Forestry Program Coordinator opening

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) is looking for a Forestry Program Coordinator to join our Cooperative Forestry Team.  You will be a key component for implementation of a comprehensive and robust statewide forest health program.  Major position emphasis will be in forest health, though you may also work in other general grant-funded forestry-related functions including:  urban forestry, invasive species management, fire-wise implementation, conservation education; public outreach; forest inventory; forest land management plan assistance; forest stewardship; geographical information systems mapping; and fuels mitigation.

This position is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

As a Forestry Program Coordinator, you will:

  • Provide forest health project oversight and direction, natural resource technical assistance and outreach to community groups, local governments, landowners, related businesses, and Native American tribal organizations.
  • Manage Western Bark Beetle Initiative grant projects.
  • Develop and maintain a digital library of forest health training modules and other public presentations for the public, and project partners.  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.
  • Maintain project records and financial documents; prepare needed paperwork, for assigned projects.  Compile accomplishment reports and other publications as necessary.
  • Coordinate and direct the planning, development and implementation of the transfer of forestry information to the public including tree and forest evaluation, disease prevention, tree pest identification, tree maintenance and promotion of urban forestry information and ideas.
  • Assist with urban interface forestry management planning, including forest health and maintenance (insect and disease prevention).

EDUCATION:  Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Health, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Forest Management or other Natural Resource related field required.  Master of Science (or higher) in Forest Health, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Forest Management or other Natural Resource Management field highly preferred.  Prefer 3-5 years’ professional experience in Forestry-related position.  Experience with forest insect and disease (forest health) programs, general plant pathology, and activities in urban and non-urban areas of Arizona a plus.  ISA Certified Arborist preferred.

The ideal candidate will bring the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

Knowledge of: 

  • Considerable knowledge of forest entomology and tree pathology.
  • General knowledge of 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.

Skills in: 

  • Forestry and natural resource management.
  • 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.

Ability to: 

  • Work independently and/or collectively with colleagues, clients, and team members.
  • 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.
  • Plan activities and remain organized while providing guidance on forest insects and disease management.
  • Represent the agency in a professional manner to the media.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines.

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