Community Forestry Specialist - North Dakota State University

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The Community Forestry Specialist works within the program goals and objectives set forth by the NDFS Community Forestry (CF) program and Community Forestry Manager. The CF Specialist assists local units of government and communities in proper management of their community forests on a state-wide basis. Responsibilities include involvement in conducting forest health surveys and long-term monitoring of impacted community forests to improve forest health and slow the spread of invasive species and providing technical assistance to affected communities for tree removal and replacement to restore green infrastructure services, increase property values, conserve energy and mitigate wildland fire hazards. Duties require coordination, policy interpretation and individual initiatives to resolve issues as they arise. Specific areas of technical assistance provided to communities include identification and management of insects and disease, tree species selection, community project planning, design and funding, tree planting, care and removal, and tree problem diagnostic assistance.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science – Urban & Community Forestry, Forestry, Horticulture or related natural resource field
  • One year of forestry or related natural resource management experience
  • Computer experience (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Valid ND Driver’s License/Defensive Driving Certification
  • Willing to obtain International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist certification within first six months and/or when eligibility requirements are met
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Community Forestry, public relations and an understanding of public administration
  • Community Forestry experience, work experience with community leaders and/or volunteer groups
  • Forestry tools, including smart phones and tablets
  • Highly motivated, dedicated, outgoing, confident and ethical
  • Adaptable to change
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team and with staff and partners
  • Willing to travel alone, stay overnight and work in semi-rural areas
  • Excellent organization, prioritization and time management skills
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work safely
Physical Demands:

Stand, Walk, Sit, Use hands dexterously (use fingers to handle, feel), Reach with hands and arms, Climb or balance, Stoop/kneel/crouch or crawl – 34-66% Frequently
See, Talk or Hear – 66-100% Continuously
Taste or smell – 1-33% Occasionally
Lift and carry up to 10 pounds – 66-100%
Up to 25 pounds – 34-66% Frequently
Up to 50 pounds – 1-33% Occasionally

Screening Date: 04/24/2020 Open Until Filled: No Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a cover letter, resume and three professional references.

Special Conditions: No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to Veteran’s Preference requirements. Location (City, State): Bismarck, ND

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