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Assistant District Forester

Colorado State Forest Service

Franktown, Golden, Grand Junction, and Woodland Park ,  Colorado

Under the supervision of the District Forester, these positions will be the lead for one or more of the following program areas:  Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Firewise, Forest agriculture, Forest management, Forest stewardship planning, Grant program management, Insect and disease, Outreach programs, Pile burning on state lands, State parks forest management, State trust lands, Urban and community forestry, and Wildfire mitigation and fuel treatment. Grant programs these positions will administer include but are not limited to: Colorado Forest Restoration, State & Private Forestry, State Fire Assistance, Community Assistance Funding on Adjacent Lands, and other State and Federal grants.

These positons will provide technical assistance to local landowners regarding forest health (insects, disease, and wildfire mitigation), and prepare program related reports.  In addition, these positions will also provide assistance to other district staff in additional program areas including: Forest product sales, Local government parks and open space projects, Community/HOA assistance, Private lands forest management, Seasonal crew hiring and oversight, and District facilities maintenance.

At times, these positions will develop service agreements with landowners by creating scopes of work, assessing district budgets, resources, and personnel, deciding the technical requirements needed for the agreement, and obtaining appropriate signatures. These positions will lead district work teams, train and mentor district staff members, develop and manage program and project budgets up to $250,000, create detailed work plans, serve as the acting District Forester in the District Foresters absence, and participate on agency committees.

Required Job Qualifications: 

Degree Requirements:

  • A Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program option, and
  • Four years of professional forestry experience.


  • A Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in Forestry or a Natural Resources program option, and
  • Five years professional forestry experience, with specific experience in Dendrology, Forest Ecology, Forest Management, Forest Measurements, Silviculture, Urban and Community Forestry, Vegetation Dynamics, or Wildfire Management/Fuels Mitigation.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to safely operate 4-wheel drive vehicles, forestry machinery and tools; perform strenuous outdoor work in a variety of weather conditions.

To apply and for a complete position announcement, please review the following website: CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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