Forester I/ Forester II

Natchitoches, LA
Full Time
Mid Level
Join the vibrant team at American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM) as a Forester in Natchitoches, LA. Reporting directly to the District Manager, this role plays a pivotal part in comprehensive forest management, overseeing planning, permitting, timber harvest, road construction, silviculture, client reporting, and budgeting. You'll also handle additional duties assigned by the District and Region Manager.

More about who we are:
American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM) is the largest forest consulting firm in the United States.  AFM currently manages approximately 5.6 million acres of privately owned timberland and has sold over $5.4 billion in real estate transactions under AFM Real Estate, a subsidiary of AFM. With 300+ employees operating from 52 offices located in 20 states, Panama and Costa Rica, AFM’s team of professionals is focused on meeting client needs by providing a complete range of forestry services. Our small regionally dispersed offices allow us to provide individualized services, and our large overall size allows us to coordinate teams of foresters and technical specialists for large, complex jobs.

AFM’s team of professionals is focused on meeting client needs by providing a complete range of forestry services including land and wildlife management, land sale and acquisition services, forest inventory and design, growth and yield modeling, cash flow projections, environmental services, appraisal, forest resource data management and harvest scheduling.

Full-time Position:  Minimum 40 hours per week required, some out of town and overnight work required (expenses paid).  This position reports to the District Manager in AFM’s Natchitoches, Louisiana office.  The Natchitoches office manages approximately 139,000 acres of institutional client land (TIMO’s) and works extensively with non-industrial private landowners.  The Forester II position is required to interact with multiple client types.

Key Responsibilities:
  • In conjunction with the District Manager, proposes and implements timberland management activities specific to individual sites and client goals including site preparation techniques (mechanical & chemical), chemical release application, herbaceous weed control, reforestation activities, seedling survival checks, timber stand improvement, and other relevant activities
  • Executes timber sales according to certification standards and/or best management practices, encompassing all aspects of field and office work
  • Conducts systematic sampling of merchantable and pre-merchantable timberland using field data recorders for both fixed radius and prism sampling methods
  • In conjunction with the District Manager, designs and implements timberland management plans
  • Generates new business (meets with potential clients, explains our business, secures contracts)
  • Manages lease and temporary access agreements
  • Assists District Manager with budgeting, monthly reports, annual operating plans, and projections
  • Assists with data entry activities with client’s accounting systems
  • Possesses competency in GPS/GIS, or exhibits the ability to acquire this competency.
  • Possesses familiarity with computer-generated spreadsheets and word processing
  • Prepares weekly timesheet showing all time worked by project, bill method and task
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the District Manager

  • 0- 5+ years of forestry experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry or closely related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong listening capabilities with the ability to translate communications into appropriate course of action
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under strict time constraints
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast paced work environment
  • Proficiency in basic computer programs such as MS Word and Excel
  • Ability to work within a team environment on large projects throughout Louisiana and surrounding states
  • Ability to show passion for their job and a commitment to client satisfaction
  • Soft Skills: communication, teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability, attention to detail, time management and decision-making.

Work Environment:
This role balances office work with remote field assignments. Fieldwork often involves solo ventures into remote forest lands accessed by private unimproved roads, necessitating off-road driving skills. Expect extended periods outdoors, including adverse weather conditions like summer heat and extreme cold. Travel to properties across Louisiana is required, potentially involving out-of-town and overnight stays (expenses covered).

Salary and Benefits:
  • Expected salary commensurate with experience.
  • Additional compensation:
    • Company provided vehicle with unlimited personal use
    • Eligible for annual and new business bonus plans
  • Paid vacations, sick time and holidays
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision healthcare plans
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability plans available
  • 401(K) retirement plan with matching company contributions
  • Educational Assistance Reimbursement Program

Join us in our commitment to forest management excellence and a dynamic work environment. Apply now to contribute your expertise to our team!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.


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