TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2014-049

ISSUED  JUNE 11, 2014

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

FORESTER

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

Starting

Salary

 

1.

Forester

54410

ST06

$39,257

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 20, 2014, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. ß7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

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 timber 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.

 

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

 

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Pennsylvania residency is currently waived for this job title.

 

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 driverís license.

 

Minimum Requirements

Two years of technical forestry experience, and an associateís degree in forest technology, forestry, forest management, forest ecosystem management, urban forestry, forest science, agroforestry, or a related forestry degree; OR a bachelorís degree in forest technology, forestry, forest management, agroforestry, or a related forestry degree; OR a masterís degree in forest technology, forestry, forest management, forest ecosystem management, urban forestry, forest science, agroforestry, or a related forestry degree.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources anticipates filling approximately 8 positions located throughout the Commonwealth; and the Pennsylvania Game Commission anticipates filling approximately 3 positions located throughout the Commonwealth.

 

Additional opportunities for employment or promotion may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Human Resources, Rachel Carson State Office Building Ė 9th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8768; Telephone:  (717) 787-8737; Internet:  www.dcnr.state.pa.us/humanresources; E-maildcnrjobs@pa.gov

 

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Human Resources Division, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797; Telephone:  (717) 787-7836; Internetwww.pgc.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 Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commissionís Information Services; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

You may take the test once under this announcement.  You may not reapply until another examination is announced.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

If this announcement does not produce enough names for a specific area, another test may be announced for that area only.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

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

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, 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 Resource 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."