Area Forester

Posting Date: Jun 11, 2024

Location: High Level, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Area Forester 
Job Requisition ID: 58410
Ministry: Forestry and Parks
Location: High Level
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Open Until Suitable Candidates Found 
Classification:  Natural Resource 8
Salary: $2,896.94 - $3,741.60 biweekly (75,610 - $97,655 annually approx.) 

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

The Ministry of Forestry and Parks invests in the environmentally responsible growth of Alberta's wood products and forestry sector. We are committed to protecting Alberta's forests from wildfires and preserving our provincial parks for the recreation and enjoyment of Albertans. For more information on the Ministry of Forestry and Parks, please visit: 

Role Responsibilities

Are you passionate about safeguarding our forest resources for future generations? We're seeking a dedicated individual to fill the role of Area Forester, reporting directly to the Senior Forester. In this role, you'll be instrumental in ensuring the sustainability of our forest ecosystems by meticulously reviewing and auditing tenure-based forest management planning and operations within the High Level Forest Area.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring industry planning, silvicultural activities, and forest operations to maintain vital linkages to detailed Forest Management Plans (FMA), quota agreements, provincial legislation, and departmental directives.
  • Effective communication for conveying sustainable forest management principles to diverse stakeholders, including forest and other industries, the public, and First Nations communities.
  • Mediating conflicts between various interest groups will be part of your daily responsibilities, ensuring that local issues are effectively managed to promote harmony and sustainability.
  • Regulation and legislation concerning timber management companies in a specified sphere of influence, you'll collaborate closely with embedded quota holders and contribute to the development and implementation of Detailed Forest Management Plans and operational ground rules.
  • Conduct audits of timber harvesting operations through our Forest Operations Monitoring Program, ensuring compliance with established standards and best practices.
  • Acting as an area representative, you'll contribute your expertise to the development of regulations, policies, and procedures aimed at enhancing forest sustainability and management practices.

If you're a dedicated professional with a passion for forest conservation and possess the technical expertise required to drive impactful change, we encourage you to apply! Join us in our mission to protect and preserve our precious forest resources for generations to come.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

About Your Competencies:

  • Creative Problem Solving: Anticipates, assess, and readily adapts to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.
  • Build Collaborative Environments: Takes a collaborative approach with your work to foster open communication and leverage team skills.
  • Agility: Identifies alternative approaches in uncertain, complex situations, supporting others in determining and assessing strategy.
  • Systems Thinking: Considers the changing environment, recognizing the work impacting a vast network of stakeholders. 
  • Develop Self and Others: Aims to learn from experiences, shift, and keep current with our skills and knowledge to remain competitive.


The minimum requirements for this role are a university degree in Forestry, Sciences, Natural Resources or a related field plus four (4) years of related experience. 

Directly related education or experience is considered on a one-for-one basis, such as:

  • A two-year diploma plus six (6) years of related experience.

Additional requirements include:

  • Class 5 Driver’s License.
  • Canada Safety Council endorsed Defensive Driving Course.
  • First Aid, Level "C" CPR, certificate.
  • Eligible for registration with the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals.

Assets include:

  • Supervisory or leadership experience.
  • Forest management planning/operations and fireline certification.
  • Project management experience.
  • Crew leader or member experience. 
  • Experience operating equipment such as off-highway vehicles, 4x4 vehicles, and snowmobiles.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap, or other GIS applications.
  • Strong mediation and negotiation skills and the ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships with various stakeholders.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 
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One permanent full time position with standard weekly hours of 36.25 Monday to Friday. 

We aim to onboard the successful candidate for this position by mid-July. The incumbent may be requested to work overtime, evening and weekends due to the emergency nature of wildfires.

Travel throughout the province may be required as part of your responsibilities to coordinate with Ministry staff and colleagues, other government departments, clients, and other stakeholders. 

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in.

What We Offer for Permanent position:

How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Ali Tarabain at