the area occur regularly. Applicant should have some experience in identifying eastern U.S. tree species and invasive plant species common to the area. An Associate’s Degree or two years of college courses as part of a Bachelors degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management or other related program is preferred for this position. Previous work experience is preferred but not required. The successful applicant must demonstrate an ability to work independently and in a team environment. Applicant must present themselves in a professional business-like manner when interacting with contractors, clients, and the public. Applicant must be a legal U.S. resident. Hiring will be contingent on passing background check and drug test.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a résumé and cover letter including three references (preferably work-related) to Jacob Shultz at jshultz.sfmc@gmail.com. Résumés will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants will only be contacted if an interview or additional information is requested.

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