State Forester-Assistant Commissioner, Division of Forestry

State of Tennessee

Nashville, TN


Position Description / Responsibilities


invites qualified candidates to apply for the following position

State Forester-Assistant Commissioner, Division of Forestry

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Executive Appointment Salary Range Minimum: $93,228

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is seeking to fill the State Forester position. The successful candidate will serve as an Assistant Commissioner and function as a member of the Commissioner’s leadership team. The State Forester has statewide responsibility for successful delivery of programs and services provided by the division. The State Forester is responsible for the division’s $30-plus million annual budget including 481 full-time and seasonal employees and the management of 170,000 acres of public lands across 15 state forests.

Duties and Responsibilities: Serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner of Agriculture. Under the general supervision of the Deputy Commissioner and in coordination with the Tennessee Forestry Commission, directs and implements all forestry programs to effectively, efficiently and responsibly utilize the state’s forests and forest products while conserving these natural resources. Directs the development and administration of policy and procedures for forest management, protection (wildland fire, insects and diseases) and reforestation. Reviews and makes decisions on employment and other personnel actions. Reviews and approves annual work plans and sets priorities for the next fiscal year. Develops annual budget based on work plans and pertinent information furnished by subordinates. Reviews, evaluates and modifies forestry programs to insure that set goals and objectives are reached. Provides leadership through the clear and accurate communication with employees, policymakers, partner agencies, media and other key stakeholders.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in forestry from an institution accredited by the Society of American Foresters and a minimum of five (5) years full-time experience in the management of state, federal or private forests.

Experience in field or administrative forestry including fire management and incident command, forest management, long range planning, budget administration, personnel management and public relations is desired.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Application Instructions

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume by mail to Tom Womack, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, P. O. Box 40627, Nashville TN 37204 or email Resumes will be accepted until June 1, 2018.


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