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Title:  Forester II - Washington County Forester

Application Deadline Date:  10/27/2020
Req ID:  9602
Department:  Forests, Parks & Recreation

Barre, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.67

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is seeking a County Forester to join our Private Lands Program team. This position partners with landowners and consulting foresters, and a variety of other natural resource professionals, to promote sustainable forest management in Vermont. You will administer Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA) primarily for Washington County, while also assisting colleagues with their work in other counties. This includes forest management plan reviews; onsite inspections; collaboration with the Vermont Department of Taxes; database management; among other duties related to the program. Outreach and education regarding sustainable natural resource management for landowners, schools, and community groups are an important component of this position, as is working with a team of other natural resource managers with the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

Who May Apply

This position, Forester II - Washington County Forester (Job Requisition #9602), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact keith.thompson@vermont.gov
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.

Class Definition

Forestry work at a professional level for the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Duties involve professional forestry work on private and public lands, the application of environmental sciences to analyze, review, prepare and implement forestry policies, management plans, and stewardship activities, and the application of technical and scientific data in a variety of department regulatory, non-regulatory, and state and federal programs. Foresters provide professional forestry advice, technical assistance and education to the public, and conservation education to the public. Foresters conduct forest health research and protection projects, manage & conserve forest ecosystems, produce renewable timber resources, create wildlife habitat, protect water quality, map forest resources, manage urban forests, cooperate with user groups and manage recreational opportunities on public lands. Some positions in the class may supervise classified, temporary, or contractual employees at a lower level on a project basis. Work at this level differs from higher-level foresters in the scope of projects and level of independence and from lower level foresters in the level of expertise and breadth of knowledge required. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a higher-level forester, or administrative superior.

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
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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.