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Assistant Forest Manager – Green Ridge State Forest

Recruitment #23-002309-0001




Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany County

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for managing a complex integrated geopsatial (GIS) database management system utilized in the development of annual forest work plans to direct on-going sustainable forest management activities on the Forest. Position is also critically needed to assist with the daily field operations of the Green Ridge State Forest, including timber sale preparation for revenue generation, inventory work for the development of the annual work plan/long-range management plan, maintaining updated boundary shape files, and geo- referencing boundary lines to new GIS reference points. Position is essential for achieving requirements of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) third-party sustainable forest certification. Position requires highly specialized knowledge of GIS software (ARC 10.2), operation of GPS and field data recorders, and ability to integrate this information into the Green Ridge State Forest data management system. Requirements include querying the database to develop alternative management strategies and the production of specialized forest management maps used in the Public Review process.


The Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Western Region is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Planner III. This position serves as the Green Ridge State Forest Assistant Manager responsible for supervision and implementation of silvicultural operations to accomplish long term resource management and Annual Work Plan (AWP) activities at the 48,000 acre Green Ridge State Forest. Primary duties include assisting the Forest Manager in directing, planning, organizing, administering, and implementing Department goals for management of the State Forest, and achieving and maintaining dual third party forest certification from SFI and FSC. Resource management duties include management of the silvicultural program, administration and implementation of timber harvests, preparation of timber sale contracts and collection of associated revenues, and preparation and implementation of forest resource and habitat management plans. The position is also responsible for managing and maintaining a complex geographic information system (GIS) database utilized in the development of work plans and to direct sustainable forest management activities on the Forest. Other duties include assisting with the management of Forest operations such as visitor services, resource development and protection, collection and processing of revenue, recreation, interpretive services, property management, and maintenance. These activities directly support the Departmental goal of conserving the natural resources of Maryland and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Three years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, biological, chemical or environmental sciences for up to three years of the required experience.

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


One year of professional experience in silviculture, forest management, forest harvest operations management, or forest planning is required.


  • A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Forestry from a school accredited by the Society of American Foresters
  • Experience with timber harvest layout and sale administration.
  • Experience with forest level and forest stand level growth and data analysis and application of these toward developing landscape level silvicultural planning and implementation.
  • Experience using GIS to include geospatial analysis and database management.
  • Experience with public land management.
  • Experience in commercial pesticide application.
  • Experience in forest certification.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your minimum qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.



The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account, need to make adjustments to a submitted application  or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Courtney Blackistone at 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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