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Forester, Forest Management

Date Posted
8th September 2017
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Forest Manager, the incumbent oversees the management of the forests within the forest region and the implementation of specialized programmes & projects relating to forest management and development within an area.

Job Description

Key Responsibility Areas:

Management/ Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assists in the development as well as monitors the implementation of work plans for the Region;
  • Evaluates performance against pre-determined objectives and targets
  • Supervises the work of staff and ensures that duties are performed efficiently and effectively;
  • Evaluates the performance of direct reports and ensures that performance reports are done  timely at prescribed intervals and in accordance with PMAS guidelines;
  • Represents the Agency at meetings, conferences, workshops locally, regionally and internationally
  • Mediates in disputes and resolves conflict ensuring proper documentation of issues, concerns and outcomes;
  • Recommends  appropriate training programmes for staff under his/her supervision;
  • Manages the welfare and development of staff of the unit through the application of the performance management system of the department;
  • Provides guidance to reports through coaching, mentoring and training and support and assistance as needed;
  • Ensures that training and other developmental needs of staff are adequately identified and addressed;
  • Administers disciplinary action in keeping with established human resource policies/guidelines.

Technical/ Professional Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinates and integrates as necessary the implementation of forest management plans in areas assigned determining the allocation of responsibilities and resources for activities;
  • Supervises the forest management and development activities, within the area, in keeping with the forest legislation, forest management plan and effective conservation and protection practices.
  • In collaboration with  Forest Science and Technology Services Division, ensures the collection/dissemination of technical data /information
  • Participates in the development of co-management agreements and ensures adherence to  these agreements in the execution of the forestry programmes and projects
  • Organises, attends and facilitates public awareness sessions such as workshops, seminars and field days in collaboration with the Research Officers and the Forest Education and Information officer,
  • Keeps abreast of developments and changes that may have significant impact on initiatives being undertaken to achieve sustainable forestry development and preservation;
  • Collaborates with Enforcement officers;
  • Collaborates with other GOJ agencies in the development and implementation of forestry related programmes and projects
  • Oversees the forest inventory activities including measurement and documentation of data/information;
  • Recommends, where necessary,  the training of Forest Technicians in data collection methods and techniques;
  • Oversees the felling and extraction of forest trees and products in accordance with licences and harvesting technique/methods;
  • Trains and leads forest technicians and other forest workers in activities such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest  fires and maintaining recreational facilities;
  • Oversees the survey, measurement and mapping of access roads and forest areas such as cut  over areas and experimental plots;
  • Oversees the surveying of prescribed areas;
  • Supervises the implementation of disease and pest control programmes.
  • Oversees the implementation of good silvicultural  practices within the Forest Region
  • Liaises with the civil works engineer and supervises the civil works  activities /projects within the Forest Region


Required Competencies:

The post-holder will be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent leadership and management skills;
  • Knowledge of financial management and budgeting;
  • Knowledge of the procurement procedures and the Financial Administration and Audit Act;
  • Sound analytical and strategic thinking;
  • An ability to analyse and interpret financial and other corporate information for decision making;
  • An ability to exercise sound judgement;
  • An ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands and make rational decisions based upon a sound understanding of the facts in limited time;
  • Knowledge and understanding of corporate functions and their potential strategic contribution;
  • An ability to manage limited resources in order to achieve challenging output targets;
  • Sound personal and professional integrity;
  • Strong customer orientation skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Good computer application skills (e.g. Excel, Power point, Microsoft word)

Minimum Required Education and Experience

  • A First Degree in Forestry /Environmental Management or related area/Agriculture;
  • Training in Supervisory management;
  • (4-5) years field experience


  • An Associate Degree /Diploma in Forestry / Environmental Management or related area/ Agriculture/Natural Sciences;
  • Five(5) years field experience
  • Knowledge of projects, Planning and Research Techniques
  • Supervisory management Training
  • Training in relevant software applications         


  • Any other acceptable combination of academic qualification and related experience.


Basic Salary: $1,446,021 - $1,795,166 p.a. (Plus applicable allowances)


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

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