Northern Regional Forester
Forester V (Northern Regional Forester PCN 10-9111)
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry is recruiting for a Forester V, the Northern Regional Forester position located in Fairbanks. This position is a senior manager in the division and direct program implementation through two Area Foresters for the wildland fire & aviation program and the forest resources program. The Northern Regional Forester also directs the statewide forest inventory program.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Position is responsible for personnel, budget, legal, and operational aspects of the Region, reporting to the Deputy Director of Forestry.
- Oversight and implementation of the division's programs at the Region and Area levels, consisting of Fire & Aviation prevention, management and suppression; Forest Resources including planning, forest inventory and analysis, timber sales, Forest Resource & Practices Act implementation; and Regional /Area level administrative/fiscal support.
- Act as jurisdictional representative for the state for the purposes of wildland fire management and for Incident Command System Teams when they are mobilized within the Region.
- Work with Forestry managers in development or changes to policy and procedures in support of wildland fire implementation and forest resources.
- Involvement in the budget development process and legislative session support in support of the Director, including responding to fiscal and legislative inquiries when requested by the Deputy or Director.
- Ensure fire records are complete and support cost recovery actions through federal or state cross-billings, from FEMA, Attorney General actions for cost recovery, settlements and litigation.
- Represent the division and state for regional or area activities in wildland fire or forest resources at public meetings, borough or municipal meetings, inter-agency meetings or legislative hearings as needed.
- Position routinely works with local, municipal, federal agencies, and native corporations on statewide wildland fire and forest resource issues, and on agreements and memorandums.
- Position is a member of the Forestry Management Team.
- Serve as the Acting Deputy Director when required.
We are seeking the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Considerable experience with wildland fire and forest resources, including knowledge of personnel, budget, legal, legislative, and operational management of the division.
- Ability to effectively lead, manage, and supervise large, diversified, and geographically remote programs and areas.
- Ability to make sound decisions and address high stress situations that arise from fires or natural disasters.
- Excellent skills in written and oral communication and ability to adapt that to the audience.
- Ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities, manage multiple projects with short deadlines, and coordinate responses to produce division product in professional manner.
- Ability to work confidently in a leadership role, support the Deputy Director, Director, and encourage a team approach to management.
- Motivate, coach, and support individuals in expanding and improving their abilities, knowledge, and skills to expand capacity and depth within the division.
- The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of the wildland fire program, forest resources, federal agencies and native corporations, and current statewide and national issues affecting Forestry.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry or closely related curricula.
One year of professional experience as the technical manager for complex programs in forestry, natural resource management or a closely related field. This experience includes work such as Forester IV or Natural Resource Manager II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Three year of experience performing advance level work in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. This experience includes work such as Forester III or Natural Resource Specialist III with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Five years professional journey level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as Forester II, Natural Resource Specialist II, Fire Management Officer, or State Logistics Center Coordinator with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Four years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field AND journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices, such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. (2.67 semester or 4 quarter hours of post-secondary education are equal to one month of experience). The experience includes work, such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Certification from an accredited vocational technical school in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field and three years of journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices, such as fire prevention, suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. The experience includes work such as Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III, Wildland Forestry Technician II, or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Certification via NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Incident Qualification Card (AKA 'red card') within the preceding three (3) years in any of the following will substitute for the required education:
1. Incident Commander Type 1 (ICT1),
2. Planning Section Chief Type 1 (PSC1),
3. Operations Section Chief Type 1 (OSC1), or
4. Logistics Section Chief Type 1 (LSC1)
For NWCG Incident Qualification Card certification information see: National Incident Management System (NIMS): Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide (PMS 310-1).
Closely related curricula and work experience includes fields such as: geosciences, geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, soils, hydrology, wildlife habitat management, forest engineering, remote sensing, vegetation classification, natural resource bio-metrics, and wildland fire control.
One year of work experience equals 12 months of seasonal work.
Positions may require travel both in and out-of-state for fire suppression assignments; may be on stand-by or recall status during the fire season; may be assigned to work in and out of the area that requires the absence from the duty station for 14 to 21 days; may fly in small fixed wing aircraft or helicopters and handle hazardous materials.
Most positions require "Red Card" qualification under the Incident Command System.
Some positions may require a commercial driver's license with appropriate endorsements.
At time of application, applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
Professionally formatted cover letter – please see cover letter information above and below for more information on the cover letter.
If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
- Job resume
- A copy of your transcripts that support your educational qualification requirements
- A copy of your red card(s), including any that support a substitution for educational qualification requirements
- Two most current evaluations from previous/current employer
- Two professional references with contact information: phone/email
- A copy of your current drivers' license
COVER LETTER INFORMATION
In addition to answering the supplemental question regarding how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a cover letter is required. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the responsibilities listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIREMENT
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license. An individual without a valid driver's license, who meets the minimum age and experience requirements, may apply for the vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon acquisition of a valid driver's license. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting to duty.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:
Name: Tim Dabney, Deputy Director
Juneau, Alaska, 99811
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)