County Forest Ranger

Arkansas Forestry Commission
Job Field: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Location Detail: 
Conway Co./ Springfield
Education/experience requirements: • The equivalent of a high school diploma. • Three years’ experience as a forest ranger, law enforcement officer, or in a forestry related field. • One year of experience in a leadership capacity. • Must obtain law enforcement certification in accordance with ACA 12-9-106. • Must possess a Commercial Drivers License. Knowledge of: • Policies, procedures, & strategies to promote effective local, state, or national forestry operations for the protection of people & property. • Supervisory practices & principles • Forest fire laws & fire prevention techniques and tactics • Fire prevention, fire suppression, & fire control • National Incident Management Systems. • Relevant equipment, such as two-way radio, hand held data recorders, global position & geographic information systems, & digital cameras. • Federal & state programs available to forest landowners, communities, & fire departments. Ability to: • Plan, organize, & oversee the work of others • Read and analyze information to form general rules or conclusions. • Read & understand information and ideas. • Communicate information and ideas orally and in writing. • Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers. • Organize and manage emergency responses to wildfires & natural disasters. Other Requirements: • To oversee and assist with vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair. • Required to meet emergency response time standards during fire season. • Frequent countywide travel is required. • Frequent exposure to wooded areas and the weather is required. • Exposure to smoke, fire, and debris while performing fire suppression duties is required.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS MUST BE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Move to the location of the job at employee's expense. AFC Residency policy: Forest Rangers and County Foresters must live in their area of responsibility or within fifteen road miles of their assigned work center. District Foresters must live in their assigned District. Accept compensatory time off instead of overtime payment for overtime hours worked if the job is nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The AFC may call back emergency response employees to work and supervisors may schedule their workday to carryout emergency response duties. Emergency response employees on approved mileage reimbursement must have a dependable vehicle to meet emergency response requirements. Employees may be required to undergo a physical examination. Forest Rangers, County Foresters, State Forest Foreman, Forest Technicians, and AFC Investigators must meet physical fitness standards annually. Foresters must meet Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters certification requirements within one year of employment. The Law Enforcement Standards Commission certifies law enforcement employees. These employees must be at least 21 years old, satisfactorily complete a thorough background investigation, and physical and psychological examinations. Federal Department of Transportation regulations require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for all employees with truck driving or emergency response duties. Pre-employment and random alcohol/drug testing is mandatory for CDL holders. CDL holders must be at least 18 years old. Complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) and provide related documentation proving the applicant is a United States citizen or an alien authorized to work in the United States.
The AFC offers an excellent benefit package including immediate accrual of annual and sick leave, eleven paid holidays, and a contributory retirement plan. The AFC pays the major portion of medical health insurance for full-time employees. Other benefits include maternity/paternity leave, court and jury duty, military leave and a catastrophic illness leave program as well as Family and Medical Leave. AFC employees may choose to participate in a deferred compensation plan and various options for life insurance, accident insurance, cancer care and intensive care insurance. Employees may participate in the Arkansas Cafeteria Plan which is a program designed to allow an employee to pay for group health and life insurance premiums, dependent day care and out-of-pocket medical costs tax free. All employees of the AFC are covered under workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.
How to Apply: 
Apply online at Position number: 22088555
03/09/2012 (All day)
Last updated March 02, 2012