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Project Forester I

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Project Forester I
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 I position may be a great career for you! 

Looking for 2024 graduates!

Role: Project Forester I 

Role Description/ Duties: 

  • Under direct supervision, provides forest management assistance to private landowners to include preparation of forest management plans.

  • Administers cost-share programs for the project.

  • Assists with conducting prescribed burns, wildfire suppression, and disaster response.

  • Represents the SC Forestry Commission at local meetings.

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

  • Writes forest management plans to produce multiple benefits including the sustainable production of forest products, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, aesthetics and to mitigate wildfire risks through recommending mastication and other fuels reduction activities.

  • Administers cost-share programs and prepares reports.

  • Assists landowners with implementation of forestry practices.

  • 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.(Applicants indicating college credit or degree(s) on the application may upload an unofficial copy of the transcript as an attachment to the application. Please note that the agency will require an official, certified copy of the transcript or diploma prior to hiring.)

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

  • Must pass a physical fitness test of walking two (2) miles in thirty (30) minutes carrying a 25 lb. pack or meet the agency physical fitness program requirements. Must be able to lift, walk, squat, climb and carry objects up to 50 lbs. 

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

  • A criminal background check is a condition of employment. 

  • Must possess a valid SC Driver’s license (Class D). (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 may be required to provide a certified copy of a 10-year driving record.)


Location: The worksite for this position is 353 Fire Tower Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115. This position works in Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties. Must be a resident of South Carolina, and must live in their area of responsibility or within a radius of 30 miles of their assigned work center. 

$47,509-$50,834/ Year
Job Type
Full Time Entry Level
Orangeburg, South Carolina United States
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