WNC Communities is hiring two seasonal forestry technicians for team positions to treat hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on public lands across Western North Carolina.

  • Season begins November 6, 2017 and ends April 30, 2018.
  • Team members will work three to four 10-hour days per week.
  • Hourly wage will be $13/hour. No benefits are offered with these positions.
  • All necessary training and gear will be provided.
  • Home base will be the WNC Communities office in Asheville, NC.
  • Experience in forestry, natural resource management and/or treating HWA is preferred.

To apply, send resume, references and cover letter to coordinator@savehemlocksnc.org by October 16, 2017. (Earlier submissions are appreciated!)

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform chemical treatment of hemlock trees on state and other public lands in areas determined by the HRI Coordinator and/or state agency personnel.
  • Prepare for workdays, including acquiring directions to site, HTPs, equipment, etc.
  • Drive HRI program vehicle to and from site and on-site, when necessary; maintain gas log.
  • Provide on-site guidance, instruction & additional facilitation of BRIDGE crews & volunteers. (Click here to learn more about the NCFS BRIDGE program.)
  • Work independently to conduct treatments when BRIDGE and volunteer crews are not available.
  • Assist with HWA-predator monitoring & other aspects of biological control program.
  • Use proper data recording techniques and GPS to record, compile and enter data from chemical and biological treatments, including mapping.
  • Maintain records, equipment and chemical inventory.
  • Maintain frequent and timely communication with HRI Coordinator.

Requirements:

  • Must possess leadership and problem-solving skills, integrity and a strong work ethic.
  • Will be required to obtain a NC commercial ground pesticide applicator’s license.
  • Must become familiar and comfortable working with pesticides, follow all safety protocols and wear personal protective equipment required for safe, effective and efficient completion of the tasks.
  • Work is typically performed in a field setting. The position requires long days in the field and is physically demanding. Must be able to bend and stoop, navigate steep, rugged terrain, and lift up to fifty pounds. The position may require working in adverse weather conditions and exposure to poison ivy, insects and other wildlife.
  • Will require occasional overnight travel.
  • Must maintain a valid NC driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Use personal transportation to arrive to WNC Communities office or other designated location.

Contact:

Margot Wallston, coordinator@savehemlocksnc.org, (828) 252-4783

To apply, send resume, references and cover letter to the above email address by October 16, 2017.