Enjoy the beautiful desert landscapes and cool mountain air in exciting Moab, Utah! An area forester in beautiful Southeastern Utah performs a full-range of duties associated with the development and coordination of forest health project work, landowner engagement and education, and critical collaboration with local and federal partners to drive science based, sound, natural resource management decisions in four counties (Grand, San Juan, Emery and Carbon). In coordination with federal, state and local partners, the area forester develops and promotes land utilization and conservation programs and assists or directs landowners and lumber industries in the areas of forest management, forest products utilization and protection of state and private resources. With a splash of creativity and the heart of protecting valuable natural resources, this position can be what you envision.

Principal Duties:

  • Advises public and private landowners and industries in the management, utilization, and protection of state and private resources including assessment of resources and anticipation/reconciliation of possible problems.
  • Evaluates environmental factors relating to various aspects of operations.
  • Adapts program(s) to meet specific needs or concerns.
  • Develops and directs forestry management, sovereign land management, and/or land development programs.
  • Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data; reports findings, interprets results and/or makes recommendations.
  • Writes or drafts technical reports, articles or related material based on research, investigation or analysis.
  • Develops and implements procedures in response to agency policy, state and federal laws, etc.

Ideal Candidate:

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in forestry and/or natural resource management, environmental science or closely related natural resources/conservation field OR a bachelor’s degree not related to natural resources but who has at least five years of professional experience directly related to natural resources or conservation fields.
  • A working knowledge and experience in the management of forestry programs.
  • Experience in writing and critiquing grant proposals, including meeting deadlines and understanding the grant process.

Why You Should Join Our Team:
This exciting work location is based in Moab, Utah where you be able to experience the great outdoors in your own back yard. You will encounter the beauty of the desert, the serene cool air of the mountains and the excitement of the Colorado River, all within a short distance from your work location. Moab and the surrounding areas offer camping, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, rafting, and much, much more. As a forester, you will be working in many locations throughout the Southeast Area. Our Southeast Area Team takes pride in the work they do while collaborating with local agency partners in a fun atmosphere. The State of Utah offers great benefits and generous paid time off for a positive work-life balance. If you are looking for a position where you can work hard but have fun, make a difference and get paid, this job is for you!

The Agency:
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Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in forestry and/or natural resource management, environmental science or closely related natural resources/conservation field OR has a bachelor’s degree not related to natural resources but who has at least five years professional experience directly related to natural resource or conservation fields.
  • Knowledge of forest resource management and/or forestry program delivery including urban and community forestry.
  • Advanced communication skills, including both oral and written skills and experience addressing audiences of all types using various mediums.
  • Knowledge of invasive species management.
  • Skills and abilities to operate off-highway vehicles such as ATV/UTVs.
  • Develop, prepare and present proposals for alternative/grant funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology and habitat requirements.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories and practices of fire fighting and fire prevention.
  • Previous experience managing personnel, projects, programs and budgets.

Supplemental Information

  • Field activities may be performed requiring the employee to work outdoors, navigate uneven terrain and operate a variety of small tools/machines and work around mechanized equipment which requires the use of special safety precautions.
  • If the position supports wildland fire in any capacity as a collateral duty, the incumbent must satisfy agency and NWCG standards for certification and acknowledge the risks associated with fire support.
  • Risks found in potentially dangerous or unusual environmental stress situations, e.g. working in extreme outdoor weather conditions, working in remote wilderness areas and/or boating/OHV areas, transportation over waterways and driving an automobile or 4×4 vehicle, etc.
  • The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing of tall ladders, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas.
  • Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.
  • Occasional work during irregular hours including evenings, weekends and during wildfire emergencies.
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a Utah driver’s license within 6 months of hire.