Occ. Code 1530101
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 1, GRADE 8
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 2, GRADE 13
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 3, GRADE 15
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES
Forestry Technicians perform technical duties in support of the development, protection or improvement of forest lands by implementing technical management practices pursuant to guidelines developed by Foresters.
Positions in these titles are classified only in the Department of Environmental Conservation.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 1: entry-level for the series; predominantly employed on a seasonal basis; performs lower level technical assignments in support of forest management, nursery, or forest health practices; works under the supervision of a higher level Forestry Technician or a Forester 1.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 2: journey-level technicians; performs both lower level and more complex technical duties with a greater degree of independence; supervises Forestry Technicians 1, Laborers, and seasonal employees; assigns work, evaluates performance, and provides on-the-job instruction on proper work methods and techniques to subordinate staff; works under the direction of a Forestry Technician 3 or a Forester 1.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 3: working supervisors; performs more complex technical assignments in support of forest management and forest health programs in a regional office or oversees operations at the state nursery; makes work assignments, evaluates performance, provides on-the-job instruction on proper work methods and techniques; monitors program status and goals; directs work activities towards obtaining those goals; works under the supervision of a Forester 1.
Foresters 1 implement professional forestry principles and practices. They provide guidance and direction, following work plans and unit management plans; write forest management plans and unit management plans; plan and coordinate annual road maintenance, recreational improvement, and capital improvement projects performed by the Bureau of Operations, or by volunteer groups, on State lands.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 1
Performs duties related to the agencys Public Lands Program.
Conducts forest inventories of public lands to determine and record such information as acreage, forest types, volume and quality.
supervision to laborers assigned to forest
Assists Foresters 1 in providing practical forestry services to private woodland owners.
Assists in investigation of practical forest management problems in a forest stand by using standard measuring devices and making field observations of growth rates, mortality, and effectiveness of forest management procedures and records observations.
Conducts surveys of State and private lands to locate and identify forest health problems.
Performs field work under the direction of professional foresters in the collection and recording of data in an experimental forest plot.
Public Contact and Information
Conducts nursery operations activities if assigned to the Saratoga Tree Nursery.
In addition, as a FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 2:
May supervise field work activities of Forestry Technicians 1 and Laborers.
Oversees the administration and supervision of several harvesting operations on public lands at one time.
Assists in the Unit Management Planning (UMP) program process.
Exchanges factual information on areas with forest health problems and recommended treatment with such agencies as the U.S. Forest Service, Cornell University and the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse.
Leads the training and supervision of seasonal workers in the counting, grading and packaging and shipment of seedlings in the tree nursery.
In addition, as a FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 3:
Directs the completion of standardized forest management work on State owned lands in order to meet Department goals and objectives.
Monitors timber harvesting operations and may suspend cutting operations where contractors fail to comply with applicable contracts.
Assists in Unit Management Planning processes for public lands, scheduling and overseeing the preparation and implementation of cultural treatments and recreational facilities.
Assists in writing Unit Management Plans
Exercises multi-county or region-wide responsibility for the application of prescribed methods in the detection and suppression of forest insects and diseases and provides technical assistance to private woodland owners and managers to identify causal agents.
Supervises and provides technical direction and instruction to lower level Forestry Technicians and seasonal employees in the tree nursery.
Provides information to the public, private associations, and groups.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 1
Open Competitive: Thirty (30) semester credit hours, including or supplemented by twelve (12) semester credit hours in forestry which must include at least one course in three or more of the following areas: silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, forest soils, dendrology botany, land surveying and forest biology, OR one (1) year of diversified, technical forestry experience in two (2) or more of the following areas: forest management, including sale and removal of timber products; nursery management, including the transplanting of tree or shrub seedlings; forest pest management, including control of diseases and insect pests.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 2
Promotion: One (1) year of permanent competitive service as a Forestry Technician 1.
Open Competitive: An Associates or higher-level degree in forestry, forest biology, forest resource management or forest technology or sixty (60) semester credit hours, including or supplemented by thirty (30) semester credit hours in forestry, which must include at least one course in three or more of the following areas: silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, forest soils, dendrology botany, land surveying, forest biology and plant physiology.
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN 3
Promotion: One (1) year of permanent competitive service as a Forestry Technician 2 or two years (2) of permanent competitive service as a Forestry Technician 1.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.