Natural Resource Forestry Specialist Int

State of Minnesota

Williams , Minnesota

This position performs professional-level program support work and administers one or two forestry sub-programs at the Area administrative level. 

Sub-programs include: land administration; state forest recreation; state forest roads; forest development; timber sales; private forest management; utilization and marketing; forest soils and ecological classification system; forest health; community forestry; fire management; and natural resources assessment.

This position also implements Division of Forestry State Land Management, Resource Protection, Cooperative Forest Management, Forest Resource Information and Analysis, Nursery and Tree Improvement, and Administrative and Technical Support programs at the Area administrative level by completing field assignments.

State Land Management Program:  Administer and implement state forest management policies and procedures.  Manage, develop and protect complex forest ecosystems; appraise forest resources for harvest; design harvest systems and regulations for timber sales; mark timber sale boundaries; administer state timber sales; measure cut forest products; and inspect state leases.  Communicate to the public on forest ecosystem science and department policies, procedures and regulations. 

Cooperative Forest Management Program:  Administer and implement cooperative forest management policies and procedures.  Assist non-industrial forest woodland owners with the stewardship of their lands by providing forest management assistance and advice. Communicate to the public on forest ecosystem science and department policies, procedures and regulations. 

Resource Protection Program:  Administer and implement forest resource protection policies and procedures.  Collect and analyze fire weather information; plan for and suppress wild fires; and enforce natural resource protection statutes.  Communicate to the public on fire science and department policies, procedures and regulations. 

Forest Resource Information and Analysis Program:  Administer and implement forest resource information and analysis policies and procedures. Measure state administered lands following the department Forest Inventory Module (FIM) Program policies and procedures; collect, record and analyze forest resources information. 

Formal Training: Complete formal Division of Forestry classroom and field training sessions as assigned. 

Operational Support:  Provide work direction to other professional staff, technicians, laborers, temporary crews, and contractors in the assigned subprogram.  Fulfill lead worker responsibilities at the field station.

Occasional overnight travel required.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Work hours are subject to change based on work needs; hours of work and days off may vary and includes weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Science/Management (or a closely-related field of academic study) from a university program accredited by the Society of American Foresters or comparable accrediting institution, or current Society of American Foresters Certified Forester status.
  • Two years forest management experience that demonstrates knowledge of forest management theory and practices in the following areas: (1) Forest mensuration and inventory techniques sufficient to carry out assigned programs; (2) Timber sale appraisal, design and Administration techniques sufficient to carry out assigned programs; (3) Scientific principles involved in silviculture practices to be applied in the field; (4) GIS/ GPS skills sufficient to collect data, establish field locations, and create maps.
  • Leadership skills sufficient to motivate people and obtain program commitment from area personnel.
  • Human relations skills sufficient to assign and monitor the work of staff; resolve problems with loggers, clients, the public, and other employees; conduct training classes; and represent the division on committees and task forces.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex concepts and principles to other resource professionals and the public in verbal and written format.
  • Requires an unrestricted Class D Minnesota Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Broad range of experience with all programs administered by the Division of Forestry with an emphasis on the following: Cooperative Stand Assessment, Ecological Classification, Timber Program-Timber Sale Appraisal and Design, State Forest Roads.
  • Qualified as a NR Forest Officer
  • Qualified as an Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) and/or Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Knowledge of Department and Division policies, procedures and operating guidelines and State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resources management.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.