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Lands Resource Specialist, Senior - Forest Management Program

Lands Resource Specialist, Senior

Competition limited to classified employees of:

Department of Lands

Open for Recruitment: September 13, 2011 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 01074056349
Salary Range: $20.66 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Statewide

This posting is for current Department of Lands employees hired in the Lands Resource Specialist underfill position to qualify for the Lands Resource Specialist, Senior level.

The Lands Resource Specialist, Senior is the journeyman level of the Land Resource Specialist classification and is fully competent in all aspects of the Forest Management Program.


  • Prepares and administers timber sale contracts;
  • Establishes and maintains lands management and regulatory records;
  • Prepares and administers easements and temporary permits;
  • Establishes timber sale and lease locations and boundaries;
  • Prepares program budgets and manages program accounts;
  • Communicates Department policy to lessees and contractors;
  • Prepares annual, 5-year and 10-year timber sales plans;
  • Completes Project cost estimates and summaries;
  • Inspects leases for renewal, assignment and lease compliance including improvement construction projects;
  • Supervision of seasonal personnel;
  • Investigates and mediates disputes;
  • Prepares and administers forest improvement projects and hazard management work;
  • Participates in fire suppression and prescribed burn programs.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Interpreting and applying state and federal laws, rules and regulations in relation to land management and negotiating contracts, lease terms and agreements.
  • Preparing contract or lease terms based on site specific conditions and proposed operations.
  • Administering contracts including field inspections, compliance reporting, and implementing corrective action as necessary.
  • Evaluating projects and/or data, analyzing alternatives, and making recommendations.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience through technical reports, business correspondence, and oral presentations.
  • Providing technical assistance, training, and program information to management, clients or public groups.
  • Interpreting public land survey legal descriptions, aerial photos and topographic and property ownership maps.
  • Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps and analyze spatial data.
  • Performing financial analyses to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions or proposals to choose the most appropriate one.

Good Knowledge of:

  • Forest management principles;
  • Silvicultural principles;
  • Forest mensuration;
  • Dendrology;
  • Forest engineering principles including road location, design and construction;
  • Forest harvest methods;
  • Soils.

Some Knowledge of:

  • Forest entomology and pathology;
  • Water quality protection.

Must Possess:

  • A valid driver's license.
Examination:  Education and Experience: You must complete the exam independently. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 70 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. Applicants who do not Apply Online will receive written notification. 

To preview the exam, click on the "Preview Exam" link below (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Department of Lands under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • City in which you are interested in working under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist. This includes: (Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job type.)  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the Department of Lands.

If you have questions about this exam, please contact your Area Manager, Operations Chief, or Human Resources.


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.