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Forest Manager - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Environmental Science, Ecology, and Forestry


West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design is seeking applications for a Forest Manager.

About the Opportunity

As a Forest Manager, you will manage the day-to-day operations of the West Virginia University Research Forest and other forest properties managed by the Division of Forestry & Natural Resources, provide scientific forest management solutions and supervise field operations on all the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design forest properties in support of teaching, research, and service activities.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:

  • 37.5-hour work week
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
  • 18 sick days per year(for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
  • Wellness programs

What you'll do:

  • Identify areas in need of management activities (harvesting, pre-harvest and post-harvest), collect or supervise the collection of inventory data, analyze and interpret data, and select and implement proper silvicultural treatments.
  • Conduct necessary management operations on site including inventory, marking, harvesting (felling, skidding, bucking, transporting), and vegetation management to further the mission of the Research Forest operations.
  • Procure supplies and equipment required for research and field use.
  • Supervise, train, and review the work of a Forest Technician and student workers essential to the operation of the Research Forest. Demonstrate basic techniques and equipment to other personnel and students.
  • Cultivate and maintain diversity initiatives by comprising a strategically aligned approach considering the needs of the organization.
  • Conduct performance appraisals, scheduling, training, employee development, and disciplinary action.
  • Coordinate and ensure proper operation of logging operations being performed on the Research Forest and other managed lands.
  • Operate equipment needed in harvesting timber, build and maintain skid trails and forest roads, establish food plots for wildlife, and reclaim disturbed areas. Equipment used is log truck, dozer, skidder, log loader, front end loader/backhoe, tractor, and road grader.
  • Design and maintain all forest roads to ensure they meet the teaching, research and operational needs of the Division of Natural Resources and its cooperators, write standards for contractors, and ensure road standards meet at least the minimum standards of those required by state regulations governing logging roads.
  • Conduct, schedule, and supervise maintenance and repairs for facilities, maintenance shop, residence, out buildings, vehicles, heavy equipment and other equipment used by the Research Forest staff.
  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of the University sawmill and associated equipment located at the WVU Research Forest for teaching, research and outreach needs for the Division.
  • Oversee the sale of surplus lumber from the sawmill operation (the sawmill is operated several times a year for classes, research and provides training and materials for research and teaching projects).

  • Master of Science degree in Forest Management is preferred. Bachelor's degree is required.
  • At least three (3) yearsexperience of scientifically supported forest management is required. The scope of knowledge must include silviculture; forest management; forest inventory and measurements; dendrology; wildlife management; forest ecology; forest soils; forest harvesting operation; road layout and construction; geographic information systems (GIS); global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with administrators, contractors, industry personnel, state agencies, faculty, students, outside cooperators, and the general public
  • Ability to operate timber harvesting, sawmill and road building equipment
  • Ability to collect and interpret information from GPS and GIS systems
  • Ability to accurately interpret and analyze field data
  • Ability to develop efficient and effective operational plans on a weekly basis
  • Ability to supervise and instruct staff, faculty and students so they may properly and safely perform their duties on the forest properties.
  • Ability to maintain records and reports
  • Ability to maintain proper unit attendance and punctuality standards as well as staff payroll certification.
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment (sometimes exceeding 50 lbs) to work areas, bend, walk, reach, sit, and stand for long periods of time in all types of weather and on rough terrain.


  • Valid driver's license is required
  • Drug Test is required.
  • WV Certified Logger- required within 1 year of employment
  • WV Commercial Driver License-necessary to drive log truck and transport heavy equipment. Required within 1 year of employment
  • Chainsaw Certification-included with certified logger training
  • First Aid/CPR-included with certified logger training
  • Certified Public Pesticide Applicator-required to supervise staff and students applying herbicides (must be obtained within 30 days of hire)

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Sep 15, 2022

Posting Classification: Non-Classified

Exemption Status: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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