Forester (Various Locations)
State of West Virginia - West Virginia

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The WV Division of Forestry is recruiting qualified forestry professionals. We take great pride in our state forest resources. Foresters are involved in specialized technical and field work in forest management, forest fire protection, logging sediment control, and other forestry related programs. The employee determines compliance with applicable laws, regulations, permits, best management practices, and/or contracts within an assigned project area in the state. Work is initially characterized by specific instructions from team leader or Regional Program Manager, with gradual assumption of more responsibility, independence, and authority as proficiency is demonstrated. Work requires travel and outside work in varying weather conditions and over difficult terrain. Subject to emergency response for, but not limited to, forest fire suppression and logging sediment control enforcement, as necessitated by environmental conditions and agency needs.
Appointments from this announcement may be made at the Forester 1 (training), 2 (Journeyman) or 3 (advanced) levels depending on candidate qualifications and the current needs of the agency. Some positions require extensive and overnight travel.

Note. This is not a specific vacancy recruitment. We are seeking applicants for expected vacancies. Your application will remain active for 1 year. We typically fill 5-10 vacancies per year in a variety of locations. Be sure to indicate on your application the counties in which you will definitely accept work.

If you qualify and would like specific information about vacancies and agency hiring plans, please contact:
Darlene Parsons (WV Division of Forestry)
Phone: 304-558-2788 x118

How to Apply: APPLY ONLINE. Paper applications cannot be accepted without prior approval. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office (304) 558-3950 ext. 57207 for special instructions. If you have previously applied and want to update your name, address or email, do not re-apply. Simply login to your online account and click "My Account" . Make changes and Save. If you must change/add work preferences, county availability, work history, or training, you may submit a revised application after 48 hours. We will remove any older applications for this job and use the most recent one. If the job is closed, you will have to send us a letter and we will update your record.

IMPORTANT: This posting is not for a specific vacancy. There is no fixed closing date; however, the job may be closed at any time if agency hiring needs change. To be notified by email of other jobs that might interest you, complete an online Interest Card at our main jobs page.


Training Requirement for Forester 1, 2 and 3: Associate degree in a Forest Technology program recognized by the Society of American Foresters, OR a Bachelor's degree in a forestry program accredited by the Society of American Foresters. (There is NO substitution for the Training requirement.)

Forester 1,2 and 3 License Requirements: Persons holding a current license as a registered professional forester or forestry technician may be preferred in appointment. If you do not have a license and are selected for appointment you will be notified by the hiring agency that you must apply for and begin the formal licensing process PRIOR to appointment. The licensing board will provide verification that your application is in process. After you have completed the full-time equivalent work experience, you will be required to then complete the licensing process.
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Other Requirements for Forester 1,2 and 3: Must be licensed or eligible to be licensed to operate a motor vehicle in West Virginia.
Failure to pass the required physical examination within the first 6 months of employment will result in termination of employment. Failure to pass a subsequent examination may result in reassignment.
Positions must meet the qualifications for and become a Special Conservation Officer at the earliest opportunity following employment and maintain this commission throughout the period of employment in the position. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the State Forester.

Experience Requirement for Forester 1: None required

Experience Requirement for Forester 2: One (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in the field of forestry.

Experience Requirement for Forester 3: Three (3) years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in the field of forestry.

If you decide to apply you will be required to answer the online Supplemental Questions shown in the tab above. Responses are subject to verification. Your eligible will be based on information provided in your application. You will be notified of the results of initial screening. You will receive no other communication unless contacted by the hiring agency.


Yearly salary ranges:
8540 FORESTER 1 27,732 - 51,312
8541 FORESTER 2 29,400 - 54,396
8542 FORESTER 3 31,164 - 57,660

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