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Service Forester

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
South Dakota
Location Detail:
Custer, South Dakota
Job Description:

Job ID: 20332

Agency: Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Location: Custer, SD

Salary: $21.64 to $23.18 per hour, depending on experience

Pay Grade: GH

Closing Date: 09/28/2022


This is a full-time position with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. For more information on the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, please visit


This position will be a member of an integrated resource management team of forestry, wildlife, bison, range, and wildland fire natural resource professionals. Custer State Park has over 71,000 acres of managed lands and maintains active natural resource management programs. This is a unique opportunity to gain a valuable and diverse set of skills, such as implementation, coordination, and administration of forestry activities and programs within Custer State Park. As a Timber Management Forester you will provide educational information to ensure effective conservation practices related to trees and forests and the protection of the state’s resources. Duties include timber sale preparation and administration, log scaling, non-commercial thinning setup and administration, forest inventory, wildland fire suppression, hazard tree ID and removal, timber sale cleanup, and assisting with writing stand level forestry prescriptions. The incumbent will also be encouraged to participate in wildland fire fighting and pile burning activities.


The incumbent will work independently, traverse distances over one mile on uneven terrain, and work in outdoor forested areas for extended periods of time through a variety of environmental conditions.


Licenses and Certifications:

Incumbent must have a valid drivers license and be able to obtain a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) within 90 days of hire date to retain employment. Employee will be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, follow-up, and return-to-duty drug and alcohol testing.


Wildland fire training and experience would be an asset.v


Questionnaire: Applicants will be required to answer a series of job related questions when submitting an application for this job.


The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:


basic principles and practices of silviculture;

principles, practices, and methods of forest management;

forest mensuration and harvesting;

dendrology, arboriculture, biology, biometrics, and botany;

forest ecology, entomology, and pathology;

geographic information systems (GIS);

hydrology and plant physiology;

range and wildland fire management.

Skill to:


use forestry tools for measuring purposes;

deal tactfully with others;

communicate effectively both orally and in writing;

implement and enforce South Dakota’s Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs);

conduct literature and technical reference searches;

compile and analyze information and data and draw sound and reasonable conclusions.

Ability to:


use and interpret topographic maps;

use Microsoft Office products to include Word, Outlook, Access, and Power Point;

use digital graphic software, mapping programs, and GPS information including uploading and down loading;

write professional and technical reports that can be understood by both professional and lay persons.

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

$21.64 to $23.18 per hour, depending on experience

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

How to Apply:

Must apply online:

You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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