Natural Resource Specialist II District Resource Management Assistant

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of State Parks

Scottsburg, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Hiring Range: $17.00 - $25.00 per hour
Deadline Jun 28, 2024

Natural Resource Specialist II District Resource Management Assistant

Closes On: 06/28/2024

State Parks - Staunton River State Park

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Hiring Range: $17.00 - $25.00 per hour

Job Duties

This position is limited to working 1500 hours in a 12 month period from May 1 to April 30. No benefits are associated with wage positions. This position will be based at Staunton River State Park located in Scottsburg, VA and requires frequent daily and occasional overnight travel. This position requires frequent work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Frequent daily and occasional overnight travel required.
This position will be responsible for assisting the District Resource Specialist with a variety of resource management projects including:

  • Long term land management planning and implementation
  • Monitoring and control of non-native or invasive pest species
  • Preparation of burn units and participation on prescribed burns as crew member/squad boss
  • Trail design, construction, and maintenance
  • Plant and animal surveys
  • Managed deer hunts (as requested by parks in District) and other wildlife management
  • Boundary marking
  • GIS data collection and data management

This position will also be responsible for maintenance and organization of tools, equipment, office space and vehicles, mapping using GPS and ESRI ArcGIS software, data entry, participation in special events and/or disaster relief as needed, and supervision of Virginia Service and Conservation Corps (AmeriCorps) crew, Youth Conservation Corps volunteers, and other volunteers as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Valid driver’s license or ability to attain required
  • Basic knowledge of resource management issues, practices and procedures
  • Basic knowledge of Windows based computer operation
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, to perform strenuous work in an outdoor forest environment.
  • Knowledge and experience in use of forest measurement tools including Biltmore stick, clinometers, diameter tape and compass.

Additional Considerations

  • Working knowledge of GIS/GPS equipment and mapping software, ESRI ArcMap 10 or ArcPro is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of regional tree/non-woody plant species and ecosystems, and tree species identification strongly recommended.
  • Ability to operate and maintain equipment such as tractors, skid steer, chainsaw, etc, is a plus.
  • Supervisory experience is an advantage.
  • Hiking and Biking trail building and maintenance experience is a plus.
  • VA Pesticide Applicator's License or Registered Technician Certification License preferred. License will need to be obtained if not currently licensed.
  • NWCG fire fighter crew level certification preferred. Certification will need to be obtained within 12 months.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

A valid State Driver's License is required to operate a state vehicle or if operating a personal vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the agency.

DCR is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the highest ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our greatest strength lies in the individual differences, experiences, and skillsets that our employees bring to the table. Because of this, we strongly encourage applications from all walks of life, and we welcome all contributions in terms of age, beliefs, color, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran’s status.

Selected candidate(s) will need to complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. DCR participates in E-Verify.

Submission of an online application is required for this position. DCR does not accept applications, resumes, cover letters, etc. for this vacancy in any other format. When applying for jobs, please ensure your online application or resume is complete with duties and skills associated with your work experience.

Minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people with National Service experience are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TT

Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check including a criminal history record check.

In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at 800-552-5019.

Note: Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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Category General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance, GIS