Forest Health Specialist

Idaho Department of Lands
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 17
Contact Name For Further Info: 
Tom Eckberg
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The Idaho Department of Lands is seeking an individual with a forest health background who has good communication skills, experience with GIS and other common software products and experience with insect and disease surveys and natural resource management. Responsibilities: The Forest Health Specialist provides forest health technical assistance to landowners and managers statewide. This position conducts forest insect and disease training sessions and field days and responds to phone calls, email correspondence and other requests for assistance from state foresters, industrial and private forest landowners. The Forest Health Specialist may supervise temporary and seasonal employees. This position is responsible for coordinating several insect and disease surveys statewide. Some overnight travel is expected and occasional work on weekends is possible during the field season. • Coordinates the aerial detection and Douglas-fir tussock moth surveys and writes summary reports. • Maintains and updates forest health survey geodatabases. • Responds to requests for technical assistance from state and private land owners and managers. • Helps coordinate and participates in insect and disease training sessions with cooperators (US Forest Service, University of Idaho Cooperative Extension, adjacent state agencies). • Supervises seasonal technicians. • Reviews timber sales and provides detailed forest insect and disease management recommendations to state foresters. • Responds to requests for information from news media and helps develop press releases. Minimum Qualifications: • Considerable knowledge of forest entomology. • Good knowledge of: o Forest pathology. o Insect or disease survey principles as they relate to forest health. o Forest management principles. • Experience: o Supervising the work of others. o Researching and analyzing land management issues and making recommendations. o Preparing technical reports. o Working with customers to provide training and guidance. The ideal candidate will also possess the following: • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Forest Entomology or Forest Pathology or related field. • Experience and background with Geographic Information System (GIS) principles and data models, geodatabases, and Access databases. • Experience conducting aerial detection surveys.