Southeast Area Forester

Job Description

Job Title: Area Forester
Location: Moab, Utah

Job Description:
Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to advance your career in forestry and make a significant impact on forest management in the west? If so, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands is seeking a forester to manage all aspects of forestry for Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties. The position is based in beautiful Moab, in the heart of Utah's red rock country, and involves work in diverse landscapes, from the riparian forests of the Colorado and Green rivers, to the high alpine forests of the La Sal Mountains and Wasatch Plateau.

Principal Duties:

  • Advise landowners, communities, agencies, and the public in the areas of forest management, urban and community forestry, forest health, and wood utilization.
  • Administer the Division's Forest Stewardship, Forest Legacy, Forest Health, and Urban and Community Forestry programs in Southeast Utah.
  • Provide forestry expertise to the Division's Sovereign Lands, Wildland-Urban Interface, and Fire Programs in the Southeast Area.
  • Partner with Federal, State, and nonprofit cooperators to develop, write, and administer grants for forest improvement.
  • Write forest stewardship and forest practice plans, and administer treatments, hiring crews and contractors and overseeing their work.

The Ideal Candidate:
  • A Bachelor's of Science degree in Forestry and/or natural resource management, environmental science or closely related natural resources/conservation field OR has a Bachelor's degree not related to natural resources but who has at least 5 yrs professional experience directly related to natural resource/conservation fields.
  • A working knowledge of forest management, silviculture, forest mensuration, urban & community forestry, and forest health.
  • The ability to write clearly and effectively, and to speak before groups.
  • Experience using GIS and GPS platforms to collect data and create maps.
  • A passion for improving forest health, productivity, and ecosystem function through active, prudent forest management.

Why You Should Join Our Team:
The Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands Southeast Area is centered in some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. We work with many great partners as we plan and implement projects to improve the forests of southeast Utah. As Area Forester you have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of forest management. Additionally, the State of Utah offers great benefits and generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance.

The Agency:
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Example of Duties
  • A Bachelor's of Science degree in Forestry and/or natural resource management, environmental science or closely related natural resources/conservation field OR has a Bachelor's degree not related to natural resources but who has at least 5 yrs professional experience directly related to natural resource/conservation fields.
  • Knowledge of forest resource management and of forestry program(s) delivery, including Urban & Community Forestry.
  • Advanced communication skills, including both oral and written skills, and experience addressing audiences of all types using various mediums.
  • Knowledge of invasive species management.
  • Skill and ability to operate off highway vehicles, such as pickups, ATV/UTV and/or snowmobiles.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology and habitat requirements.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of fire fighting and fire prevention.
  • Significant knowledge and skills in using GIS software platforms.
Supplemental Information
  • Extensive and sometimes strenuous field work is required, including walking and hiking in all weather conditions and terrain, often for long periods of time, as well as lifting and carrying moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs).
  • The job often involves working alone in remote areas, so a degree of self-reliance and independence is necessary.
  • Wildland fire certifications and qualifications may be required.
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Utah driver's license.