TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2011-028

ISSUED  FEBRUARY 9, 2011

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

FORESTER

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Forester

54410

ST06

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 21, 2013, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

This is professional field and office work in forest management.  You will perform a variety of duties that involve developing, planning, implementing, coordinating, promoting via education, and evaluating programs designed to manage, protect, enhance, and conserve the forest resources, within an assigned geographical area of the Commonwealth.  You will identify specific geographic areas in which to determine the appropriate treatment of forest resources through timber sales, conduct tours of timbers sales areas, and answer questions for prospective bidders; manage recreational activities on state forest land; provide expertise to private landowners and loggers with regard to tree planting, forest management, pest control, timber stand improvement, harvesting, and determining proper location of logging roads; participate in forest fire prevention and suppression; assist in forest pest pre-suppression, suppression and post-suppression activities; survey and map forest land; and participate in forest training seminars.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Conditions of Employment

You will be required to work outdoors in all types of weather; walk over rough and uneven terrain; participate in search and rescue operations; and help fight forest fires.

 

Necessary Special Requirement

You must have a valid driver's license.

 

Minimum Requirements

Graduation from an associateís degree program in forest technology, forestry, forest management, urban forestry, forest science, or agroforestry recognized by the Society of American Foresters, and two years of technical forestry experience; OR graduation from a bachelorís degree program in forest technology, forestry, forest management, urban forestry, forest science, or agroforestry recognized by the Society of American Foresters; OR graduation from a masterís degree program in forest technology, forestry, forest management, urban forestry, forest science, or agroforestry recognized by the Society of American Foresters.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources currently has 115 filled Forester positions located in the following counties:  Bedford, Berks, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Westmoreland and York.

 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission currently has 23 filled Forester positions located in the following counties:  Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Schuylkill, Venango, Warren, Wayne and Westmoreland. 

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs currently does not have any filled positions; however, they anticipate filling positions within Lebanon County.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of

Human Resources, 7th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building,

P.O. Box 8768, Harrisburg, PA  17105-8768; Telephone: 

(717) 787-8737; Internetwww.dcnr.state.pa.us

 

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Human Resources Division,

2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA  17110-9797; Telephone: 

(717) 787-7836; Internetwww.pgc.state.pa.us

 

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Human Resources, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania  17003-5002; Telephone:  (717) 861-6993; Internetwww.dmva.state.pa.us;

Emailra-dmva-jobs@state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. 

 

You will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Dendrology

30

Silviculture

30

Forest Ecology

15

Forest Pathology/Entomology

10

Mensuration

10

Numerical Reasoning/Logic

10

General Interpersonal Relations

20

Total

125

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commissionís Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

This test and scoring procedure are different from previous tests for this job title.  If you have taken the test before, you may receive a different score on this test.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us or submit your completed paper application to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources Offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."