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Forest Resources Field Specialist. Location: Hillsboro County Office, Goffstown, NH. In an urbanizing and suburbanizing environment, the field specialist, individually and in cooperation with co-workers, state specialists, program coordinators and faculty, natural resources-related organizations and agencies and the county advisory council provides extension forest resources education and assistance to landowners, citizens, natural resource professionals, forest industry, community groups, volunteer organizations, town government, county government, state agencies and natural resource organizations
Conducts statewide programming on non-native invasive and native nuisance plants including management and control and their effects on forest health, natural communities, wildlife habitat, and forest regeneration.
Develop small woodlot management programs including using partnerships and new technologies to develop resources and deliver education for the under 10-acre woodlot owner on topics specific to their interests and needs such as programming on non-timber forest products, marketing forest products from small woodlots, and managing the small woodlot for wildlife.
County Based Programming:
Woodlot visits with landowners, providing technical and educational advice regarding all components of forest stewardship. Educational programs and technical assistance for county residents, businesses and communities on forest management, wildlife, forest stewardship planning, urban and community forestry.
Public awareness promotion of the benefits and uses of local forests for products, wildlife habitat, water resources, erosion control, tourism and quality of life, with individuals and groups through mass media, social-networking, computer technology, and demonstration areas on county and other public and private lands.
Managing the county-owned lands with guidance and approval of county commissioners through timber sales, stewardship plans, marketing information and assistance, cost-sharing and other revenue-generating opportunities.
Supporting programs for youth in forestry, wildlife and related areas (e.g., through schools, 4-H, Project Learning Tree, scouts and other outlets).
Recruiting, supporting and using natural resource volunteers (e.g., NH Coverts Cooperators, NH Natural Resources Stewards and NH Tree Farmers).
Marketing of UNH Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Marketing & Communications Manager and co-workers as it relates to the mission of Cooperative Extension.
Engaging the County Extension Advisory Council members in aspects of the Natural Resources Team programs by keeping council members well-informed and seeking guidance from the council regarding meeting the needs of people in the county.
Perform other responsibilities to meet the needs of clientele, County Extension Advisory Council, funders and key partners such as the NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Fish and Game Department, US Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Serve as the UNH Cooperative Extension County Office Administrator, if and when the need is identified.
When appropriate, and in keeping with the mission, seek external funding and/or cost recovery to sustain and enhance programs.
Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline. One degree must be in forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree in forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field from an accredited institution with 3 years of experience may be considered if willing to obtain a M.S. degree within 7 years of hire.
Must have driver s license and personal vehicle and be willing and able to work some nights and weekends for programs, events or meetings as well as accomplish extensive, year-round, field work; and be willing to become a New Hampshire Licensed Forester (see and willing to become either a certified NH Arborist or a certified ISA arborist as well as NH Pesticide Applicator certified, if not already.
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills; an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with co-workers and people with a variety of values and interests; a willingness to participate in professional development activities to add and enhance knowledge.
Must have demonstrated competency managing forest land and related resources.
Must have Extension (or related) education, outreach and/or related programming experience.
Must have proven ability to provide natural resources programming in an urbanizing and suburbanizing environment.
Must have demonstrated competency with computers and current technology, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
At least 3 years experience in extension or related landowner outreach and/or forest land management, invasive species management, urban forestry, small woodlot management, best management practices, markets, safety and law.
User of social media to promote events and programming.
Hybrid and/or online course/instruction development experience.
Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.Quicklink for Posting Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00 Grade 01 EEO Statement
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.Institution Information
The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.
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