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Project Forester
South Carolina Forestry Commission

Do you have a passion for forestry? Would you like to be part of an organization whose mission is to protect, promote, and enhance South Carolina’s forests for the benefit of all? If so, the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s (SCFC) Project Forester position may be for you!

We encourage all 2024 Graduates to apply!

The Position: Project Forester


  • Provides forest management assistance and outreach to landowners and the general public to promote active management of forestland and mitigate wildfire risk.

  • Writes forest management plans to produce multiple benefits including the sustainable production of forest products, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, aesthetics and wildfire prevention.

  • Administers cost-share programs and prepares reports.

  • Assists landowners with implementation of forestry practices.

  • Performs insect and disease activities. Represents agency at local meetings.

  • Responds to wildfires both in-state and out-of-state through Southeastern Compact requests and western wildfire assignments.

  • Participates in FireWise activities to include conducting wildfire risk assessments for at-risk communities in the wildland urban interface and other wildfire prevention events.

  • Responds to non-wildfire disasters, and participates in wildfire and disaster-related exercises as directed.

  • Assists in basic wildfire investigations, burn site inspections, participates in incident management activities on large fire events.

  • Supports Sector Fire Management Officers on fire suppression activities.

  • Participates in opportunities for professional growth as directed such as working with specialty foresters and participating in and/or conducting training as directed to include wildland fire training (i.e. fireline refresher). Serves as acting Sector Fire Management Officer when needed.

  • Provides landowner services such as prescribed burning and timber marking in project area and elsewhere as directed.


  • A bachelor’s degree in forestry from a program accredited by the Society of American Foresters or a bachelor’s degree in forestry or related natural resources field that meets the Society of American Foresters’ Certified Forester educational requirements.

  • Required to be a SC registered forester within two (2) years of appointment. 

  • Must pass a physical fitness test of walking two (2) miles in thirty (30) minutes carrying a 25 lb. pack. 

  • Must obtain firefighter registration with the SC State Fire Marshall's office. 

  • A criminal background check is a condition of employment.

  • DRIVING RECORD: If this position requires the applicant to possess a valid driver's license to operate a state vehicle or personal vehicle, any applicant being considered in the final stages of selection for the position will be required to provide a certified copy of a 10-year driving record.

  • MUST live in or are willing to relocate to Hampton, Jasper or Allendale County, or within a radius of 30 miles of the assigned work center. 


Work Location: This position has an assigned office at 2908 Walterboro Hwy Varnville SC 29944. (MUST live in or are willing to relocate to Hampton, Jasper or Allendale County, or within a radius of 30 miles of the assigned work center.)

Job Type
Full Time Entry Level
Hampton, South Carolina United States
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