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Assistant State Forester-Operations

Wyoming State Foresty Divison
Cheyenne, Wyoming, US
Closing date
May 26, 2022

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Job Description
Advance your career with a leader in western forestry! The Office of State Lands and Investments, Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD) delivers all forestry programs. As a member of the WSFD leadership team, you will have the opportunity to lead a team of professionals delivering forestry programs across the state including field operations and forest management. You will also support your colleagues in delivering cooperative forestry, Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), and fire management programs in the implementation of the State Forest Action Plan. Our culture will provide you with the opportunity for professional growth and a diverse experience that will help you further your career.

This position directs and manages multiple statewide programs and budgets. Activities are performed independently under the direction of the State Forester. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to make decisions in difficult and time-sensitive situations.

This position is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheyenne is a full service community, home to over 60,000 residents. Cheyenne is near four-season outdoor recreation areas including the Snowy Range and the Medicine Bow National Forest, home to world-class rock climbing at Vedauwoo. In addition, the location provides convenient access to the Colorado Front Range communities including Fort Collins, Denver, and the Denver International Airport. Wyoming is one of only seven states with no state income tax.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Oversees the five (5) district offices and associated staff.
  • Leads and manages the WSFD statewide forest management activities including forest product sales, timber stand improvement projects, forest inventory, sale and appraisal valuation, forest management planning, road maintenance projects.
  • Oversees the implementation of Trust Land Preservation and Enhancement funding.
  • Manages contracts, performance bonds, and slash disposal deposits.
  • Establishes program policy direction, standards, and guidelines in consultation with the State Forester.
  • Writes project financial plans for multiple programs.
  • Manages and allocates program budgets in excess of $10 million/biennium.
  • Provides oversight for technical and financial assistance programs.
  • Develops and manages policies and practices of assigned programs.
  • Prepares proposed rule amendments.
  • Reviews annual work plans and programs presented by subordinate staff and field offices, and prepares reports.
  • Coordinates with counterparts from other states, or other levels of government, with regard to joint actions.
  • Coordinates cooperative efforts and communications between county, state, and federal agencies concerning forestry and natural resources issues.
  • Serves on state, regional, or national committees which develop program policy and direction.
  • Represents the State Forester, Director, or Governor on technical or specific assignments, as directed or in the State Forester's absence; represents WSFD before legislative committees, elected officials and advisory boards.
  • Coordinates WSFD programs with appropriate advisory groups.
  • Develops operational policies in collaboration with the State Forester.
  • Oversees WSFD forest policy efforts, cooperation with other state agencies and the Governor's Office, cooperation with federal natural resource agencies, monitoring legislation and policy initiatives for possible impacts and providing comments, and serving as a reliable source of sound forestry information.
  • Prepares and manages MOU's and MOA's
  • Confers and consults with the State Forester regarding human resource matters, budgets, and future forestry program costs and needs.
  • Assures annual targets are achieved.
  • Conducts field inspections and program reviews with all field offices.
  • Supervises multiple subordinate staff; directs, instructs, explains issues, counsels and conducts formal performance appraisals of assigned subordinates and approves appraisals done by subordinates; conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations; initiates personnel actions.



Preference may be given to candidates with extensive experience in timber sale preparation and management.

Preference may be given to candidates with extensive experience working with elected officials.
Preference may be given to candidates that have experience managing a professional staff.
Preference may be given to candidates that have excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
Preference may be given to candidates with the ability to make independent decisions.


  • Knowledge in Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • Knowledge of the federal land management polices and procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience in organizational leadership.
  • Skill in navigating political issues to achieve objectives.
  • Skill in the use of software including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and Google Apps for Business.



Bachelor's Degree (typically in Forestry)


2-4 year(s) of progressive work experience (typically in Forestry) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forestry Program Analyst


Education & Experience Substitution:

5-7 years of progressive work experience (typically in Forestry) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forestry Program Analyst
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