Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forestry
*** The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply. ***
The State of Alaska seeks a professional forester to join our team focused on Alaska’s forest management responsibilities in the temperate rain forest of Southeast Alaska; the organization functions in a dynamic environment, the incumbent is exposed to the diverse geographic setting of Alaska and the many opportunities it offers. A forester in the position can expect to be involved in a variety of projects due to the remote nature of the state. The work requires a robust presence in the field augmented with state of the art office and field forestry tools. The Division seeks individuals interested in growth or advancement in our organization.
The mission of the Division of Forestry is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska’s forests to provide a sustainable supply of forest resources for Alaskans. We are leaders in forest management, forest practices wildland fire management, and cooperative forestry programs across the state. Our influence crosses ownership boundaries through leadership of all-risk incident management teams, management of federal timber resources under the Good Neighbor Authority, and up-to-date best management practices that apply to all commercial forests.
This position prepares commercial timber sales and is instrumental in planning and implementing sale layout, timber cruising and sale administration. The position works alone and in small teams in remote and rural forests. As part of sale administration, the forester is expected to document in a professional manner, provide direction, and influence timber sale purchasers, contractors and the public to protect the interests of the State. Part of the position’s time will also focus on administration of the Alaska Forest Practices Act on private land. The position will spend time in the office planning for field work, processing information gathered, communicating on subject matters in written and verbal forms to represent and resolve issues.
The work provides exposure to Alaska's unique physical and cultural environment. The Southeast Alaska Archipelago has abundant forest and aquatic resources and is the salmon capital of the world. Public lands and island life dominate the landscape. Forest management in the area is transitioning from old growth to young growth management. Work in this position and environment will provide many opportunities to adapt lessons learned elsewhere and to develop new approaches in contemporary forest management. Demand for active management by the forest industry from all land is significant. Staffing in the organization is lean, providing opportunity for broad exposure to our variety of missions; there are multiple options for long term growth and advancement in both the resources and fire programs. Career long training and innovation is a building block of our culture. Work schedules vary with the season; summer tends to provide extended weather and long daylight opportunities for project work which can in turn provide blocks of time off to enjoy the location’s outdoor opportunities.
The job is based in the Ketchikan office composed of a team of four people. The amount of office time varies with the season and the ongoing operational needs. The balance of office to field work is approximately 50/50 over the span of the year. Most of the field work is located on other islands and requires some overnight travel. Time in the field will vary from one day to two weeks. Accommodations when traveling are typically in hotels or lodges with occasional remote camps or camping. Most overnight accommodations are in small communities.
Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies
To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following core competencies:
Effective communicator, self-starter, accountable and respectful of other;
A creative problem solver who can identify issues and develop solutions.
The ideal candidate is a motivated individual who can demonstrate the following:
Significant experience with timber sale unit design, logging road design and layout;
Significant experience with a variety of timber cruising methods;
Experience in administering timber sale contracts or road construction;
Proficient in written and oral communication;
Experience with GIS and road engineering software;
Willingness and ability to travel and work in remote locations with minimum direct supervision using a variety of transportation methods (such as but not limited to small aircraft, boats, a variety of wheeled methods, etc.).
A Cover Letter is required at the time of application. Please address the KSA's and Competencies listed in this job posting.
Position may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned work in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days.
Position travels frequently and on an indeterminate schedule as part of forest resources practices and contract administration. Travel associated with timber sale preparation occurs in a more planned manner and is subject to a variety of logistical constraints. Most travel requires travel overnight and for periods of less than one week from the duty station.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry or closely related curricula.
One year of professional entry level forestry experience. The required experience is met by service as Forester I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Three years of journey level technical experience in fire or forest resources management. This experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
A master's degree from an accredited college in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry or closely related curricula will substitute for the entry level experience.
Four years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college
that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field AND journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices, such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. (2.67 semester or 4 quarter hours of post-secondary education are equal to one month of experience). The experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Certification from an accredited vocational technical school in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field and three years of journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. This experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Certification via NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Incident Qualification Card (AKA 'red card') within the preceding three (3) years in any of the following will substitute for the required education:
1. Helibase Manager Type 2 (HEB2),
2. Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS),
3. Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS), or
4. Air Tanker Base Manager (ATBM).
For NWCG Incident Qualification Card certification information see: National Incident Management System (NIMS): Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1) or the NWCG Standards for Airtanker Base Operations (PMS 508).
Closely related curricula and work experience includes fields such as: geosciences, geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat management, forest engineering, remote sensing, vegetation classification, natural resource bio-metrics, and wildland fire control.
One year of work experience equals 12 months of seasonal work.
Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned work in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; may fly in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters and handle hazardous materials.
Most positions require "Red Card" qualification under the Incident Command System.
Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.
Additional Required Information
**NOTE: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY**
At time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter;
Copy of A valid Driver’s License; and
A resume with complete job history, including the names and current telephone numbers of previous employers;
If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
A copy of your last two (2) performance appraisals (if you are a current or former State of Alaska employee) or two (2) letters of recommendation from a former supervisor;
A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor; and
Copy of current NWCG red card (if you have one).
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska login to successfully apply. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/howtoapply/
This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.
A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.
This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the Forester I or Forester II level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at Level I, promotion to the Level II will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.
COVER LETTER INFORMATION
In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a cover letter is required. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIREMENT
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:
Name: Greg Staunton
Title: Area Forester
Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefitsThe following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)Insurance Benefits Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/programs/index.html for additional information. AVTEC Confidential Correctional Officers Marine Engineers Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers Supervisory Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining) The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information. General Government Labor, Trades and Crafts Public Safety Employees Association Masters, Mates & Pilots Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)Optional Insurance Benefits Group-based insurance premiums for Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents) Long-term and short-term disability Accidental Death and Dismemberment Long-term care (self and eligible family members) Supplemental Survivor Benefits Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expensesRetirement Benefits Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees) Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees) Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment optionsSee http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/retirement/index.html for additional information Paid Leave & Other Benefits Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served Eleven paid holidays a year Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.See http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ghlb/employee/health/gymListing.html for additional information