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Douglas County  4620
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Pay Range GC20


This classification performs professional duties to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate programs for the management, development and protection of forest and forest lands. Forester participates in program management, development of short- and long-range plans regarding areas of timber harvest, continuous sustained yield, reforestation, spraying and logging road systems; assists in establishing and maintaining policy and procedures; serves as contract administrator for a wide variety of timber management related activities. Forester applies sound utilization and conservation practices to public and private lands and promotes sound practices among non-industrial forest landowners.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Participate in program management functions of developing short- and long-range management plans for timber harvest including: computing allowable cuts, continuous sustained yield, reforestation, spraying, logging road systems and overall timber stand management.

2. Administer the County non-industrial private woodlands management ordinance, seed bank, equipment rental, technical assistance and loan programs. Accept applications from landowners; prepare land management plan and estimate costs; conduct appropriate background ownership research, present to advisory committee; implement approved plan with landowner; provide field inspections for project compliance and completion; recommend changes as necessary.

3. Administer federal cost-share programs through agreement with Oregon State Forestry Department, to improve under-productive forest land with eligible landowners; determine, with landowner, feasibility of improvement; provide professional forestry expertise to landowner; inspect contractor work. Provide annual evaluation of program to agriculture stabilization and conservation service committee.

4. Evaluate and implement projects in accordance with short- and long-range plans. Projects to include timber sale layouts involving boundary surveys, cruising and appraising timber and logging road design. Other projects include identifying management boundaries for planting, spraying, and thinning units.

5. Develop, review, and evaluate contract specifications and exhibits for projects of tree planting, timber harvesting, road building, herbicide application, cone collection and land clearing. Serve as contract administrator and review contractor work for conformance to specifications; implement corrective procedures.

6. Inspect and evaluate reforestation projects. Implement necessary corrective measures such as: thinning, fertilizing, tubing, netting, bud-capping, spraying, or rodent control.

7. Cruise and appraise timber on county-owned land and for road right-of-way purchase, other county purchases, and for county land exchanges.

8. Establish and maintain forestry equipment inventory; provide necessary preventative maintenance and repair to equipment.

9. During fire season, be on "on-call" status for county-owned lands; perform controlled burning on logging units, land clearings and slash burning.

10. Represent department in committee meetings for educational presentations, and provide general and technical information to other county departments and the public.

11. Prepare and maintain records, reports and statistical data as required by departmental policy and procedures, state and federal law; assist in establishing and maintaining policy and procedures; assist in preparing and monitoring budget; perform fiscal recordkeeping in specific program area.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of theories, principles, practices, procedures and regulations of forest management, silviculture in particular; considerable knowledge of management of short- and long-range forestry programs to analyze situations, determine solutions, implement the plan and evaluate results; considerable knowledge of forest management incentive programs; considerable knowledge of herbicide application and regulations; considerable knowledge of mathematics; considerable knowledge of contract administration; considerable knowledge of road location, survey and design; considerable knowledge of use and maintenance of forestry equipment.  Skill in: Preparation of project plans and specifications; technical report writing; budget administration; writing clear and concise correspondence, records, contracts, reports and statistical data.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; work independently and manage time and materials efficiently; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, and use a considerable degree of initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; conduct research, gather, assemble and analyze data; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, landowners, contractors, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in forestry with coursework in management and three years progressively responsible work experience in reforestation and timber sale administration OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license. Within one year of employment, incumbent must obtain a pesticide applicator's license.


This classification is management in nature. Work is performed with guidance from the land director and when applicable, the woodlands advisory committee. The employee jointly establishes with supervisor goals, objectives, priorities, and standards of programs. Employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Work is reviewed as to conformance to policy and originally agreed upon project goals.


Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; forest management reference materials and handbooks; equipment manuals; spray manufacture's reference manuals; contract administration guidelines. Employee uses discretion in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, in resolving program problems and in interpreting guidelines. Employee contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed at both the office and in the field; work may require bending, hearing voice conversation, lifting and carrying 60 pounds, operating equipment with common exposure to chemicals, stooping and walking rough, sometimes brushy, terrain. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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