Resource Forester III (Forester)

Full Time


  Prattville, Alabama, United States

Job Title

Resource Forester III- Prattville, AL Resource Group

Job Description

Full responsibility for the planning, coordination, and execution of forest inventory, environmental management, silviculture and harvest planning operations associated with the management of a Resource unit.


Financial Management

  • Assist in the preparation of the annual operating budget including contracted services, expensed programs and capital programs.
  • Track performance and expenditures compared with budgets and objectives on assigned activities.
  • Provide support information to develop financial and volume projections for harvesting and silviculture on an annual, quarterly and monthly basis.
  • Adapt plans as necessary to achieve desired results. Communicate deviation from projected performance.
  • Incorporates financial considerations in the decision making process to effect key business drivers.
  • Manage all operational projects in a cost-effective manner to return maximum value.

Planning & Operations

  • Assist in the development of operational plans to achieve unit level strategies.
  • Support the District Forester in the development of one and five year harvesting plans meeting target volume production while maintaining balanced silvicultural program levels and logging configurations.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the annual inventory plan which will provide accurate, timely and cost-effective information supporting long and short term yield projections and forecasts silvicultural treatment regimes.
  • Provide stand level information for the development of the transportation plan.
  • Prepare silvicultural plans for reforestation, thinning, herbicide use, animal control, fertilization, surveying and slash management.
  • Implement and execute the tactical marketing plan. Refine on-going harvest activities to meet customer commitments and optimize on current conditions.

Contract Administration

  • Appraise, negotiate and administer contracts related to silvicultural and harvesting activities.
  • Inspect operations to ensure compliance with site activity plans, standard operating procedures, safety requirements and other contractual obligations.
  • Ensure log sorting, log quality, delivery targets and site objectives are met from harvest units.
  • Review invoices for payment.


  • Lead and supervise project teams.
  • Provide technical training to other employees.
  • Coach and mentor lower level employees to excel and grow within or beyond their positions.
  • Provide supporting information for the evaluation and management of contractor performance.
  • Perform special or occasional duties as required such as public relations activities, presentations, tours and other assigned projects.

Property Management

  • Assist the property management team in the development and implementation of property management strategies. This includes parcel selection for acquisition, disposal, trade, harvest sequencing and market timing.
  • Assist in the appraisal of properties for acquisition or disposal.
  • Manage and administer all assigned non-timber activities. These could include leases, special uses, surveys, adjacent landowner interactions and stakeholder relations.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the recreational use program.

Safety & Environmental

  • Actively participate in the compliance of all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) by employees and contractors and ensure compliance with safety programs, forest stewardship principals and Best Management Practices (BMP's).
  • Participate in Corrective Action Recommendation (CAR) near miss reporting system.
  • Participate in professional organizations and associations related to resource management and represent Potlatch in occasional research studies and surveys.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Forestry required; Master's Degree in Forestry preferred.
  • At least five (5) years forestry experience required with at least three (3) years of timber harvest knowledge and supervising contractors required.
  • Intermediate proficiency in MS Word and Excel, Global Positioning System (GPS) applications and devices, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Highly developed multitasking, planning, communication, and organizational skills required.
  • Ability to lead a team or project in an efficient manner.
  • Developed understanding of key business drivers.

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