Forest Technician

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is looking to hire a Forest Technician. Your primary responsibility involves conducting pest surveys and site assessments in Pennsylvania to detect the spotted lanternfly. You will communicate with property owners to explain survey programs and inspect trees or set traps on private property before starting activities. You will adhere to survey protocols by placing, maintaining, and removing survey traps. It is essential to remove captured insect specimens from traps on time and submit them promptly to the PDA entomology laboratory in Harrisburg for identification. You will visually inspect host plants for signs of target organisms and follow data entry protocols provided by headquarters staff. Other responsibilities include evaluating sites for pest treatment, maintaining a weekly survey log, and using pesticides to control spotted lanternfly and its hosts.

Deadline to apply is April 16, 2024.