Forest Ranger

Recruitment #220602-L23A-03



The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Forest Ranger I in the Oklahoma Forestry Services. This is a position (PIN #04000111) in state government, located in Kenwood, OK. The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including 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 $30,842.00 based on education and experience.

The persons in this position will be occasionally working in arduous terrain and under conditions that are hazardous to personal safety. Applicant must be able to pass the firefighters Work Capacity Test twice a year, must be able to operate heavy equipment in the suppression of wildland fires. They must also reside within a 15-mile radius of designated hiring point.

This position will also require a CDL license within 6 months of being hired. Knowledge of how to operate heavy equipment is preferred, but not required. Incumbent must be willing to travel as needed for training and fighting wildfires.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of wildfire suppression principles and techniques; of recordkeeping procedures; of the operation and maintenance of assigned firefighting equipment; and of state wildland fire laws and policies. Ability is required to manage a single resource such as a bulldozer, wildland engine or fire crew; to troubleshoot equipment malfunctions in the field; to encourage community support of volunteer wildland firefighting organizations; to write reports; and to read and interpret maps; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

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

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

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 State of Oklahoma Commercial Driver’s License, Class A or B, with appropriate endorsements as 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.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has determined that some positions in this job family are safety sensitive as defined by 63 O.S. § 427.8.


Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of one year of forestry-related work, or fire prevention and suppression work, or experience operating logging, earth-moving or farm equipment or an equivalent combination of education and experience. ##Note: Must be able to pass a Forestry Services administered reading and writing comprehension test to be eligible for employment.


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