Forester III – State Lands Management Forestry Director

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Amherst , Massachusetts

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  • Monitor, assess and manage the Commonwealth's forests in a sustainable, exemplary manner.   
  • Oversee the preparation and editing of Forest Resource Management Plans and the review of the Landscape Designations for DCR Parks and Forests; Selection Criteria and Management Guidelines
  • Conduct public outreach for State Lands Management. Work on interpretive/educational messaging about forest management
  • Help contribute to the redraft of the state’s Forest Action Plan.
  • Assist Director with Bureau/DCR meetings
  • Work with IT on continued improvements to forest database management
  • Coordinate forest monitoring with Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative.
  • Help coordinate forest studies on DCR properties
  • Reach out to constituents to raise awareness of the program and increase participation based upon evaluated constituent needs. 
  • Oversee State Public Land Policies and Procedures including development of state goals, monitoring of program procedures and evaluation of success in reaching national and state goals. 
  • Develop program performance measures, maintain program records and annually evaluate and report to the state and federal government on program progress and future direction. 
  • Administer to an FTE staff of 9.
  • Fiscal Oversight: Manage and administer the budget for Capital Forestry Programs; develop and implement plans for all state and federal forestry program initiatives and activities. 
  • Manage multiple accounts funded by various state, federal and private sources and assure compliance with fiscal requirements of each funding source;  Assure expenditures are appropriate and cost-effective and meet constituent, national and state goals;  Seek alternative program funding; write and or develop grant proposals that will expand the program resources state wide
  • General Program Execution:  Organize, arrange for and present speeches, lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences and training sessions relative to the forest health program; Prepare and distribute newsletters and information relative to program events and correspond with stakeholders, committees and organizations state-wide.
  • Coordinate all grant-making with the overall program objectives. 
  • Attend local, state, regional and national meetings and conferences relevant to public lands management. 
  • Oversee DCR's Continuous Forest Inventory program.
  • Perform all related duties as assigned.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of forest resource management, (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. 


I. An Associate's degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* 

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* 

III. A Graduate degree with a major in forest resource management may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.* 

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. 

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience, and one year of the required (B) experience.  No substitution will be permitted for the required (C) experience. 

Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class Three Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Forester III

Primary Location
United States-Massachusetts-Amherst-Route 116


Department of Conservation & Recreation



Job Posting
Jul 30, 2020, 11:53:44 AM

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