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									     JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY (TWRA)
                FORESTER POSITIONS TO BE ADVERTISED IN 2006

Job #1:
Working Title: Wildlife Forester
Job Class Title: Wildlife Manager 1
Job Location: May be based at TWRA’s Big Cypress Tree forestry office near Greenfield, TN, in
Weakley County, or at another west Tennessee location. Will work in various wildlife
management areas (WMAs) throughout west Tennessee.
Salary Range: $2,484 - $3,858 (monthly), $29,808 - $46,296 (annually)
Education Requirements: Must have graduated from an SAF-accredited forestry college with
bachelor’s degree in Forestry, or expect to graduate within 90 days of taking Wildlife Manager 1
exam.
Interviews: Probably will take place in late June of 2006, for those on register who qualify.
Job Responsibilities:
    Under supervision of Wildlife Manager 2, will manage mainly naturally-established
    bottomland hardwood forests through the Compartment Management process, performing
    forest inventory, forest management plans, timber sales (for stand regeneration and timber
    salvage), forest stand improvement, road layout and construction, and prescribed burning, to
    improve habitat on up to 20,000 acres of forested wetlands. Duties may involve supervision
    of a Wildlife Technician. Will participate in bottomland hardwood reforestation efforts when
    needed. Will help maintain GIS database for managed areas. Will give occasional
    presentations, as needed, to public and private groups to inform them about TWRA’s forest
    management, and occasionally assist TWRA’s Region 1 on other projects, including manning
    of hunting season checking stations.
For More Information Concerning Position: Contact Jason Maxedon, (731)-235-0239

Job # 2
Working Title: Wildlife Forester
Job Class Title: Wildlife Manager 1
Job Location: Based at TWRA’s Royal Blue WMA forestry office in Pioneer (near Caryville), TN,
in Campbell County, east Tennessee. Will work primarily on Royal Blue WMA, with some work
on nearby Sundquist and Cove Creek WMAs, and, occasionally, on other east Tennessee WMAs
in TWRA’s Region 4 and Region 3.
Salary Range: $2,484 - $3,858 (monthly), $29,808 - $46,296 (annually)
Education Requirements: Must have graduated from an SAF-accredited forestry college with
bachelor’s degree in Forestry, or expect to graduate within 90 days of taking Wildlife Manager 1
exam.
Interviews: Probably will take place no earlier than September of 2006, for those on register who
qualify.
Job Responsibilities:
Under supervision of Wildlife Manager 2, will manage mostly upland hardwood forests through
the Compartment Management process, performing forest inventory, forest management plans,
timber sales (for stand regeneration and timber salvage), forest stand improvement, reforestation,
road layout and construction, and prescribed burning, to improve habitat on approximately 20,000
acres of forest land on Royal Blue WMA. Duties may involve supervision of a Wildlife Technician.
Will perform forestry work, as needed, on Cove Creek and other WMAs. Will help maintain GIS
database for managed areas. Job duties may include salvaging timber on areas to be mined for
coal, and coordinating with coal mining officials on revegetation and reforestation of mined areas
on Royal Blue WMA, as well as serving as TWRA’s liaison with private timber company managing
the forest on Sundquist WMA. Will give occasional presentations, as needed, to public and
private groups to inform them about TWRA’s forest management, and occasionally assist
TWRA’s Region 4 on other projects, including manning of hunting season checking stations.

For More Information Concerning Position: Contact Joe Elkins, (423)-562-1785

Note: It is possible that two additional Wildlife Manager 1 forester positions with similar
job responsibilities as those above will become available after September of 2006 (one in
west Tennessee, and one at Royal Blue).
Application Procedure and FAQs:

Applications for Wildlife Officer 1 and Wildlife Manager 1 will be accepted by the Department of
Personnel (DOP) beginning on March 28 and continue through April 30, 2006. I strongly
recommend that all applicants use the online application process available to them at the
following web address:

http://www.state.tn.us/personnel/tnapp.htm

Here are a few FAQ's intended to assist you in the application process:

1. Do I have to re-apply and re-take the test if I'm currently on the register for these two job
classes? ans. Yes, the current employment register will be abolished and a new employment
register will be established. All interested persons must submit a state application to begin the
application/examination process.

2. Do I have to use the online application process? ans. No, you may submit your application
to the DOP, using a hard copy application, to the address listed on the state application form.
The online application is voluntary but does allow the applicant to have an application account
that enables a more effective application process for additional application submissions for other
job classes. It also speeds up the application rating process.

3. May I apply if I don't graduate college until July 2006? ans. Yes, all graduating students
may submit their application during this open period if you are expected to meet all requirements
to graduate within 90 days of the Wildlife examination date.

4. If I use the online application process, must I send in a hardcopy of my most recent
college transcript? ans. Yes, a copy of your most recent college transcript must be submitted
for proper application rating. You may fax it to 615.401.7626 when you submit you application.
You may also mail it with your application if you choose to submit a hard copy application form.
Ensure your full name and SSN are clearly listed on the transcript and that you indicate it is for
the Wildlife Manager/Officer application rating.

5. What happens after I submit my application? ans. Your application will be rated/scored to
ensure you meet minimum qualifications for the job classification. In other words, do you have
the appropriate B.S. Degree or above. Next, you will be contacted by DOP and will be required to
complete and return a "supplemental" application form. The score you achieve from this form will
be a part of your final score so ensure you list all requested information in short, concise
statements that fully describe your experience and/or education. The experience elements listed
on the beginning pages of this form should agree with your detailed experience descriptions later
in the form. Ensure you establish linkage for the maximum score. Last, DOP will invite you to
schedule an appointment to take the Wildlife examination.

6. If I'm interested in becoming a "Forester" with TWRA should I apply for Wildlife Manager
1? ans. Yes, the Wildlife Manager 1 job classification is the official job class for TWRA Forester
positions.

7. How long until my name gets on the employment register and I can expect to interview
for a position? ans. I estimate the examination will be administered in late May or early June of
2006. That will be the last step in the application/rating process. The newly established
employment register will be available for use in the mid-June 2006 time frame and should be valid
for a minimum of 1 year. Interviews are offered on a "vacancy" basis. Your overall score will
determine your relative ranking on the employment register. By state law, we must hire from the
top scores on the register.
As a final thought: Your Wildlife or related degree enables you to meet the minimum job
requirements. Your level of education and working experience are factored together with your
examination score to determine your overall final score. Your overall score determines your
relative ranking on the employment register. As you prepare to begin the application process,
gather together your work, hobby, and recreational history and explore the most effective way to
describe your work history, hunting and fishing experience, etc. in clear, concise terms.

Good Luck to everyone!


Stan Powell
Chief of Human Resources
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
615.781.6594
615.781.6559 (Fax)
stanley.powell@state.tn.us

								
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