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The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is recruiting for a Forester IV, Fairbanks-Delta Area Forester, to oversee forest management on the 20.5 million acres in the Fairbanks-Delta Area in Interior Alaska. This position will lead area staff in providing fire management and forest management services for all non-federal lands within this immense area and in conducting forest resource management, including timber sales and habitat enhancement, on state lands. Fairbanks fire management responsibilities include urban-interface and wildland fire prevention and response with an active fire season from early April through September or later.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Planning and managing the Area's budgets;
- Implementing programs for fire suppression, preparedness, forest management, forest practices, reforestation, cooperator projects, grants, CIPs and RSAs;
- Directly supervising the Fairbanks Administrative Officer, the Area Resource Forester and the Areas Two Fire Management Officers while indirectly supervising 65 additional positions;
- On a rotating basis, may serve as the Area Duty Officer during non-shift hours;
- Depending on National Incident Management System, Incident Command System (NIIMS ICS) qualifications, potentially serving as the agency liaison or agency administrator for Incident Management Teams hosted in the Fairbanks and Delta Areas;
- Promoting an active timber sale program;
- Interacting with local agencies and the public regarding the Division of Forestry's programs;
- Ensuring Area personnel follow statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures and can interpret these in making decisions;
- Running multi-agency, wildland and urban interface initial attack and fire suppression within areas of large population and significant resources at risk;
- Acting as Agency Administrator and participating in Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) preparation and implementation during extended attack fire management;
- Working directly and through subordinates to implement and enforce the Forest Resources and Practices Act (FRPA) and regulations to ensure protection of fish habitat and water quality on state, municipal, trust and private land; and
- Developing and revising forest management program work plans and goals for the Fairbanks Area.
- Demonstrated experience with wildland fire operations and prevention, including urban interface and remote fires;
- Knowledge of and/or experience with state forestry rules and regulations;
- Experience with preparing, administering, or implementing a diverse budget across multiple programs;
- Extensive field experience in timber sale unit design and layout;
- Strong supervision and management skills, including the ability to successfully address multiple priorities, set work goals, and monitor staff progress to meet workload demands;
- Experience with facilitating public process with the goal of reaching a consensus on difficult or complex issues among parties with divergent interests;
- Experience coordinating with other agencies, public groups, and private individuals on timber sale planning, sale schedules, and forest management plans; and
- Strong oral (including listening) and written communication skills.
If you share the division's values of resourcefulness, integrity, professionalism, duty, dedication, caring, respect, vision, and spirit, consider applying for this outstanding opportunity.
In your cover letter attached to your application, please list your current NIIMS ICS "Red Card" qualifications. If you are selected for an interview you will also be requested to provide this information, in addition to a copy of the current "Red Card".
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.
Two years of professional advanced level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as a Forester III or Natural Resource Specialist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Four years of professional journey level experience in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The required experience includes work such as a Forester II or a Natural Resource Specialist II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
An associate's degree that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related curricula from an accredited college and two years journey level experience in the technical aspects of forest management and practices such as fire prevention, fire suppression, timber sales, reforestation, or inventory will substitute for the required bachelor's degree. The required experience includes work such as a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
There is no substitution for the required experience.
Certification from an accredited vocational technical school in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field and three years of 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 a Wildland Fire and Resource Technician III or Wildland Fire Dispatcher II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
There is no substitution for required experience.
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 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.
- 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:
- A copy of your last two (2) performance appraisals (if you are a current or former State of Alaska employee);
- A resume with complete job history, including the names and current telephone numbers of previous employers;
- A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information, one (1) of which must be from a former or current supervisor;
- A copy of any documents necessary to show proof of meeting this position's minimum qualifications. This includes a copy of your college transcripts if you are using education to meet the position's minimum qualifications; and
- NIIMS ICS "Red Card"
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska login to successfully apply. Your application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on the date of closing. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/howtoapply/
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.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
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Name: Paul Keech