Job role: Community Forester
Purpose of the position:
- Contribute to the realization of NFC’s Shared Value strategy by: Provide commercial-level Forestry planning, training, co-ordination, and management of the CSR led community forestry program in close collaboration with the Community
- Development Officers (CDOs) responsible for each plantation/pole plant
- Establish quality forestry (and agroforestry) practices with high survival rates amongst Out-grower trees to maximize their revenues and secure NFC long term timber supply chain
- Accurate and timely data capture and reporting of community forestry program
- Community Forester at The New Forest Company
Key Result Areas and accountabilities:
- Sourcing high quality seedling inputs for the Out-grower program, in co ordination with the CSR team regarding species preferences
- Lead and train the CSR CDOs and Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) in accurate GPS mapping and forestry data collection to ensure accurate data is inputted into the Micro- Forest app.
- Lead the silviculture practices of the Out-grower program, including planning, spacing, land preparation, trainings, seedling distribution, post planting verification, enumeration, thinning and harvesting.
- The community trained practices are to be compliant with FSC, for ease of future group scheme certification
- Be proactive in supporting the CSR team and Community Tree grower Associations with resolving planting or tree related challenges
- Co-ordinate visits to NFC plantations, research trials and processing facilities as part of the community knowledge building
- Ensure all relevant NFC IMS procedures and prescriptions are followed 8. Co-ordinate with NFC Forestry department regarding NFC quality standards, to ensure mature Out-grower timber complies with NFC sourcing criteria
- Incorporate agroforestry, fruit trees, inter-cropping, and other climate smart best practices in the Out-grower program to help maximize their land use potential and build climate resilience.
- Develop and/or update silviculture, agroforestry, and risk management training cards to support effective knowledge transfer to communities
- Health and safety issues and problems are effectively investigated, managed, and reported on. A positive attitude towards health and safety is developed, managed, and maintained across all areas.
- An environment of continuous, but appropriate, health and safety improvement are developed. Activities are coordinated with other functions and departments and are undertaken in a collegiate manner.
- New and improved methods or initiatives are evaluated, documented, costed, recommended and, where authorized, implemented.
- Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
- Demonstrate knowledge of commercial level forestry
- Experience in or willingness to learn and apply agroforestry practices 3. Demonstrable experience with and interest in working with Communities
- Ability to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)
- Respect NFC’s safety rules and other policies
- Good communication skills – verbal and written
- Ability to plan all activities, and execute the operations
- Ability to produce timely reports in agreed format
- Demonstrable ability to work with mobile software apps, such as Smallholdr, Katam and others
- A relevant degree in Forestry
- Years of experience required to perform this role
- At least 3 years’ work relevant experience
How to apply
If you are interested, please send you application letter & CV to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 30th November, 2022.