Barry County to Hire Tri-County Forester

 Now Hiring! Conservation District Forester

 The Barry Conservation District (BCD) seeks a Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) Forester.  Position requires a minimum of a B.S. or M.S. in Forestry. This is a granted position, renewed annually. The wage ($40k – $45k) will be commensurate with candidate’s experience and education.

 Send cover letter and resume by August 26, 2013 to:          

Joanne Barnard, Executive Director

Barry Conservation District

1611 S. Hanover, Suite 105

Hastings, MI  49058

(269) 948-8056

 This position description is for the Barry Conservation District. The Forestry Assistance Program provides private forested landowners with technical assistance and information regarding forestry, wildlife habitat, and related natural resource concerns, so that they may make informed decisions about the use and management of their forestlands. (“Landowners” include non-industrial private forestland owners, schools, local units of government, rural and urban residents.) 

 The Barry Conservation District will be the employer of record for this position and will handle payroll and accompanying paperwork.  Day to day, administrative supervision will be provided by the BCD Executive Director.  Primary office space for the Forestry position is located at BCD office in Hastings, Michigan. The forester’s time is allocated between the Barry, Allegan and Ottawa Conservation Districts, but office duties may be carried out at this “primary” office.  The forestry position is primarily a field position.

 The basic requirements for this position are:

  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in forestry from an accredited college or university
  • Good communication skills (writing, public speaking, working with individuals of all ages)
  • Computer fluency
  • Ability to read various types of maps (aerial, topography, soils) and navigate through properties, accordingly
  • Ability to assist CD and Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) staff to achieve deliverables as well as short- and long-term goals for the Conservation Districts and NRCS


  • ·         Serves as initial point of contact for non-industrial private forest landowners, local governments, etc. for forest management, wildlife habitat, other natural resource issues or concerns.
  • ·         Fulfill grant agreement requirements and deliverables.
  • ·         Provides on-site land examination and resource evaluation.
  • ·         Provides options regarding forest management.
  • ·         Provides options regarding wildlife habitat management.
  • ·         Prepares written follow-ups that may include appropriate handouts/materials, after visiting with landowners on-site or in the office, as appropriate.  
  • ·         Provides advice on tree planting/reforestation for timber production, windbreaks, wildlife habitat.
  • ·         Provides diagnosis and advice on the control of insects, disease, and wildlife pests for individual trees and woodlands.
  • ·         Provides information and makes referrals regarding programs, agencies, organizations, and private sector interests that furnish technical and/or financial assistance for natural resource management activities.
  • ·         Maintains a good working relationship with other forestry assistance providers, both public and private.
  • ·         Provides technical input regarding species selection for the Conservation Districts’ annual tree, shrub, plant sales.  (Native species that are useful for reforestation, wildlife habitat, soil erosion control, etc.)
  • ·         Provides advice on the control of sedimentation resulting from forest management activities.
  • ·         Conducts demonstration and workshops.
  • ·         Prepares correspondence, reports, news articles, newsletter.
  • ·         Assists with preparation of the program documentation, including, but not limited to: annual grant application, Natural Resource Plan of Work, etc.
  • ·         Prepares regular, written reports to Conservation District boards (monthly),
  • ·         Pursue certification with Society of American Foresters (SAF)

 A performance evaluation will be conducted annually.  Training and continuing education opportunities will be provided.

 The Barry Conservation District’s mission is to promote responsible natural resource and land-use management for present and future generations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and program provider

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