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Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc
Scio, Oregon
Closing date
Apr 24, 2023

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Applied ecology
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General position summary:

We are seeking a forester to help manage a 12,000-acre family-owned tree farm with an ecological management approach. This approach utilizes long rotation forestry with multiple commercial thins before final harvest, minimal chemical use, and welcomes the public for free, permitted recreation. The Forester will apply a wide variety of forest management techniques while managing multiple projects.

  Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Senior Forester, assist with all aspects of management of a 12,000-acre family-owned tree farm. Develop a knowledge and appreciation for the property’s unique history and ownership objectives. Conduct annual timber cruising activities using mobile data collection technology. Perform stream surveys, culvert inventory, and other assessments needed to implement Oregon’s new Forest Practices Rules Be responsible administering contracts for reforestation, thinning, vegetation management, road construction and maintenance, and other activities. Have a working understanding of forest practice rules in Oregon. Assist in monitoring and administering logging contracts. Lay out harvest and silvicultural treatment units and track via mobile mapping devices. Manage recreation by issuing permits at the office, patrolling in the field, and performing trail maintenance. Assist in the development and management of budgets for silvicultural activities.

Assist on other MB&G projects on an as-needed basis. Examples include data management/GIS, timber cruising, stream and culvert surveys, and land management work on other properties and projects.

Desired Attributes:

  • Field work is often conducted alone, so high field competence and confidence, prioritization of safety and sound decision making, as well as preparation for remote communication are required.
  • Curiosity, humility and willingness to learn and follow instructions.
  • Personal and professional integrity and a solid work ethic.
  • Team player who has a sense of humor, and who actively fosters a positive work culture.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage multiple tasks with minimal direct supervision.

Job Skills:

  • Experience or education in timber cruising
  • Working knowledge of silvicultural management and timber harvesting operations.
  • Intermediate skill level in Microsoft Office and Excel and ArcGIS, Microsoft Access a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills and professionalism with supervisors, contractors, and clients.
  • Valid driver’s license and experience driving a 4WD vehicle on dirt and gravel roads.

Job Conditions:

  • Work is performed in the field and our Jordan, OR office.
  • Willing to work independently in an office setting and travel to destinations in the woods. 70% of work time is in the field; some field work is on steep or broken ground with slash and brush and in all weather conditions.
  • Computer use, physical ability to operate a telephone, and sit for extended periods of time, may lift/carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Must currently reside or be willing to relocate to within 35 road miles of the Jordan, OR office.
  • Must be available for occasional evening/weekend work and for emergencies during fire season.
  • May require occasional travel to project sites throughout the Northwest.
  • A personal 4WD vehicle suitable for use in a forest environment is required.

Education and/or Experience:

  • B.A./B.S. in forestry, natural resources, or related field. Individuals with A.A. in forestry and more than a year of field experience will also be considered.
  • Minimum of 1 year of field forestry experience.
  • Preference given to candidates with a current pesticide applicator license.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • May supervise daily activities of contractors.

Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Contacts are within the company, business contacts and with our clients.

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