Forester 1 - Grade 18

Positions in this title can be hired through NY HELPS

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 98 positions statewide.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series.

Salary Information for Forester Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Forester Trainee 1 13 $49,363 $63,169
Forester Trainee 2 14 $52,198 $66,634
Forester 1 18 $65,001 $82,656
Forester 2 23 $84,156 $106,454
Forester 3 25 $93,530 $117,875
Forester 4 63 $111,925 $141,439

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

This title may exist in more than one negotiating unit. This salary schedule represents the most typical salary for this title. Click here to view additional salary information regarding the various bargaining units.

An individual's final salary is determined by the Office of the State Comptroller. This salary schedule does not reflect any Special Salary Treatments

Job Duties

Foresters perform professional forestry work on private and public lands. They apply forestry sciences to write land use plans; perform compliance inspections; manage forest lands; provide management advice to communities, other agencies and political jurisdictions, and landowners.  Specifically, you would develop and implement Forest Stewardship Plans, public education, and the regulation of tree growth by harvesting, thinning, and plantings; provide technical forestry assistance to landowners to achieve multiple forest land use objectives; assist municipal governments, forest industry staff, and landowners in forest marketing, utilization, and forest protection; protect forest health, create forest recreational opportunities, improve water quality, create diversified wildlife habitat, produce renewable timber resources, and protect scenic areas and the environment; and may grow trees and shrubs sold for environmental purposes.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

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Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. Job postings on StateJobsNY will contain the most up-to-date qualifications.

How to Apply

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To narrow your search to NY HELPS jobs, click on "For the General Public", then "Search Vacancies", and select "Yes" on the NY HELPS dropdown to narrow your search to NY HELPS jobs.

Directions to apply will be specified on each individual job posting.

Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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