Senior Forester (Forester)

Full Time

  The State of Florida

  Glen Saint Mary, Florida, United States


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in forestry or related field and three (3) years of professional forestry experience. Course work must include the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration and Forest Management.
  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. Course work must include the following four (4) courses: Silviculture, Dendrology, Forest Mensuration and Forest Management.
  • Requires possession of a valid Class “E” driver license.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history, hours worked and education are required to qualify 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.


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.

This position’s headquarters is located at 8791 US Highway 90, Glen Saint Mary, Florida.

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $34,501.48 annually.


  • The incumbent in this position will act as the County Forester for both Baker County and Bradford County and will perform the duties and responsibilities listed below for both counties.
  • Provides forest management technical assistance to rural private forest landowners to achieve the goals of the landowner, including, timber revenue, sustained yield, ecological management, wildlife management; provides advice on timber marking and volume estimation, the sale of forest products, provides technical assistance in implementation of federal cost-share programs, site preparation and tree planting procedures, investment analysis, timber stand improvement methods, diagnosis of forest insect and disease outbreaks, prepares Stewardship and other management plans, proper tree selection and tree planting procedures. Provides technical assistance for UCF grants, Tree City USA and Champion Tree designations, and other related forest factors. Responds to homeowners’ requests for analysis of shade tree and ornamental tree diseases and provides information on methods of prevention and control.
  • Utilizes mass media systems such as newspapers, radio and television to keep the public informed of developments in the forestry and conservation fields. Conducts forest management technical information and education workshops for private forest landowners. Provides local schools with information and assistance pertinent to environmental education through teacher workshops and instruction at environmental education centers.
  • 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.
  • Provides technical assistance to county commissions, municipalities and other county and city agencies in the development and implementation of effective environment studies and practices relating to land-use planning, zoning and development. This includes conservation and environmental planning, recreation and open-space planning, zoning variances relating to vegetation, drafting of ordinances relative to tree protection, landscaping, reclamation and preservation of natural areas, and the establishment of conservation and scenic easements to preserve natural amenities.
  • Performs other related work as assigned, which may include the handling of revenue.


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.