Forester III

District Forester

Recruitment #210602-L24C-02



The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time in the Oklahoma Forestry Services .This is a classified position (PIN #127) in state government, located in Antlers, OK. The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packetincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The annual salary for this position is up to $43,517.00 based on education and experience.

Applications will be reviewed periodically, therefore this announcement may close at any time.

Position Description:
Supervise firefighters and other subordinate staff, fight fire, dispatch, coordinate program activities, answer phone, write long-term forest stewardship plan, evaluate pest management problems and make recommendations to the public for control, education programs, urban forestry program management, other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Incumbent must be able to travel as needed for training, conducting fire training, and perform anywhere in the State as a firefighter or member of an overhead-team as determined by ICS qualifications.


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.