Forester III

Recruitment #201021-L24C-04



Location - Antlers

Typical Functions
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Manages the planning, development, and implementation of various forestry use, conservation, fire management, suppression, and prevention, marketing of forestry products, or other programs or projects.

- Provides professional forestry management to farmers and landowners concerning the establishment of windbreaks, shelterbelts, post lots, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and forestation projects; provides technical service and advice to forest landowners and sawmill operators regarding timber inventories, management, cutting and forest regeneration methods, and marketing of forest products.

- Conducts timber inventory surveys; computes and analyzes data collected and summarizes results; assists operators and timber buyers in the location of salable timber.

- Provides professional forestry management to cities and towns, non-profit groups, homeowners, and others on urban and community forestry projects; provides information to the public on proper tree planting and care.

- Analyze and develops specialized forestry plans for landowners, groups, or communities, which contain specific forestry recommendations, such as forest management guidelines, protection of water quality, protection of forests from fires and pests, improvement of wildlife habitat, control of erosion, tree planting and maintenance guidelines, and timber harvesting.

- Supervises or performs development and implementation of a wide variety of forest management and wildland fire management programs in a multi-county district, multiple districts, or statewide as assigned, including coordinating with professional foresters and other natural resource professionals in other state and federal agencies and private industry, developing and interpreting program guidelines, and preparing program materials.

- Facilitate and participate in meetings, conferences and seminars on forest fire prevention and control, or forest management and conservation; develops and conducts training classes for employees, schools, civic groups, clubs and concerned citizens.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Required at this level includes knowledge of dendrology; of mensuration; of forest management; of silviculture; of modern forestry methods and techniques; of soil conservation techniques and principles; of forest economics; of timber management, inventories, cutting and regeneration methods; of forest products, marketing and urban forestry; and of tree physiology. Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; to speak effectively before groups; and to follow written and oral instructions; plus knowledge of the methods, techniques, tools and equipment related to wildland fire management and suppression; of report writing and recordkeeping; of tree identification; and of forestry programs, forest regeneration systems, and natural resources; plus knowledge of silvicultural requirements of forest species; of common plant pests and appropriate pest control measures; and of long-range planning. Ability is required to establish realistic direction for the district or the program assigned in consultation with higher level foresters and administrators.


Positions in this job family are professional foresters assigned responsibilities to develop, implement, or administer forestry conservation and management programs, wildland fire management and projects in an assigned district, region, or statewide.


This job family consists of five levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of assigned duties, the level of expertise required to complete assigned tasks, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level III:
This is the specialist level where employees are assigned supervisory responsibilities of foresters, protection personnel, technicians or other employees, prepare management plans for designated forest properties, conduct forest surveys, advise landowners on forestry conservation techniques, coordinate forestry activities with local agencies and groups, and preform administrative tasks as required including budget preparation and administration. Plan, organize, and develop all aspects of a specific program related to forest conservation and use or are assigned all aspects of the forestry program and delivery of services in an assigned district. Some positions may be assigned responsibility for special forestry programs or projects, such as supervising and/or performing work in forest utilization and forest products marketing or urban forestry, and conducting surveys and evaluations of forest activities including harvesting, site preparation and planting, watershed surveys of silvicultural activities and their effect on water resources. In this role they will serve as a staff member in the Forestry Services Division with responsibility for developing assigned programs and provide functional or direct supervision and training to lower level foresters in conducting assigned programs. These positions are responsible for all phases of development and coordination of assigned programs.


Level III:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in forestry from a Society of American Foresters accredited degree program or a related natural resources degree with a total of 56 semester credit hours with 51 semester credits which includes coursework in ecology and forestry biology, management of forest resources, measurement of forest resources, and forest resource policy, economics and administration, and an additional 5 credit hours in any of the forestry related coursework areas and three years of professional forestry experience.


Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position; be willing to work hours other than on regular shifts during emergency situations; and possess a telephone to receive emergency on-call duty messages.

Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license at time of employment.

Persons appointed to Forester V positions must possess or obtain recognition as a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters (SAF) within 18 months from the date of appointment and maintain this certification according to the standards of SAF. Certification by the Department of Agriculture as a Pesticide Applicator must be obtained prior to the completion of the probationary period.

Certification by the Department of Agriculture as a Pesticide Applicator must be obtained prior to the completion of the initial probationary period.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on the supplemental questionnaire.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.