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Forester (Urban)

Job Title: 
Forester (Urban)
Company, Organization, or University: 
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Who we are:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is committed to its mission “To ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.” Our agency embraces the insightful use of our natural resources to assure the continued safety, happiness and prosperity of Ohio’s people.

ODNR owns and manages state parks, state forests, state nature preserves and wildlife areas. We license all hunting, fishing and watercraft; oversee and permit all mineral extraction, monitor dam safety, manage water resources and serve as the second largest Law Enforcement presence in the State of Ohio.

We are accepting applications for an Urban Forester within the Division of Forestry, headquartered in Hancock county. The address is 952-B Lima Ave, Findlay, OH 45840. To learn more about the Division of Forestry please visit Division of Forestry.

What you will do…

Serve as Urban Forester & provide assistance necessary to develop long-term comprehensive tree care programs;
Develop long term plan of action for community, administers Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program for Ohio;
Represents the division & performs public relations duties;
Assist in the division's mission to promote and apply management for the sustainable use and protection of Ohio’s private and public forest lands.
starting hourly pay of $23.49/hr with multiple pay increases over your first 5.5 years, with an end salary of $30.55/hr
What’s in it for you…

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

· Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the Ohio Med PPO plan.

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

· Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after complete eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Employee Development Funds

· The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
11 paid holidays per year
Childbirth/Adoption leave
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.
Deferred Compensation

The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.
We are ready for you!

We’re glad you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! Exploring and protecting the natural beauty of Ohio will prove to be the most enjoyable career opportunity you will ever find!


Completion of undergraduate core coursework in forestry or related field of study; 12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in public relations; 12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in operation of computer software programs; valid drivers license.

-Or 12 mos. exp. as Forestry Technician, 22321.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Job Skills: Forestry

Technical Skills:
Forestry, Learning and Development, Customer Service
Professional Skills:
Active Learning, Time Management, Attention to Detail

ADA Statement
Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

Drug-Free Workplace
The State of Ohio is a drug-free workplace which prohibits the use of marijuana (recreational marijuana/non-medical cannabis). Please note, this position may be subject to additional restrictions pursuant to the State of Ohio Drug-Free Workplace Policy (HR-39), and as outlined in the posting.

Knowledge of forestry; governmental rules & regulations pertaining to forestry; (e.g., revised code, chapter 1503, federal forest incentive program); public relations (i.e., communication or journalism); budgeting*; employee training & development*; forest fire control & prevention*. Skill in operation of personal computer; motor vehicle. Ability to interpret variety of technical material in books, journals & manuals; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; prepare & deliver speeches before technical audiences or plan training programs on timber harvesting & processing or fire control; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; handle sensitive contacts with & inquiries from officials with government agencies, forestry industry or special interest groups. (*)Developed after employment.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability please contact Mohammad Yakubu, EEO Regional/Program Administrator at 614-265-6992 or

Effective July 1, 2015 applicants must apply online for positions at all state agencies except the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

STATUS OF POSTED POSITIONS: Applicants can view the status of this position by logging into their user profile on the Ohio Hiring Management System [OHMS] Home page at the following link, and selecting "My Profile".


Bargaining unit applicants will be given consideration for applicable positions, pursuant to collective bargaining agreement.

Selection devices, proficiency testing and/or assessments may be used to determine if an applicant meets and is proficient in the minimum qualifications for this position.

Applicants may attach the following document types:

•Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)

•PDF (.pdf), •Plain Text (.txt)

•Rich Text (.rtf)

Please do not upload attachments that have an anomaly or are password protected.

Background Check Information

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 16, 2024
Application Instructions: 
Must apply directly to website in order to be considered for employment
Tanya Allen
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