Forester 3 - Grade 25

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 14 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.

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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

As a Forester 3, you would direct, supervise, and oversee forestry programs; develop statewide program guidelines, and policies and implementation strategies and processes for the regions; review and prepare regulations and associated documents under the Department's rule making process; prepare a work plan and ensure individual workplans comply with Department policies and guidance, capital construction budget, and State land budget; allocate resources by obtaining data and negotiating budgets with regional and central office managers; coordinate forestry programs with constituency groups to develop consensus by incorporating public input into program development; represent management in grievances; ensure compliance with PESH/OSHA and regulations, departmental health and safety requirements, and Right to Know Law; establish program priorities to focus regional forestry work by negotiating targets of work and allocating resources to achieve work objectives; develop budget plan required to administer forestry programs by compiling information on personnel, equipment and supplies needed, and travel requirements; recommend land acquisitions based upon data regarding land parcels departmental priorities; administer budgets, equipment and vehicles allocated to regional forestry programs; investigate public complaints by interviewing complainant and relevant staff then deciding upon a remedy; prepare correspondence for the regional supervisors, Regional Director/Division Director, and Commissioner; establish conservation easements, and memoranda of understanding with entities using Department lands; represent forestry programs and present program perspective in managerial and executive meetings; conduct staff meetings; represent Department forestry program by speaking at advisory committee and planning board meetings of local governments, and at regional and national program area meetings; ensure program effectiveness by evaluating and modifying program plans, policies and work procedures as necessary; and administer land acquisition projects.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.  

On or before the date of the exam, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and have had three months permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Forester 2.

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


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

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for email notification so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

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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