Bay Watershed Specialist

Virginia Department of Forestry

Orange, VA, USA 🇺🇸

Position Information

Working TitleBay Watershed Specialist
Role TitleNatural Resource Specialst III – 59113
Job Open Date01/05/2022
Job Close Date02/02/2022
Open Until FilledNo
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?No
Hiring Range$37,042 w/benefits
AgencyDept of Forestry (411)
LocationOrange – 137
Position Number00104
Job Posting Number1091588
Type of RecruitmentGeneral Public – G
Does this position have telework options?Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/PreferenceNo
Job TypeFull-Time (Salaried)
Job Type DetailRestricted Full-Time Salaried – Non Faculty- FTS-1R
Pay Band04
Job DescriptionThe Virginia Department of Forestry looking for a Bay Watershed Specialist to join the Department’s Central Region.  The position will be assigned to the Rappahannock Work Area, which serves Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties.  This position will also perform duties in the Potomac Work Area, which includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties
This position is part of a USDA grant-funded program for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Northern Virginia and Central Virginia.  Duties include: work with VDOF foresters and other partner agencies in identifying and engaging landowners and implementing riparian forest buffer projects; implement actions in the Virginia Riparian Buffer Plan to establish new buffers and conserve existing buffers; provide technical assistance and training to natural resource personnel regarding forest buffer establishment; make timely and appropriate silvicultural recommendations regarding riparian area restoration and management; establish cooperative partnerships with other government and non-government agencies and organizations; implement agency strategies and programs involving Chesapeake Bay specific watershed planting projects and initiatives; monitor and track project successes and failures and respond accordingly.  The successful candidate will be assigned to the VDOF’s Office in Warrenton, VA.  Within 6-months of hire, the candidate must reside in either the Rappahannock or Potomac Work Areas (counties listed above).  This is a grant funded position with term of employment specific to the grant, from 10 months to two years.   
Minimum QualificationsKnowledge of silviculture, watershed protection and forest health; experience in technical and professional natural resource work; ability to work independently; excellent organizational skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel from various state and federal agencies, local planners, cooperators, and the public; public speaking skills and experience; demonstrated excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; valid driver’s license; ability to negotiate different types of forested terrain on foot; ability to travel around the state and stay overnight on occasion; and experience with and ability to use a PC and Microsoft Office software required. 
Preferred QualificationsB.S. Degree in Forestry or Natural Resources
Special RequirementsMust be able to obtain Commercial Pesticide Applicators permit within six months of employment. Selected candidate is required to pass a criminal background check and a drug test. 
Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplicants claiming preference under a veteran’s status must upload their DD214, NGB23 and/or VA Disability Letter using the “other document” under optional documents.
NameHuman Resource Office
Email[email protected]

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
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    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * How did you find this employment opportunity?
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

  1. Transcript
  2. Other Document
  3. Blue/Yellow Card