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STAFF FORESTER

Date:  Feb 11, 2021
Req ID:  3103
Location: 

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Category:  ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE DEPT
Anticipated Starting Salary:  45,010

Position Number: 22088799 
County: Pulaski 
Posting End Date: until filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 45,010

Forest Management 

 

Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501/297-1581

Email: chandler.barton@agriculture.arkansas.gov

 

 

As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: B058C

Grade: GS08

FLSA Status: EXEMPT

Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00

Summary

The Staff Forester is responsible for the development, implementation, and modification of forest programs. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Functions

Conducts research into new forestry programs by visiting experimental stations, talking to experts in the field, and reading technical journals to learn about the programs and how they can be adapted for use in Arkansas. Develops guidelines for the implementation of the program and submits to funding authority for approval. Audits disposition of special forestry tax funds in all Arkansas counties. Dispenses timber information to landowners and assists timber mill owners with technical information. Collects, organizes, and dispenses current and historical data on timber volumes for research and tax purposes. Conducts field observations to monitor program implementation and to investigate complaints. Coordinates with other state and federal agencies such as Soil and Water Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forestry Service, and Pollution Control and Ecology by sharing information and advice and by assisting with research data collection and dissemination. May supervise a small professional and administrative support staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, training new employees, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Performs other duties as assigned.

Dimensions

Frequent in-state travel is required. Occasional work other than regular daytime hours may be required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of state and federal forestry practices and programs. Knowledge of the organization and operation of public and private forest enterprises. Knowledge of program research and development. Ability to monitor and evaluate programs and recommend modifications. Ability to develop and conduct training programs. Ability to conduct research and analysis and apply results to forestry programs. Ability to provide technical advice and recommend appropriate action. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education of a bachelor's degree in forestry from a university accredited by the Society of American Foresters; plus three years of experience in forest taxes or audit. Licensed as a Registered Forester in accordance with Arkansas Code 17-31-301 or able to obtain registration within one year 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.

Licenses

None

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of forest management and forest health principles.
  • Knowledge of technical efficiencies, e.g., GIS software, mobile data sharing, and drone operations.
  • Knowledge of federal and state cost share programs available to forest landowners.
  • Ability to collect data, analyze needs assessments, and prepare written forest management recommendations for private and public forest landowners.
  • Experience conducting trainings and workshops.

 

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Little Rock