Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Division Director/State Forester

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry
Anchorage or Fairbanks, AK

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is recruiting for the Alaska State Forester position. This position offers an excellent opportunity to lead and shape forestry and fire management across Alaska. The successful candidate will work closely with state and federal land management agencies, state and federal legislators, the Board of Forestry, landowners, communities, and the general public to promote sound, professional management of Alaska’s forests. The State Forester serves as the Director of the Division of Forestry, and provides policy direction and oversight for statewide programs in wildland fire management, forest management, forest practices, and cooperative forestry.  

The Division of Forestry supports forest resource management on 20 million acres and fire protection services and management on 150 million acres. The State Forester leads the Division in responsible, professional, and effective implementation of its statutory authorities. The Division of Forestry’s mission is to develop, conserve, and enhance Alaska forests.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Chair the governor-appointed Board of Forestry which represents a diverse array of interests.  The Board reviews and comments on forest practices legislation and regulations, coordinates monitoring of the Alaska Forest Resources & Practices Act and regulations, provides a forum for resolution of state forestry issues, reviews forest practices research needs, and annually reports on the effectives of the Act.  The Act applies to state, municipal, trust, and private land in Alaska;
  • In concert with the Commissioner’s Office and Governor’s Office, develop strategy on forestry and fire management legislation, and testify before legislative committees;
  • Inform and advise the Commissioner’s Office, Governor’s Office, state legislators, Congressional members, and local government officials about significant wildland fire and forest management issues.
  • Represent the Division and Department with federal cooperators on forestry and fire management program.  Key cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service State & Private Forestry Program, U.S. Forest Service Region 10, and BLM Alaska Fire Service;
  • Chair the division management team to develop a coordinated statewide approach to forest and fire management;  
  • Ensure that the Division has active and appropriate public involvement programs for wildland fire and forest management programs on state land, and for revisions to the Forest Resources & Practices Act.  
  • Work with the Deputy Director to develop the division’s budget, represent the Division in legislative budget hearings, and ensure that the budget is managed in a fiscally responsible manner;
  • Represent the Division and Department with national and regional forestry and fire management organizations, including the National Association of State Foresters, Western Forestry Leadership Coalition; and
  • Ensure coordination and participation in interagency programs, projects, and grants that advance forestry goals.

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