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Position: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III

Company: FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL


The Florida Forest Service with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking an applicant to fill a highly responsible position in the Forest Management Bureau of the Florida Forest Service (FFS) requiring forestry experience, a thorough knowledge of the practice of forestry and a complete understanding of forest management programs. The incumbent in this position is responsible for the technical administration of all federal rural forestry programs. Specific duties and responsibilities include the administration of the Florida Forest Stewardship Program and any other programs associated with rural forestry. This includes development of operational procedures, training field personnel, maintaining liaison with cooperating agencies and United States Forest Service Program coordinators, managing program funds, generating publicity, and monitoring on-going activities and accomplishments.

Major duties include:

Provides rural forestry technical administration of all federal and state incentive programs designed to encourage private non-industrial forest landowners to actively manage their forest resources. This includes writing specifications for land treatment practices, collecting cost data to establish payment rates, and preparing quarterly claims for reimbursement and budget reports, as appropriate. The individual in this position serves as the FFS liaison to state and federal agencies that help administer these programs.

Provides technical information and support for all rural forestry projects statewide. This includes guidance in providing technical assistance to landowners, maintaining records, securing the latest technical information and reviewing Forester training contracts.

Supervises and directs the work of one Other Personal Services (OPS) Systems Project Analyst responsible for training and technical support of the FFS field staff on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).

Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner. Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with FFS and department policies and procedures.

Monitors and analyzes the Accomplished Report System utilized by all county and Senior Foresters to document their project activities. Computer-generated records are summarized quarterly by the individual in this position and are used by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Section to determine program accomplishments and set annual targets.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Forestry or related field and three (3) years of professional experience in forestry; or
  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Forestry or related field and two (2) years of professional experience in forestry; or
  • An associate’s degree in Forestry or related and five (5) years of professional experience in forestry.
  • Professional experience in forestry can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education for a total of seven (7) years of professional experience.
  • Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

To apply for this position, an application must be submitted through the People First system at:
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/ by 11.59 p.m. EST, September 21, 2018.