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Forester

L24

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are professional foresters assigned responsibilities to develop, implement, or administer forestry conservation and management programs, wildland fire management, and projects in an assigned district, region, or statewide.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Manages the planning, development, and implementation of various forestry use, conservation, fire management, suppression, and prevention, marketing of forestry products, or other programs or projects.

  • Provides professional forestry management to farmers and landowners concerning the establishment of windbreaks, shelterbelts, post lots, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and forestation projects; provides technical service and advice to forest landowners and sawmill operators regarding timber inventories, management, cutting and forest regeneration methods, and marketing of forest products.

  • Conducts timber inventory surveys; computes and analyzes data collected and summarizes results; assists operators and timber buyers in the location of salable timber.

  • Provides professional forestry management to cities and towns, non-profit groups, homeowners, and others on urban and community forestry projects; provides information to the public on proper tree planting and care.

  • Analyze and develops specialized forestry plans for landowners, groups, or communities, which contain specific forestry recommendations, such as forest management guidelines, protection of water quality, protection of forests from fires and pests, improvement of wildlife habitat, control of erosion, tree planting and maintenance guidelines, and timber harvesting.

  • Supervises or performs development and implementation of a wide variety of forest management and wildland fire management programs in a multi-county district, multiple districts, or statewide as assigned, including coordinating with professional foresters and other natural resource professionals in other state and federal agencies and private industry, developing and interpreting program guidelines, and preparing program materials.

  • Facilitate and participate in meetings, conferences and seminars on forest fire prevention and control, or forest management and conservation; develops and conducts training classes for employees, schools, civic groups, clubs and concerned citizens.

Level Descriptors

This job family consists of five levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of assigned duties, the level of expertise required to complete assigned tasks, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:                                                   Code:  L24A                                          Salary Band:  I

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities involving beginning level professional work primarily related to providing farmers, land owners, communities, and others with technical advice and service concerning their forestry programs and natural resource needs. In this role they will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of forestry conservation projects in an assigned area or district. This will include analyzing forest resource conditions, developing recommendations and writing forest management plans, contacting land owners and providing advice on forestry management techniques, providing educational assistance to schools, civic groups and others, and assisting groups and local governments with community forestry projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of dendrology; of mensuration; of forest management; of silviculture; of modern forestry methods and techniques; of soil conservation techniques and principles; of forest economics; of timber management, inventories, cutting and regeneration methods; of forest products, marketing and urban forestry; and of tree physiology. Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; to speak effectively before groups; and to follow written and oral instructions.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related natural resources degree.

Level II:                                                  Code:  L24B                                           Salary Band J

This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level for performing various forest management, fire management and prevention, conservation, urban forestry or other similar duties involving professional forestry work. This may include responsibility for development of special forestry projects or programs as assigned, and supervision of volunteers, administrative personnel, lower level foresters or others in a lead worker capacity.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of the methods, techniques, tools and equipment related to wildland fire management and suppression; of report writing and recordkeeping; of tree identification; and of forestry programs, forest regeneration systems, and natural resources.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two years of professional forestry experience; or a Master’s degree in Forestry and 1 year of professional forestry experience; or a Doctoral degree in Forestry.

Note: Professional forestry experience may include internships in forestry work.

Level III:                                                 Code:  L24C                                          Salary Band:  K

This is the specialist level where employees are assigned supervisory responsibilities of foresters, protection personnel, technicians or other employees, prepare management plans for designated forest properties, conduct forest surveys, advise landowners on forestry conservation techniques, coordinate forestry activities with local agencies and groups, and preform administrative tasks as required including budget preparation and administration. Plan, organize, and develop all aspects of a specific program related to forest conservation and use or are assigned all aspects of the forestry program and delivery of services in an assigned district. Some positions may be assigned responsibility for special forestry programs or projects, such as supervising and/or performing work in forest utilization and forest products marketing or urban forestry, and conducting surveys and evaluations of forest activities including harvesting, site preparation and planting, watershed surveys of silvicultural activities and their effect on water resources. In this role they will serve as a staff member in the Forestry Services Division with responsibility for developing assigned programs and provide functional or direct supervision and training to lower level foresters in conducting assigned programs. These positions are responsible for all phases of development and coordination of assigned programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of silvicultural requirements of forest species; of common plant pests and appropriate pest control measures; and of long-range planning. Ability is required to establish realistic direction for the district or the program assigned in consultation with higher level foresters and administrators.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified at Level II plus one additional year of professional forestry experience.

Level IV: Code: L24D Salary Band: L

This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibilities involving the planning, organization, and development of one or more specific programs related to forest resource conservation, management, and protection. In this role they will serve as a staff member in the Forestry Division with responsibility for developing all aspects of assigned programs and provide functional or direct supervision and training to lower level foresters and other personnel in conducting assigned programs and perform various administrative tasks as required, including budget preparation and administration, coordination with other federal and state agencies, forest industry, associations and other cooperators, overall program promotion and development, and program evaluation and strategic planning. Some positions may be assigned responsibility for specialized statewide forestry programs, such as supervising and/or performing work in forest water quality.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of federally shared forest resource programs; of public relations and promotional techniques; of budget preparation and administration; and of modern office practices. Ability is required to promote interest and cooperation in improved forest management and wildland fire management practices.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one year of professional forestry experience in a supervisory capacity.

Level V: Code: L24E Salary Band: N

This is the management level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities involving the direction of professional forestry work and programs in a designated region of the state. This includes planning and organizing work to be done, periodically reviewing regional activity and job assignments, providing supervision and training to employees in forest conservation and management and wildland fire management, and various administrative tasks such as budget preparation, annual work planning, and overall program administration.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level IV plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability is required to manage and direct forestry operations and programs within a large geographical area; and to provide supervision and training to others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level IV plus two additional years of professional forestry experience in a supervisory capacity.

Special Requirements

Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position; be willing to work hours other than on regular shifts during emergency situations; and possess a telephone to receive emergency on-call duty messages.

Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license at time of employment.

Persons appointed to Forester V positions must possess or obtain recognition as a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters (SAF) within 18 months from the date of appointment and maintain this certification according to the standards of SAF. Certification by the Department of Agriculture as a Pesticide Applicator must be obtained prior to the completion of the probationary period.

Certification by the Department of Agriculture as a Pesticide Applicator must be obtained prior to the completion of the initial probationary period.

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