Bay Watershed Specialist

Virginia Department of Forestry
Shenandoah, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Not Specified

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Job Description

This position is part of a USDA grant-funded program for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in the Shenandoah Valley, covering Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren Counties including the independent Cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester.
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 Woodstock, VA. This is a grant funded position with term of employment specific to the grant, from 10 months to two years.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge 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 Qualifications

B.S. Degree in Forestry or Natural Resources