Forest Technician- Plant Protection Division

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Full Time, Permanent $44,010 - $66,348 Per year PA Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 2301 N Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17110, United States Apply before 6/25/2024 11:59


Are you passionate about safeguarding Pennsylvania's natural surroundings? The Department of Agriculture is seeking enthusiastic individuals who are willing to lend a hand in combating the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, a significant menace to our agricultural produce, forest ecosystems, and local communities. By joining our team, you can make a meaningful contribution towards finding a solution to this problem. Take action today and become part of the solution!  


In this role, you will be responsible for offering technical support both in the field and office settings at the Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) regional offices to the Plant Inspection Program Specialists (PIPS) and other staff members to ensure smooth and effective operations.

Your duties will include conducting tree inventory for host trees of the Spotted Lanternfly, as well as ground pest surveys as needed. Additionally, you will be involved in activities such as direct suppression, biocontrol, trapping, and sampling to manage the Spotted Lanternfly population effectively.

You will also be tasked with setting up field study plots when necessary, and collecting and organizing field data in electronic form. Furthermore, you will be required to prepare written reports as needed and supervise the Forest Insect Pest Aide (FIPA) 1 field staff to ensure tasks are carried out efficiently.

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Work Schedule and Additional Information:
  • Full-time employment
  • Work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday, with 30-minute lunch.
  • This position will continue based on funding.  
  • Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection and work from an approved location inside Pennsylvania. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Palm, Pennsylvania. 
  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.