Job Specifications

FORESTER III

Job Code: 310300

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 24

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 03/11/2001

Class Definition: Forestry work at a journey professional level for the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Duties involve professional forestry work on private and public lands, the application of environmental sciences to prepare, analyze, review, and implement forestry policies, management plans, and stewardship activities, and the application of technical and scientific data in a variety of department regulatory, non-regulatory, and state and federal programs. Foresters provide professional forestry advice, technical assistance and education to the public, and conservation education to the public. Foresters conduct forest health research and protection projects, manage & conserve forest ecosystems, produce renewable timber resources, create wildlife habitat, protect water quality, map forest resources, manage urban forests, cooperate with user groups and manage recreational opportunities on public lands. Work at this level differs from lower level foresters in the complexity of projects; degree of independence, responsibility, and accountability; and level of expertise and breadth of knowledge required. Acts as a lead worker or program coordinator, overseeing the work of classified, temporary, or contractual employees at a lower level. Work is performed under the direction of a higher-level forester, or administrative superior.

Examples of Work: Independently, following general policies and guidance, gathers information, develops, solicits public comments, and implements long-term management plans and programs on public lands; reviews and analyzes proposed projects and plans for consistency with state and federal policies, statutes, regulations, and rules; reviews and processes grant loan applications; and prepares licenses and special permits, and monitors and reports on conservation easements on public lands. Independently, following general policies and guidance, conducts research, supervises collection and analysis of forest health and other natural resource data, summarizes and disseminates the data; serves as coordinator of statewide forest health monitoring programs; supervises a forest biology lab responsible for forest entomological, and pathological diagnostics; collects, analyzes, disseminates information, and provides technical advice on wood energy, forest marketing, forest utilization and development; serves as coordinator of a statewide urban and community forestry program; and conducts aerial and ground pesticide applications. Independently, following general policies and guidance, develops, presents, and distributes informational programs and educational materials; and researches, collects, analyses, enters information into and maintains natural resource data bases; and drafts reports. Cooperates and coordinates work with other state departments and agencies, federal agencies and with other public and private natural resource organizations and interest groups. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors: Duties are performed more than half the time in a field setting; involving exposure to all types of weather conditions. Strength and agility are needed in traversing steep and rough terrain. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required. Some work outside of regular working hours may be required. Strong and conflicting public opinions may be encountered.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of forestry or natural resource sciences.

Thorough knowledge of forest management or natural resource management methods and applications.

Thorough knowledge of the basic principles of forest ecology.

Considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations, rules, policies, and programs of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Agency of Natural Resources, the State of Vermont and the United States as they relate to forestry and natural resource management.

Considerable knowledge of forest entomology and pathology.

Working Knowledge of the applications of wildlife management.

Working knowledge of the procedures of forest fire, insect and disease control.

Knowledge of Forest recreation issues and concerns in depth.

Knowledge of the basic issues of urban and community forestry in depth.

Skill in the application of planning principles and procedures.

Ability to use computer technology to produce and interpret natural resources information and apply in program planning.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to work effectively with diverse groups who have specific and sometimes competing areas of interest in environmental issues.

Education and Experience:

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

OR

Master's degree or higher in forestry or a natural resources field AND two (2) years or more at a professional level in forestry or a natural resources field.

OR

One (1) year or more of experience as Forester II.

Special Requirements: Some positions may require the ability to obtain a Vermont forester's license within 6 months of hiring".