Job Specifications

Forester II

Job Code: 310400

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 23

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 04/28/2019

Class Definition:

Forestry work at a 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 analyze, review, prepare 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. Some positions in the class may supervise classified, temporary, or contractual employees at a lower level on a project basis. Work at this level differs from higher-level foresters in the scope of projects and level of independence and from lower level foresters in the level of expertise and breadth of knowledge required. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a higher-level forester, or administrative superior.

Examples of Work:

Supervises and implements recreation projects, timber sales, wildlife habitat improvement, road projects, mapping and inventory on public lands; writes, gathers information, develops, and implements long-term management plans on public lands; and monitors and report on conservation easements and prepares licenses and special permits on public lands. Provides professional and technical assistance to landowners, the general public, timber harvesters, and other resource professionals; reviews proposed forest management plans and plan activities on private lands for compliance with state & federal programs; and develops, presents, and distributes informational and educational programs and materials. Investigates logging operations on private land for compliance with state statutes, regulations, and rules; conducts research, performs collection and analysis of forest health and other natural resource data; and occasionally assists in forest fire suppression and other forest protection programs in a leadership capacity. Enters information into computers, maintains databases, and drafts reports. Works with GPS units and GIS software to produce maps. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed more than half the time in a field setting; involving exposure to the full range of Vermont 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, particularly in fieldwork in the regulatory programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of forestry or natural resource sciences.

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

Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of forest ecology.

Working knowledge of Forest recreation issues and concerns.

Working 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.

Working knowledge of forest entomology and pathology.

Working knowledge of the applications of wildlife management.

Working knowledge of planning principles and procedures.

Knowledge of the basic issues of urban and community forestry.

Knowledge of the procedures of forest fire, insect and disease control.

Skill in the application of Geographic Information Systems software and other mapping tools including Global Positioning Systems.

Skill in the application of computers in data management and program planning.

Ability to formulate and implement forest management recommendations.

Ability to plan, gather, administer and analyze natural resources inventory data.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to use basic computer software.

Ability to understand and interpret complex and technical information.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in forestry or a natural resource field AND two (2) years or more of experience at a professional level in forestry or a natural resources field.


Master's degree in forestry or a natural resource field.


One (1) year or more as Forester I with the State of Vermont.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Requirements:

Must be able to be licensed as a forester in Vermont within 6 months of hire