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  • 514618
  • Full-time


Manage and reduce fire risk to protect Arizona's people, communities, and wildland areas to champion the health of Arizona's natural resources. The Department of Forestry and Fire Management provides services through strategic implementation of cooperative natural resources and fire assistance programs, development and support of statewide fire policies, and coordination of resources across all-lands and jurisdictions.


Job Location:


1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $88,000 annually 

Grade: 25

Closing Date: Open until filled. Next review of resumes: February 2, 2023

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Assistant State Forester of Forestry Programs, this position directs, oversees, and ensures proper administration of all statewide forestry operations programs. This position will be responsible for providing vision, guidance, and administrative support to the Forestry Operations Manager, Forestry Crew Manager, and Forest Products Coordinator. The incumbent will participate and advise on a leadership team of professional and technical forestry staff to ensure forestry initiatives are properly executed and reported.

Job Duties:

• Direct and oversee administration of all statewide forestry operations programs. This includes management of staff responsible for preparing task orders and executing forestry projects, developing and maintaining the ADCRR forestry crew program, utilization and marketing of forestry products, and management of forestry operations budget and resources.

• Track, monitor, and report on all forestry project operations to ensure effective and efficient delivery of annual accomplishments.

• Develop and implement forestry operations policies and coordinate with administrators and managers in other forestry program areas (planning, forest health, urban and community forestry, grants, GIS/data).

• Attend meetings, trainings and conferences to enhance program delivery and collaborate with industry representatives and external partners.

• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

• Methods, procedures and techniques used in forestry and natural resource management.
• Familiarity with state and federal environmental compliance laws and regulations.
• Principles and techniques of leadership, decision-making, management and public relations.

Skills in:

• Program development and project management.
• Data management and personnel and equipment tracking.
• Generating new and maintaining existing relationships with state, federal, local partners.
• Use of computers and applicable software programs.
• Decision-making and leadership.
• Budget management/financial document review.

Ability to:

• Concurrently plan, manage, organize, implement, and monitor numerous forestry operations and the related personnel and equipment needed to execute.
• Set targets and meet deadlines in a fast paced, constantly changing environment.
• Communicate effectively with internal and external partners to ensure project collaboration.
• Provide recommendations for program decisions to the Assistant State Forester of Forestry Programs.
• Develop policy for operations management to ensure safety and compliance.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry or related natural resource field is required. A minimum of 10 years experience in forestry management and operations. 5 years experience working with federal, state, and local forestry agencies.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

A valid Arizona Driver's License. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
Tution reimbursement (Eligible after one year)

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wesley Elwell at welwell@dffm.az.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-771-1419. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.