Forestry Administrator/Parks Assistant

Application Deadline: 2022-05-27
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Starting wage: $56,659.20 per year
Under the direction of the Environmental Services Director, this position is responsible for the development, enforcement, management, and maintenance of the County Forest programs, and assists with the maintenance and management of the County parks system, recreational trails, and to perform related work as required.
Essential Forestry Duties: These duties represent the typical duties and responsibilities assigned to this position but may not be inclusive of all tasks performed. Administers the Polk County Forest Program according to State Statues 28.11, in conjunction with County partners including but not limited to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry (DNR), other County Staff, volunteer and recreational groups and the public.

Maintains good communications and builds a strong relationship with the DNR Liaison Forester to facilitate efficient operations of the County Forest Program.
In cooperation with the DNR Liaison Forester selects compartments and stand from the reconnaissance database (WisFIRS) for timber sale establishment, inventory updates, and other cultural treatments. Maintains and updates the database
Prepares, recommends, and administers forestry department operating budget. Monitors revenues and expenditures. Approves payments.
Prepares grant applications for forestry, operations including the County Forest Administrator, Sustainable Forestry, County Conservation Aid Urban Forestry and Knowles Nelson Stewardship Grants
Develop and update the County Forest 15-year Comprehensive Land Use plan to promote and implement integrated resource management with the assistance for the DNR as necessary.
Manages forestry contract services and timber sales bids. Prepares advertisements for bids, conducts bid openings, awards bids, and signs contracts. Monitors contract work for compliance with specifications and agreements. Authorizes payments. Administers timber sales with DNR oversight.
Prepare request and receive approval by resolution from the County Board for project loans and variable acreage share loans.
Develops annual work plan. that is approved by the Environmental Services Committee and the Department of Natural Resources and County guidelines.
Selects areas for timber sales, regeneration, and maintenance.
Acts as County liaison to state and federal land use and environmental regulatory agencies for forestry, Develops annual and long-range plans with DNR personnel. Reviews programs with DNR fisheries, wildlife, and endangered resources
Responsible for resolution of County forestry boundary disputes.
Disperse County Severance to Towns
Establish and keep Forest Use regulations up to date.
Provide technical assistance in the development and enhancement of recreational trails and facilities on County Forest Land.
Performs all forestry operations and keeps all procedures up to date to conform to The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
Serves as an active member of the Wisconsin County Forestry Association. (WCFA)
Annually Conducts a partnership meeting in collaboration with the DNR division of Forestry
Parks/Trails Assistant Duties: In conjunction with the Environmental Services Director, the Public Works Director the Parks and Trails Coordinator and Polk County Planner Assists with the oversight and management of the maintenance and operation of the county’s park and recreation areas, public lake accesses, ski areas, and system of snowmobile, ATV, hiking, and biking trails. These tasks fluctuate and are dependent on funding, county priorities and workload. The following tasks are examples of, but not limited to, the scope of responsibility under this duty:

Assists the Parks & Trail Coordinator in grant applications with trail projects. Ensure program compliance and maximum utilization of available grant funding.
Assists the Parks & Trail Coordinator in the coordination with snowmobile and ATV clubs to maintain State funded snowmobile and ATV trails.
Assists the Parks & Trail Coordinator as a liaison between snowmobile, ATV clubs, Friends groups, and the Director.
Attend snowmobile club meetings and other parks and recreation-related meetings as required.
Inspect trails as necessary to ensure that they are in safe and usable conditions. Keep records of trail inspections.
Assist in the maintenance of trails as necessary. These duties may require the operation of heavy equipment.
Aid in maintenance and development of the road and access plan.
Keep up to date records of easements on the trail systems.
Enforce and update existing recreation ordinances.
Assist with sanitation, garbage collection, maintenance of clean toilet facilities, and all other sanitation concerns.
On occasion, assist with grounds maintenance, grass mowing, tree care, litter control, etc.
Assist with maintenance of the physical facilities of all recreation areas.
In conjunction with the Director, establish a short and long-term program for planning improvements to County outdoor recreation areas.
In conjunction with Director and County Planner, assists in the development of the Outdoor Recreational Plan and provides recommendations toward landscape and turf management plans for current and future development of county parks and trails.
Assist with the maintenance of County owned Dams.
Assist communities in grant writing for various conservation projects.
Coordinate and participate in the development and distribution of recreational brochures and tourist information.
Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree in Forestry
Two years forestry management and supervisory experience,
When applicable: Combination of education and experience may be considered
Competency Requirements:

Integrity/Honesty – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
Accountability – Assumes responsibility for successfully accomplishing work objectives and delivering results, setting high standards of performance for self and others
Quality Customer Service and Community Relations – Anticipates and strives to meet the needs of both internal and external stakeholders (employees, contracted staff, prospective employees, job applicants and other internal and external clientele). Delivers high-quality services; is committed to continuous improvement. Communicates/Interacts with employees and members of the public and other key stakeholders in a way that elicits positive response and participation, which on occasion, may include interaction either one-on-one or with several stakeholders at one time to present information and/or represent the County’s or the Department’s interests.
Judgment and Decision Making – Accurately assesses situations, seeks new information if necessary, and applies all available information to reach sound conclusions/formulate effective response. Requires little guidance for responding to a wide range of complex situations with far-reaching and/or enduring consequences.
Analytical and Mathematical Ability- Identifies, obtains, and evaluates relevant information to establish relationships or patterns, cite causes, and reach logical conclusions. Considers a multitude of diverse factors, their interrelationships, the perspectives of others, alternative courses of action and their likely ramifications with evaluating information to reach a conclusion. Works with varying degrees of mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry, applying concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions in practical situations.
Written and Verbal Communication – Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing. Writes lengthy reports, instruction manuals, in-depth analyses/review of complex issues. Verbally communicates complex issues relating to regulation and enforcement.
Stress Tolerance – Maintains effective performance when under pressure, confronted with opposition or criticism, and/or when the situation is dangerous. Ability to continue performance of duties in times of insufficient staff or resources, fluctuation or uncertainty of direction or role, and times of encountering disagreements or criticism when performing duties. Presentation and defense of position in a public forum, which at times entails facing opposition, may be required.
Fact Finding – Obtains required information through interviewing individuals, review of existing materials, or securing new materials to answer a question or address a problem.

Minimum Skills Assessment Requirements: This is a professional position requiring considerable knowledge of procedures related to the management of Public Forest Lands. This employee must have comprehensive skills and knowledge of State of Wisconsin regulations and statutes relating to forest resource and land management. Preference will be given to candidates with 2 years of experience.


Valid driver’s license
Herbicide applicator license
Chainsaw safety operator license

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; talk or hear; close and distance vision. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift to 100 pounds and apply up to 500 pounds of force to move objects. Requires frequent exposure to extreme and inclement weather conditions and often uneven, difficult terrain. Winter conditions often include icy conditions, deep snow, extreme cold and foot travel. Summer conditions often include extreme heat, humidity, and exposure to insects. Must be able to efficiently operate, ATV, snowmobile, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and other related equipment.

Deadline Note:

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