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Kansas Forest Service
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502

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State Forester Openings

The search committee for the Kansas Forest Service State Forester position is pleased to announce the candidates for in-person interviews and to share their application materials.

The interviews will be held on December 9th through December 11th, 2019.  Below, you will find each candidates' application materials, interview agenda, presentation/open forum link, and candidate feedback survey link.

We encourage everyone to provide valuable feedback on each candidate in a fair and consistent manner. Feedback surveys will be open through December 12th at 5pm. 

For more information about this position, please view the position announcement.



Jason Hartman

Monday, December 09, 2019


Robert Atchison

Monday, December 09, 2019


Mark Nelson

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Jay C. Hayek

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


About This Role:

As State Forester of the Kansas Forest Service (KFS) at Kansas State University, you will provide leadership, expertise, and management to the programs and employees of the agency. Your responsibilities will be to:

  • Guide direction of all programs within KFS
  • Contribute to the success of KFS personnel meeting planned program goals
  • Advocate for KFS at state and federal levels
  • Represent KFS with federal, state, local, and private natural resources agencies
  • Prioritize and budget resources within KFS to satisfy the needs of diverse stakeholders while meeting required deliverables

Why Join Us:

 The Kansas Forest Service is the 5 th oldest state forestry agency in the country established in 1887, and is housed as an independent agency within K-State Research and Extension. The agency employs 35 full-time employees, and 40+ temporary and student positions, housed in Manhattan, KS and offices throughout the state. Our programs include Rural Forestry, Community Forestry, Fire Management, Conservation Tree Planting, Forest Health, and Marketing and Utilization. KFS works with a diverse group of partners at local, state, and federal levels to help serve the State of Kansas in pursuit of our mission: “Care of Natural Resources and Service to People Through Forestry”. We pride ourselves on the multi-faceted services we provide the many stakeholders of Kansas. KFS contributes an estimated combined economic impact of $34 million annually. This position is benefits eligible including health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance, paid time off (holidays, vacation and sick leave). To learn more, visit: