Inventory Forester/GIS Specialist
Company: Douglas County Forestry Department
Posted on: January 10, 2022
SALARY: $25.68 - $29.35 Hourly
$53,414.40 - $61,048.00 Annually
2022 Wages: Hourly: $26.20 - $29.94; Annually: $54,496 -
+ Plus an excellent comprehensive benefits package.
OPENING DATE: 11/11/21
CLOSING DATE: 12/12/21 11:59 PM
Douglas County Forestry Department, a recognized leader in forest
management information system technologies, is currently seeking a
full-time Inventory Forester/GIS Specialist to help manage the
largest County Forest land base in the State of Wisconsin. The
primary purpose of this position is to provide expertise and
leadership in all matters of forest inventory. Responsibilities
include annual inventory plan development, inventory design and
analysis, field data collection and compilation, updating inventory
records, maintaining spatial tabular databases, and hiring and
supervising seasonal forest inventory staff. Other duties include
leading the development, maintenance, use, and integration of GIS,
GPS, data recorder, and related technologies to support forest
management program needs and providing training and technical
assistance to staff and field personnel in the application of
forestry information systems. This is a
diverse position, with opportunities for growth in many areas
related to forest management, forest inventory and analysis, and
forestry information system technologies.
1. Lead and manage the forest inventory program; including annual
inventory plan development, designing data collection policies and
procedures, field data collection, data analysis, and database
2. Recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal forest inventory staff;
provide training, direction, assign work, and review
3. Conduct regular forest compartment and stand level inventory
updates utilizing the Wisconsin Forest Inventory and Reporting
4. Monitor, track, and report on staff assigned annual inventory
program goals and accomplishments; assign and coordinate inventory
program work with partnering agencies and monitor progress.
Evaluate results and program accomplishments and make
recommendations for program improvements.
5. Develop, maintain, and integrate timber resource growth and
yield models, standard planned treatment assignments, and assist
with determination of annual harvest levels and track timber sale
6. Interface with field foresters on inventory program needs and
analysis, and provide technical assistance for timber sale cruising
and land ownership boundary determination.
7. Serve as a technical resource on forest health monitoring,
suppression, and prevention activities. Assist with planning,
scheduling, and directing forest insect and disease detection,
evaluation, suppression, and prevention activities.
8. Lead the development, maintenance, use, and integration of the
information technology program (GIS, GPS, data recorders, and
related technologies) to support program needs.
9. Develop, maintain, and expand GIS spatial data including, data
standardization, data quality control, data updating, storage and
archiving, and end user support.
10. Produce maps and other mapping products to internal and
11. Analyze new or emerging technologies and provide guidance for
integration into existing systems and assist with technology
program annual budget planning and development.
12. Serve as a technical resource and provide support to other team
members on information system technologies.
13. Assist with SFI and FSC forest certification program compliance
and participate in program audits.
14. Assist other team members with timber sale establishment,
including sale layout, cruise design, and timber marking; assist in
forest recreation and wildlife habitat planning and development
15. Enforce County ordinances, policies, and regulations. Make
reports to the Forest, Parks, and Recreation Committee.
16. Provide customer service to the public regarding Department
programs and functions, forest management activities, land-use
policies, and recreational offerings.
17. Prepare materials and present at conferences, meetings,
school/local functions. Partner and coordinate with State, Federal,
and other agencies to achieve maximum program objectives.
18. Assist in the standard maintenance of Department facilities,
vehicles, and equipment.
19. Assist with wildfire suppression and prescribe burning
20. Perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have effective communication skills,
excellent customer service skills, positive enthusiastic attitude,
passion for forestry, and strong relationship building skills with
colleagues, partners, contractors, and the general public. We are
looking for a highly motivated team player with a drive for success
and a desire to make a lasting contribution to the Douglas County
Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, or
related field from an accredited University or College. Two years
of related work experience and/or training in forestry, forest
inventory and analysis, and/or GIS/GPS applications preferred but
not required. Or any equivalent combination of education and work
experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and
abilities required to successfully perform essential duties and
responsibilities of the position.
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Approximately 70% of this position is performed within an office
setting with the remaining 30% being performed in a field-base
environment. The typical field-based setting requires exposure to
extreme and inclement weather conditions and often uneven,
difficult terrain. Seasonal winter conditions often include ice,
snow, and extreme cold. Seasonal summer conditions often include
extreme heat, humidity, and exposure to biting and disease carrying
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly
required to sit for long periods of time using office equipment and
computers. This sedentary work includes spending long hours working
with data and other information which requires attention to detail
and high levels of accuracy. At times, field work will include
performing physical exertion for extended periods walking through
natural terrain, including but not limited to, walking, lifting,
bending, pushing, pulling, sitting, standing; and reaching,
grasping, talking, hearing, and seeing. The employee must regularly
lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to
50 pounds, and occasionally lift up to 100 pounds and apply up to
500 pounds of force to push, pull or otherwise move objects. The
employee is frequently required to walk, stand, talk, hear, see,
and perform repetitive motions. The employee must also have the
physical ability, in all types of weather conditions, to operate
four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and
Must possess a valid drivers license. Structured interview and
background investigation required. Must pass a pre-employment
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