Forester 3

Grade 25

New York State has approximately 13 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Forester Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 13

  2. Forester Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 14

  3. Forester 1

    Grade 18

  4. Forester 2

    Grade 23

  5. Forester 3

    Grade 25

  6. Forester 4

    Grade 63

Summary of Job Description

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.


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 announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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