State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $53,627.00-$89,425.00 Yearly






A Forester Supervisor is the supervisory level of work in the field of professional forest management and protection.  Employees in this classification serve as a supervisor of a county project or manager of a large State park or forest.  Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Foresters and Foresters Licensed in carrying out the management and protection functions.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Forester Manager or other higher-level forestry official.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Forester Supervisor is differentiated from the Forester Licensed in that the Forester Supervisor supervises lower-level Foresters while the Foresters Licensed performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Serves as project supervisor and is responsible for work planning, scheduling and evaluation;

Supervises and trains lower-level Foresters;

Foresters Licensed and seasonal workers;

Serves as a manager of a large State forest or park and provides both administrative and technical direction to employees assigned to the forest or park;

Assists the Forester Manager in the preparation of budgets;

Provides forest resource management planning to both privately and publicly owned forest lands;

Conducts public relations programs to promote forest conservation to public and private interest groups;

Coordinates fire suppression activities on a county or multi-county level;

May represent the Maryland Forest Service at local public and private hearings and meetings;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of forestry management and conservation techniques;

Knowledge of the sciences of botany, silvics, forest measurements, dendrology, forest entomology and pathology, ecology, soils, timber estimating and grading and forest finance;

Knowledge of the practices of silviculture and methods of forest protection;

Knowledge of the principles and practices of administration and personnel management;

Knowledge of personnel rules and regulations;

Skill in using equipment of the forester profession;

Skill in preparing technical reports;

Skill in gathering and analyzing facts through researching and investigation and exercising sound judgment in drawing conclusions;

Ability to use Geographic Information Systems to conduct analysis and develop maps for forestry applications;

Ability to plan, supervise, budget and direct all aspects of assigned projects;

Ability to plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate the work of lower-level Foresters;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, program staff, property owners and the general public;

Ability to communicate effectively.


Education:   A Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from a school of forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Experience: Three years of forestry experience involving forest or park management, wildlife biology, forest recreation planning, forest engineering, urban and community forestry, timber harvest and marketing, forest planning or forest protection.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master of Science degree approved by the State Board of Foresters for one year of the required experience.

2. The education and experience requirements are pursuant to the Business Occupations and Professions Article, Sections 7-206 and 7-304 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the forestry field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.   


1. Pursuant to the Business Occupations and Professions Article, Section 7-304 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, employees with two or more years of experience as described above shall qualify for a license issued by the State Board of Foresters. Persons appointed to this classification must obtain this license before the end of their probationary period, or during the first year of employment for promotional employees.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification will be subject to assignment in any county of the State. Upon permanent appointment, the employee will be required to reside in the county or region to which they are assigned.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, are required provide the agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

3. Employees in this classification will be required to obtain specific levels of fire suppression training as mandated by agency policies.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Professional Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Professional Service positions.  Some positions in Professional Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit as indicated by the designation of S (supervisor), M (manager), T (agency head), U (Board or Commission member), W (student), X (excluded by executive order),  or Z (confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and therefore, all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining. 

Date Revised

March 15, 2019

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000405; REV: 3/15/2019;

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