Reforestation Forester (Silvaculture Forester)

Published
8 March 2022
Location
United States of America
Category
Job Type
Reference #
22-105

Description

Mendocino Redwood Company, LLC (MRC) located in Ukiah, CA is seeking a Reforestation Forester to join the forestry team.  This is a full-time position that involves working closely with the Forest Manager for the purpose of meeting forest stewardship and business objectives.

The Mendocino Family of Companies (Mendocino Forest Products Company, Mendocino Redwood Company, Humboldt Redwood Company, Humboldt Sawmill Company, and Allweather Wood), is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally certified redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber products throughout California and the Western U.S. Our culture is based in environmental stewardship and community support.  The company maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certification for its forestlands, manufacturing, and distribution operations.

Summary

The Reforestation Forester will be responsible for tree planting from inception to free-to-grow status, including all facets of vegetation management and materials sourcing.

You will be responsible for these activities:

  • Comply with all applicable state and federal laws.
  • Produce the desired rate of return on investments.
  • Be conducted safely, and
  • Be deployed in a manner that is consistent with the Company’s core values and consistent with the requirements of its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Our mission is to ensure prompt reforestation and state certification of compliance with required stocking standards key to achieving sustained yield harvest levels and financial objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Promote Safety – Ensure a safe working environment, oversee safety programs, and develop Job Safety Analysis procedures to address the hazards associated with forestry activities.
  • Vegetation Management – Develop and implement prescriptions to control unwanted competing vegetation in young conifer stands with cost effective treatments to promote conifer growth and survival. Tasks involve ensuring employee and contractor safety, planning, budgeting, inspections/monitoring, mapping, government permitting, database updating, and experimentation.
  • Reforestation/Planting – Oversee planting activities and re-plant sites as necessary to achieve desired stocking levels of appropriate conifers in compliance with California’s Forest Practice Act stocking standards and those set by the Company. Tasks involve ensuring employee and contractor safety, planning, budgeting, inspections/monitoring, mapping, database updating, and experimentation.
  • Site Preparation – Oversee and/or advise area managers and RPFs as to appropriate methods to prepare areas for planting, this may include, broadcast or prescribed burning, brush piling and soil ripping.
  • Monitoring – Conduct systematic surveys of various random planting projects to test whether Company goals are being met and to confirm compliance with the stocking standards required by California’s Forest Practice Act.
  • Pre-commercial Thinning – Releasing Overstocked stands by selection thinning at the ten-to-fifteen-year age groups promotes the continued rapid growth of the stand into the free-to-grow status. Tasks involve employee and contractor safety, planning, budgeting, contracting and conformance inspections, database updating, and experimentation.
  • Tree Improvement Program – Carry out all necessary steps in continuing and growing the Company’s tree improvement program. This will include oversite, maintenance and expansion of Company hedge farms, supervision of clone collection and propagation, testing of clone out plants and oversight of Company contacts with outside vendors and partners participating in the Improvement Program.
  • Conduct Federal Worker Protection Safety Standards training for employees and contractors.
  • Plan and conduct tours and address various groups interested in Company programs.
  • Interact with Forestry department to ensure integration and cost-effective execution of projects.
  • Assist Forestry department with preparation of Timber Harvesting Plans as time allows.
  • Purchase materials and equipment for projects.
  • May assist with return-on-investment analyses as directed.
  • Oversee, but does not directly supervise, Company sub-contractors for tree planting and vegetation management projects.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field (BS).
  • This position requires a California Registered Professional Foresters License (RPF) and The California Pest Control Advisors (PCA) License or the ability to qualify for and take the RPF exam and obtain the PCA license within two (2) years of hire date.
  • Must maintain a valid California Driver’s License and be eligible to operate a company vehicle under company policy guidelines.
  • Strong knowledge in the California Forest Practices and Department of Pesticide Regulation rules is required.
  • Ability to work without supervision and manage multiple projects in a timely manner.
  • Must have good leadership and supervisory skills and the ability to maintain positive working relationships with Company groups, state agencies, and concerned citizen groups.
  • Project experience including planting, burning, pesticide use, and pre-commercial thinning and tree improvement technology.
  • To perform this position successfully, the individual will learn to become proficient with Geographic Information Systems, spreadsheets, and database software.

Work Location:  Ukiah or Fort Bragg, California

Remuneration:  Highly competitive remuneration and benefit package.  Relocation assistance as required.

Interested candidates should apply online via button below or for further information, contact Ron Hogg at (604) 669-5635.

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