Forester Specialist 2

Hiring Organization: Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG)
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh, IN
Application Deadline: August 6, 2021

Purpose of Position/Summary

Incumbent serves the Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG) as a Forester; providing specialized, technical knowledge to the INARNG. Incumbent implements the forestry components of the INARNG’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP). Generally, day to day efforts will focus on forest resources within the ~34,250 acre Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center (CAJMTC) and the ~1,000 acre Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Plans, develops and administers forestry programs which frequently involve federal, state and local agencies and private individuals/businesses; 
  • Manages and assists in the collection of forest resource data for state and federal programs; 
  • Provides specialized guidance and coordination in area of expertise, making recommendations to agency/division heads for program objectives; 
  • Contract Administration as it relates to TSI, timber sales, reforestation, etc. 
  • Program budget development and implementation; 
  • Work plan development and implementation/supervision; 
  • Lead in the training and employee development of lower level employees; 
  • Researches new and existing programs and literature for use in the program planning; 
  • Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and presentations interpreting the results of inventory data; 
  • Assists with ancillary studies associated with the INRMP; 
  • Performs related duties as required. 


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Dendrology or a closely related field; 
  • Red card certification; may occur post; 
  • Thorough knowledge of forestry and forest management; 
  • Thorough knowledge of program area and program administration, including rules and regulations; 
  • Specialized knowledge of botany and tree identification; 
  • Specialized knowledge of forest mensuration and silviculture; 
  • Specialized knowledge of computer operations including Microsoft Office Suite, ESRI GIS Suite, and Trimble GPS; 
  • Extensive knowledge of new forestry programs and ability to incorporate this knowledge in program planning; 
  • Basic knowledge of land surveying; 
  • Ability to supervise and direct work of others; 
  • Ability to maintain cooperative work relationships; 
  • Effective communication, both orally and in writing; 
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others (i.e., in a multi-discipline team construct); 
  • Ability to plan and conduct work with little supervision; 
  • Have or obtain an Indiana Operators License (i.e., driver license). 



Incumbent makes decisions in administering programs and choosing applicable technical procedures. Incumbent makes recommendations for program objectives to division supervisor. Incumbent works independently and is the division’s technical expert in assigned area(s) providing supervision to multiple environmental professsionals and project personnel. 


The work relationships are broad in scope and include direct contacts with Post Commander, directorate managers, supervisors, architect-engineers, contractors and operating personnel. There may also be contacts with elected officials, environmental groups, regulatory agencies and the general public. The ability to maintain favorable relationships with Federal and State regulatory agencies and with Army or Department of Defense consultants is expected. 


Fieldwork requires greater than usual physical exertion to hike across rugged terrain with heavy equipment and to occasionally be exposed to extreme weather conditions for extended periods. Projects may extend beyond normal duty and involve weekend work as mission dictates. 


Work is in a forest environment and office environment. Incumbent may be exposed to unexploded ordnance (UXO) hazards during the course of work conducted on training lands. Incumbent will be exposed to loud noise and heavy equipment such as chainsaws, mowers, bull dozers, etc. Other hazards may be falling timber, open wells, wildland fire, pests, and pesticides. Incumbent must be able to negotiate rugged terrain on foot and in appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).