Job Specifications

State Lands Manager

Job Code: 312502

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 28

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 03/15/2020

Class Definition:

Provide managerial, leadership, coordination, and communications for the State Land Program on a state-wide basis for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation’s Division of Forests, including administrative and technical work involving state lands management policies, programs, and projects. Duties cover the range of land management functions with emphasis upon program development, administration, coordination of planning and direction of projects, and working with a variety of public, private, educational, and environmental interests on a state-wide basis. Supervision is exercised over staff of professional and technical employees. Work is performed under the direction of the Director of Forests.

Examples of Work:

Reviews and evaluates broad management and technical aspects of land management activities in five field districts for conformance with policies and objectives and ensures prescribed balance and continuity of all land management programs and projects. Directly supervises five Stewardship Foresters and indirectly supervises all state land management staff in the Division of Forests. Oversees the development and adoption of guidelines and standard operating procedures to provide consistency in the execution of all field functions. Compiles, reviews and evaluates land management accomplishments through reporting systems and analyses and prepares special reports as required. Supports the development and implementation of state land long range management plans, annual work plans, special project proposals, and forest products sale contracts. Researches and analyzes fiscal and accomplishment reports for conformance with the Division of Forests priorities and the annual financial plan. Assists with budgeting, grant writing, and district funding allocations. Maintains awareness of emerging issues and ensures connections with organizations and agencies involved in understanding and addressing land management issues. Represents the Division of Forests in departmental planning for comprehensive use of state land. Assists the Director with liaison and coordination of forest management activities with other divisions, departments and agencies in state and federal government; acts as representative of the Division of Forests at committee, council and other meetings and conferences as assigned. Reviews proposed state and federal legislation, rules, regulations and other executive and administrative orders and assesses the potential impact of such actions upon state forest management programs. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are primarily performed in a main office setting, but with a predictable need for considerable travel to District offices and to field locations which may at times include rough terrain. Private means of transportation should be available for required travel. Appearances before a variety of groups can be anticipated which may involve weekend or evening duty.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public land administration, management, and conservation.
  • Considerable knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of the broad range of forestry principles and practices applicable to forest management, stewardship, protection, and utilization.
  • Working knowledge of other natural resource and land use programs which relate closely to forestry and public land management.
  • Working knowledge of forest product harvesting methods and market outlets.
  • Working knowledge of the economic value and contribution of forests and forest products to the American and Vermont economy.
  • Working knowledge of geospatial technologies suitable for collecting and analyzing data related to forest health, recreation, and forestry operations.
  • Ability to analyze problem areas, identify issues, and to recommend effective remedial action.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to keep objectives in view while concurrently administering several generally related tasks/functions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct a staff of professional and technical employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Forestry or a related natural resources field, and three (3) years or more experience in Forestry or a related natural resources field.
OR
Bachelor's degree in Forestry or a related natural resources field, and five (5) years or more in Forestry or a related natural resources field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Requirements:

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