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Socorro District Forester

Southwest
Posted 1 month ago

Employer: State of New Mexico, Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department

Location: Socorro, New Mexico

Application deadline: Not listed

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Summary:

The Socorro District offers the opportunity to work alongside the Gila National Forest, Gila Wilderness, Apache Kid Wilderness, Cibola National Forest, White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss.

The District Forester is responsible for managing and implementing forest and watershed health project initiatives across multiple jurisdictions and promoting cross boundary shared stewardship with state, tribal and federal partners. The position is also responsible for wildland fire suppression and response on all non-municipal, non-tribal and non-federal lands within the seven counties that comprise the district. This position supervises four permanent staff and up to 20 emergency hire wildland firefighters, during the state’s fire season (April – September).

One of the priorities for the Socorro District is providing technical forest management assistance to private landowners. This includes the Stewardship Program, the Forest Health and Insect Program, and assisting the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with forest stand and wildlife improvement projects.  Other collaborative efforts include working with county teams, volunteer fire departments, and communities on fire suppression initiatives.  District staff also lead or assist on forest management practices and natural resource planning, like the Jornada and Black Range Resource Conservation and Development Programs.

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