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Land Manager -- Conservation Sci/Forester III

CLOSING DATE: June 18th

JOB DESCRIPTION:          

The Land Manager (Conservation Sci/Forester III) is expected to perform conservation and operational duties at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS) in Melrose, FL, a research and education unit of the University of Florida. This position will participate in conservation projects related to prescribed burning, geospatial mapping, exotic-invasive species control, habitat restoration, groundcover harvesting, and basic operational duties such as road, equipment, fence maintenance and security patrolling. The Land Manager is expected to plan and implement prescribed burns as part of the Station’s fire management program. This position supervises a Land Management Specialist (Conservation Sci/Forester II) and may supervise Student Conservation Association interns. The Land Manager also coordinates the Station’s volunteer program and will supervise volunteers, including but not limited to: Conservation Work Campers and Land Management interns. They may expect to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position will serve as a staff member of OSBS and expected to both work in a team environment and to be capable of carrying out instructions and projects with minimal supervision.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:       

Doctoral degree in forestry, agricultural science, rangeland management, environmental science, or a closely related field and two years of relevant experience; or a master’s degree in forestry, agricultural science, rangeland management, environmental science, or a closely related field and five years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in forestry, agricultural science, rangeland management, environmental science, or a closely related field and seven years of relevant experience.

Valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record

NWCG Red Card qualified as a Firefighter Type I Wildland Fire Fighter

Completed the following NWCG suppression courses:

S-212 Wildfire Chainsaws

S-230 Crew Boss

S-231 Engine Boss

Southern Engine Academy

Holds a Florida Public Pesticide (herbicide) Applicator License with certification in Natural Areas Weed Management (may be obtained after hire, during the probationary period).

Holds a Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manger Certification

 

 

 

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • NWCG qualified as a Firefighter Type I Wildland Fire Fighter
  • NWCG qualified as a Sawyer/Faller 3 or higher (2 or 1) preferred
  • Qualified as a Florida State certified prescribed burn manager
  • NWCG qualified for Engine Boss and/or Firing Boss preferred
  • Experience with supervising volunteers and interns preferred
  • Experience with collecting GPS data and working on GIS projects with ESRI ArcMap.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and Microsoft Outlook
  • Knowledge and ID of southeastern flora and fauna.
  • Familiar in the use of off-road vehicles and equipment, including heavy equipment (tractors, loaders, tractor attachments), ATVs, UTVs, pumps, and chainsaws. Must have familiarity with the safe operation of equipment and must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work.
  • Experience with the maintenance and repair of small motors, pumps, and chainsaws.
  • Certified First Responder and/or wilderness first aid (Preferred).
  • EXCELLENT PHYSICAL CONDITION. Position involves work in variable, sometimes difficult, weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. The successful applicant will be required to annually meet the NWCG Pack Test for wildland fires at the arduous level (3-mile walk with a 45-pound pack with a time of 45-minutes or less). Failure to do this may impact continued employment.
  • Ability to interact pleasantly and knowledgeably with researchers and classes and to convey basic station information.

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:              

In order to be considered, you must upload your resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 references.

 

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

EXPECTED SALARY:         

$39,700 - $53,000 or commensurate with education and experience

 

https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/527202/land-manager-conservation-sciforester-iii

If interested, please contact Tracey Sleek at tasleek@ufl.edu with your resume. 

 

 

 

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