The primary function of the Logging Technician II is the active implementation of forest management projects on the Berea College Forest. These projects mainly consist of harvesting and skidding trees using draft horses. At time, the position may also utilize tractors, performing timber stand improvement/ herbicide application using chainsaws, brush cutters, backpack sprayers, an ATV, tractor, mower, and bush-hog.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
• Perform tree cutting and skidding (logging) operations with draft animals. • Manage the horse teams, including harvesting timber using the teams (but also other techniques). • Assure updated safety practices for harvesting. • Serve as liaison for contracted harvesting done by vendors. • Implement management plans for the College Forest; including timber stand improvement, herbicide application, mowing, clearing brush and the construction and repair of fences. • Conduct logging operations and the implementation of timber stand improvement (TSI) operations. • Plant trees for reforestation and manage open areas by planting native grassland/prairie species. • Herbicide applications in TSI, in managing exotic invasive plant species, and in prairie restoration. • Security, neighbor relations, and protection of the Forest. • Support trail maintenance.
Education required to ensure success in this position: • High School Diploma or Equivalent, required • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or relevant field, preferred.
Experience required to ensure success in this position: • Hands-on farm and/or forestry work experience is required. • Experience with livestock, horses, farm equipment, and logging is required.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities: • Skills acquired through construction work, farm work, and mechanical repair work, such as basic chain saw and tree felling skills, and ability to use power equipment and tractors is required. • Horsemanship skills, such as hitching, harnessing, etc., are required.
License, certification, or registration necessary: • Valid Driver’s License Physical requirements: • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50 lbs. • Must be able to walk long distances. • Must be willing and able to work with draft horses and associated equipment.
Environmental conditions: • Must be willing to work outdoors year-round in varying weather conditions.
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment: • Ability to handle and care for horses and their associated equipment, required.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.