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Forester/Chainsaw Operator in Lansing, MI at BetterJobs

Date Posted: 2/13/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Lansing, MI
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    2/13/2019

Job Description

GEI Consultants, Inc. is a leading consulting engineering and environmental firm ranked #92 in the ENR top 500 (2018). We serve hundreds of government, energy, industry and institutional clients, and have completed 50,000 project engagements throughout the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries.

GEI, a privately held employee owned company, was founded nearly 50 years ago by five engineering pioneers. GEI now consists of over 800 employees in multiple offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our technical experts are involved in dozens of specialty services emanating from our core solutions in water, energy, buildings, infrastructure and industrial. Our technical experts are some of the most innovative and leading subject matter experts in their respective fields. We continue to grow and expand in our solutions, expertise and geography to ensure we can continue providing valuable solutions to our clients.

Our culture is one where we encourage employees to respectfully and thoughtfully challenge current practices for continual improvement. We believe this constructive engagement helps us evolve in an ever-changing business environment and will strengthen our organization in the future. Our practices reflect our commitment to a collaborative teaming approach, encouraging diverse perspectives which lead to innovation and value added solutions that fuel our success. Our committed employees work hard for our clients and in support of one another. In return we invest in a culture with engaging learning and career development opportunities, a competitive total rewards package, recognition, and the opportunity for some fun along the way.

Job Description

GEI Consultants is seeking a Forester/Experienced Chainsaw Operator to fell standing trees, buck fallen trees, and operate winches to move the felled trees from a wide range of sites and site conditions. Candidate must be positive, flexible, and team-oriented with the willingness and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Projects will involve field labor, technical work, report preparation, and/or supervision of field crews.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Working safely and helping to maintain a safe work environment
  • Hiking into remote sites with equipment
  • Assessing site, terrain, and weather conditions before felling, bucking, and moving trees
  • Evaluating trees for certain characteristics such as twist, tension, or rot, and gauging amount and direction of lean.
  • Using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control the direction of a tree's fall with the least environmental impact
  • Working as a member of a team rotating between chainsaw operation and winch operation
  • Securing steel cables or chains to logs for dragging or pulling by winch
  • Working in and around water (wetlands, streams, rivers)
  • Operating small boats
  • Driving a truck with a trailer
  • Maintaining and repairing chainsaws and other equipment; cleaning, oiling, and greasing equipment; and sharpening equipment properly
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years experience operating chainsaws in a safe manner
  • Must understand proper techniques in felling and bucking trees
  • Certifications in chainsaw operation and/or tree removal
  • Must be in good physical condition as he/she will be required to perform cutting duties under challenging conditions such as inclement weather/climate, steep slopes, changing project conditions, or heavy safety gear
  • Must be able to take direction from others and be a team player
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate with and listen to the client s/public s input
  • Ability to travel overnight and work out of town

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor s Degree in Life Sciences (Ecology, Environmental Science, Botany, Biology, Fisheries, Forestry) or equivalent experience
  • Experience with native habitat restoration in Michigan or the Midwest
  • Experience utilizing GPS/GIS technology to navigate sites and collect data
  • Knowledge of or background in natural resources and ecology
  • Wilderness first aid training, CPR, and Commercial Pesticide Applicator's License are preferred
  • Experience leading field teams in various types of habitat restoration projects including invasive species control, stream and shoreline stabilization, sediment and erosion control BMP installation, planting, and seeding
  • Experience talking with landowners and hunters
  • CDL a plus

Please note that selected candidates will be required to pass drug, background, and reference screenings.

Physical Job Requirements

Sedentary

Light

X

Medium

Other

Activity Level Throughout Workday

Physical Activity Requirements

Occasional

(0-35% of day)

Frequent

(33-66% of day)

Continuous

(67-100% of day)

Not Applicable

Sitting

(0-1 hrs)

Standing

X

Walking

(6-8 hrs)

Climbing

X

Lifting (floor to waist level) (in pounds)

(0-50 lbs)

Lifting (waist level and above) (in pounds)

(0-25 lbs)

Carrying objects

X

Push/pull

X

Twisting

X

Bending

X

Reaching forward

X

Reaching overhead

X

Squat/kneel/crawl

X

Wrist position deviation

X

Pinching/fine motor skills

X

Keyboard use/repetitive motion

X

Taste or smell (taste=never)

X

Talk or hear

X

Accurate 20/40

Very Accurate 20/20

Not Applicable

Near Vision

X

Far Vision

X

Yes

No

Not Applicable

Color Vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)

X

Sensory Requirements

Minimal

Moderate

Accurate

Not Applicable

Depth perception

X

Hearing

X

Environmental Requirements

Occupational Exposure Risk Potential

Reasonably Anticipated

Not Anticipated

Blood borne pathogens

X

Chemical

X

Airborne communicable diseases

X

Extreme temperatures

X

Radiation

X

Uneven surfaces or elevations

X

Extreme noise levels

X

Dust/particular matter

X

Other (exposure risks):

Usual workday hours:

8

X

10

12

Other work hours

GEI is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability employer