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Date:  Nov 26, 2022
Req ID:  24171

Monticello, AR, US, 71655

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $56,039

Position Number: 22088646 
County: Drew 
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $56,039

Forestry Division 


Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501/219-6303



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: B022C

Grade: GS10


Salary Range: $56,039.00 - $81,257.00


The District Forester is responsible for program delivery, budget management, personnel management, and emergency response planning and management within an assigned district. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Directs the activities of a large professional and technical staff through lower-level supervisors by approving hiring recommendations, reviewing performance evaluations, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and reviewing a variety of actions recommended by subordinates. Identifies goals and objectives for programs consistent with state and federal agencies priorities taking into account existing laws, regulations and policies. Delegates the assignment of work responsibilities to staff. Develop major plans, goals, and objectives for forestry programs, performs cost analyses; projects equipment and personnel needs, sets priorities, and allocates equipment and personnel resources as appropriate. Projects district's personnel, maintenance, and operation needs based on previous experience and the additional resources required for any new construction, equipment, or programs, and submits budget to State Forester for approval. Oversees forest management activities by monitoring services provided to landowners with regard to qualifying for federal programs, enhancing timber production, controlling disease and insects, and employing soil conservation practices to ensure landowners' objectives are met and services are in compliance with agency policy. Maintains regular contact with federal, state, county and local officials, non-government organizations, volunteer fire departments, news media, and other members of the community. Establishes and maintains records and reports on district operations including time sheets, expenditures, vehicle usage and maintenance, and inventory records. Performs other duties as assigned.


The District Forester is required to meet emergency response standards and frequent exposure to hazardous conditions while fighting fires and marking timber. Frequent in-state travel is required. Seasonal on-call duty is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of forestry. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing state and national forest lands and resources. Knowledge of the principles of Incident Command System and fire suppression and control. Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational personnel management. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operations and to assign and direct the work of subordinates. Ability to review events, circumstances, or facts of a case, ascertain applicable laws, and determine necessary actions. Ability to plan, coordinate, and direct incident command for wildfire and other disasters. Ability to prepare for and make formal presentations before public audiences. Ability to supervise a large professional and technical staff.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in forestry from a university accredited by the Society of American Foresters; plus four years of experience in forest management or related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Must be registered as a qualified forester in accordance with Arkansas Code 17-31-301. 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.



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