State of Delaware, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Blackbird State Forest

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Recruitment #070124-MGCF01-650100

Opening Date 7/3/24

Closing Date 7/17/24 11:59:00 PM

Type of Recruitment Open Competitive

Salary Yearly: $44,900.00/Min – $56,125.00/Mid

Salary Plan M37

Pay Grade 13

Shift Hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Employment Type Actual Vacancy

Employment Term Regular

Agency AGR/Agriculture / Forest Services

Summary Statement

The Service forester provides expert advice on woodland, wildlife, tree planting and watershed management. On a countywide basis, develops plans for privately owned forests or on a statewide basis for watershed management. This position also, provides specialized consulting services on the design and implementation of urban tree programs, wildlife management or economic aspects of woodland ownership. This position will also assist in state forest management throughout the state.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides expert consulting services on wildlife management, urban tree programs, economic aspects of woodland ownership and watershed management.
  • Inventories forest resources, identifies trees, predicts growth and marks trees for cutting.
  • Assists in the sale of timber, provides landowners with contractor bid lists, writes proposed contracts and oversees the work of successful contractors.
  • Identifies types of insect infestations, tree diseases and recommends treatments.
  • Identifies causes of poor soil, tree malnutrition and recommends treatments.
  • Presents lectures, workshops, exhibits and slide shows to schools, civic and other organizations.
  • Assists in fighting forest fires and operates specialty fire fighting equipment.
  • Writes technical reports and articles.

Job Requirements:

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  • Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Forestry, Natural Resources or related field.
  • Six months experience in forest management including dendrology, forest fire behavior and control, forest mensuration, timber harvesting, forest management plans, and using tools and equipment such as prisms, clinometers and increment borers.
  • Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  • Knowledge of preventing, controlling and diagnosing tree insects and diseases.
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email. Please keep your contact information current. You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at StateJobs.Delaware.gov.

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application Apply Online
For further assistance, you may contact us by phone at (302) 739-5458, or e-mail at jobs@delaware.gov .

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Ability to Relocate:

  • Georgetown, DE 19947: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person