The Natural Resources Program Technician is responsible for forest and fish propagation, fire prevention, cultivation, and harvesting activities and/or maintaining a wildlife management area. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Inspects forest lands for damage by insects or disease, assists in implementing plans or recommendations for control measures, and prepares plans for site preparation or improvement of planting, harvesting, marketing, or wildlife use. Conducts or assists in conducting research on collected samples, such as fish, blood, water, soil, and plant species, and examines animals and specimens to detect diseases or other problems. Conducts agricultural and forest management activities on wildlife management areas, including preparing seed beds and plant foods; selects and marks trees for thinning and/or logging utilizing soil erosion control measures and maintains waterways, dams, and ponds. Monitors and inspects public and private wildlife to ensure compliance with state regulations and trains various personnel in activities, such as fire safety, accident prevention, and maintenance and calibration of scientific and technical equipment. Gathers, provides, and presents general and forestry educational information and training to various federal, state, local health officers, community organizations, and the general public. Provides technical support and services for scientists and engineers working in fields, such as agriculture, environmental science, resource management, and biology. Assists in conducting fish and game propagation and maintenance activities, including monitoring of spawning, hatching, incubation, sexing, and feeding. Prepares reports pertaining to wildlife findings, conclusions and recommendations. Cleans, maintains, prepares, and supplies work areas. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Frequent in-state travel is required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of the procedures and methods used in documenting wildlife investigations. Knowledge of the equipment and techniques used to maintain buildings,grounds and equipment. Knowledge of fish propagation, harvesting, cultivation, and maintenance activities. Knowledge of tissue and blood sampling techniques used in collection research. Knowledge of agricultural methods and basic land laws. Knowledge of timber marking, land surveying, and other related forestry techniques. Ability to collect samples of wildlife, perform fish hatchery, prepare reports, maintain files, and present oral and written information. Ability to operate and maintain wildlife equipment.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus three years of field experience in wildlife or fisheries management or forestry or land management, or a related area.
Must obtain a Commercial Driver's License (Class A). Knowledge of farm equipment and operation. Knowledge of herbicides and fertilizers. Knowledge and ability of seed stratification and assist with seed planting. Ability to load and unload trucks and operate forklifts. Ability to get a noncommercial chemical applicators license. Ability to operate and maintain irrigation equipment. Ability to perform nursery, seed orchard, landscaping, and related tasks. Ability to offer assistance on technical horticultural methods and operations. Ability to operate and maintain farm tractors and equipment. Supervise small work crews. Backup truck driver. Occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals may be required. Occasional heavy lifting may be required.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Agency Specific Information
Arkansas Forestry Commission
1402 Highway 391 North
North Little Rock, AR 72117
Please visit our website to find out more about us - www.agriculture.arkansas.gov.
Please be sure to complete the Work History section of the application even if you are attaching a resume. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
Thank you for your interest in the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Position No.: 22088519
Contact: Nursery Supervisor James Shelton