Forest Lands Manager

      • Job Tracking ID: 512409-643561
      • Job Location: Coos Bay, OR
      • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
      • Level of Education: BA/BS
      • Date Updated: August 08, 2018
      • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
      • Starting Date: ASAP
      • Close Date: Until Filled
      • Job Type: Full Time
      • Starting Salary: $62,727.04/yr DOE
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    Job Description:


    This position serves as the Forest Lands Manager for the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Tribes and is responsible for the management of the Tribes natural resources. The Forest Lands Manager is responsible for the preparation, implementation and administration of the Tribes Forest Management Plan. The Forest Lands Manager is responsible for establishing, overseeing and administering multiple programs including the timber management, timber sale, and silviculture programs. The Forest Lands Manager will be responsible for developing and tracking budgets, monitoring performance and reporting to the Tribal Council and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Base operations occur at the Coos Bay, Oregon government offices with field operations taking place near Triangle Lake, Smith River and Tenmile, Oregon. The Manager will have knowledge of all associated tribal forestry laws, environmental laws and cultural protection laws applicable to the Tribes.


    • Develop, implement and monitor a Forest Management Plan for Tribal lands which includes:
      • Forest Landscape Goals and Objectives
      • All relevant inventories, surveys and assessments
      • Federal regulatory consistency/compliance
      • Fire suppression strategy
      • Pest and disease control strategy
      • Culture Resource Protection strategy
      • Climate adaptation strategy
      • Silviculture best practices
      • Logging safety plan
      • Best practices for road maintenance on Tribal lands
    • Coordination of Stakeholder and Technical or Advisory Committees
    • Administration and coordination with legal staff on code development including ordinance and permitting
    • Administer a Forest Landscape Permit Program
      • Recreation/Access
      • Gathering (personal)
      • Small wood/forestry products (economic)
    • Consultation and coordination with appropriate Federal, State and Local agencies.
    • Negotiation and implementation of operational agreements, MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) including but not limited to Rights of Way (ROW), access, etc.
    • Manage all timber assessments and sales
    • Comply with ALL grant requirements for grant funding received by the Forestry Program
    • Attend courses, seminars, conferences, lectures, and meetings (state, federal, tribal)
    • Maintain accurate and orderly records and files
    • Complete daily, quarterly, and annual reports in specified formats
    • Work various special projects of the Department of Natural Resources as assigned by the Director of the Department or by the Tribal Administrator.


    • Exercise a limited range of supervisory duties for Forestry staff and activities. Performs overall work planning, establishes work schedules and priorities, and assigns and reviews work.
    • Oversee contractors.
    • Work is performed under the general direction of the Tribal Council and Tribal Administrator and/or the Director of the Natural Resource Department.


    • Requires the ability to maintain high level of professionalism in absolutely all interactions.
    • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with federal, state, county, and local governments, and the ability to work well with Tribal members, the general public, private landowners, and stakeholder organizations
    • Requires the ability to manage moderate levels of stress arising from schedules, workload, diverse or adversarial stakeholders, etc.
    • Must be able to walk, talk, hear, use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms
    • Must be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds
    • The physical ability to stand, sit crouch, stoop, bend knees and rest on knees or walk frequently, to use both hands for dexterity and grasping, ability to traverse steep slopes and difficult ground conditions for extended periods of time, to drive vehicles with either standard or automatic transmissions for up to 6 hours or more per day.
    • The physical ability to work outdoors in all temperatures and weather conditions. The physical ability to work around loud and constant noise continuously, to tolerate required personal protective equipment such as safety/fire boots, work gloves, safety glasses, ear protection, safety vests, face shields and hard hats.
    • Requires the ability to maintain high level of professionalism in all interactions.
    • May require the ability to walk, hike, and, drive in difficult conditions at various hours and days of the week



    • Work effectively in a team environment with a diverse variety of technical, professional, and administrative staff
    • Work effectively in a negotiating environment where others may have diverse and competing interests and may be uncooperative or adversarial
    • The noise level in the office environment is usually moderately quiet
    • May require the ability to walk, hike, swim, drive, and boat in difficult conditions at various hours and days of the week
    • Requires occasionally irregular working schedules around project events, evening and weekend meetings, out-of-area travel for meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, etc.
    • May be subject to extreme weather conditions, noisy conditions (shouting necessary to communicate), reduced air quality (may encounter fumes, odors, dust, chemicals (e.g. Herbicides), encounters with wild animals and insects.
    • Will often be in close proximity to large machinery (bulldozers, excavators, yarders, and loaders)
    • May be required to work in semi- remote locations
    • Requires occasionally irregular working schedules around tides, other cycles or events, evening and weekend meetings, out-of-area travel for meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, etc


    • 40 hours per week.
    • Generally Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm with possible occasional evening and weekend work.



    Tribal Administrative Office

    1245 Fulton Avenue

    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Experience and Skills:


    • Must be at least 18 years old.
    • Bachelor of Science in Forestry or closely related discipline required- Applicant should submit a copy of college transcripts or degree certificate
    • 10 years or more experience with forest management, THP preparation and/or logging supervision. (The successful candidate should have the necessary experience to perform the above mentioned duties and be eligible to take the RPF exam within 1 year of the hire date
    • Demonstrated ability to supervise various sub-contractors including logging supervision, road construction, inventory and silvicultural activities
    • High computer proficiency (MS office) and basic statistical analysis skills
    • Ability to learn and maintain a working knowledge of the proposed and ongoing land management activity files, as well as knowledge of the Tribes status on various issues in order to present factual information.
    • Experience or proficiency in map reading, compass orientation and aerial photo interpretation
    • Ability to use Forest inventory and modelling software and GIS software such as ArcGIS.
    • General knowledge of Federal and State regulations and policies applicable to management of tribal forest lands and natural resources, i.e. NIFRMA, NEPA, NHPA Section 106, ESA, NAGPRA, etc.
    • General knowledge of Tribal governments, the concepts of Tribal sovereignty and federal trust responsibility.
    • Must be able to effectively communicate with people having various levels of understanding of forestry, pure and applied sciences, environmental protection laws and cultural resource protection.
    • Interact with Tribal members, co-workers, colleagues, and the public in a courteous, professional, and efficient manner.
    • Knowledgeable with, or ability and desire to learn, Stewardship contract and agreement processes.
    • Effective communication both orally and in writing including technical, regulatory, and persuasive writing skills
    • Maintenance of professionalism in all interactions-This person will meet with a variety of individuals in a professional manner, using tact, diplomacy, mature judgment, while providing Tribal perspective.
    • Valid driver's license and ability to drive 4-wheel drive vehicle (manual or automatic transmission)
    • This is a Covered position and is subject to pre-employment drug testing and criminal history background check, which will include fingerprinting.
    • Indian preference will be observed in the hiring process