Forestry Careers at ArborGen

Careers at ArborGen, US

Our company is made up of innovative and passionate people; foresters, scientists, biologists, conservationists, tree farmers and researchers. We provide a professional yet fun work environment where your input and abilities will have a direct impact on every seedling we grow. Consider joining us!

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Reforestation Advisor – Georgia Territory

The Reforestation Advisor position is responsible for managing seedling sales and customer support.

 

 

 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
  • Safely complete all essential work functions in your area.
  • Promote all ArborGen seedling products to forestry consultants, private forest landowners, and tree planters.
  • Basic understanding of reforestation best practices such as seedling care, seedling handling, and tree planting fundamentals.
  • General knowledge of tree improvement, forestry growth and yield concepts, sampling, forest finance, and forest soils.
  • Ability to discuss general site preparation guidelines and implications of stocking rate options as related to local forest product markets.
  • Candidate must have strong communication skills and the desire to address audiences with technical presentations both indoors and in field settings.
  • Ability to troubleshoot out-planted seedling survival or nutrition issues in a constructive manner with ArborGen personnel and clients.
  • Coordinate with nursery team to ensure on time seedling deliveries.
  • Track competitive information intelligence in region.
  • Focus on growing market share and increasing profitability.
  • Adhere to budget guidelines.
  • Forecast and execute territory sales plan and support fellow Reforestation Advisors on overall sales goal.
  • Work closely with Director of Marketing for website enhancement, assistance with email newsletter articles, and providing field photos.
  • Self-motivated individual with the ability to work independently on a frequent basis.
Ongoing Interaction:
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Ongoing Interaction:
  • Department: Frequent to daily interaction with Sales Manager. Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate Regional Sales Team.  Regular interaction with peers in other groups within the department.  Frequent interaction with Nurseries.
  • Company: Regular interaction with peers in Product Development as related to current and future products. Participation in review sessions with Product Development and Product Launch Teams.
  • Outside Company: Extensive relationships and frequent contact with customers. Participation in outside conferences and trade shows.
partment: Frequent to daily interaction with Sales Manager. Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate Regional Sales Team.  Regular interaction with peers in other groups within the department. 

 

 

Education/Experience/Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry preferred, Agribusiness or related field.
  • 5 years of forestry (preferred) or related experience, ability to build on strong communication skills to leverage relationships.
  • Experience managing customer issues/CRM.
  • Necessary computer skills include: Microsoft Office Suite and SAP B1 software.

 

 

 

Physical Requirements: 

  • This position requires the ability to lift up to 30 pounds; work may involve climbing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping; worker is subject to inside and outside environment, noise, vibration, working hazards, fumes, odors, dust, gasses and chemicals; normal visual acuity is required; requires hearing sufficient to perceive noises for diagnostic purposes.
  • Will require work in the field such as evaluating planting sites with customers, and including seedling survival estimation by traversing reforestation sites to install and measure plots.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally for up to two week periods.

 

 

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.

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Forestry Nursery and Orchard Specialist – SELMA, AL

ArborGen’s Selma Nursery located near Selma, Alabama has a position open for a Nursery and Orchard Specialist.  This facility produces 4.5 million+ bare root hardwood seedlings from seed annually and manages 100 acres of pine seed orchards.  This position will serve both a nursery and orchard function. 

  • The Nursery Specialist is required to perform all the skilled operations at an ArborGen’s Nursery. He/she is responsible for production goals, product quality and minimizing nursery expenses.
  • The primary responsibilities of the Orchard Specialist are to support the Orchard Manager and/or assume responsibility for day to day operations in all aspects of seed orchard management, seed production, seed processing, and seed storage and sowing preparation.     
  • The Nursery and Orchard Specialist must be reliable, innovative, team-oriented and conscientious with a positive work ethic.  Limited travel, some weekend work, and seasonal overtime will be required.

 

 

 

 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
  1. Operate, maintain, modify and calibrate farm tractors, chain saws, agricultural equipment, conveyors, and strappers and other equipment used on the job.
  2. Ability to operate a 5-function forklift for extended periods
  3. Ability to operate and work out of bucket trucks and/or self-propelled aerial lifts
  4. Ability to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (if the need arises) and a Restricted Use Pesticide Applicators License;
  5. The physical strength and stamina to perform physically demanding tasks for extended periods such as chain / pole saw operation for tree felling and limb pruning, cone harvesting, and repeated lifting and movement of 50 pound boxes and/or bags of pine seed or pine cones.
  6. Maintain records including but not limited to equipment maintenance, parts inventory, safety inspections, and fuel records.
  7. Assist in the operation and maintenance of an automatic irrigation system including pump station, below ground main lines, above ground supply system, and digital controllers.
  8. Weld and fabricate metal items.
  9. Assist in all phases of weed control, including herbicide application, mechanical control and hand weeding.
  10. Assist in all phases of crop nutrition including fertilization recommendations and applications.
  11. Operate and work from aerial lift trucks during cone harvest, breeding, pollen collection and tree limb pruning operations for extended periods.
  12. Ability to identify tree damage symptoms / pest species and perform all phases of pest control, including herbicide and insecticide applications.
  13. Conduct scion collection, grafting, bagging, control pollination and pollen collection.
  14. Wear safety personal protective equipment, maintain facility, and maintain a safe working environment.
  15. Supervise labor in various nursery / orchard operations.
  16. Serve as a team member in group work improvement projects.
  17. Work extended hours, weekends and holidays, outdoors in all types of weather conditions as required.
  18. Participate in and complete required safety training and the ability to oversee and manage contract labor safety program.
  19. Other duties and projects as assigned.
Ongoing Interaction:

1. Department: Daily interaction with direct reports if applicable. Frequent interaction with peers in the immediate work group. Regular interaction with peers in the other groups within the department.

Frequent interaction with Supervisor.

  1. Company: Regular interaction with peers in other research groups across the company as related to common research targets. Occasional participation in review sessions with CTO and Science Team
  2. Outside Company: Participation in outside conference and symposia.

 

 

 

Education/Experience/Skills: 

  • Experience in construction, welding, metal fabrication, and equipment maintenance.
  • Ability to be innovative and be resourceful to accomplish goals
  • Basic math, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Associate Degree in Agriculture or Horticulture, or 5+ year’s experience operating and maintaining agricultural equipment in lieu of education preferred.
  • Experience in a bare root nursery and/or pine seed orchard preferred.
  • Good human relations skills to serve as a team member and a team leader.

 

 

 

 

Physical Requirements: 

This is heavy work exerting up to 40-100 pounds of force; work may involve climbing, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping; worker is subject to inside and outside environment, noise, vibration, working hazards, fumes, odors, dust, gasses and chemicals; visual acuity is required for experiments; requires hearing sufficient to perceive noises for diagnostic purposes.   This can be inside or outside work or working in hot, humid cold and damp conditions.  Will need to be able to wear a respirator for pesticide spraying.  Must be able to pass respirator fit test and pulmonary function exam.  Applicant must pass a drug screening test.

 

 

 

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.

AA/EEO/M/F/D/V

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