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The State Forest Manager is responsible for the management of the Poison Springs State Forest. This position is governed by state and federal laws

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Special Job Requirements:

An element of danger exists in the performance of fire suppression duties.

Typical Functions:

Supervises a medium-sized professional, technical, and administrative support staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, training new employees, evaluating the performance of incumbents, and resolving problems. Select tracts and amount of timber from each tract for annual harvest by using timber cruise reports generated from field measurements and specialized computer program. Supervises a three-month/year timber marking crew maintaining consistency by using a compass line across tracts while keeping marking crew evenly spaced and reviewing for accuracy the recording of tree measurements. Conducts state forest timber sales by determining and appraising timber area, deriving bid minimums, advertising sale, reviewing and awarding bids, and preparing and monitoring contracts for specification compliance. Analyze effect of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species. Performs administrative duties including developing and monitoring operating budget and plan, reviewing and approving supply and equipment requests, evaluating and recommending policies and procedures, preparing statistical and informational reports, and developing and presenting training programs. Surveys forest property, prepares boundary maps, appraises bordering lands, and recommends land purchase. Performs fire suppression duties as needed. Provides assistance and tours to private landowners and the public as requested. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Knowledge of the principles and practices of forest management. Knowledge of the principles and practices of economic management. Knowledge of laws and regulations which govern the sale or purchase of land and timber. Knowledge of land survey techniques. Ability to plan and direct forest management and activities. Ability to appraise land and timber areas, conduct sales, and develop and monitor contracts. Ability to develop and monitor operational budget. Ability to analyze and prepare comprehensive management and related forestry plans and reports. Ability to fight fires and enforce forestry laws.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in forestry; plus four years of experience in forest management or a related field, including one year in a supervisory position. Must be a registered forester in accordance with ACA 17-31-301 or be 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.

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