Status: Full-time position
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Deadline Date: 1/30/14
Job Summary: A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
Qualifications: Degree: Biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological reasearch that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences
Duties: Implements ecological programs to maintain a viable and dynamic forest system on a national Forest. Monitors and evaluates the effects of management decisions on forest land and surrounding communities. Analyzes and determines impact of unit programs on compliance with Federal, state, and local laws, policies, and regulations. Coordinates research projects with cooperators, including other Federal and state agencies and academia to develop further understandings of the processes of the forest ecosystem. Provides input for short and long-term planning for budgetary and compliance requirements.
Develops mitigating solutions to actions resulting from adverse affect on the forest system/lands. Develops a long-term monitoring system to collect baseline data to quantitatively evaluate the processes within the system. Evaluates ecological conditions in remnant late successful forests to meet the desired objectives of the management plan. Works with the forest fire or wild land fire specialist to determine the role of fire dependent regimes and develops mitigation for the processes that may not be desired. Assists in or personally conducts portions of ecological studies of the vegetation, soil, and environmental characteristics of the Zone or forest from which ecological classifications are produced.
Coordinates with the timber management in areas that influence processes of the community. Coordinates with the reforestation to evaluate processes that affect development of younger-aged forest stands. Assists others in evaluating and analyzing processes that interact with or affect adjacent areas to the forest communities. Incorporates data into the Geographic Information System or similar technology. Reviews proposed projects to determine impacts and suggest mitigation actions to minimize ecological impacts. Reviews related ecological documentation, including regulation, journals, and technical reports to identify new requirements or methodologies that influence forestry projects. Gives briefings and presentations relating to ecological systems. Manages the forest inventory program to collect data applicable to the management of the forest stands. Incorporates information into the planning process and the geographic information system. Periodically re-evaluates the program to ensure that methodology and information are significant to the goals of the Forest.
Prepares projects that incorporate new or alternative approaches that validate or develop a better understanding of the forest ecosystem. Monitors the progress of projects to insure they meet requirements defined by the scope of the work. Evaluates the results of the projects to determine effectiveness of the project.