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Salary: $6,073.00 - $7,678.00
Posted: 12/20/2013

Job Description:

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California's fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

CAL FIRE is an equal opportunity employer, providing equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation. CAL FIRE offers well-paying careers and opportunities for advancement.

When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunities. We hope that you will consider a rewarding and challenging career with CAL FIRE!

Under the general direction of the Assistant Deputy Director for Resource Protection and Improvement, the Forester III will plan, organize and direct the statewide activities of the following programs to meet goals of the Strategic Fire Plan and Statewide Resource Assessment and Resource Strategy (SWARS):

  • Integrated Forest Pest Management Program, including the Forest Health Monitoring Program, Sugar Pine Blister Rust Management Program, Pitch Canker Control Program, Sudden Oak Death Program, Gold Spotted Oak Borer Program, and forest pest management/forest health assistance in support of other departmental programs.
  • Landowner Assistance Programs, including the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP), Forest Stewardship Program (FSP), Forest Legacy Program, Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP), various Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, and State Bond-funded Programs.
  • Urban Forestry Program--implementation of the 1978 California Urban Forestry Act, including State bond-funded grant program areas of Tree Planting, Urban Forest Inventories, Urban Forest Management Plans, Education, Innovative Projects, the affiliated programs of the Strategic Growth Council and Health in All Policies Task Force, and the Urban Wood Utilization (sawmill and kiln loan) program.
  • Nursery Program which provides for the collection and storage of seed in the State Seed Bank to support the growing of forest seedlings to reforest private forest lands following wildfire, timber harvesting and forest improvement activities, tree improvement activities, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • To implement the Strategic Fire Plan and SWARS, the employee will use professional knowledge of fire prevention and control principles and activities, forestry and wildland resource management, forest pest management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Additionally, the employee will use general knowledge of natural resource issues, land use and zoning practices, forest industry, and non-industrial private forest landowners. The employee must have completed the Department's Basic Fire control Class, maintain ICS qualifications and hold licenses as a Registered Professional Forester. The employee must hold, or obtain during the probation period, Agricultural Pest Control Adviser and Qualified Applicator Certificates.


  • 40% *Administrative:
    To meet the Department's goals, as laid out in the State Fire Plan and SWARS: Prepare and review reports, correspondence, news releases and publications; analyze state and federal legislative proposals and bills; propose and prepare BCPs and legislative proposals; develop contract proposals and administer contracts; develop budget plans and monitor budgets and expenditures; manage personnel transactions, and develop specific program goals and objectives. Monitor the policy and direction of the various programs for compliance with the funding source requirements and Departmental goals. Directly supervise two Forester II (Supervisory) Specialists, one Forester I (Nonsupervisory) Pest Specialist, one Senior Plant Pathologist, two Forester II (Supervisory) Forest Stewardship Manager/Specialist, one Forester II (Supervisory) Urban Forestry, Nursery Program Staff, one AGPA, and occasional seasonal hires or Retired Annuitants.

  • 30% *Management of Major Program Areas:
    Plan, organize and direct the activities of Forest Pest Specialists to: Conduct forest pest surveys, and detection, evaluation and monitoring projects that evaluate the potential for future excessive build up of forest fuels, and provide technical assistance to agencies and the public on forest pest matters. Implement integrated forest pest control projects to reduce/eliminate the creation of excessive forest fuels. Establish Zones-of-Infestation for forest pests in order to focus Department resources on mitigating the increased fire hazard the pest is causing.

    Plan, organize and direct the activities of Forestry Assistance Specialists to: Centralize and prioritize landowner requests for assistance and coordinate client assignments to effectively use the various state and federal landowner assistance programs available to non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners, to accomplish pre-fire fuels reduction projects, post fire re-vegetation/reforestation activities, increase forest health and vigor, implement land conservation and wildlife/fisheries habitat improvement projects, and address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    Oversee the planning, organization and the activities of the Urban Forestry Program Manager to address to the extent feasible all aspects of the 1978 California Urban Forestry Act. Ensure that the Urban Forestry Program Manager Centralizes and prioritizes urban forestry requests for assistance and coordinates client assignments to effectively use the various state and federal programs available. On a limited basis and where appropriate, the program focuses on the wildland urban interface area and focuses Department resources on mitigating the increased fire hazard in these areas. To the greatest extent possible, utilize program resources to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    Plan, organize and direct the activities of the Nursery Program including the Magalia and Lewis A. Moran Reforestation Centers that collect, process and maintain the seed in the State Seed Bank by storing seed zone and elevation specific forest tree seed, CAL FIRE's involvement in tree improvement associations, and, as funding becomes available, produce container and bare root seedlings. The focus of the program is to store seed and be able to produce seedlings genetically appropriate for all state and private forest areas in the state. To have available seed-zone-specific seed available (1) following wildfire as needed for the accomplishment of post fire re-vegetation/reforestation activities and (2) to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • 15% *External Collaboration:
    Represent CAL FIRE on the California Forest Pest Council Executive Committee and serve as Chair of the Editorial Committee and Treasurer for the Council and the CA Oak Mortality Task Force. Attend and in some cases represent CAL FIRE at various interagency meetings of organizations such as the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Department of Food and Agriculture, University of California cooperative Extension, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Services Agency, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts Forestry and Fuels Management Committee/Forest Stewardship Committee, CA Urban Forest Council, CA ReLeaf, Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and the CA Urban Forestry Advisory Committee. Act as a Liaison between agencies of the USDA and CAL FIRE in relation to landowner assistance, urban forestry, and forest pest management.

  • 15% *Emergency Response and Training:
    Remain available for emergency response assignments, act in rotation as Headquarters Resource Management Duty Officer, develop and maintain ICS qualifications. Keep current and transmit knowledge of forestry and fire laws, urban forestry, seedbank and nursery production, regulations and policies that impact the forest pest management and landowner assistance programs; provide forestry, fire and other training opportunities for CAL FIRE personnel; attend classes and seminars sufficient to remain proficient in ICS emergency response assignments; complete the continuing education requirements necessary to maintain licensing as an Agricultural Pest Control Advisor and Qualified Applicator Certificate.

*These are the essential functions for this position. Essential functions are those functions that the individual who holds the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.

Candidates eligible for appointment via transfer, list or other appropriate means of appointment (training and development, reinstatement, voluntary demotion, etc) are encouraged to apply. Candidates with SROA/surplus status will receive priority consideration for appointment. Surplus candidates must attach a copy of their surplus letter in order to receive priority consideration.

Include position number 542-720-1041-001 and Chief of Forestry Assistance Programs in the Job Title Section of the Examination and/or Employment Application (STD. 678). Send your completed STD. 678 and resume to CAL FIRE Resource Management, Attention: Helge Eng, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, California 94244-2460. Candidate may be selected by resume review.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Chief of Forestry Assistance Programs 541 - 720 - 1041 - 001
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Resource Management
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Helge Eng
(916) 653-5000

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