Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
54408 05 CM B3 C 999-99 01/01/2019
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JOB CODE: 54408

DEFINITION: This is professional forestry and managerial work that involves directing the activities of a forestry camp at a state correctional facility.

The employee in this job is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing, implementing, and directing the forest and nursery program activities for the forestry camp at the Rockview State Correctional Institution. Work includes supervising staff responsible for instructing or leading inmates in the performance of forest and nursery work details; preparing an annual operating plan; developing and ensuring that program goals, objectives, and priorities are met; developing and implementing program policies and procedures; supervising, directing, coordinating, and implementing forest and nursery program activities; and overseeing the training, care, custody, and control of inmates assigned to the Camp. Work also involves conducting periodic evaluations of the forest and nursery programs including preparing reports of findings and recommendations, and implementing recommendations approved by an administrative supervisor. The employee in this job may also be responsible for providing oversight to the facility’s farm program activities. Work is performed independently within the framework of departmental and institutional policies and procedures and is reviewed by an administrative supervisor through conferences and evaluations of operations.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Note: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples):

•Plans, schedules, develops, directs, coordinates, and evaluates forest and nurseryprogram activities at the forestry camp.

•Manages forest and nursery program activities including: scouting for and identifyinghazardous and diseased trees; wildfire suppression; forest road and trailmaintenance; forestry vehicle maintenance; timber harvesting; herbicide application;forest pest management; forest soil erosion and stream sedimentation; selectingtrees, shrubs, flowers, and produce propagated and cultivated for sale anddistribution; and determining planting schedules.

•Coordinates food and medical services for the inmates housed at the forestry camp.

•Prepares requests for fiscal, personnel, equipment, materials, supplies, and otherneeds based on proposed goals, objectives, and priorities.

•Provides information regarding forestry program rules, regulations, policies, andprocedures as requested.

•Trains employees and inmate work crews in techniques and proper use of equipmentutilized to perform forest and nursery work with overall emphasis on safetyawareness.

•Provides oversight to the facility’s farm-related operations including care of livestock(cattle) and crops, manages the budget for the farm program, coordinatesveterinarian services, and ensures proper maintenance of equipment.

• Prepares letters, reports, memoranda, and correspondence to exchange information with subordinates, field personnel, supervisors, and the public.

• Maintains inmate attendance and instruction records.

• Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

• The employee in this job may participate in the performance of subordinates’ work consistent with operational and organizational requirements.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the principles and practices of forest management.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of tree nursery management.

• Knowledge of procedures, methods, and techniques utilized in forest management including forest insect and disease control.

• Knowledge of various species of trees and destructive insects and diseases common to the forests of Pennsylvania and the Northeastern United States.

• Knowledge of the methods and techniques utilized in forest fire prevention and suppression.

• Ability to perform algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric computations.

• Ability to analyze and interpret topographical maps and erosion and sedimentation control plans.

• Ability to analyze and interpret policies and procedures.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: (NOTE: These are expected of an employee performing the work of this job at the full performance level. These may not be evaluated by the State Civil Service Commission or used for Civil Service examination purposes and are not position-specific performance standards.):

• Knowledge of inmate custody and security standards, procedures, and methods.

• Knowledge of forest and nursery program goals and objectives.

• Knowledge of the safety methods and proper usage of tools, equipment, and vehicles used within the forest and nursery programs.

• Knowledge of the care and maintenance of farm equipment and materials.

• Ability to develop and revise forest and nursery program plans.

• Ability to plan and direct the work of assigned forest and nursery staff.

• Ability to coordinate food and medical services for the forestry camp.

• Ability to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of forest and nursery programs.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities.):

• Two years of professional forestry experience;


• An equivalent combination of experience and training.