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Title:  Forester II

Application Deadline Date:  12/02/2019
Req ID:  3175
Department:  Forests, Parks & Recreation

St Johnsbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.35

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is recruiting for a Watershed Forester. The successful candidate will work in the Watershed Forestry Program on a team responsible for supporting water quality on forestry operations and administration of the Intent to Cut Notification (Heavy Cut) programs in central and northeast Vermont. Job duties include supporting ANR's state lands team on planning and implementing water quality projects; supporting the development and management of ANR Lands water quality infrastructure data; providing technical assistance to loggers, land managers, and foresters to support implementation of the Acceptable Management Practices; reviewing applications and harvest plans for compliance with state laws; investigating complaints related to potential water quality violations associated with timber harvesting; conducting forest inventory, and providing training to staff, land managers, foresters, and loggers related to watershed forestry programs.  

The position requires knowledge and experience in implementing water quality practices on forestry operations, including bridges, culverts, and road building, as well as the ability to interpret silviculture, forest management plans, and to conduct forest inventory. Capabilities with database management and GIS systems are required.  Also required are strong organizational, interpersonal, and both written and oral communication skills, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to work in forested environments. Candidates must be willing to travel across the state. The position will work out of both the St. Johnsbury and Barre, VT district offices.

This is a permanent, full-time position. Candidates must apply online at by December 1 to be considered. To view the full job specifications for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications website.

Who May Apply

This position, Forester II (Job Requisition #3175), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact David Wilcox, Watershed Forestry Program Manager, at or 802-793-0265.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed more than half the time in a field setting; involving exposure to the full range of Vermont weather conditions. Strength and agility are needed in traversing steep and rough terrain. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required. Some work outside of regular working hours may be required. Strong and conflicting public opinions may be encountered, particularly in fieldwork in the regulatory programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in forestry or a natural resource field AND two (2) years or more of experience at a professional level in forestry or a natural resources field.


Master's degree in forestry or a natural resource field.


One (1) year or more as Forester I with the State of Vermont.

Special Requirements

Must be able to be licensed as a forester in Vermont within 6 months of hire

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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