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Forester
Agency: Arkansas Agriculture Department
Office: Forestry Division
Section: District 8
Date Posted: 08/07/2020
Posting Expires: None
Summary
The Forester is responsible for supervising staff and managing and protecting the forests of assigned counties or multi-county areas. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Supervises multi-county staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, training, assigning job duties, and evaluating subordinate performance. Examines and evaluates landowners property and prepares timber management plans with recommendations for enhancing timber production, soil conservation, disease and insect control, and landowner objectives. Approves invoices and expenditures within assigned areas and maintains multi-county budget. Maintains forestry accomplishment data required for federal reimbursement. Provides advice and technical assistance to landowners enrolled in state and federal forestry cost share and grant programs. Ensures that silviculture practices are completed in compliance with program standards and scientific forestry practices. Plans and supervises forestry projects, such as determining the type, number, and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forests, and monitoring growth of new seedlings. Analyzes effects of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and determines the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species. Directs or performs mapping, measuring, and marking timber in the area specified and computes volume for harvest. Directs and coordinates fire suppression efforts by assigning fire crews and coordinates efforts with other organizations and with agency personnel. Prepares scientific burn plans and works as burn boss on prescribed fires. Coordinates fire prevention and suppression efforts with volunteer fire departments and attends fire association meetings or training classes as required. Makes presentations and supplies information to schools, civic organizations, landowners, and others regarding services available through the Forestry Commission and other state and federal organizations. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Exposure to extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, and potentially hazardous and/or dangerous conditions is required. May be required to work under extended subject-to-call status and extended work hours. Must reside within assigned area as a condition of employment. May be required to fulfill overhead positions in the Incident Command System. Occasional in-state or within assigned area travel is required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of forest management practices and techniques. Knowledge of fire prevention and fire suppression theories and methods. Knowledge of laws and regulations affecting fire control and forest management. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of federal and state forestry programs available for forest landowners, communities and fire departments. Ability to plan and coordinate work activities and monitor performance of subordinates. Ability to prepare and make public presentations and conduct forestry training. Ability to collect data, analyze needs assessments, and prepare written forest management recommendations for private and public forest landowners.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in forestry from a university accredited by the Society of American Foresters; plus two years of experience in forest management or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications
Ability to use Microsoft Office programs, i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Ability to use GIS to record spatial data and to produce maps.
Knowledge of partner agencies, particularly water and conservation state and federal agencies.
Effectively coordinate with local Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture employees.
Comfortable with driving long distances to provide technical assistance within a designated area of Arkansas.
Writing and photography ability to share to share accomplishments of forest conservation with marketing team and other audiences.
Must report to an office location in close proximity to surface drinking water priority areas, which are generally available in north or central Arkansas.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must be licensed as a Registered Forester by the State Board of Registration for Foresters in accordance with ACA 17-31-302 or able to obtain registration within one year of employment. Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license. Must pass an annual physical standard as a condition of employment. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Agency Specific Information
Arkansas Department of Agriculture/Forestry Division
P.O. Box 26
Ash Flat, AR 72513
THIS IS A FULL TIME POSITION LOCATED WITH RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS. Please visit our website to find out more about us - www.agriculture.arkansas.gov.

Please be sure to complete the Work History section of the application even if you are attaching a resume. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.

Thank you for your interest in the Arkansas Department of Agriculture/Forestry Division.
Job Details
Position No.: 22088610
Class Code: B080C
Grade: GS07
Salary Range: $40,340.00 - $58,493.00 per year
Background
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Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City:
Job County/Region: Fulton,Sharp
Contact Information
Contact name: Mike Mowery
Phone: 870/994-2187
Email: theresa.grimmett@agriculture.arkansas.gov
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