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Forest Manager

Date Posted
26th September 2016
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Zonal Director, the incumbent is responsible for managing and protecting the forest resources within the Forest Region.

Job Description

This will be achieved through the implementation of the Forest Management Plan(s) and related Forestry programmes, which ensure the maintenance of the Forest Estates in the Region.

The incumbent will also ensure the achievement of performance targets outlined in the Divisional plan and will track progress throughout designated periods. 


Key Responsibility Areas

Technical/ Professional Responsibilities

  • Directs the forest management activities within the forest region, in keeping with the Forest legislation, forest management plan, divisional plan and effective conservation and protection practices.
  • Monitors the implementation of Forest Management Plans to ensure that predetermined objectives are met.
  • Assists with ensuring the recommendations of the Silviculture programme are implemented within the Region.
  • Develops and monitors the implementation of work plans for the assigned region.
  • Collaborates with the Public Relations & Corporate Communications Branch in the implementation of the Public Awareness and Public Educations Programmes in the Region through workshops, seminars, school and field visits.
  • Implements sustained revenue generating projects/activities in the Forest Region in accordance with the approved Forest Plan.
  • Ensures that programmes are in place to facilitate the formation and sustained operation of Local Forest Management Committees, which are identified for the Region, to allow for the engagement of the local community in the sustainable use of forests and their products.
  • Assists in the preparation and implementation of the Divisional Plan in collaboration with the Zonal Director.
  • Participates in the implementation of the urban forestry programme.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of the private forestry programme.
  • Supports the establishment and management of the recreational facilities within the Region.
  • Facilitates and promotes community participation within the Forest Region.
  • Collaborates with other GOJ agencies in the development and implementation of forestry related programmes and projects which enhance the protection and preservation of endangered flora and fauna species.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and changes that may have significant impact on initiatives being undertaken to achieve sustainable forestry management.


Human Resource Responsibilities

  • Leads the work of staff and ensures that duties are performed efficiently and effectively.
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of staff within Forest Regions and recommends transfer, promotion, termination and leave in accordance with established human resource policies and procedures.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to direct reports through objective setting, effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching and providing assistance and support as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment to the Division’s and Agency goals.
  • Reviews and approves individual work plans of direct reports.
  • Manages the welfare and development of direct reports through the preparation of performance appraisals and recommends required training and development programmes.
  • Evaluates the performance of direct reports and ensures that performance reports are done timely at prescribed intervals and in accordance with PMAS guidelines.
  • Mediates in disputes and resolves conflicts, ensuring proper documentation of issues, concerns and outcomes.


Management/Administrative Responsibilities

  • Prepares, monitors and coordinates the annual budget for forest operations within the Region in accordance with the Agency’s goals and objectives.
  • Represents the Agency at meetings, conferences, workshops locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings and ensures that proper records are kept.


Required Skills/Competencies

  • Excellent leadership and management skills.
  • Sound strategic thinking and project management skills.
  • Strong customer orientation and partnership building skills.
  • Ability to manage limited resources in order to achieve challenging targets.
  • Basic knowledge of financial management and budgeting.
  • Basic knowledge of the procurement procedures and the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act.
  • Good knowledge of information technology support and operations.
  • Sound personal and professional integrity.


Minimum Required Education and Experience

  • A First Degree in Forestry, Environmental Management, Natural Resources or Agricultural Sciences or related field.
  • Four (4) years related experience.
  • Working knowledge of Project Management.
  • Training in relevant computer software applications.


  • An Associate Degree in Forestry, Environmental Management, Natural Resources or Agricultural Sciences or related field.
  • Six (6) years related experience.
  • Working knowledge of Project Management.
  • Training in relevant computer software applications.


Any other acceptable combination of academic qualification and related experience.


We thank all persons who express an interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted. 

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