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Forest Health Technician

Job Description: Do you love the outdoors? You can work with the DNR Parks and Recreation Division to gain hands-on experience in ecological restoration, forest health, horticulture or sign manufacturing. The Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps is a career training program geared toward those that want to learn what it’s like to work in the natural resources field. MCCC members are limited term and can serve up to two years.

Position: MCCC Forest Health/Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Crew: Muskegon State Park (Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps/AmeriCorps Crews are part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

AMERICORPS SERVICE AWARD: Optional Educational Service Awards up to $6,345, are subject to availability upon hire

Position Description: This multi-person crew will assist in survey and detection of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and treatment of HWA populations to protect the natural resources within state parks including but not limited to Silver Lake, Ludington, Muskegon, P.J. Hoffmaster, Saugatuck Dunes, Petoskey and Leelanau State Parks. Work includes paid travel to field sites. Each member of the crew will gain hands-on experience in ecological restoration techniques, forest health concepts and resource stewardship of coastal forest ecosystems. Crew members should understand and appreciate the non-financial rewards of helping to preserve Michigan’s natural resources for this and future generations.

  • Pay Rate:  Crew Member: $13/hour; Crew Leader: $14/hour
    Work Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 10-hour days. Includes frequent overnight travel, some weekend work
    Duties:
    • Survey of forests in at-risk Michigan State Parks for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
    • Apply pesticides and herbicides for control of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and other forest pests
    • Ensure accurate and timely completion and submission of treatment, survey, GIS and other records
    • Perform regular equipment cleaning and maintenance
    • Work may include traversing difficult terrain in adverse weather conditions
    • Overnight travel (paid) will be required. Overnight travel may be for periods of up to 4 days
    • Applicants may have opportunity to participate in prescribed fire, conferences and other trainings

Qualifications:

• Applicants must be between 18 and 27 years of age and meet all MCCC requirements to qualify
• Minimum of high school graduate or GED, resident of Michigan; natural resource degree preferred
• Willing to use herbicides and pesticides. Must be willing to obtain pesticide applicator certification in the required categories.
• Good physical condition to conduct long days of strenuous field work, often under adverse conditions in remote areas. Must be able to endure biting insects and work in all weather conditions
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment and with the public
• Be able to complete necessary forms and documentation accurately and in a timely manner
• Be safety conscious (obey all safety instructions and guidelines) and committed to restoration and general stewardship of the natural ecosystems within Michigan State Parks

Application Procedures:

• Submit resume and DNR job application. Positions typically start in the spring; positions may be open year-round.
• Applications may be accepted year-round for positions of various lengths, depending upon availability
• Job application and more information are available at www.michigan.gov/dnrjobs (scroll down to seasonal positions)
• Resumes and applications can be mailed or emailed to the following:

Heidi Frei, Forest Health Specialist; freih@michigan.gov
MDNR, Parks & Recreation Division, P.O. Box 30257, Lansing, MI 48909

Position closes March 31, 2022