Forestry Technician 2/3
- Written Test To Be Held
- August 12, 2017
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- June 28, 2017
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)|
|26-268||Forestry Technician 2||$42,555||G-13||$35|
|26-269||Forestry Technician 3||$47,631||G-15||$35|
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.
On or before August 12, 2017, you must have:
For No. 26-268: an associate���s or higher-level degree in forestry, forest biology, forest resource management, or forest technology, AND one year of diversified, technical forestry experience in two or more of the following areas: forest health, forest inventory, forest management, or timber sale marking including administration.
For No. 26-269: an associate���s or higher-level degree in forestry, forest biology, forest resource management, or forest technology, AND two years of diversified, technical forestry experience in two or more of the following areas: forest health, forest inventory, forest management, or timber sale marking including administration.
If you expect to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2018, you can be admitted to the written test, but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2018 may result in your removal from the eligible list.
|IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.|
- Your degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2KXM.
- A promotion examination is also being held for the Forestry Technician 3 position. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
- Although a promotion examination is being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of this examination open to the public.
- Some of the duties of these positions are physically demanding. For example, appointees may be required to snow shoe, cross-country ski and perform other physically demanding duties in adverse weather and rough terrain.
- These positions require travel. At the time of appointment you will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.
- Qualifying part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
These positions exist in the Department of Environmental Conservation and are located throughout the state.
As a Forestry Technician 2, you would perform a variety of technical assignments, generally under the supervision of higher-level technicians. You would assist in insect and disease management programs, timber stand improvement, nursery culture of trees and shrubs, forest management projects, construction and boundary line maintenance, continuous forest inventory and forest product sales. In addition, you would routinely supervise the operations of work crews in one of the above technical assignments and prepare written reports.
As a Forestry Technician 3, under the supervision of a Forester 1, you would supervise and provide technical direction and instruction to lower-level Forestry Technicians and seasonal employees; perform more complex technical assignments in support of forest management and forest health programs in a regional office or oversee operations at the state nursery; make work assignments; evaluate performance; provide on-the-job instruction on proper work methods and techniques; monitor program status and goals; and direct work activities toward obtaining those goals.
Subject of Examination
|There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:||For Examination Numbers|
|1. Forest surveying, maps and GIS - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in forest surveying including the preparation and interpretation of maps; use of surveying tools and equipment; and use of a geographic information system (GIS).||X||X|
|2. Basic principles and practices of forestry - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in forest management, and may include such areas as forestry concepts and terminology; silviculture and forest sustainability; acceptable logging practices; controlled burns and site preparation for forestry purposes.||X||X|
|3. Forest inventory and basic forest mensuration - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in forest inventory and forest mensuration activities, including proper tree measurements and timber cruising techniques; tools and equipment used in forest inventory and mensuration; units and basic computations related to tree and forest product measurements; and the productivity goals and merchandising considerations involved in forest inventory and mensuration.||X||X|
|4. Prevention, control and treatment of tree diseases and pest damage - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in tree protection and maintenance, and may include such areas as the identification and control of tree pests, tree diseases, and invasive species; treatment of tree diseases and pest damage; proper and safe use of treatment and control methods and materials; preventive measures; and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).||X||X|
|5. Tree cultivation and care - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in tree identification and species selection; tree planting, cultivating, thinning, transplanting, and pruning; and proper handling and maintenance of tools and equipment.||X||X|
|6. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.||X||X|
|7. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.||X|
Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
How To Apply
If you do not receive a number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
Eligibility for Employment
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing
It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474 6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627.
Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm
Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site
Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.
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