Douglas County  8145

Salary Range DH29


This classification serves as department head of the land department and performs administrative/management duties in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating all department programs involving property acquisition and management, as well as forest and forest land management, protection, and development; serves as liaison between the County and Woodlands Advisory Committee and the community.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

l. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services for department operation; includes property acquisition, property management, forest and forest land management, and woodlands assistance program. With forest managers, plan projects, goals and objectives of forest management program to generate revenue to the County Forest Management Fund. With woodlands assistance forester, plan projects, goals, and objectives for the woodland assistance program.

2. Lead, coordinate and prioritize work activities of support staff; offer assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Final approval of all selection, promotion and termination of employees. Train staff and ensure compliance with standards. Assume responsibility for work performed. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

3. Prepare and administer annual budget; present to budget committee; monitor fiscal expenditures and revenues. Approve department contracts.

4. Acquire property for the County; negotiate with owners and coordinate purchases, research property ownership, appraise lands, and direct legal document preparation for acquisition.

5. Manage real property owned by County; which includes: mineral rights, leases and rentals, land sales, disposal of surplus property.

6. Serve as liaison between County and Woodlands Advisory Committee. Represent the department in community to promote programs. Respond to, and effectively resolve, inquiries, complaints or problems affecting services.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and procedures of forest management; thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management, and fiscal management to develop, implement, and evaluate programs; thorough knowledge of real property appraisal and determining values; thorough knowledge of federal, state, and county rules, regulations, and ordinances that govern forest and forest land management and property appraisal and acquisition; considerable knowledge of legal records preparation involved in real property acquisition; considerable knowledge of timber sale plans and specification preparation. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; perform short and long-range financial planning; analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; establish and maintain record keeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, motivate and lead support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, federal, state and local agencies, woodland advisory committee, private landowners and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in forestry, business management or related field with five years progressively responsible work experience in Forest land management and property acquisition which includes two years supervisory/management experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At the time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners.

This classification supervises forestry staff, real property officer and office manager, and has final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedures; state and county statutes, rules, regulations, orders, resolutions and ordinances; management, personnel and financial theories, principles and practices; accepted land management procedures within the profession; personnel rules; real estate, forestry and engineering reference manuals. Incumbent remains current on guidelines and uses independent, seasoned judgment. As department head, can implement or revise departmental policy.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed primarily in an office environment; work is generally sedentary and requires hearing voice conversation and keyboarding; infrequent field inspections may require walking uneven terrain and climbing. A reasonable amount of driving is required.