Forest Ranger III

Recruitment #211021-L23C-I01


The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Forest Ranger III located in Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS). This is a classified position (PIN #04000171) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, 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 $42,120.00 based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
The primary purpose of this position is to implement programmatic delivery of OFS Fire Program services including fire suppression and fuels management. Fire suppression responsibilities will include both preparedness and response functions with incumbent providing operational expertise working alongside agency, inter-agency and local firefighting resources. The fuels management responsibilities will encompass activities on public and private lands as directed by Fire Management Leadership.  This will be accomplished by using a variety of techniques, including prescribed fire and mechanical measures, to address hazardous fuels around designated communities.  Other duties of the position include promotion of OFS programs/services, assisting with training of first responders, enhancing relationships with cooperators and using an innovative approach to problem solving.  In addition, this position requires response to preposition for and/or fight wildfires anywhere in Oklahoma and other emergency response activities in various capacities.  

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position will work outdoors in hazardous working conditions during emergencies. Also, will work primarily outdoors and in the shop area. This could lead to dust, vehicles fumes, smoke from fires. Travel will be required frequently during any emergencies. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Oklahoma Class A Commercial Driver’s License


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities in the prevention and suppression of wildfires and in the performance of technical forest management work related to the delivery of the division’s cooperative forestry programs.


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

Level III:
This is the advanced level of the job family where employees perform a full range of forest technician assignments and uses considerable independent judgement in making decisions requiring the interpretation and application of guidelines with considerable latitude to specific situations.  Employees are expected to conduct standing tree inventories, calculate volumes, mark standing timber, locate property lines, distinguish and map timber types, diagnose common insect and disease problems, conduct seedling survival surveys and perform other technical forestry work as assigned. Employees at this level will also be assigned as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Level 2 (RXB2), as an Incident Commander managing multiple resources, strike teams, and/or task forces in the suppression of complex wildland fires, or as a member of Command and General Staff of the Forestry Division Incident Management Team.  Other responsibilities include providing functional supervision to other employees, volunteer fire fighters, and others in various fire suppression and/or prevention activities.


Level III:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of completion of training and qualification as a National Wildfire Coordinating Group Type 4 Incident Commander AND two years of experience in forestry or wildland fire suppression or completion of an approved, agency directed Forest Technician training program, PLUS an Associate’s degree in forest technology, forestry or forest management; OR completion of three courses in forestry at the college level AND qualification as a National Wildland Coordinating Group Type 4 Incident Commander, PLUS certification as a National Wildfire Coordinating Group Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2) AND two years of experience performing technical forestry work or wildland fire suppression; OR completion of an approved, agency directed Forest Technician training program; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.



Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.

Applicants must pass an agency established prehire physical examination and must take and pass a drug test prior to appointment, administered through the appointing agency.

Applicants must be able to pass a Forestry Services administered reading and writing comprehension test to be eligible for employment.

All applicants hired after 06/30/2014 must pass a job-related work capacity test (as outlined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group) within three months of employment and maintain the minimum levels of fitness required for their position throughout their career with Forestry Division (tested annually).

Persons appointed to Forest Ranger I positions must complete all training and experience requirements for National Wildfire Coordinating Group Firefighter II (FFT2) certification within six months of employment and Firefighter I (FFT1) within one year of employment.

Applicants for level I, II, and III must reside or within six months of employment establish residence within a 15 mile radius of the designated reporting/work site to which the employee is assigned.

Some positions may require possession of a valid Oklahoma commercial driver’s license, Class A or B, with appropriate endorsements referenced in the Oklahoma Model Commercial Driver’s Manual in effect at the time of appointment.  Persons appointed to such positions in the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, Forestry Services Division must obtain a class A commercial driver’s license no later than five months after the date of appointment.  Employees subject to this requirement will be subject to random drug testing administered by the appointing authority.


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