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The Assistant State Forester is responsible for all forest protection activities, staff, and budget. This position is also responsible for shaping a broad forest

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in and out-of-state travel. 24/7 on call duty and exposure to hazardous conditions with wildfires and other emergencies.

Typical Functions:

Directs Arkansas Forestry Commission statewide Natural Resource Forest Management Program by preparing program objectives and work plans; disseminates information and resources; and, monitors delivery and effectiveness of programs to program managers and their subordinates and field personnel in cooperation with state and federal agencies and public. Ensures subordinate program managers operating expenditures do not exceed annual budgets and that they adhere to agency and state purchasing regulations. Provides assistance to Fiscal Officer with federal grant budget management. Supervises private landowner assistance programs, forest health programs, water resources programs, Forest Legacy programs, geographic and information services, forest reforestation, tree improvement, and urban forestry programs. Directs Arkansas Forestry Commission statewide forest resource protection program by disseminating information and resources to subordinates and other professional, technical, and emergency response staff and cooperating agencies. Develops and submit specifications for purchase of fire suppression and other emergency response equipment including crawler tractors, large transport trucks, and airplanes. Directs Arkansas Forestry Commission programs through subordinate supervisors by monitoring delivery and effectiveness of programs which include Aviation service (wildfire and forest health detection), Rural Fire Protection, Federal Excess Personal Property, statewide radio communication system, and law enforcement program; responsible for subordinate staff training and safety programs. Develops, writes, and submits federal grant applications used to fund overall fire protection program, purchase fire suppression and safety equipment, and radio and communication equipment, in compliance with federal grant reporting guidelines. Hires, supervises, and evaluates performance of professional level subordinate supervisors and employees. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and practices of forestry, fire behavior, and fire suppression techniques. Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies applicable to forestry and wildfire suppression practices. Knowledge of state budgetary and purchasing policies and procedures. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to plan unit work objectives and operational activities. Ability to assign and direct the work of subordinate supervisors. Ability to monitor and evaluate program operations and activities. Ability to compile and analyze reports and research data. Ability to interpret state and federal laws, rules, and regulations applicable to forestry and wildfires. Ability to prepare and present information verbally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in forestry from a four-year university accredited by the Society of American Foresters; plus five years of experience in forest protection, including three years in management or supervisory capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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