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STAFF FORESTER

The Staff Forester is responsible for the development, implementation, and modification of forest programs. This position is governed by state and federal laws and

Class Code:

B058C

Job Grade:

GS08

Special Job Requirements:

Frequent in-state travel is required. Occasional work other than regular daytime hours may be required.

Typical Functions:

Conducts research into new forestry programs by visiting experimental stations, talking to experts in the field, and reading technical journals to learn about the programs and how they can be adapted for use in Arkansas. Develops guidelines for the implementation of the program and submits to funding authority for approval. Audits disposition of special forestry tax funds in all Arkansas counties. Dispenses timber information to landowners and assists timber mill owners with technical information. Collects, organizes, and dispenses current and historical data on timber volumes for research and tax purposes. Conducts field observations to monitor program implementation and to investigate complaints. Coordinates with other state and federal agencies such as Soil and Water Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forestry Service, and Pollution Control and Ecology by sharing information and advice and by assisting with research data collection and dissemination. May supervise a small professional and administrative support staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, training new employees, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal forestry practices and programs. Knowledge of the organization and operation of public and private forest enterprises. Knowledge of program research and development. Ability to monitor and evaluate programs and recommend modifications. Ability to develop and conduct training programs. Ability to conduct research and analysis and apply results to forestry programs. Ability to provide technical advice and recommend appropriate action. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education of a bachelor’s degree in forestry from a university accredited by the Society of American Foresters; plus three years of experience in forest taxes or audit. Licensed as a Registered Forester in accordance with Arkansas Code 17-31-301 or able to obtain registration within one year of employment. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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