Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

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Forest Specialist

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$23.54 $32.96 $4,080.19 $5,712.96 $48,963.00 $68,548.00


Performs a variety of responsible and technical duties in support of the County's forestry program. Maintains the department's shop including the maintenance of inventories and minor maintenance of departmental tools and equipment; performs physical labor involving the upkeep and maintenance of public lands.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives general supervision from the Natural Resource Manager - Land Stewardship.
  • May provide indirect supervision over temporary or part-time staff as assigned.
  • Perform a variety of responsible and technical duties in support of the County's forestry program.
  • Maintain the departmental shop inventories involving all purchases with the exception of office supplies and pesticides; purchase materials as warranted and maintain appropriate records.
  • Perform minor maintenance on departmental tools and equipment including vehicles, trucks, tractors, mowers, spray units, and chainsaws.
  • Assist with various technical duties such as timber cruising, fuel inventories, surveying, property ownership determination, and data collection and compilation.
  • Identify hazardous and/or diseased trees; perform physical labor tasks to resolve identified problems including felling, limbing, bucking, spraying, or injecting trees.
  • Operate power tools and equipment in the performance of job tasks including power saws, various hand tools, trucks, sprayers, loaders, and tractors.
  • Order and install irrigation systems.
  • May provide lead accountability for other employees within work unit which may include scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, instructing/training in work methods, and providing input into hiring and performance evaluation processes.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Forest management techniques including timber cruising, felling trees, and bucking trees.
  • Symptoms and treatment techniques of insect and disease infestation.
  • Basic methods, tools, and equipment used in servicing and performing minor maintenance tasks on departmental tools and equipment.
  • Perform heavy physical labor including felling, bucking, and limbing trees.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of departmental equipment and tools including heavy equipment, chain saws, and sprayers.
  • Read and interpret surveying information and maps.
  • Perform mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • One year of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • High School diploma or GED required supplemented by two years of technical training in forestry or a closely related field beyond high school.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within 8 weeks, a pesticide applicator's license issued by the E.P.A. Qualified Supervisor certification with the Colorado department of Agriculture in the categories of Forest Pest Control and Ornamental Pest Control.
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a Colorado Class " C " CDL.

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