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Assistant State Forester

Advance your career with a leader in western forestry and make a lasting difference on Wyoming’s forestry landscape, join our team today!  The Office of State Lands and Investments, Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD) delivers all forestry programs.  As a member of the WSFD leadership team, you will have the opportunity to lead a team of professionals delivering forestry programs across the state including field operations and forest management. You will also support your colleagues in delivering cooperative forestry, Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), and fire management programs in the implementation of the State Forest Action Plan. Our culture will provide you with the opportunity for professional growth and a diverse experience that will help you further your career.


This position directs and manages multiple statewide programs and budgets. Activities are performed independently under the direction of the State Forester. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to make decisions in difficult and time-sensitive situations.


This position is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheyenne is a full-service community, home to over 60,000 residents.  Cheyenne is near four-season outdoor recreation areas including the Snowy Range and the Medicine Bow National Forest, home to world-class rock climbing at Vedauwoo. In addition, the location provides convenient access to the Colorado Front Range communities including Fort Collins, Denver, and the Denver International Airport. Wyoming is one of only seven states with no state income tax.

Wyoming State Government employees enjoy a range of valuable benefits including competitive compensation, comprehensive healthcare coverage, generous pension, job security and a supportive work environment.

Human Resource Contact: Ryan Scheer / 307-777-8570


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.


Oversee 5 district offices and associated staff, including Good Neighbor Authority foresters. 

Leads and manages the WSFD statewide forest management activities including forest product sales, timber stand improvement projects, forest inventory, sale and appraisal valuation, forest management planning, and road maintenance projects. 

Oversees the implementation of Trust Land Preservation and Enhancement funding.

Manages contracts, performance bonds, and slash disposal deposits for State Trust Lands and through the Good Neighbor Authority projects. 

Establishes program policy direction, standards, and guidelines in consultation with the State Forester.

Writes project financial plans for multiple programs.

Manages and allocates program budgets in excess of $10 million/biennium.

Coordinates with counterparts from other states, or other levels of government, regarding joint actions.

Represents the State Forester, Director, or Governor on technical or specific assignments, as directed or in the State Forester's absence; represents WSFD before legislative committees, elected officials, and advisory boards. 

Confers and consults with the State Forester regarding human resource matters, budgets, and future forestry program costs and needs.

Supervises multiple subordinate staff; directs, instructs, explains issues, counsels, and conducts formal performance appraisals of assigned subordinates and approves appraisals done by subordinates; conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations; initiates personnel actions.






Preference may be given to candidates with extensive experience in timber sale preparation and management.
Preference may be given to candidates with extensive experience working with elected officials.
Preference may be given to candidates that have experience managing a professional staff.



  • Knowledge in Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • Knowledge of the federal land management policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience in organizational leadership.
  • Skill in navigating political issues to achieve objectives.
  • Skill in the use of software including Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and Google Apps for Business.




Bachelor's Degree (typically in Forestry)



2-4 years of progressive work experience (typically in Forestry) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forestry Program Analyst




Education & Experience Substitution:

5-7 years of progressive work experience (typically in Forestry) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forestry Program Analyst

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:




Necessary Special Requirements





  • FLSA:  Exempt
  • Occasional travel including overnight travel in and out of the state, as needed.