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  • 509973
  • 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:


3650 Lake Mary Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

101 Firehouse Lane
Lakeside, AZ 85929

1155 W. Rd. 3N
Chino Valley, AZ 86323

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $25.1201 hourly 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: Open until filled. Next review of resumes: August 23, 2022

Job Summary:

The Forestry Technician conducts forest inventories and evaluates timber and other forest products; generates data for and contributes to the development of treatment plans and prescriptions; evaluates forest health and monitors for insect damage, disease and exotic species; tracks forestry projects and documents the effectiveness of treatments; determines the abundance of hazardous fuels and helps calculate fuel loading; designates and marks trees, marks boundaries and assists with the layout of forestry projects; assesses wildfire risk and contributes to the design of wildfire prevention strategies; provides technical assistance to peers and constituents; travels for extended periods throughout the state.

Job Duties:

• Collect and manage ecological data. Conduct forest resource surveys and inventories. Map soils and vegetation. Estimate fuel load and wildfire risk.

• Monitor forestry projects. Document the progress and effectiveness of the work of forestry crews. Generate data to report outcomes.

• Provide technical assistance related to forestry techniques, forest health, insect and disease impacts and hazardous fuels management.

• Provide customer service to peers, grantees and constituents.

• Maintain vehicles, equipment and work spaces.

• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of

• Basic knowledge of forest ecology, preferable obtained through professional forestry education or experience in the forestry industry.
• Basic knowledge of forest resource management techniques and challenges.
• Knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, GIS and other programs.
• Basic knowledge of environmental and cultural laws and regulations.

Skills in:

• Communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Listening skills, as a key to effective communication.
• Plant, insect and forest pathogen identification skills.
• Data collection and analysis skills, ecological monitoring skills.
• Skill in the use of forestry field instruments and programs.

Ability to:

• Speak, including public speaking.
• Walk, including in rugged and uneven terrain.
• Think creatively and critically.
• Read and write effectively.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school of Forestry or related natural resource program, or equivalent work experience. Familiarity with relevant laws, regulations and regulatory processes.

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

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.