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Date: Oct 9, 2019

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Requisition No: 72448 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: SENIOR FORESTER - 42005646

Position Number: 42005646 

Salary:  $39,915.72 - $43,907.24 

Posting Closing Date: 10/18/2019 






Ryan Slyter, (850) 681-5953 and Chris Colburn, (850) 681-5954


A bachelor’s degree with a major in Forestry or related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university and two (2) years of professional forestry experience;

or A master’s degree with a major in Forestry or a related field from a Society of American Foresters accredited college or university and one (1) year of professional forestry experience.

A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree 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 in addition to the applicable required experience above; or 2) curriculum must include at least two (2) of the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration or Forest Management in addition to the applicable required experience listed above.

NOTE: Applicants will provide an academic equivalency evaluation obtained in the United States showing the required courses.

***Applicants must complete all 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.

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.

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $39,915.72 annually.


This is a highly technical position responsible for a variety of forestry related programs on the Plank Road 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 the Plank Road 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 seeding or contract planting; prepares contracts for all silvicultural operations and oversees these 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, or other federal programs.

Provides technical assistance in developing prescribed burning plans to ensure minimum impact of smoke and maximum use of assigned resources; evaluates prescribed burns before, during and after, to ensure that sound forest management objectives are met; participates in burns; secures the necessary training to conduct and participate in prescribed burning safely.

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 regulations.

Maintains contact with cooperating agencies (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Historical Resources, Department of State), environmental organizations and organizes user groups to ensure cooperative efforts and input into the management of the forest.

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



  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – State covers the majority of the health insurance premiums for Individuals and Family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction
  • Uniforms provided at no cost

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: Tallahassee