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Forest Ranger I

Arkansas Agriculture Department

Murfreesboro ,  Arkansas
Forestry

The Forest Ranger I is responsible for fire prevention and suppression activities, fire suppression equipment maintenance, and assisting with forest management activities within an assigned area. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Typical Functions
Locates fire sites following legal land description or directions. Performs wild fire suppression activities, including construction of fire lines, and inspects and secures fire lines by removing limbs, snags, and brush, as needed. Operates dozers and plows to construct fire lines. Collects information to determine timber/soil type, seedling planting rate, seedling survival rate, property boundaries, and insect and disease infestation. Performs preventative maintenance and repair of agency vehicles, fire suppression equipment, tools, and facilities. Presents fire prevention programs to elementary schools, civic groups, and rural volunteer fire departments utilizing audio-visual aids and costumes. Collects geographic information system data for forest management programs utilizing global position system (GPS) and hand held data equipment. Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Job Dimensions
Exposure to extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, and potentially hazardous and/or dangerous conditions is required. May be required to work under extended subject-to-call status and extended work hours. Must reside within assigned area as a condition of employment.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of fire laws and regulations. Knowledge of truck and tractor operations. Ability to perform and coordinate vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair. Ability to read maps and follow directions. Ability to compile and complete reports. Ability to use GPS, data recorders and other forestry equipment. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus six months of experience in tractor/truck operations and maintenance. Must obtain a commercial driver's license and pass annual physical standard and job retention training as a condition of employment. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Preferred Qualifications
Other requirements include must live in their area of responsibility or within fifteen road miles of their assigned work center, must meet physical fitness standards annually, and frequent twenty-four hour on-call duty and frequent exposure to hazardous conditions while fighting fires and marking timber is required. A commercial drivers license is required within 90 days of hire. General computer skills preferred.

Only applicants that meet and/or exceed the minimum education and experience requirements should apply. Those applicants that do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.



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