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Date: Mar 13, 2019

Location: FORT MYERS, FL, US, 33905

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Requisition No: 57118 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42002930 

Salary:  $34,501.48 - $51,752.22 

Posting Closing Date: 03/24/2019 






Jeff Pilotto, (239) 690-8020 or Amanda Horney, (239) 690-8015


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in Forestry and two (2) years of Forestry experience; or

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in Forestry and one (1) year of Forestry experience.

Experience in forestry work can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

In accordance with Florida Statute 633, any person employed in this class must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as the term may be determined by the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor relating to the certification or to perjury or false statements, or a felony or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of the United States or any state thereof or under the law of any other country, or dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.  “Convicted” means a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in any federal or state court or a court in any other country, without regard to whether a judgment of conviction has been entered by the court having jurisdiction of the case.
  • Submit a fingerprint card to the division with a current processing fee.  The fingerprint card will be forwarded to the Department of Law Enforcement and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the division.
  • Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination as prescribed by the division.  Such examination may include, but need not be limited to, provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet 1582.
  • Be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant. 

***Applicants must complete all the fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work
history, hours worked and formal education are required to be
considered in qualifying for this position.  Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate
Profile.  Resumes and other documentation can be
attached to provide additional information.***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. 
Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

Florida Statute 633 requires that any person employed in this class obtain a Certificate of Compliance which includes, in addition to the above requirements, satisfactory completion of a fire fighter training program approved by the Division. No employee shall obtain permanent status unless the Certificate is received.

Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.

The incumbent must live within thirty (30) miles or the assigned headquarters, which is located at 10941 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida throughout employment in this position.


Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $34,501.48 annually


The incumbent in this position is required to be fire certified as a forestry firefighter under Chapter 633, F.S., and at any time may be required to perform the tasks of a Certified Wildland Firefighter in accordance with Florida Forest Service (FFS) Policy and Procedure 225.00, Appendix B.  Personnel responsibilities include personnel recruitment, work scheduling, administering supervision/discipline, training, employee performance appraisals, and maintaining related documentation.  Assigned personnel are trained and utilized to accomplish responsibilities of the position.  Acts as OIC (Officer in Charge) on a rotating basis with other FAS's (Forestry Area Supervisors) and Center Manager.  Integrates the Incident Command System on all incidents to the level necessary and participates as a member on the local overhead team.

Responsible for developing and carrying out an active fire control and prevention program for the geographic area of responsibility.  This includes coordination and supervision of forest fire detection, suppression and pre-suppression activities, and responsibility for helping train rural fire departments.  Sets program work goals for fire control related areas and carries out completion, which includes reporting results to affected County Commissions and municipalities. 

Responsible for first line enforcement of applicable fire and timber products laws and for upkeep and emergency response status of all FFS-owned fire equipment in area of responsibility.  Responsible for the safety of all supervised personnel.  Administers open burning program in the area of operation.

Responsible for assisting the Senior Forester with long-term forest management program to include urban forestry for assigned geographic area of responsibility.  Requires regular contact with private forest landowners, industry and related public agency representatives in an effort to maximize utilization of woodlands and potential green space in assigned areas.  Field work includes supervision of personnel assisting with woodland inspections and silvicultural recommendations, timber harvesting and marketing  assistance, reforestation assistance, prescription burning, insect and disease recognition and control advice, and forest public products utilization assistance to landowners, sawmills, harvesting contractors and paper companies.

Responsible for preparing anticipated budget requests, administering approved funds and reporting budget status reports. 

Supervises maintenance and construction of FFS-owned facilities, including houses, towers, offices, maintenance shops, etc.

Maintains contacts with public and governmental leaders, forest industry personnel and law enforcement agencies to ensure input on key

issues relating to forestry and division services.

Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, and etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner.

Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with FFS and department policies and procedures.

Responsible for assisting with activities on state lands within the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Successfully completes all training requirements for the position within the time period designated by immediate supervisor and in accordance with the established training performance standards.


  • State of Florida retirement package
  • 10 Paid holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – the State covers the majority of the premiums for Individual and Family coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax deferred medical and childcare reimbursement accounts available
  • Tax deferred savings program available through payroll deduction
  • Uniforms provided at no cost
  • Annual boot purchase allotment


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers
Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral