Federal Contracting Opportunity

Foresters/Natural Resource Professionals:

The USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit will be advertising a forest inventory contract later this winter via Data Collection on FIA research plots for this contract will be in east central West Virginia over a six-county area (Hardy, Grant, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Webster, and Braxton.)

The term of the contract is one year, with the potential of four option years.

For more information about the FIA project and the work duties associated with this contract, please contact Michael Effinger
(Supervisory Forester) at (304) 285-1593 (office) or (412) 965-3103 (cell).

For information about the contracting process, please contact at Maria Evans (Contracting Officer) at (610) 557-4237 (office).

Division of Forestry Employment Opportunities

Below are links to job descriptions for forestry positions. Job classifications (Foresters 1, 2, and 3) are based upon experience and are assigned at time of employment.

To learn about current vacancies, please contact:



Greg Cook
Deputy State Forester

Application for Employment

Employment Application (in pdf)

Employment Application (in Word)

So, You want to be a Forester!!!!

The Division of Forestry is always in need of foresters. A degree in Forestry from an accredited college or university with an associate degree in a forest technology program recognized by the Society of American Foresters OR a Bachelor of Science Degree in a forest management program accredited by the Society of American Foresters is required.

In addition, applicants must be licensed or eligible to be licensed to operate a motor vehicle in West Virginia. A current license as a registered professional forester or forestry technician OR obtain professional licensure upon employment with the Division of Forestry is another requirement. Applicants must meet the qualifications for and become a special conservation officer at the earliest opportunity following employment and maintain this commission throughout the period of employment in the position.

Foresters are covered under a civil service system administered by the WV Division of Personnel (DOP). Applications must be submitted to DOP at the address specified on the application form. There is no examination required as the college transcript serves as proof of qualification. DOP will score applications based on qualifications including experience. Names will then be placed on a register of eligible candidates.

Once a vacancy has been posted, DOP sends the division of forestry a register for that particular job title and county. The DOF then contacts those on the list to see if they are interested and if so, makes contact to set up interviews.

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