Forestry Instructor - OJCC

Forestry Instructor - OJCC


Southwestern Community College
447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828-339-4000

Job Location

Cherokee, NC


$36,780.00 - $42,564.00 annually


State Health Plan, life insurance,

Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Closes: Friday, February 17, 2023

Target Start Date

Monday, February 20, 2023

Expected Work Hours

7:30 - 4:30 M-F

Reports to

Dean of Workforce Continuing Education

Employment Type

Full time occupational faculty

Minimum Qualifications

Associate Degree in Forest Management Technology or related field required

Two years forestry experience,

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree preferred. 

Teaching experience and working with youth preferred

Position Description

Statement of Primary Purpose

Provide forestry training for students at Oconaluftee Job Corps Center.



Occupational Faculty, full-time, exempt.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

• Instruct, advise, guide, and assist students to achieve job skills and social skills necessary to transition into employment in the Forestry Conservation field. 

• Maintain up-to-date instructional classroom and lab with equipment, tools, books and materials required for individualized student instruction.

• Recruit and provide orientation for new students in the program

• Teach students, in groups and in individualized programs, in the SCC/OJCC Forestry Conservation classes

• Advise and guide students in professional and social skills

• Maintain all records for the College and for Oconaluftee Job Corps.

• Comply with reporting requirement

• Select and recommend instructional materials, tools, and equipment

• Serve on College and Oconaluftee Job Corps committees

• Attend meetings and student programs as needed

• Present professional role model for students

• Work with US Forest Service and Department of Labor to revise and up-date instructional programs as needed

• Recommend new programs and skills needed for student success

• Be responsible for professional development and maintaining professional competence

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and others

• Coordinates students’ hands-on experiences in the Center garden (planting, tending, harvesting and maintaining tools). 


Additional Duties and Responsibilities

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Attend various training activities (CPR, GIS, Student Handbook Training, Center Safety Procedures, etc.) as required by the Job Corps Center.


Minimum Qualifications


Associate Degree in Forest Management Technology or related field required, Bachelor’s preferred.  Two years forestry experience, teaching experience and working with youth preferred.


Knowledge and Skills    

Forestry Management Skills


Physical Demands          

Ability to lift heavy objects, climb trees, operate power tools, walk long distances.


Licensing Requirement

Valid Driver’s License, Ability to be certified and re-certified as CPR Instructor as required by the Job Corps Center.  Ability to obtain various forestry certifications.

Working Conditions and Environment

Work in forest environment.  Work with forestry equipment (chainsaws, ropes, axes, shovels, picks, GPS, etc.  The Oconaluftee Job Corps Center does not close due to inclement weather; therefore, this position does not follow the College closing schedule.  The work day is M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm with ½ hour lunch break.  The Oconaluftee Job Corps Center observes federal holidays.


Equipment Operation

All tools related to forestry management.  Ability to drive 14 passenger van.


This position description covers the most essential functions and duties associated with this position.  Other duties may be assigned by the President or appropriate supervisory personnel.  The College reserves the right to alter duties, responsibilities, conditions, working hours, and job title as necessary.

How to Apply

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