Woods Crew Foreman

Bay State Forestry Service

Northfield, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 42-44K per year
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Woods Crew Foreman is a full time position with Bay State Forestry Service. This position will supervise a variety of tasks throughout the year including timber stand improvement, trail creation/maintenance, native shrub and tree plantings and invasive plant control. One of the main responsibilities of this position is the supervisory oversight of the seasonal woods crew.  The crew foreman ensures crew efficiency and productivity, planning of daily work logistics, and planning/securing future projects. This position also offers the flexibility to venture into novel job opportunities to diversify the company's work portfolio, based on the applicant’s interests and expertise.

Primary Job Duties:

  • Attend bid meetings for potential restoration work, or other opportunities to be completed by the woods crew.
  • Write proposals and prepare bids for work projects to be completed.
  • Meet with private landowners, public land managers and municipalities seeking restoration projects (planting, invasive control).
  • Meet with NRCS personnel to develop and implement restoration projects.
  • Create project maps using ArcGIS from GPS data collected in the field
  • Oversee the crew conducting invasive species control using foliar herbicide applications with backpack sprayers and cut-surface treatments using chainsaws or hand saws.
  • Complete daily herbicide reports

Secondary Duties:

  • Conduct Timber stand improvement using a chainsaw or hand tools to fell and/or girdle trees
  • Marking and tallying timber to be harvested on private forest lands.
  • Re-establish property boundaries by running compass lines between corners and blazing and painting trees along established lines.
  • Assist in conducting timber cruises including use of GPS units and handheld data recorders.
  • Data entry and general office work.

Required Skills:

  • Hold a pesticide applicator’s license in any states where work will be conducted.
  • Ability to identify most common tree, shrub, and invasive plant species in the region.
  • Ability to assess invasive plant treatment areas for the best methodology/approach to obtain good results and control of undesired vegetation with minimal impact to the native plant community.
  • Be able to work in rugged outdoor conditions in any weather.
  • Ability to use the standard tools of the forestry profession, including chainsaw, backpack sprayer, paint gun, compass, hand tools.
  • Ability to interpret forest stand maps, topographic maps and survey plans.
  • Ability to use a computer to produce documents and maps (ArcGIS)
  • Communication and leadership skills to maintain a motivated field crew.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must be able to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds

Interested applicants can send a cover letter, resume, and references to:


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Category Botany, Forestry, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance, GIS