FORESTER - 42003735 1 1

Date:  May 23, 2023


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Requisition No: 794544 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: FORESTER - 42003735 1 1

Position Number: 42003735 

Salary:  $38,240.02 - $50,050.00 

Posting Closing Date: 06/05/2023 









Tara Kennedy, (386) 243-6223




A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in Forestry or a related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university; or


Anticipated receipt of a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in Forestry or a related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university within six (6) months of the closing date of this advertisement.  NOTE: Applicants in this category will not be appointed until they have acquired and provide final proof of receiving the required degree. 


A bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in Forestry or a related field obtained outside the United States must either: 1) be obtained from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university; or 2) curriculum must include at least two (2) of the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration or Forest Management.  NOTE: Applicants will provide an academic equivalency evaluation obtained in the United States showing the required courses.





To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed (an attached resume is not a substitution for the information required on the candidate profile).
  • Work history, duties and responsibilities, hours worked, supervisor, and formal education fields, etc. must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

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




Occasional to moderate travel required.


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




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




This is a highly technical position responsible for a variety of forestry related programs on John M. Bethea State Forest.  The incumbent must deal with Forestry and environmental issues affecting both the public and state-owned forest land.

Provides technical forestry assistance on John M. Bethea State Forest in the management of timberlands for maximum profits and sustained yield as well as balancing environmental concerns; provides timber marking and volume estimation, and the sale of forest products; provides technical assistance in planning for multiple use of the forest and ensures that ecosystem management is practiced; prepares stands for direct seedling or contract planting; helps to prepare contracts for all silvicultural operations and oversees tthese operations while in progress to ensure contractor compliance. This position may be required to perform Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) work, including FIA Certification by the United States Forest Service and the gathering and recording of FIA plot data in the field.


Provides technical assistance in developing prescribed burning plans to ensure minimum impact of smoke and maximum use of assigned resources.  Ensures post burn evaluations are completed in a timely manner thus confirming that sound forest management objectives are being met.  Participates in and maintains all necessary training needed to conduct and participate in prescribed burning.


Provides wildfire and emergency response support as directed.  Assists in the development of smoke management, wildfire prevention, prescribed fire, pre-suppression burning plans and hazardous fuels mitigation.  Assists in the enforcement of Florida’s open burning laws and regulation.


Utilizes mass media systems such as newspaper, radio and television to keep public informed of developments on the state forest.  Provides local schools with information and conducts periodic field trips for environmental education.


Performs other related work as assigned, which may include the handling of revenue.


The Following Special Benefits for this Position Include

  • Annual Uniform Allotment
  • Annual Boot Allotment


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida


Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck.  The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:


  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please visit;)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!


For a complete list of benefits, visit



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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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. 

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