September 14, 2017

Crafting the Perfect Interview Thank You

by Erika Osmundson, AgCareers.com

Sometimes the simplest of gestures can have huge impact. That certainly can be said for a thank you and follow-up after an interview. While most would think saying thank you is standard, in today’s world it often gets overlooked. However, employers are watching and in a tight candidate search, the time writing a quick interview thank you can put you above the competition.
Obviously, start with a nice thank you. You can thank them for their time, their insight about the opportunity, and for considering you for the role. Be genuine and sincere in whatever you choose to thank them for.
 
You want the interview thank you to be short and sweet, but beyond expressing your gratitude a thank you note also gives you the chance to sell yourself a bit more. Was there something particularly interesting discussed at the interview that perhaps was unique to your interview? Did the interviewer share something personal about their role or memorable that you could make mention of? Think about things that happened during your interview that were unique to you and remind them so that you can help them reflect and remember you and your conversations. The goal is to be memorable!

During the interview process we tell candidates to end with a strong close and ask for the job. The same can be said with a thank you. A great way to wrap-up your thank you is to express your interest in the role and remind them while you’d be a good fit. Again, a simple one line, something like — “I’m excited about this opportunity and feel I’m the right fit because….” It can be as simple as that.
One word of caution – while a thank you can be a great way to make a good impression, they can also lead to a negative impression. Take the same amount of time and care crafting and proofreading your thank you as you do your cover letter and resume. You’d hate to be eliminated from the candidate pool just for a few misspellings or grammar errors!

Now the question begs, do you send a written thank you or is an email sufficient? The answer is it depends. In a world inundated with digital correspondence, a written interview thank you can be more meaningful and give a more lasting impression. However, hiring timelines don’t always allow for a written thank you to make it to your interviewer before decisions are made. In that case, an email thank you is better than nothing. As a guideline, though, if you have the time, send it in writing.

It doesn’t take much to express gratitude and can mean that you get the job over someone else. Take the time and complete this simple step of writing an interview thank you in the process of job search success! Check out this article for further reading.

September 7, 2017

Urban Trees Internship with the UF/IFAS Urban Trees & Landscape Management Lab

The Urban Trees and Landscape Management Lab works to address research and public education gaps related to environmental horticulture, ornamental production, arboriculture, and urban forestry. Our research is focused primarily on issues relating to urban landscape sustainability, tree risk assessment/storm failure prediction, and factors that influence urban tree growth and longevity. We are located at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Hillsborough County and are affiliated with the Department of Environmental Horticulture and the Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology.

Our lab is seeking interns to assist our high-energy, tree-loving crew with innovative research projects. Our current projects include studying tree risk assessments using state-of-the-art technology like sonic and electric resistance tomography, conducting urban forest inventories and ecological assessments, cultivating and caring for trees in our research plots and nursery, and creating a new arboretum at the center. Other potential projects include using existing datasets to identify common street trees or to develop growth curves, testing tree decay using probes (for the tech-savvy intern), or assisting with palm germination trials. The internship is unpaid, but interns gain professional experience and important connections in a lab composed of researchers, biological scientists, and graduate students. We work hard to ensure interns gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they set out to achieve in a research setting. We will work with your professors to ensure academic credit requirements are met.

Skills Learned:
  • Horticulture/Arboriculture skills like pruning, training, propagation, fertilizing, etc.
  • Processes of scientific research and experimental design
  • Scientific writing and communication
Requirements:
  • Seeking or completed a degree in biology, environmental biology/science, forestry, horticulture or a related field
  • Reliable, responsible, driven, and enthusiastic about learning
  • Comfortable spending extended periods outdoors in the infamous Florida climate
  • Direct experience in horticulture, particularly arboriculture, is preferred but not required
  • Interns must be 18 years or older
Details:
  • Fall semester: September – December (Applications due August 31)
  • Spring: January – May (Applications due December 1)
  • Summer: June – July (Applications due May 1)
  • Hours: 10 hours/wk. Schedule is flexible with potential for working remotely on some projects.
If you are interested, please send a resume plus dates and times of availability to Deb Hilbert (dhilbert@ufl.edu). Deadlines are flexible. Feel free to reach out for additional information about our lab, the internship program, and volunteer opportunities.

August 30, 2017

The Importance of Preparation Before the Career Fair

Attending your campus career fair is a foundational component of securing your first career or internship. Unlike emailing or submitting your application online, this is your chance to meet face to face with representatives from the company and make a great first impression. Unfortunately, too many of today’s students skip this critical opportunity and find themselves playing catch up, potentially well beyond graduation. Those who do attend are one step ahead of their absent peers, but if they’ve not adequately prepared, they will find their resumes at the bottom of the recruiter’s stack at the end of the day.

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CALS students should mark their calendars for the CRC Career Showcase on Sept. 26 & 27 and the CALS Career Expo on Feb. 8.

Forest Management Technician, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Waycross, GA

Position: Forest Management Technician
Location: Waycross, GA
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date: Immediate

Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc. is a forestry consulting and research firm, offering professional services to private forest landowners, institutional forest investors, and corporate businesses serving the industry.

Job Description: This position offering is for an entry-level forest management technician position. Primary position tasks include timber marking, timber inventory, timber sale preparation, timber harvest inspections, prescribed burning, boundary line maintenance, plantation establishment oversight, management plan preparation, and other activities. In addition, the technician may sometimes assist with basic forestry research work to include study establishment and documentation, study maintenance, study measurement and study data cleaning. The majority of the work is outdoors in varying weather conditions. The job includes some travel and occasional weekend work. This position is generally a 45-50 hour/week assignment.

Qualifications: The job candidate should hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in forest resources, environmental or agricultural resources, or a related field. Experience with or the training in ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and field data recorders is considered positive. Experience in herbicide application and licensure is considered a plus. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly and timely, and complete fieldwork in a detailed and quality manner. This position must be able to work independently as well as work cooperatively with other team members to complete and record data from forest management activities.

Salary & Benefits:
*Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
*Paid holidays
*Paid vacation
*Healthcare plan
*Professional development timeline

Please send a cover sheet and your resume to csmith@progressiveforestry.com or you may complete an online application by going to www.progressiveforestry.com.

Application deadline: Until filled

Forest Management Technician, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc., Montgomery, AL

Position: Forest Management Technician
Location: Montgomery, AL
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date: Immediate

Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc. is a forestry consulting and research firm, offering professional services to private forest landowners, institutional forest investors, and corporate businesses serving the industry.

Job Description: This position offering is for an entry-level forest management technician position. Primary position tasks include timber marking, timber inventory, timber sale preparation, timber harvest inspections, prescribed burning, boundary line maintenance, plantation establishment oversight, management plan preparation, and other activities. In addition, the technician may sometimes assist with basic forestry research work to include study establishment and documentation, study maintenance, study measurement and study data cleaning. The majority of the work is outdoors in varying weather conditions. The job includes some travel and occasional weekend work. This position is generally a 45-50 hour/week assignment.

Qualifications: The job candidate should hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in forest resources, environmental or agricultural resources, or a related field. Experience with or the training in ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and field data recorders is considered positive. Experience in herbicide application and licensure is considered a plus. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly and timely, and complete fieldwork in a detailed and quality manner. This position must be able to work independently as well as work cooperatively with other team members to complete and record data from forest management activities.

Salary & Benefits:
*Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
*Paid holidays
*Paid vacation
*Healthcare plan
*Professional development timeline

Please send a cover sheet and your resume to csmith@progressiveforestry.com or you may complete an online application by going to www.progressiveforestry.com.

Application deadline: Until filled

Forest Management Technician, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Fayetteville, NC

Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc.
Corporate Office: PO Box 82013 / Athens, GA 30608 / 1-888-285-0947 / www.progressiveforestry.com

Position: Forest Management Technician
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date: Immediate

Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc. is a forestry consulting and research firm, offering professional services to private forest landowners, institutional forest investors, and corporate businesses serving the industry.

Job Description: This position offering is for an entry-level forest management technician position. Primary position tasks include timber marking, timber inventory, timber sale preparation, timber harvest inspections, prescribed burning, boundary line maintenance, plantation establishment oversight, management plan preparation, and other activities. In addition, the technician may sometimes assist with basic forestry research work to include study establishment and documentation, study maintenance, study measurement and study data cleaning. The majority of the work is outdoors in varying weather conditions. The job includes some travel and occasional weekend work. This position is generally a 45-50 hour/week assignment.

Qualifications: The job candidate should hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in forest resources, environmental or agricultural resources, or a related field. Experience with or the training in ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and field data recorders is considered positive. Experience in herbicide application and licensure is considered a plus. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly and timely, and complete fieldwork in a detailed and quality manner. This position must be able to work independently as well as work cooperatively with other team members to complete and record data from forest management activities.

Salary & Benefits:
*Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
*Paid holidays
*Paid vacation
*Healthcare plan
*Professional development timeline

Please send a cover sheet and your resume to csmith@progressiveforestry.com or you may complete an online application by going to www.progressiveforestry.com.

Application deadline: Until filled