The Wildlife Forest Manager prescribes, plans, and implements forestry and wildlife habitat management projects for the forest resources on state-owned Game Lands in the Mountain Eco-Region (Southern Mountains work area) consisting of approximately 100,000 acres and provide technical guidance in forestry and wildlife habitat management to other state and federal agencies (especially the U.S. Forest Service), private landowners, and interested groups. This position develops, administers, monitors, and directs contracts and personnel activities to improve and maintain forest health through active timber management practices such as harvesting timber, prescribed burning, applying herbicides, the use of mechanical treatments, and reforestation. General project objectives are directed at improving habitat for game animals and threatened and endangered wildlife and plant species, as well as to provide hunting opportunities for sportsmen. Important objectives include improving wildlife habitat diversity across the landscape, restoring forest communities, creating and maintaining early successional habitat, and restoring fire adapted ecosystems throughout the Mountain Eco-Region.
Knowledge and Skills Required
The successful candidate should possess an in-depth knowledge of the principles and techniques of wildlife and forest management. An extensive knowledge of silvicultural requirements of managed timber species, the ability to conduct timber inventories and an understanding of timber harvesting systems is essential. Knowledge of prescribed fire and its application is important. Good communication skills are required. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with crew members, other staff, cooperating agencies and organizations, and the general public is mandatory to meet program objectives. The successful candidate should be proficient with personal computers, MS Office and other software related to forestry. Ability to use GPS units and associated GIS software is required. The ability to budget time to accomplish work assignments and to work equally well independently or as a team is required. Physical ability to work in rugged terrain and in a variety of weather conditions is required.
Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in forestry supplemented by the completion of sixteen hours of coursework in wildlife management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.