District Culturist- USDA Forest Service/ Feather River Ranger DistrictOroville, CA
Manage silviculture/reforestation program; prepare financial assessment and work plans; conduct examinations of timber stands; create prescriptions and action plans for timber stand improvement; review and recommend timber harvest plans.
Complete environmental analysis documents; manage district's activity reporting system and reforestation budget; administer and construct contracts, grants and agreements.
Reforestation program: Over the past 9 years I have managed a successful reforestation program.
Throughout my time I have led and assisted with reforesting over 25,000 acres.
This included; creating contracts, maps, cost assessments, environmental analysis, job hazard analysis and evacuation plans, used global positioning system GPS units, and created plans of action.
As a result of my efforts, I was recognized by the Forest Safety Officer (FSO) and Regional Safety & Occupational Health Specialist for compiling one of the best Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) on the Forest.
I am also the lead for the reforestation implementation team which includes being an experience contracting officer representative and a district requisitioner.
As the lead I am responsible for all contractual obligations on the ground.
In addition, I manage the Knutson- Vandenberg balance reporting and project budgeting Timber Stand Improvement TSI Program: The TSI program is extremely important program especially working on a unit who produces a large amount of timber volume.
Along with the silviculturist, I create several timber stand prescriptions.
These prescriptions include; analyzing timber volume and creating management plans, implementing disease and vegetation control, implementing fuels reduction projects, and all administrative needs including utilizing supervisory skills.
Administrative duties: I am responsible for managing the forest activity tracking system, program budget and action plan.
I participate on the interdisciplinary team and provide recommendations for timber stands.
I create contracts along with grants and agreements.
I organize safety plans and implement field briefings.
In addition, I also supervise field crews.
Managing partnerships and relationships: I have created partnerships with Cal Fire, conservation education, and local schools.
These relationships have grown and created success for my reforestation program.
The partnership with Cal Fire has allowed me to accomplish vegetation improvement projects at have the price per acre.
It has also open doors for my other colleagues to do the same.
I also partner with region 5 conservation education teams.
For the past 5 years I have led project Christmas for my district.
Project Christmas is a program created to give students of a diverse background an opportunity to learn and experience my role as the District culturist.
Each student has an opportunity to harvest and take home a Christmas tree for their family.
As a result of this program and relationships I created with the conservation education team and students I was invited to participate in educational camps at Humble State University and Chico State University.
In addition, I also gave professional development presentations at the MANNRS Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences conference held in Sacramento California.
I created an annual reforestation day with local schools.
Each year a group of students are selected to help and learn about the benefits of planting trees.
Other duties as assigned: As a forester I feel it is important to have knowledge of the different programs on the unit.
I have worked with the timber program doing stocking exams, cruising timber, and timber marking.
I have helped the botany program with monitoring invasive plants, and worked with the recreation program completing trail maintenance work, addressing visitors to on the Forest and assisting with the annual trash cleanup days within the surrounding communities.
Also, I am certified a type 2 firefighter and base camp management.
With this certification, I have assisted the field crew with wildfire management and prescribed burning.
These experiences and trainings have given me the experience to also assist the fire program with educating the public on fire awareness.
For six years, I have worked at the California State fair teaching fire prevention to the public.
Another duty I have had the privilege of being a part of is serving as an acting board member on the Southern University board for USDA Forest Service employees.
There I have mentor students interning on the Plumas National Forest and the Lassen National Forest.
I have taken part in meetings discussing the status of Southern University's urban forestry program and help provide solutions to important issues relating to the transition from the student temporary and permanent programs to the new Pathway program.
I took the opportunity to learn the Pathways program to advise the student liaison on the courses needed for students to qualify for different positions within the National Forest System land programs.
I have also worked with student liaison from other universities providing the same knowledge that I have gain.
On the job training (OJT): I serve as the acting GIS coordinator for Mt.
Hough Ranger District and supervise field crews during the summer months.
Program Specialist/Student Liaison Southern University - USDA Forest Service/ Washington Office State & Private Grade Level GS-11.
July 2014 to March 2015
Tree Campus USA
Duties and responsibilities: Responsible for recruiting, developing, and evaluating diverse students for employment opportunities with the Forest Service.
Recruit students from high school, college, and other institutions who are interested in pursuing a degree in natural resources.
Responsible for providing guidance on the MWSI initiative and Pathways Program.
Provide solutions and training to students who are pursuing opportunities within the Forest Service.
Provide factual information to WO and other parties.
Develop and maintain relationship with partners and staff of Southern University.
Create an environment that will allow students and faculty to easily access to information on curriculum, development workshops, and job opportunities.
Conducts surveys to develop efficiency in recruitment and outreach.
Assist Southern University with recruitment and outreach programs.
Create and maintain relationships with other Forest Service recruiters.
Monitor project schedule and coordinate with partners to ensure projects or on schedule and timelines are met.
Serve on University committee for guidance in natural resources clubs and staff program development.
Create a system to monitor students' progress on internships and conversions.
Develop cost estimate spreadsheets for student workshop and conferences.
Counsel students on courses and positions within the agency.
Work with other agencies to create more opportunities for students.
Create evaluation forms for student internships.
Work with program lead on budgeting semester programs.
I lead the University in becoming recognized as a Tree Campus USA.
In order to become a tree campus USA the beginning phase was creating relationships the Arbor Day foundation and networking with University staff within the college of agriculture and also creating relationships with the University staff.
In order for me to accomplish this project networking was extremely important.
I organized a team of students and university staff which included; the University Chancellor, Dean of students, student Government Association, Dean of the College of agriculture, urban forestry program lead, faculty members within the College of agriculture, Greek organizations, members of the Arbor Day foundation, Baton Rouge Green, the University maintenance staff, agriculture clubs, cafeteria staff, and the University media.
I created meeting agendas and delegated work assignments.
Each group including myself was held liable for meeting timelines and providing key information to ensure the success of the project.
In order for me to complete the application process I networked with Louisiana state University agriculture staff, Tennessee state agriculture staff, Baton Rouge Green, WO state and private staff, and employees from the USDA.
Each person provided information that was important to the success of the application process.
Once the application process was completed, I along with the students and university staff developed a tree planting project to help improve the University's green spaces as well as to celebrate Southern University and A&M College hundred year anniversary.
As a result of my efforts the project was a complete success.
As a result of the project success, doors open for future projects with the University and other partners.
Baton Rouge Green City Citrus program Continuing to build off the success from the tree campus USA project, I decided to initiate the University planting its first citrus Grove on campus.
I attended student agriculture club meetings to gain the interests of the students as well as doing the same for the urban forestry staff and the campus's grounds staff.
I explained to urban forestry lead how important this experience would be for students pursuing employment opportunities.
My experiences as a reforestation forester gave me the knowledge and skills to organize a tree planting workshop.
I taught the students and grounds crew how to properly plant and maintain the trees.
I became the advisor to the students for maintaining the grove.
After the planting was complete I was asked by the University to plant other groves throughout the campus.
This project not only provided valuable experience, but it also became a recruitment tool and has opened doors for future research.
Outreach and Recruitment I have developed relationships with the USDA liaison on Southern University's campus and the University's recruitment department.
As a result of those relationships, I have attended recruitment trips to high schools, community groups, and church groups throughout the state of Louisiana.
I became the University's point of contact for students who were interested in natural resources.
I also participated in meetings within the College of agriculture to discussing ways on how to improve recruiting efforts.
I have also assisted with the College of agriculture summer program for high school students.
I said in on forestry class sessions with the students and also shared my forestry experiences.
My initiative in developing relationships and recognizing the importance on recruitment gave me the opportunity to be a part of the selection committee for the 1890 program.
In my short time as a detailer, there is now an increase on students wanting to pursue a degree in natural resources.
MWSI and Pathways program I have developed a full understanding of the MWSI and Pathways program both as a student at Southern University and as an employee assisting students who are pursuing employment opportunities.
Throughout my detail I developed relationships with the MWSI chief, pathways team, human resources and other recruiters throughout the Forest Service and USDA.
I have solved issues with students pursuing permanent positions.
In addition educated students on courses needed to qualify for different job series as well as provided professional development workshops to prepare them for the application process.
I have Coordinates collection of information about specific Forest Service student positions, match students to positions, recommend selections for summer student employment opportunities, and coordinates selections.
I have evaluates effectiveness of placement activities by consulting with students, Forest Service units, and assigned schools affected by the placement decisions.
Also, I have develops a system to track students throughout the program Also, I have work with student travel to and from duty stations both using the Govtrip system and the Concur system.
June 2006 to July 2006
Southern University Urban Forestry InstituteBaton Rouge, LAStudent Counselor
Duties and responsibilities.
I counseled and mentor students attending the summer agriculture programs.
Act as a recruiter/ liaison for the Southern University College of agriculture and urban forestry program.
Provide assistance for class projects, activities, and field trips.
I also monitored their knowledge of the urban forestry program with hands-on scenarios.
May 2005 to August 2005
Oroville, CAForester Trainee
Duties and responsibilities.
I assisted the District culturist with reforestation activities, fuels reduction projects, and forest health projects.
I also completed unit layout using GPS and used the field data to create maps using GIS software.
Forest Management - USDA Forest Service/ London Ranger District, London KY.
May 2004 to August 2004
Timber Production - USDA Forest Service, Newport Ranger DistrictNewport, WA
Duties and responsibilities.
I assisted with boundary marking and land surveying.
I was recognition in the London, KY local newspaper for assisting with mine closures.
While completing the mine closure, I gain wildlife experience.
I closure was not only for people safety, but it was also for protecting bat habitats.
In addition I gain valuable experience in recreation.
This experience introduced me to engaging the public both in the campgrounds and while doing Lake patrol.
May 2003 to August 2003
Duties and responsibilities.
I assisted with timber layout, marking, and painting.
I also received type two fire qualifications and was a part of the fire crew.
Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge, LAUrban Forestry Bachelors of ScienceUrban Forestry
Jeanerette High/Junior School Football Program, January, 2015- Present Varsity Assistant Coach Junior high Assistant Coach St. Martinville Elite Football Program, June, 2015- Present Assistant Coach New Iberia Bronco Football Program June 2014 Assistant football coach Loafer committee member (President), January 2010- 2012 Upward Basketball Program, January 2010- 2012 5th and 6th grade Head coach 7th and 8th grade Head coach Oroville Eagles Football Program, June 2009- 2013 Assistant football coach Board member within the organization Loafer committee member (Vice President), January 2007- 2010 St. Isidore Catholic School, August 2006- November 2006 Assistant football coach City of Baton Rouge Recreation Program, February 2006- August 2006 Gymnasium volunteer Head Tee- ball Coach Assistant baseball Coach St. Thomas Catholic Church RICA Program, January 2008- March 2008 Living faith counselor Notre Dame Catholic Church Fair, November 2000- 2006 and 2014-2015 Volunteer
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Cambridge Who's Who Professional award winner, 2008
Volunteer Service Jeanerette High/Junior School Football Program, January, 2015- Present Varsity Assistant Coach Junior high Assistant Coach St. Martinville Elite Football Program, June, 2015- Present Assistant Coach New Iberia Bronco Football Program June 2014 Assistant football coach Loafer committee member (President), January 2010- 2012 Upward Basketball Program, January 2010- 2012 5th and 6th grade Head coach 7th and 8th grade Head coach Oroville Eagles Football Program, June 2009- 2013 Assistant football coach Board member within the organization Loafer committee member (Vice President), January 2007- 2010 St. Isidore Catholic School, August 2006- November 2006 Assistant football coach City of Baton Rouge Recreation Program, February 2006- August 2006 Gymnasium volunteer Head Tee- ball Coach Assistant baseball Coach St. Thomas Catholic Church RICA Program, January 2008- March 2008 Living faith counselor Notre Dame Catholic Church Fair, November 2000- 2006 and 2014-2015 Volunteer
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Companies Worked For:
District Culturist- USDA Forest Service/ Feather River Ranger District
Tree Campus USA
Southern University Urban Forestry Institute
Timber Production - USDA Forest Service, Newport Ranger District
Southern University and A&M College
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Urban Forestry Bachelors of Science
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