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State of Alaska...Kenai-Kodiak Area Forester 
Listing ID: 2428
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Job Title / PCN:  Kenai-Kodiak Area Forester (Forester IV), 10-9373


What’s this position is about?


This is the lead forester and area manager for state forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island(s).  This position supports a small local timber program and forest industry on the Kenai Peninsula as well as an active fire management program providing protection on state, private, municipal, and Department of Interior lands (10 million acres total).  Additional duties include enforcement of the Forest Resources and Practices Act on both the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island(s).  You will directly manage a fire management officer and an area administrative assistant.  Indirectly you will be managing fire technicians, dispatchers, prevention staff, forest road construction and maintenance, and silvicultural activities. 


What is the mission and culture of the Alaska Division of Forestry?


The mission of the Division of Forestry is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska’s forests to provide a sustainable supply of forest resources for Alaskans.  We are leaders in wildland fire management, forest management, forest practices, and cooperative forestry programs across the state. Our influence crosses ownership boundaries through leadership of all-risk incident management teams, management of federal timber resources under the Good Neighbor Authority, inventory of statewide timber resources, and up-to-date best management practices that apply to all commercial forests.


What are the benefits of living on the Kenai Peninsula?


The Kenai Peninsula offers a wide variety of outdoor and community related activities for individuals seeking an active lifestyle.  Public lands dominate the landscape with hiking, biking, floating and fishing central to all communities on the peninsula. Additionally, the world-famous Kenai River runs through the heart of the peninsula supporting all five species of pacific salmon.  The communities of Homer, Kenai, and Seward are within easy reach for coastal exploration.  Soldotna is a regional hub providing all manner of conveniences significant infrastructure includes the Borough seat, a regional hospital, regional airport, and a University of Alaska Community College.   





Who are we looking for?

To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following core competencies:


  • Leadership abilities can develop a team environment and coach employees to meet professional goals.
  • Effective communicator, self-starter, accountable and respectful of other.
  • A creative problem solver who can identify issues and develop solutions.



The ideal candidate is a motivated individual who can demonstrate the following desired competencies, and experience


  • 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.


If you are interested in making a difference and expanding your professional horizons, please consider applying for this outstanding opportunity.


Special Note:

Position 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.

Contact Information:

Name: Hans Rinke

Phone: 907.260.4210

Email: hans.rinke@alaska.gov

Price: $0 USD
Listing ID: 2428
Job Title: Area Forester
Closing Date: 2-27-2020
Salary 6,074 monthly
Job Type: Forestry/Wildland Fire
Location: Soldotna, Alaska

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