State of Wisconsin Various Locations, Wisconsin
Job Type Paid permanent

All Foresters direct and provide forest management assistance on private lands, state lands and county forests, providing advice and assistance to landowners, property managers and other partners. Forest land management includes forest reconnaissance, management plans, prescriptions, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.

Most Foresters are also responsible for fire management, which includes fire preparedness, fire suppression, and fire prevention on federal, state, county, and private lands. These positions include fire-line responsibilities such as initial attack; suppression; and serve as the Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, or as a Division Group Supervisor/Task Force/Strike Team Leader during fire suppression operations. These positions also provide expert training to Fire Department personnel and other partners. These positions are responsible for planning and conducting prescribed burning activities to achieve habitat and property management objectives.

Most Foresters are key to public safety and security and require the incumbent to meet and maintain physical fitness test standards. Active fire suppression duties require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning. Most positions are available for fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention duties year-round.

Applicants must possess the following required qualifications to be eligible for this position:
• Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, or equivalent as determined by the State Forester. Click
"Preview Assessment" (above) for specific information.
• Experience performing forest land management activities, which may be gained
through an academic training course or camp; internship; temporary summer employment;
volunteer opportunity; or full-time/on-going employment
• Training related to fire management, prescribed fire or fire suppression,
including structural or wildland fire

Best-qualified candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:
• Related work experience, as typically gained through full-time/on-going employment
• Forest management field experience in the Great Lakes region
• Master’s degree in forestry or natural resources
• Qualified/Certified as Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) or Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) based on
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards
• Experience as an Incident Commander on a wildland fire
• Experience training others on fire management techniques and equipment

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your experience related to the stated criteria so that the job experts who will evaluate your application materials are able to make an accurate judgment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not possess at least the required qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.


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Category Forestry