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State Forester - Kansas Forest Service

Kansas Forest Service
Kansas State University
Job Field:
Job Type:
Experienced Professional
Job Description:

As State Forester of the Kansas Forest Service (KFS) at Kansas State University, you will provide leadership, expertise, and management to the programs and employees of the agency.

Your responsibilities will be to:
•Guide direction of all programs within KFS
•Contribute to the success of KFS personnel meeting plannedprogram goals
•Advocate for KFS at state and federal levels
•Represent KFS with federal, state, local, and private naturalresources agencies
•Prioritize and budget resources within KFS to satisfy the needs of diverse stakeholders while meeting required deliverables

The Kansas Forest Service is the 5th oldest state forestry agency in the country established in 1887, and is housed as an independent agency within K-State Research and Extension. The agency employs 35 full-time employees, and 40+ temporary and student positions, housed in Manhattan, KS and offices throughout the state. Our programs include Rural Forestry, Community Forestry, Fire Management, Conservation Tree Planting, Forest Health, and Marketing and Utilization. KFS works with a diverse group of partners at local, state, and federal levels to help serve the State of Kansas in pursuit of our mission: “Care of Natural Resources and Service to People Through Forestry”. We pride ourselves on the multi-faceted services we provide the many stakeholders of Kansas. KFS contributes an estimated combined economic impact of $34 million annually. To learn more, visit: Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.


Minimum Requirements:
•A person in order to be eligible to be appointed to, or hold theoffice of state forester must have completed the requirements forand be the holder of a degree from a school of forestry approvedby the board and shall have a record of experience in forestrysatisfactory to the board. (State Statute K.S.A. 76-425c)
Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or closely-related
degree from a school of forestry (Society of American Foresters
accredited program)
• Master’s degree
• 3-5 years of business administration and leadership
• Excellent written and oral, interpersonal, organizational, and
communication skills

Other Requirements:
• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States at the time of employment


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals
with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity
among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State
University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the
process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


This position is benefits eligible including health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance, paid time off (holidays, vacation and sick leave).

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Professional references

Screening begins on October 18, 2019.