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The Forestry Department is an Executive Agency mandated to effectively manage the country’s forest resources while serving the interests of our various publics. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates are being invited to apply for the following position:

 

SENIOR COMPLIANCE & ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (LEVEL 6)- South West Region

Basic Salary Range: $1,691,168.00 - $2,099,505.00 per annum, plus applicable allowances

 

JOB PURPOSE:

 

Under the general direction and supervision of the Senior Director, Forest Enforcement Services, the incumbent implements measures to prevent damage to and or encroachment on lands managed by the Forestry Department and ensure application of the provisions of the Forest Act and Forest Regulations and other relevant Acts and Regulations to these areas.


KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS:

Management/ Administrative Responsibilities

 - Participates in the development of corporate and operational plans and the setting of priorities;

 - Represents the Division at national and regional meetings, conferences and other functions as required;

- Oversees the implementation of the Forest Resource Protection programme in accordance with established guidelines/standards.

- Prepares Regional reports;

- Liaises with other Enforcement Agencies in the implementation of the Forest Resource Protection programme;

- Vets reports received from direct reports.

- Conducts meetings with direct reports

 

Human Resource Management Responsibilities

§  Manages the welfare and development of direct reports in the Region through the implementation of the Performance Management Appraisal System;

§  Provides leadership to staff through effective objective setting, delegation and communication;

§  Provides guidance to staff through coaching, mentoring and gives assistance and support when needed;

§  Identifies training and development needs of direct reports and ensures that these are adequately addressed;

§  Participates in the recruitment and selection of enforcement personnel for the region assigned;

§  Ensures that direct reports are aware of the policies, procedures and guidelines governing the operations of the Division and the Forestry Department;

§  Recommends/administers disciplinary actions to direct reports in accordance with the Agency’s established Human Resource policies and guidelines;

§  Establishes and maintains systems to foster a culture of service and teamwork within the Branch;

§  Recommends leave in accordance with the Agency’s Human Resource guidelines.

 

Technical/ Professional Responsibilities

§  Attends court hearings as required to give evidence in connection with forest related offences/violations;

§  Conducts remote surveillance using available technology as well as intelligence derived from the hotline and other sources;

§  Distributes instructional and interpretive literature to users of the forest resources from time to time;

§  Serves notices, warnings, summonses;

§  Makes arrests and conducts seizures;

§  Collates and analyses data from reports submitted by forest rangers  and makes recommendations based on findings;

§  Participates in the promotion and sensitization of local communities to the sustainable use of the forest resources;

§  Participates in the sensitization of the public to the legislation overseen by the Agency;

§  Recommends changes to legislation / policies governing the management of the forest to enhance the implementation of compliance and enforcement responsibilities;

§  Formulates and implements strategies to promote voluntary compliance;

§  Convenes meetings and prepares progress reports;

§  Informs the preparation of handbooks and brochures and disseminates information to users of the forest resources from time to time;

§  Coordinates the collection of information/ evidence to support the prosecution of offenders against the Forest Act and Regulations;

§  Prepares and submits investigative forest offence reports and secures evidence in support of same, where offences are detected;

§  Ensures that leases, permits and licences on forest estates are monitored;

§  Ensures that  the lands managed by the Agency are monitored to minimise incidents of encroachment and squatting;   

§  Performs any other related duty that may be assigned from time to time.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

 

The Officer must be able to demonstrate:

 

Technical

§  Ability to exercise sound judgement;

§  In-depth knowledge of the Forest Act and Regulations;

§  Ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands and make rational decisions within a limited time-frame based upon a sound understanding of the facts;

§  Knowledge of information technology and the scope it offers for supporting management and operations;

§  Strong investigative and research techniques;

§  Soundability to write technical report writing;

§  Excellent conflict resolution techniques;

 

Behavioural

§  Excellent managerial skills;

§  Sound analytical and strategic thinking ability;

§  Ability to manage limited resources in order to achieve challenging output targets;

§  Sound personal and professional integrity;

§  Excellent customer orientation skills;

§  Effective oral and written communication skills;

§  Effective interpersonal skills;

§  Ability to work under pressure to meet specific deadlines;

§  Ability to build partnership in achieving operational goals.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE:

 

§  First Degree in Forestry, Natural Science or Law Enforcement from a recognized institution

§  Four (4) years experience in Forestry, Environmental Management/ Agriculture / Compliance- Enforcement or related field.

§  Training in Supervisory Management 

 

OR

 

§  An Associate Degree in Forestry, Natural Science/Environmental Management or related field.

§  Training in Supervisory Management

§  Five  (5) years work experience in  environmental compliance/enforcement or related field;

 

      OR

 

An equivalent combination of academic qualification and field experience.

 

The Forestry Department is an Executive Agency mandated to effectively manage the country’s forest resources while serving the interests of our various publics. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates are being invited to apply for the following position:

FORESTER, BIOPHYSICAL INVENTORY (Level 6)

Basic Salary Range - $1,691,168.00 - $2,099,505.00 per annum, plus applicable allowances

JOB PURPOSE:

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Forest Resource Assessment, the incumbent is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring forest resource inventories and other resource assessments on forest estates. The incumbent will regularly update the Forest Inventory Database and ensures the accuracy and integrity of the data are maintained and remain in useable formats, readily accessible. The incumbent will also assist with the development and implementation of approaches to assess non-timber forest products and assessment and extraction approaches of non-timber forest products.

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS:

Technical Responsibilities

§  Supervises preliminary surveys/reconnaissance investigations to determine or ascertain the scope of assessment, the estimated length of time, resources required including accommodation and the necessary sampling method;

§  Collects or collates preliminary data (rainfall patterns, socio-economic data, forest violations, and squatting information) on forest estate for which inventory/assessment will be done;

§  Assists in the development of inventory design and approach for approval by the Senior Director, Forest Resource Information Management (FRIM)

§  Directs inventory surveys based on the approved design as outlined in the approved manual/standard operating procedure or according to other acceptable standards;

§  Collects and cross-checks forest inventory and mensuration data, including archival data;

§  Retrieves, collates and processes forest inventory data for purposes of preparing the forest management plans and for project development;

§  Researches effective, cost-efficient tools and techniques to help assess and monitor forest resources;

§  Works with contracted personnel to include soil and carbon assessments;

§  Assists in the creation of the necessary tools to improve the quality of data collected;

§  Analyses forest conditions to determine any anomalies related to forest composition and structure including species distribution and or variation;

§  Participates in environmental studies and prepares technical reports on Forest Estates;

§  Assists in planning and implementing projects and other activates leading to sustainable forest management inclusive of a National Forest Inventory Programme for the island;

§  Assists with the conducting of assessment in private forest estates;

§  Manages the Forest Inventory Application used to analyse and code forest inventory data;

§  Represents the Agency at technical fora relating to natural resources and or forestry;

§  Assists with the valuation of forest resources;

§  Generates and utilised current inventory/assessment data for the Agency’s national and international reporting obligations;

§  Assists with volume assessment of forest plantations as needed;

§  Participates in the Agency’s public education and awareness programme;

§  Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

 

Human Resource Responsibilities

§  Monitors and evaluates the performance of direct reports, prepares performance appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action where necessary to improve performance and/or attaining established personal and/or organizational goals;

§  Provides guidance and supervision to direct reports, attain effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;

§  Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of team members are  addressed;

§  Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and, commitment to the Unit and Agency’s goals;

§  Informs team members and demonstrates to them how tasks are performed;

§  Liaises with the Human Resource Management & Development Branch on personnel matters regarding staff.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

The post-holder will be able to demonstrate:

Technical

§  Proficient in database programmes inclusive of Microsoft suite especially Excel;

§  Competent in forest modeling and forest assessment techniques;

§  Proficient in statistics;

§  Possess a high awareness of species classification;

§  Good analytical skills;

§  Proficient in geospatial data collection techniques and analysis using the ESRI ArcGIS suite of products.

Behavioural

§  Display initiative, flexibility, and ingenuity while maintaining integrity;

§  Display tact and discretion when in  contact with representatives of the various agencies and the general community;

§  Possess the ability to utilize limited resources to achieve challenging output targets;

§  Sound personal and professional integrity;

§  Ability to prioritize amongst conflicting demands and make rational decisions based upon a sound understanding of the facts in limited time;

§  Good team-building skills.

§  Excellent oral and written communication skills;

§  Good analytical and problem-solving skills;

§  Excellent organisational skills

§  Strong interpersonal Skills

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

§  Bachelor’s degree in Forestry/Environmental Management, Natural Resources Management, Agriculture or related area;

OR

§  Associate Degree/Diploma in Forestry/Environmental studies, Agriculture or related area;

Plus

§  Expert knowledge of Forest Resource Assessment

§  Advanced training in Forest Mensuration Techniques

§  Minimum of 4 years related experience

§  Possess certificate(s) in short training courses relating to Forest(ry) and or Natural Resource Management and or Assessment

 

Applications along with résumés should be submitted no later than Friday, March 26, 2021 to:

Senior Director, Human Resource Management & Development,

Forestry Department

173 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8

Email: hrmd.fd@gmail.com

 

We thank all persons who express an interest, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

The Forestry Department is an Executive Agency mandated to effectively manage the country’s forest resources while serving the interests of our various publics. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates are being invited to apply for the following position:

 

FORESTER, PLANTATION ASSESSMENT (Level 6)

Basic Salary Range - $1,691,168.00 - $2,099,505.00 per annum, plus applicable allowances

 

JOB PURPOSE:

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Forest Resource Assessment the incumbent is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring forest plantation assessments and drafting logging plans for scheduled harvestable plantations. The incumbent regularly updates the forest plantation database and ensures that standing volume and or scaling related activities are properly authorized and are following the Agency’s standard operating procedures. The incumbent will also assist with the assessment and extraction approaches of non-timber forest products.

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS:

Technical Responsibilities

§  Plan and direct plantation assessments in Forest Estates island wide

§  Direct inventory surveys to determine stock and growth projections using growth and yield forecasting.

§  Build and maintain plantation forest database with costings which subsequently feed up into the Agency asset register.

§  Draft logging or extraction plans and schedules to assure sustainable harvesting of timber and non-timber forest products to meet Agency’s annual revenue targets;

§  Conducts investigation of Forest Estates to identify ecological information/data (tree species; environmental conditions such as soil type, climate and rainfall and length of time required etc.) that assists in the development of forest restoration plans post harvesting;

§  Implement and monitor forest plantation assessments and extraction methods based on site specificity.

§  Collect, collate and or check plantation volumetric data whilst administering a structured approach in verifying the reliability of the generated data;

§  Determines most suited method/s of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage;

§  Research timber extraction techniques which may affect yields and growth models of different species;

§  Analyse forest plantation conditions to determine any anomalies related to species variation.

§  Identify and map plantation estates based on a number of ecological, economic and growth performance parameters.

§  Assists in the development and administration of a standard lumber / board foot measurement techniques for use;

§  Participate in environmental studies and prepare environmental reports for forest plantations;

§  Provides technical support in volume assessment and extraction techniques of timber and non-timber products to external clients and stakeholders

§  Assists with the conducting of forest resource inventory and valuation in Forest Estates as requested.

§  Generate data from annual and other technical reports on forest resource assets;

§  Draft forest plantation assessment reports with the relevant data to support extraction of timber and non- timber forest products.

§  Retrieve, collate and process forest data for purposes of logging plans, plantation assessment reports and /or project development;

§  Represents the Agency at Technical fora related to germane to plantation and natural resource management;

§  Generate and utilise current inventory/assessment data for the Agency’s national and international reporting obligations.

§  Participate in the Agency’s public education and awareness programmes;

§  Any other related duties that may be assigned from time to time.

 

Human Resource Responsibilities

§  Develops, implements, and monitors approved Section/Unit plans.

§  Monitors and evaluates the performance of direct reports, prepares performance appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action where necessary to improve performance and/or attaining established personal and/or organizational goals;

§  Provides guidance and supervision to direct reports through effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;

§  Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment to the Section’s and Agency’s goals;

§  Develop and maintain clear communication channels. While empowering staff though capacity building through a hands-on approach.

§  Liaises with the Human Resource Management & Development Branch on personnel matters regarding staff;

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

The post-holder will be able to demonstrate:

Technical

§  Proficient in database programmes inclusive of Microsoft suite especially Excel;

§  Competent in forest modelling and forest assessment techniques;

§  Proficient in statistics;

§  Possess high awareness of species identification & classification;

§  Good analytical skills;

§  Sound forest/natural resource sampling and assessment skills

 

Behavioural

§  Display initiative, flexibility, creativity and ingenuity while maintaining integrity.

§  Possess the ability to utilise limited resources in order to achieve outputs amidst competing demands.

§  Ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands and make rational science based decisions.

§  Good time management and prioritisation skills

§  Good team building skills.

§  Excellent oral and written communication skills;

§  Good analytical and problem solving skills;

§  Excellent organisational skills

§  Strong interpersonal Skills

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

§  Bachelor’s degree in Forestry/Environmental Management, Natural Resources Management, Agriculture or related area

§  Minimum 2 years related field experience in aforementioned areas

OR

§  Associate Degree/Diploma in Forestry/Environmental studies, Agriculture or related area;

§  Minimum of 4 years related field experience

Plus

§  Expert knowledge of Forest Assessment techniques

§  Advanced training in Forest Mensuration and other volumetric techniques

Possess certificate(s) in short training courses relating to Forestry and or Natural Resource Management and or Assessment

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB:

§  Expected to travel island wide;

§  May be expected to work on weekends, public holidays and nights;

§  Expected to work outdoors under climatic and physically challenging conditions.

 

Applications along with résumés should be submitted no later than Friday, March 26, 2021 to:

Senior Director, Human Resource Management & Development,

Forestry Department

173 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8

Email: hrmd.fd@gmail.com

 

We thank all persons who express an interest, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.