Stewardship Forester

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Forestry Department

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3,743.00 - 5,454.00

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Stewardship Forester (Klamath Falls and Sisters)

Job Description:

Are you a professional forester with excellent communications skills? Do you enjoy working with people ? If this sounds like you, please consider joining our team!

The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Mission is – To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.

We have two permanent, full-time positionsavailable in the Private Forest Program with the Oregon Department of Forestry . One position will be located in Klamath Falls and one in Sisters.

In addition, we may have a n additional Limited Duration, full-time position located in Prineville that will be filled with this recruitment. The Limited Duration is expected to end 24 months after hire. For specific questions regarding these positions please contact the manager for the location of interests listed below:

Klamath Falls - Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester in Klamath, at (541) 883-5680.

Sisters/Prineville - Gordon Foster, Protection Unit Forester in Prineville, at (541) 447-5658.

What will you do?

Klamath Falls – You will administer the Private and Community Forests (P&CF) Program in Klamath and Lake Counties. Administration includes helping landowners attain their objectives and provide for the societal values of the citizens of this state by offering information and assistance that encourages long term investments in forest management activities that are consistent with sound management of soil, air, water, fish and wildlife resources. This is accomplished with statutes, rules, programs and policies that relate to: forest practices; reforestation tax credits; cost share funding; fire protection; the Forest Resource Trust; integrated pest management; resource protection; and best management practices to maintain water quality. You will also administer and coordinate various federal grant and partnership activities on the District. This includes coordinating with various affected/interested landowners to ensure the most effective and efficient use of funds. You will conduct various educational activities to communicate opportunities and ascertain interest from landowners.

Prineville/Sisters – You will administer the Private Forests Program (PF Program) in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. Administration includes assisting landowners obtain their land management objectives and provide for the societal values of the citizens of this state by offering forestry and fire prevention educational and technical assistance that encourages long term investments in forest management activities that are consistent with sound management of soil, air, water, fish and wildlife resources. This includes providing professional forestry advice to landowners and operators concerning forest management, fire prevention and administration of the Forest Practices Act and fire prevention laws. You will provide field and administrative support to hazardous fuel treatment and Forest management initiatives funded by the National Fire Plan and Natural Resource Conservation Service on the Prineville-Sister Unit. You will also provide technical assistance and education to homeowners for hazard fuel reduction efforts and SB360 requirements; provide coordination of fuel reduction effort by other unit employees; and give technical support in fire planning, fire investigation and fire operations development planning. You will act as fire overhead on in-district and state fires.

For a complete list of duties and working conditions for theKlamath Falls opportunity,

For a complete list of duties and working conditions for thePrineville-Sisters opportunity,

Because the Department's highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways. That assistance may be directly aiding the emergency effort in the field or at the Salem headquarters. It also may be in providing backup to fill in for another position that is being used in direct aid to the emergency, or it may be in performing an essential function in some capacity either within this Program or elsewhere in Salem or in the field.


  • Working knowledge of forest management technology and recommended best management practices.
  • College-level training in a natural resource management discipline or enough work experience to provide equivalent knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the program statutes, rules, guidelines and policies.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including working with operators, landowners, and the general public in communicating technical information and prescriptive standards.
  • Ability to work with and communicate with people having opposing views relating to the Forest Practice Rules and natural resource management and protection.
  • Experience providing education and outreach to a variety of users such as landowners, operators, small woodland owners, and other agencies in classroom/workshop and/or field tour settings etc.
  • Experience writing forest management plans or treatment prescriptions.
  • Working knowledge of field technology (GPS, tablets) in a forestry setting.
  • Working knowledge of GIS applications and ability to manipulate data.
  • Working knowledge of fire management and fire suppression techniques.
  • Ability to work in a team setting.
  • Ability to adjust to shifting priorities and emerging issues.
  • Two years of experience in forestry or related natural resource field AND a Bachelor's degree in forestry or related natural resource field, OR Three additional years of related experience; Note: A Master's degree in forestry or related natural resource field will count towards one year of the required experience.


  • Click on the "Apply" button above and complete the online application.
  • Answer all the supplemental questions.
  • If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call ODF Human Resources at (503) 945-7306.


  • This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies.
  • The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement.

This position requires the operation of a State vehicle for the purpose of conducting official State business. An Oregon driving record check will be conducted on the top applicants to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record. If your license is from outside Oregon, you must submit at least a three year court/DMV printout at the time of interview. An unacceptable driving record includes:

  • Conviction of a major traffic offense within the previous 24 months which includes reckless driving, driving under the influence, failing to perform the duties of a driver, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, felony hit and run, etc.;
  • Felony revocation of driving privileges or felony or misdemeanor license suspension within the previous 24 months;
  • More than 3 moving traffic violations in the previous 12 months;
  • A careless driving conviction in the previous 12 months;
  • A Class A moving traffic violation in the previous 12 months.


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The Oregon Department of Forestry does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

ODF seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity and values of Oregonians and provides a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. ODF promotes and supports the value of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA), and diversity.