Forest Health Specialist

North Dakota State University   Bottineau, ND   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Description & Details:

The Forest Health Specialist assists the Forest Health Manager in carrying out a consistent and effective statewide Forest Health Program. The specialist conducts state-wide surveys of forest health issues, particularly forest insect and disease issues, and provides public and private forest managers and partner agencies with technical assistance in detecting, identifying and mitigating insect and disease pests. The specialist will conduct training sessions on a wide range of appropriate topics including insects and diseases of ND, pest management, tree health care, tree planting, and others. The specialist provides timely reports documenting forest health conditions. The position includes both office and field duties and reports to the Forest Health Manager. The position includes both office and field duties, and will be co-located with a partner agency in western North Dakota.

Work Schedule:

40 hours/week; 8 - 5 or similar, M - F with occasional evening and weekend work required.

Advertised Salary :

$45,284 + DOE

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in forestry or natural resources-related field, or Associate's degree in forestry or natural resources-related field plus 3 years of experience.
  • Familiar with forest health issues - insects, diseases, biotic and abiotic issues.
  • Valid Driver's license.
  • Familiar with tree identification and tree planting.
  • Communicate concisely and professionally with various audiences.
  • Engage in respectful/professional deliberation and discussion.
  • Enter, organize, maintain, analyze, and summarize data using apps and software including GIS.
  • Able to work without direct supervision, travel, stay overnight and work in semi-remote areas.
  • Build productive relationships and work cooperatively with others within and across boundaries.
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather and safely traverse uneven terrain.
  • Work safely.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.
  • Courses in forest entomology and forest pathology.
  • Recent work experience in forestry, extension, soils, or conservation.
  • Experience using ESRI GIS products.
Applicant Materials Required:

Resume and Letter specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

The North Dakota Forest Service is part of North Dakota State University, and is the state agency which administers cooperative forestry programs statewide. The agency provides technical assistance relating to the management of private forest lands, state forest lands, urban and community forests, tree planting, and wildfire protection. The agency works in cooperation with rural landowners, urban residents, communities, rural fire districts, schools, and other government entities to direct and strengthen forestry services. The Forest Service also operates a tree seedling nursery and manages state forest lands.

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .