Rutland County Forester (Forester II) – Rutland, Vermont

Rutland County Forester (Forester II)
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Rutland, Vermont

Job Announcement: Rutland County Forester (Forester II)
Join a dedicated team of County Foresters from the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) as the Rutland County Forester. This position works with landowners, consulting foresters, loggers, sugarmakers, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource professionals to promote sustainable forest management on private land in Vermont. The primary duty is administering Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA) for Rutland County and beyond. This includes forest management plan reviews, professional and technical assistance to forest landowners, onsite field inspections, collaboration with the Vermont Department of Taxes, database management, and other duties related to the program. In addition, outreach and education promoting sustainable forest management to landowners, schools, and community groups is an important component of this position, as is working with teams of other professionals within the FPR. Other duties may include assisting towns with municipal forest management, administering Forest Stewardship and other federally funded forestry related cost-share programs, and grants to qualifying landowners. This position will also provide professional assistance to other FPR programs and activities, including Urban and Community Forestry, Forest Protection, Watershed Forestry, State Lands, and Forest Economy.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and diplomatically with individuals and groups with widely varying viewpoints are critical to this position, as is the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with landowners, forestry professionals, co-workers, and partner organizations. In addition, the position requires skills in project management, meeting facilitation, public speaking and presentation development, and field-based data collection tools and software. This position will require the ability to obtain a Vermont forester’s license within six months of hiring.

Candidates must be willing to travel. The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation currently operates in a hybrid working environment, supporting remote work as well as Core Days in which all staff are in the office. Permission to participate in telework is applied for on an individual basis. The position’s duty station is located in Rutland.

This is a full-time position. Visit the Job Specifications page to view the full job specifications – Job Opening #43681. Candidates must apply online by 11/9/2022 through the Vermont Dept of Human Resources website to be considered. For further information, contact Sam Schneski, Windham County Forester and Southern Regional Lead, at or 802-380-8915.

Additional Information:

Contact Name: Sam Schneski
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 802-380-8916

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