Job Specifications

FORESTRY DISTRICT MANAGER

Job Code: 312500

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 26

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 08/25/2013

Class Definition:

Managerial, supervisory and technical work in a large geographic District(s) with responsibilities in diverse, complex program areas. Work involves assisting in the establishment of Forestry Division priorities; planning and directing major forestry programs, activities and staff in a District(s). Balances program requirements with workforce availability and acts as a liaison between senior level management and professional field staff. Work is performed in accordance with Division program and policy direction and under the supervision of the Chief of Forest Management with additional guidance from the Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR), the Director of Forests, and with coordination from Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Lands Director. Work is reviewed through management team meetings, reports, conferences, and periodic assessment of accomplishments against Division and program priorities.

Examples of Work:

Plans, organizes, directs and reviews all forestry activities and staff in an assigned District(s), including but not limited to the management of all ANR land, the cooperative forest management assistance to private landowners program, the forest resource protection program, the urban and community forestry program, and enforcement of state regulations pertaining to forest management activities, water quality and for Act 250, and, as assigned, other special projects of statewide significance. Serves as a member of the Forestry Division's senior management team.

Across all program areas, supervises a diverse staff of highly skilled natural resource professionals. Assures job enrichment and career development for staff. Uses the State sponsored reward and recognition program. Annually evaluates assigned staff. Develops annual work goals, objectives and plans with individual employees; periodically reviews plans. Administers a District(s) office and supervises associate support staff. Balances personnel assignments with priority workload. Assures staff availability to respond to Vermont Emergency Management (VEMA) requests for assistance.

Presents ANR policy and positions at public meetings and hearings, including Act 250. Develops, administers and implements an annual forest road, bridge and infrastructure maintenance and construction program. Individually administers a regional office or administers as a member of a regional office management team. Manages satellite field offices and District equipment and supply budgets. Maintains liaison with other ANR Departments and Divisions, federal partners, other public agencies, various constituents and the general public. Assists with grant writing and negotiating financial agreements with other agencies and partners.

Participates in activities that include: reviewing and commenting on land management plans prepared by other state and federal agencies, monitoring state and federal conservation easements, collaborating with conservation organizations with easements on ANR land, providing timely information on potential land acquisitions, working with legal and survey staff to resolve legal issues and encroachments on ANR land.

Work with the County Forester private lands management program to assure consistency in the Use Value Appraisal (UVA) program implementation; providing guidance and consistency in UVA inspection process, and administering program compliance within the District(s).

Within the District(s) coordinates forest health and resource protection activities including various forest health monitoring efforts, the screening and control of exotic invasive pests and plants, insect and disease review and control and wild-land fire protection activities and the Town Fire Warden system.

Oversees the development and implements comprehensive, Long Range Management Plans (LRMP) according to ANR land management principles, and the FPR mission and management objectives. Oversees the development and implements natural resource management plans for ANR lands including State Forest Lands, State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas. Oversees dispersed recreation use on ANR lands. Develops and administers leases, licenses, and Special Use Permits (SUP) for various constituent interests in ANR land. Represents the Commissioner of FPR and the Secretary of ANR in dealings with general managers and corporate owners of ski areas, state designated communication sites and other business entities operating on land leased from ANR.

Coordinates and promotes District(s)-wide public outreach across all forestry program areas through varied avenues including public speaking engagements, educational displays at public and constituent specific events, participating in and hosting workshops, engaging the written and electronic media.

Assists with FPR budget development and supervises the expenditure of State, federal and other funds allocated for specific projects and to District(s) operations.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed largely in a district office setting, but with predictable need for travel to field locations, headquarters and other locations which at times may include rough terrain and adverse weather. Private means of transportation must be available. Appearances before a variety of groups can be anticipated which may involve weekend and/or evening duty. Emergencies arising from natural and manmade disasters may require hours of continuous duty beyond the normal workday.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of managerial and supervisory principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of natural resource conservation, forest planning and management, forest economics and utilization.

Considerable knowledge of other natural resource and land use programs which relate closely to forestry.

Considerable knowledge of forest harvesting and marketing procedures and outlets.

Considerable knowledge of Division programs.

Ability to conceptualize program needs, identify necessary resources, and to develop a feasible plan of attainment and operation.

Ability to identify problem situations, isolate the contributing factors, and to recommend effective remedial action.

Ability to establish project goals and to evaluate accomplishments in relation to goals.

Effective communications skills, both oral and written, and ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.

Ability to prepare a variety of reports and informational material for both technician and general public consumption.

Good physical health.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in forestry or a natural resources field AND four (4) years or more at professional level in forestry or a natural resources field, INCLUDING supervisory responsibilities.

OR

Master's degree or higher in forestry, natural resources or public/personnel administration AND two (2) years or more at professional level in forestry or a natural resources field, INCLUDING supervisory responsibilities.

Special Requirements: n/a