Interested in the open Forestry Technician Position?

Contact: TJ Quarles
phone number (912) 425-8028
email address: r.quarles.civ@mail.mil

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN

Natural Resources Management – Georgia Alabama Land Trust, Inc. (GALT)

Duty Station: Fort Stewart, Georgia

 

BACKGROUND:

Comprised of more than 284,000 acres in southeast Georgia, the Ft. Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield (FS/HAAF) Forestry Branch manages the largest prescribed burn program and one of the largest timber management programs in the Department of Defense.  An average of approximately 100 wildfires, 200 prescribed burns totaling 115,000 acres and 4,000 acres of timber harvests occur annually.  The FS/HAAF Forestry Branch program consists of:  prescribed burning, wildfire suppression/detection, road maintenance/construction, timber marking, timber harvesting and reforestation.  The Forestry Branch provides the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) with the only wildfire suppression and detection service on the installation. In order to meet the military training mission the Forestry Branch is required to provide around the clock wildfire suppression and detection.

Similar to wildland fire activities, timber harvesting is a component of forest management on FS/HAAF that is necessary to facilitate military training.  Climatic conditions and the extended growing season in the southeast U.S. causes forests and vegetation to grow quickly. Without proper forest management to include timber harvesting, the forest would become unsuitable for infantry, especially mechanized infantry training.  Forest stands need to be maintained at low enough densities to allow military maneuvers to take place on a large landscape scale to promote realism and effectiveness for military training.  The sale of timber on the commercial market in accordance with federal law, Army regulations and policy provides a boost to local economies and revenue to the installation.  The revenue collected assists in funding the cost of planning and executing the timber sales, which includes construction and maintenance of many miles of tank trails and unimproved roads that are necessary for the removal of the timber.  Additionally, military units benefit from the unimproved road maintenance as they utilize the access provided to the loggers by the Forestry Branch.

 

DUTIES:

Function as a Forestry Technician performing a variety of technical forestry support functions while conducting prescribed burning and wildfire suppression efforts. GALT employee must be available daily to perform on-site accountability and visibility support for the Natural Resources Management – Forestry Branch, DPW, Ft Stewart.

 

  • Independently select and mark timber for sale.
  • Determine tree species and age classes.
  • Delineate boundaries of forest product sale areas.
  • Use hand operated paint guns to mark trees for required habitat and development of future support areas for endangered species, forest health and military mission.
  • Estimate merchantable tree volume by use of prescribed volume tables and procedures.
  • Operate Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) to map sale areas.
  • Utilize diameter tapes and hypsometers to measure diameter, height of individual trees.
  • Examine designated areas for insect damage.
  • Participate in supervised wildland fire activities.
  • Provide support as a fire tower lookout for wildland fires measuring, monitor and relaying weather conditions to field crews.
  • Provide and maintain good communications with all forestry related ground crews utilizing 2-way radio.
  • Assist in timber field surveys and timber cruising.
  • Perform sample surveys of forest stands.
  • Locate and estimate quantity of commercial timber.
  • Enter data into hand held data recorder.
  • Quantity of timber.
  • Conduct surveys and samples for recently planted stands to determine survival of trees.
  • Check for metal contamination in timber stands suspected of having military metal contamination.
  • Determine extent of visible and non-visible metal contamination of tree utilizing aerial photographs.
  • Determine tree mortality, forest growth, and plant community changes.
  • Maintain and file all program records.
  • Maintain personal safety at all times

 

WORK HOURS/SHIFT SCHEDULES:

  • Core Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. excluding federal public holidays.
  • Seasonally, depending on weather conditions and current or projected workload requirements the position will require after hours, weekend and holiday work, and is subject to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency.

 

SALARY;

  • $16.73-18.65 per hour commensurate with experience.

 

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