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JOB OPENING – EMNRD Forestry Division

NM State Forestry is advertising for a Watershed Health Specialist. This is an Advanced Forester position based at the Forest and Watershed Health Office in Albuquerque, NM. Salary range is between $14.68 - $26.11 hourly, or $30,534 - $54,308 annually.

A brief job description is pasted below. Click here to access the full State Personnel Office advertisement and a more thorough description of job requirements and benefits.

The closing date for applying for this job is June 14, 2013. Applicants are advised to gather required information and documents such as transcripts right away to ensure they can meet the deadline. Important information about the application process and how to prepare for it is posted on SPO’s website – click here to go to the page with FAQs and Quick Tips for using the NEOGOV online application system.


Job Description – Watershed Health Specialist, NM Forestry Division

Purpose of Position: This position will assist the Forest and Watershed Health Coordinator with implementation of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Plan, with particular attention to improving forest and watershed health through partnerships. The position serves primarily as a liaison forester to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, but interfaces with other agencies as well.

The position will provide technical expertise in forestry and watershed management. The position will assist with the alignment of management objectives and priorities across jurisdictions (local, state, tribal, federal), and will help integrate efforts on state and private lands with efforts on other jurisdictions. The position will also assist with the alignment of funding from different sources. The position will develop instruments such as agreements and work plans that foster cooperative relationships, and will help cooperating entities align methodologies, standards, specifications, protocols and/or procedures, where needed and applicable to carry out the agreements.

This position will conduct activities that support landscape-scale watershed restoration and forest health projects as well as other priorities in New Mexico's Statewide Natural Resource Assessment and Strategies/Forest Action Plan. This position will promote projects that take into account the overall condition and resiliency of ecosystems, including vegetation diversity and structure, water quality and quantity, soil stability, wildlife diversity and habitat, and contributions to ecosystem services.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Range Management, Forest Management, Natural Resources, Wildlife Science, Fire Science or Ecology and three (3) years of experience in Forestry, Range Management, Forest Management, Natural Resources, Wildlife Science, Fire Science and/or Ecology. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling seven (7) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

Salary: $14.68 - $26.11 hourly / $30,534 - $54,308 annually

Agency Contact:
Susan Rich, Forest and Watershed Health Coordinator, 505-345-2080.


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