Forest Operations Manager Location:
Tifton, GA Regular/Temporary:
Regular Full/Part Time:
Full-Time Job ID:
Title: Manager, John W. and Margaret Langdale Forest at ABAC
Department: School of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Job Category: Staff
About the College
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is a state college in the University System of Georgia with campuses in Tifton and Bainbridge, Georgia. ABAC’s mission is to provide excellent education by engaging, teaching, coaching, mentoring, and providing relevant experiences that prepare the graduate for life. Enrollment in the college is approximately 4,000.
The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, one of four schools in the College, enrolls approximately 1,300 students, or about one third of the College’s total enrollment. The Department of Forest Resources is one of three departments within the School and is home to the BS in Natural Resource Management, which had a spring 2021 enrollment of approximately 235 students. The Forestry track within the BS in Natural Resource Management is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The John W. and Margaret Langdale Forest supports the activities of this department and degree program.
The 944-acre John W. and Margaret Langdale Forest (Forest) was purchased to be developed, maintained, and used to facilitate learning by ABAC students and to foster a better public understanding of the importance of natural resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life. The Forest is located approximately 8 miles from the main campus in Tifton and includes a wide array of natural resource assets that provide new and excellent hands-on learning opportunities for ABAC students. The College is committed to developing the property for use by the College and her natural resource industry collaborators, including the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Forestry Association, and industrial and private landowners.
The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources seeks applicants for a Forest Manager. This is a 12-month, benefitted staff position funded by the College. The successful candidate will report to the Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and will be accountable for managing the forest in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Plan, which was developed by the Langdale Forest Stewardship Committee (LFSC).
The LFSC is jointly accountable to the President of ABAC and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ABAC Foundation, Inc, owner of the Forest.
Develop and implement an annual plan of work consistent with the Forest Stewardship Plan that includes actions to:Maintain and conserve natural resource assets at the Forest, andMaintain roads, firebreaks, fence lines and other physical features of the Forest.
Coordinate and superviseHarvest and planting operations,Timber stand improvement operations,Prescribed fire.Maintain records of all operations at the Forest.Supervise staff, casual labor, and students who work at the Forest.Maintain equipment that is required for routine operation of the Forest. The incumbent will assist the Chairman of the LFSC and the Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources in preparing reports on the state of the Forest for presentation to the College President and the Chairman of the ABAC Foundation, Inc. Assist faculty in the selection and development sites within the Forest to support the learning outcomes of ABAC degree programs.
Required QualificationsAn earned degree in natural resource management, forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field. Extensive experience in forest operations (i.e., land management, operation of equipment, mechanical and technical skills).A current license to practice forestry in the State of Georgia.The ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and industry stakeholders.
Desired QualificationsBS in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Wildlife, or related field, or an Associates Degree with years of relevant experience.
Possession of and/or willingness to obtain and maintain a CDL.
Compensation – commensurate with education and experience.Application Instructions:
All applications are submitted electronically. Candidates will submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references with complete contact information.
Employment Start Date: September 1, 2021, or upon identification of a suitable candidate.
For additional information: Contact Dr. Mark Kistler, Dean, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 229-391-4793 or [email protected]