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Nursery Manager

Sussex, WI

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Job Description The VA Department of Forestry is seeking an experienced professional to oversee the operations of its loblolly pine bareroot nursery in Sussex County (Garland Gray Forestry Center), which produces over 30 million seedlings annually and its hardwood and other conifer bareroot nursery in Augusta County, producing 2 million seedlings annually, to ensure that Virginia's landowners continue to have access to high quality seedlings in order to maintain a sustainable forest resource at a reasonable cost. Additionally, the position oversees the tree improvement operation which provides the most advanced loblolly seed stock available. Duties include: the development of annual and long-term goals and strategies to ensure the continued effective operation of the nursery centers; forecasting seedling demand annually and long-term; managing seedling planting, care, lifting and delivery; establishing and implementing practices and procedures for effective and self-sustaining financial operations; preparing and overseeing a $2.9 million annual budget; working with tree improvement staff to develop inventories of best genetic seedling stock; supervising the work of classified and seasonal employees; establishing and implementing marketing tools in order to meet seedling sales goals; developing and maintaining effective relationships with customers; and promoting and educating agency staff, members of the public, customers and others about nursery center operations. Incumbent may also participate in emergency response activities as needed. Minimum Qualifications B.S. degree in Forestry from a SAF-accredited college or university; or meet the requirements of the Code of Virginia; or a B.S. degree in Agriculture, Horticulture or related field required. Significant knowledge and experience of nursery production of seedlings; ability to work independently; excellent organizational skills; public speaking skills and experience; demonstrated excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with a diverse group of individuals; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government agencies, cooperators, forestry consultants and contractors, forest industry, intra-agency departments and the public; knowledge of effective supervisory techniques and practices; experience in long-range planning and budget administration; demonstrated ability to effectively prepare, reconcile, and analyze financial reports; proficiency using a PC and Microsoft Office software required; valid driveru00e2??s license; ability to travel around the state and stay overnight on occasion. Preferred Qualifications Experience managing field operations and meeting multiple priorities during demanding business times. Special Requirements Must have or be able to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicators Permit and Class A CDL within six months of employment. Selected candidate is required to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background and credit check. Special Instructions to Applicants The position is stationed at the Garland Gray Forestry Center in Courtland, VA. It offers full Commonwealth of Virginia benefits (health insurance, retirement, sick and vacation leave, etc.) Optional Applicant Documents Resume Cover Letter Required Applicant Documents

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