Training Instructor (Forestry Practices)

Training Instructor (Forestry Practices)
Minimum Age:
BA/BS Degree in Forestry, Engineering, or related field of study OR Minimum of
20 year(s) of experience in
Must possess:
Practical knowledge of assigned subject-matter in order to conduct highly
structured, short, repetitive courses or course units. This knowledge is also
required to make recommendations for procedural course changes.
Practical knowledge of the Forestry Practices vocation, sufficient to
instruct and demonstrate to the students the proper techniques and methods of
the vocation and to evaluate the students? progress under formal training
Knowledge of current computer technologies and their applicability to the
Forestry Practices vocation.
Ability to instruct and motivate students with diverse backgrounds and
educational levels and
abilities, and ability to supplement and adapt instructional material in
order to improve individual instruction and employability of students.
Ability to learn and comply with the maintenance requirements for student
records as required by the vocation program and Job Corps.
Ability to utilize various Job Corps related databases and software in order
to perform and process work assignments.
Must have the ability to complete guard school, if not currently fire
fighter qualified.
Optional but highly valued:
Federal Government Driver Licenses, or ability to obtain one in order to
drive Forest Service/Job Corps vehicles.
Commercial Driver License, not required but potentially useful
Current Fire fighter qualifications, camp crew certified
Purchase card holder or ability to become a purchase card holder to pay for
travel costs
Wilderness training, general awareness of Wilderness regulations
Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
AutoCAD Civil 2016 - optional
This position is located at Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center,
Cherokee, NC. The incumbent is responsible for providing vocational instruction
in order to develop and instruct students in Forestry Practices vocation. The
incumbent assists students, peers, and subordinates in understanding the
relevance of, and promotes the development of positive social skills among
students through modeling appropriate behavior, positive intervention, and
positively intervening and teaching appropriate employability skills for
workplace success. Participates in the Center Behavioral Management System (BMS)
and/or the Student Code of Conduct (SCC) program as necessary to insure proper
workplace conduct, appearance and behavior. Follows the Staff Code of Conduct
and sets a positive example as a role model to students by displaying
appropriate etiquette, timeliness, and dress.
Incumbent is responsible for teaching from existing curriculum and/or tweak
as needed. Preparing course material for short, repetitive, and normally highly
structured courses or a designated unit of a longer and more complex course.
Reviewing course materials ensuring the most up-to-date information is utilized
in the development of basic course materials such as study guides, visual aids,
simple simulations (mock ups and models), written tests, proficiency charts,
training aids, and course outlines. Suggested changes are primarily procedural
in nature; with occasional substantive recommendations. Lesson plans are
typically very structured and require few recurring modifications. 20%
The incumbent establishes individual training plans for each student
assigned to the Forestry Practices vocational training program based on the
student?s entry level skills. This includes introduction and instruction of
basic concepts and skills required for timber marking, timber stand improvement,
sale layout, tree planting, firefighting, trail construction and maintenance,
wildlife habitat enhancement, erosion control, landline survey, road location,
etc. Oversees and instructs student who are accomplishing assigned training
projects which include projects for the Work Based Learning (WBL) programs,
occupation exploration during the Career Preparation Period (CPP), work
experience program, and various Work Programs Division projects. The training
projects may be located on Center, on other government lands, or in nearby
communities on public projects. Incumbent will coordinate these training
projects, securing necessary approvals and agreements to implement relevant
training. 40%
Incumbent is responsible for maintaining accountability for all students
assigned. Administers prescribed tests. Monitors students? vocational progress
on a monthly basis. Maintains a variety of records and reports covering student
activities in the vocational phase of the training program. This includes
monitoring the Training Achievement Reports (TARs) student accountability
record, progress reports, and resumes of accomplishment. 15%
Counsels students about matters relevant to their vocational performance and
other Center-related concerns to encourage and motivate them to succeed on
Center and after graduation. Handles discipline and behavioral problems for
students assigned. 15%
Maintains student records and provides reports on students to other center
areas; sits on various center committees as a representative of the vocational
group. Performs other duties as assigned. 10%
Overnight travel: After one month at the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center, the
instructor will move to a strike team format where the team will travel around
Region 8 and complete timber marking assignments up to ten days at a time
Rental cars: The Oconaluftee Job Corps Center will provide a vehicle for
travel to work sites. Additional Forest Service vehicles may be driven to
accomplish work tasks.
Health and Safety Considerations: Valid driver?s license and review of Job
Hazard Analysis for the activity at the field location.
Required Safety Gear: Hard Hat, field boots, safety vest and gloves.
Safety Gear Use: Hard hat, boots, safety vest, gloves will be required as
per the JHA, but will be required while out of the vehicle and in the woods
working. Safety vest will be required as per the JHA.

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