Forest Manager

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Wellpinit, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $35.58 - $53.37 / PER HOUR
Required Experience 7+ years


The Spokane Tribe of Indians is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Forest Manager to oversee the management and sustainable utilization of the Tribe's forest resources. The Forest Manager will be responsible for updating and implementing management plans, supervising staff, managing budgets, and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in forestry, natural resource management, and tribal relations.


  • Update and implement the Forest Management Plan (FMP) for the sustainable management of the Tribe's forest resources as needed.
  • Supervise a team of forestry professionals and support staff, providing guidance, training, and performance evaluations.
  • Conduct regular forest inventory assessments to monitor tree growth, health, and species composition.
  • Develop and implement forest management practices to promote timber growth, wildlife habitat, and watershed protection.
  • Coordinate with all tribal natural & cultural resource programs to ensure the tribes’ overall land management and resource goals are met.
  • Coordinate with Spokane Tribal Business Council (TBC), and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to ensure compliance with tribal and federal regulations and provide recommendations to TBC concerning forest management decisions.
  • Coordinate with allottees to provide recommendations and updates on logging activities.
  • Coordinate with staff and input data into Trust Asset and Accounting Management System (TAAMS).
  • Prepare budgets & annual reports.
  • Oversee timber harvesting operations, ensuring adherence to the Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP), 25CFR and safety regulations.
  • Monitor and evaluate forest management activities to assess their effectiveness and make necessary adjustments.
  • Maintain program awareness through attendance at staff meetings, ID Team meetings, bid openings, log plan meetings.
  • Collaborate with tribal cultural resources personnel to ensure the protection of culturally significant sites within the forest.
  • Provide technical advice and support to tribal members on sustainable forest management practices, including forest restoration and fire prevention.
  • Stay informed about emerging trends, research, and developments in forestry and incorporate best practices into forest management plans.


  • Understanding of forestry principles, practices, and regulations
  • Knowledge of tribal land management policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with local flora, fauna, and ecosystems
  • Understanding of sustainable forest management practices
  • Knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information System) and other relevant software
  • Knowledge of TAAMS preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Spokane Tribal Culture and History preferred.
  • Knowledge of Fire Management practices, uses, and benefits.
  • Knowledge of forest insects and diseases.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop and implement forest management plans.
  • Ability to develop and implement forest management log sales.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting.
  • Skill in conducting field surveys and assessments.
  • Ability to collaborate with tribal leadership, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Capacity to make informed decisions based on ecological, economic, and cultural considerations.
  • Ability to navigate and comply with federal, state, and tribal regulations.
  • Aptitude for managing budgets and resources effectively.
  • Ability to adapt to changing environmental and regulatory conditions.


  • Bachelor of Science or MS degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience and 5 years of forest management related experience, preferably in a tribal or Native American context.
  • Strong knowledge of forestry principles, practices, and regulations, including sustainable forest management and timber harvesting.
  • Familiarity with tribal sovereignty and the unique cultural, social, and economic considerations associated with tribal forest management.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with tribal leaders, government agencies, and stakeholders,
  • Ability to manage budgets, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Valid drivers license and a good driving record,


  • TAAMS Certification within one year
  • Wildland Fire certification preferred.

*Indian Preference applies. Indian preference grants preference to any enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.


APPLY ONLINE:  https://spokanetribe.bamboohr.com/careers/302?source=aWQ9MjA%3D

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

(509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527

FAX: (509) 458-6556

E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

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Category Forestry
Tags Wildland Firefighter, GIS