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Kansas Forest Service
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502

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Employment Opportunities

The Kansas Forest Service is always looking for energetic, enthusiastic, career-minded individuals who desire to work in an exciting and dynamic industry. Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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Student Workers

We often employ student workers for positions as Office Assistants, GIS Technicians or Conservation Tree Program Assistants. Please review the below matierals for additional information.

Northwest District Forester

About This Role:

The Kansas Forest Service is looking for a full-time, term position as the District Forester of a 23-county district in Northwest Kansas. This position is responsible for providing rural forestry technical assistance to owners and managers of the region's rural forest resources including woodlots, windbreaks, and shelterbelts. The District Forester in this position will also provide community forestry assistance in the form of helping organize local volunteer and municipal tree boards, conducting community tree inventories, and more. This position will also establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with federal, state and local natural resource agencies and organizations on forestry related programs. The office location of this position is flexible within the district, but incumbent must reside within the district after hiring.

Why Join Us:

The Kansas Forest Service is the 5th 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.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is eligible for hybrid worksite. Work is performed partially remote and partially on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for

all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.


What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Forestry or a closely related natural resource discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years forestry or related natural resources field experience

Other Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License upon employment
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

1.   Cover letter

2.   Resume

3.   Professional references

4.   Academic transcripts

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration apply by March 26, 2023.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$47,000 - $52,000

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening


In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

To learn more or submit an application, please visit our job portal.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by March 26th, 2023. Please feel free to reach out to Ryan Armbrust, Search Committee Chair and Rural Forestry Coordinator, at or 785-477-6413.

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(The Kansas Forest Service provides this listing for informational purposes only. No endorsement is implied. Contact Ryan Armbrust for additions or corrections.) 

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