Title:  Forest Nursery Technician- Lifter


Requisition Id: 2692 

Hourly Pay Rate: $15.56

Hourly Pay Grade: H4 

Expected Work Schedule: Monday  Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Job Location:  George O White Nursery (LICKI1) 

Closing Date:

Our Culture: The Missouri Department of Conservation supports a culture of trusted professionals that are dedicated to our mission, responsible stewards, and believe in One MDC. 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please email the hiring supervisor, ​Matthew S Elledge , at Matthew.Elledge@mdc.mo.gov or call 573 6743229x6276 , Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm.


Perform planting, cultivation, growing, harvesting and distribution of seedlings to the public.

Essential Job Duties

  • Perform assigned duties associated with the planting, cultivation, harvesting and distribution of seedling trees including processing, inventory, and load/unloading seedlings
  • Operate specialized equipment to plant, cultivate, harvest and distribute trees including using forklifts, tractors, pallet loaders, seed planters, etc.
  • Perform lifting and tree grading.
  • Assist with irrigation installation.
  • Package seedling orders for distribution.
  • Give tours of the nursery to the public.
  • Participate in maintaining a safe and clean nursery environment.
  • Monitor general supplies.
  • Conduct area maintenance and cleaning of the area such as parking lots, roads, work areas, and buildings. 

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Participate in special events and programs, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks.
  • Ability to accept change and new information and cope with job pressure and stress.
  • Ability to operate tools and equipment for land management.
  • Attention to detail.

Work Environment

  • Frequently work in outdoor weather.
  • Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection.
  • Must wear eye protection while working.

Physical Abilities

  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more, three-dimensional vision, and precise hand-eye coordination.
  • Concentrated attention is required at all times.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
  • Regularly lift up to 40 pounds; correctly lift up to 50 pounds.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.  Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Nonexempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

Salaried and hourly employees are expected to use a mobile device-cellular phone for Department business, as needed. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield