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Service Forester

Ohio DNR
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Geauga County
Job Description:

Serves as Service Forester & provides technical forestry assistance in areas to include reforestation, forest management, timber marketing, watershed protection, insect & disease control, forest recreational facility development & wildlife habitat development:  provides assistance to landowners (e.g., forest management plan development, tree planting plans, marketing assistance, wildlife habitat, improving woodland health, financial incentives, increasing timber production, technical assistance, forest industries, recreation); inspects forest land to determine eligibility for classification under Ohio Forest Tax Law; coordinates Service Forestry programs with other governmental agencies having complementary programs; performs field inspections to certify technical need for certain forestry practices under Federal Forestry Incentives &/or Environmental Quality Incentive Program & checks for compliance under certain practices in such programs; assists in acquiring & maintaining third party sustainable forestry certification (e.g., audits, develops written plans, obtains appropriate Geographic Information System [GIS] information); assists with invasive species program on state & private lands (e.g., host work-shops, presents information at conferences, provide landowners with up-to-date information on control measures); assists with field work on state forests property (e.g. timber cruising, timber marking).

Collects & analyzes basic forest data & formulates into overall forest stewardship plan for forest property:  makes recommendations on marking of timber; works with timber industry & provides limited assistance on timber procurement processing & marketing problems; conducts forest management seminars; responds to insect & disease inspection requests; develops planting & maintenance specifications; reviews landscape plans; recommends tree protection practices; advises on tree removal; operates state vehicle to meet with private landowners, governmental, & civic groups, & to navigate throughout & between state forests & to attend various functions.

Represents the Department & Division & performs public relations duties: promotes interest, activity, & understanding in forest conservation (e.g., host work-shops, present information at conferences, writes news articles); organizes &/or participates in field days & demonstrations (e.g., schools, public, private companies); makes public appearances (e.g., via radio, television, service groups); sets-up special meetings to resolve conflicts between public & private entities; writes reports; composes correspondence; attends meetings with civic, professional, & governmental agencies; serves as local contact for Division of Forestry programs & responds to simple inquiries; works on special projects (e.g., special landowner cost-share program sign-ups, forest pest surveys, Big Tree Program measurements) performs wildfire support as directed within training & physical capabilities. 


Completion of undergraduate core coursework in forestry or related field of study; 12 months training or 12 months experience in public relations; 12 months training or 12 months experience in operation of computer software programs; valid driver's license.

Or 12 months experience as a Forestry Technician, 22321.

Knowledge of: safety practices (Division of Forestry Health & Safety Manual)*; public relations; agency policies & procedures (ODNR, Forestry)*; government structure & process (local, state, federal); natural sciences (forestry); law (Ohio Revised Code [ORC] Chapter 1503). 
Skilled in: word processing (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Geographic Information System [GIS]); equipment operations (personal computer, general office equipment, forestry instruments motor vehicle, calculator, forestry instruments [e.g., prism, Global Positioning System [GPS], Biltmore stick, wildland firefighting). 
Ability to: define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public; demonstrate physical fitness (e.g., to walk several miles, climb hills); prepare & deliver speeches before specialized audiences or plan training programs on timber harvesting & processing of fire control; interpret variety of technical material in books, journals & manuals; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports.