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Forestry Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (Phoenix, AZ)

By Conni Kunzler | September 12, 2017

Deadline: September 25, 2017

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) is seeking a Forestry Program Specialist to work with the Cooperative Forestry Team and will be responsible for implementation of a comprehensive and robust statewide forest health program.

You will be responsible for:

· Providing forest health technical assistance and outreach to community groups, local governments, landowners, related businesses, and Native American tribal organizations statewide. Respond to requests for technical assistance from state and private landowners and managers (urban and non-urban).
· Oversee and participate in all aspects of cost assistance projects, which may include field forestry work, remote sensing, data collection, data reporting, and tracking accomplishments of specific grant projects. Manage Western Bark Beetle Initiative grant projects.
· Lead agency efforts in completing annual aerial detection surveys for insects and pathogens in Arizona forests. Participate in flight surveys, data collection and synthesis, and annual report compilation.
· Maintaining project records and financial documents; prepare needed paperwork for assigned projects. Compile accomplishment reports and other publications as necessary.
· Assisting with urban interface forestry management planning, including forest health and maintenance (disease prevention).
· Major position emphasis will be in forest health, though the incumbent may also work in other general grant-funded forestry related functions including: urban forestry, invasive species management, public outreach, forest inventory, forest land management plan assistance, forest stewardship, geographical information systems mapping, and fuels mitigation.


· Bachelor or Master of Science Degree ((Master’s Preferred). or higher) in Forest Health, Entomology, Forest Management or other Natural Resource Management field.
· 3-5 years professional experience in Forestry-related position.
· Experience with forest insect and disease (forest health) programs and activities in urban and non-urban areas of Arizona.
· ISA Certified Arborist.


· Considerable knowledge of forest entomology.
· Natural resource management in the Southwest to include standard forestry practices, dendrology, forest insects and diseases, common forest pathogens, urban forestry, wildland fire fighting, fire effects, and general multiple resource management (range, wildlife, soil, water, air).
· Arizona ecosystems and their relationships.
· Principles of planning, organizing, and directing area and state programs.
· Federal, State, Tribal laws and Agency Standards, policies and procedures applicable to the area(s) of assignment


· Forestry and natural resource measurement skills.
· Mapping, remote sensing and GIS skills.
· Computer skills in standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs.
· Excellent public presentation skills, and written and oral communication techniques.
· Technical report writing and financial document review skills; attention to detail.
· Establishing reasonable goals, objectives and deadlines using efficient, organized working habits.
· Operational skills utilizing a wide variety of forestry tools and equipment such as forest inventory and marking materials, insect traps, and multi-channel radios.


· Work independently and/or collectively with colleagues, clients and team members.
· Fly in small fixed-wing aircraft for long periods of time and see all colors.
· Adapt to changing work priorities, environments and new technologies.
· Communicate and work effectively with a variety of entities.
· Develop and maintain strong working relationships with communities, organizations and private land owners.
· Work in a fast-paced environment and to meet tight deadlines.

To be considered, applications for this position must be submitted through the online state job portal (; use the search term “Forestry” or use the position number “32796” to quickly find the position.

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