Area Forester

Virginia Dept of Forestry - Sussex, VA (30+ days ago)4.5


These positions were originally advertised as “agency only”. If you applied, there is no need to resubmit your application as it will be considered under this posting.

The Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking to fill TWO area forester positions in our Eastern Region.

Location: The positions are part of the Waverly Work Area serving the counties of Greensville, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. Within 6 months of hire, the incumbents must live within the work area.

Duties: Incumbents provide professional assistance, as a scientific experts, in program delivery for the following areas: natural resources management and protection; land use planning; conserving the land base; urban and community forestry; watershed and riparian forest management; conservation education; and forest health. Also, provides forest resource information to sister agencies; local governments; private businesses; non-profit and conservation organizations; and citizen groups. Helps facilitate more informed decision-making regarding Virginia’s natural resources at the local level; provides leadership in the prevention and suppression of forest fires; and enforces the seed tree, water quality and fire laws.

Minimum Qualifications
B.S. Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation, Environmental Resources or a related degree. Experience in technical and professional forestry work; ability to work independently; excellent organizational skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel from various state and federal agencies, local planners, cooperators, and the public; public speaking skills and experience; demonstrated excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; valid driver’s license; ability to negotiate different types of forested terrain on foot; ability to travel around the state and stay overnight on occasion; and experience with and ability to use a PC and Microsoft Office software required.

Preferred Qualifications
B.S. Degree in Forestry from a SAF-accredited college or university

Current CPR/AED Certification

Special Requirements
Must be able to obtain Commercial Drivers License within 12 months and Commercial Pesticide Applicators Permit within six months of employment. As a first responder on wildfires, must be willing and able to be on-call during Spring and Fall fire seasons. Must pass moderate physical fitness test, per Federal guidelines. The test consists of walking 2 miles in 30 minutes carrying a 25-pound pack. Selected candidate is required to pass a criminal background check and a drug test.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To use the work title ‘Forester’, a B.S. Degree in Forestry from a SAF-accredited college or university is required; or you must meet the requirements of §10.1-1181.12 of the Code of Virginia. If the chosen candidate does not meet the above requirements, their work title will be Natural Resource Specialist.