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Kansas Forest Service
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
785.532.3300

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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.

Student Workers

We often employ student workers for either Office Assistants or Conservation Tree Program Assistants. You can view the Conservation Tree Assistant Job Description or, for either postion, you may fill out and submit an application here. 

Vehicle-Equipment Mechanic

About This Role:

The Kansas Forest Service is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to serve in a full time capacity in our Fire shop as a Vehicle/Equipment Mechanic. The individual selected will have extensive experience providing service and repair to vehicles, with an emphasis on heavy trucks and diesel equipment. Specific experience with military vehicles will be a distinct advantage. This job will work 40 hours per week, with a flexible schedule within Monday - Friday, 7am - 5pm work schedule. The job will include lifting heavy parts, climbing on and off of large equipment, working in temperature extremes outdoors and in a non-air-conditioned shop. It will also require the ability to communicate effectively in writing, via phone, and email, and to maintain records and parts inventories. A commercial Class A driver's license is required. The position works under the supervision of the Excess Property Manager.

Why Join Us:

For 50 years the Kansas Forest Service, Fire Management Program has provided vehicles and equipment to fire departments to enhance their fire suppression capacity. Current programs are the Excess Personal Property Program (FEPP), Fire Fighter Property (FFP) and the Equipment Donation Program (EDP). While some restrictions apply, FFP allows the departments to eventually own the equipment and to utilize it for prescribed and controlled burning as well as other civil emergencies. Education opportunities are available at no cost for fire prevention
education, suppression and prescribe burning. Some classes for land managers and fire fighters are specifically for use within the state, others qualify one to participate in incidents at the Federal level through the Incident Qualification System (Red Card).
Financial assistance for the Kansas Forest Service fire program is
principally provided by the State Fire Assistance and Volunteer Fire Assistance Programs of the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Division. State fire assistance funds, or SFA, provides funding for KFS fire staff to deliver services to rural fire districts and the citizens of Kansas with services such as training, wildfire preparedness and planning, suppression and response, as well as prescribed fire management. Volunteer fire assistance funds are pass-through funds to cooperating fire districts for ancillary products such as communications equipment, protective gear, hand tools, water pumps, and related items. Coupled to the above is long range planning assistance for Districts
desiring a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Fire Master Plan, or a Hazardous Fuel Assessment. Incident support and resource management is made possible through funding from the Kansas Legislature. This allows KFS employees to be positioned through Kansas to respond when requested within 2 hours and enables KFS to pre-position wildland fire taskforces and assist local
fire authorities with fire aviation. 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: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Six months of relevant experience with diesel and heavy truck repair. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience specifically with military vehicles, including CUCV, M939 series, HEMTT, and FMTV vehicles.
  • Experience with repair of large trucks, including diesel, all wheel drive trains, and other basic vehicle repairs.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid CDL class A within first six months of 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. Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. Name, address, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by October 3, 2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$36,070 - $55,901

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 Statement:

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.

For best consideration apply by October 3, 2022
For more information about this position contact Eric Ward
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal

Fuels Specialist

About This Role:

Kansas Forest Service, Kansas State University, is hiring a Fuels 
Specialist to help KFS Fire Program by providing leadership in developing 
a proactive fuels management program for Kansas. This full-time, term 
position will provide leadership and assistance to fire departments, public 
agencies, communities, landowners, NGOs and related organizations in 
developing and implementing fuels management programs in Kansas. 
This position will focus on creating a positive fire adapted landscape for 
the purpose of reducing catastrophic wildfire losses. The position will 
have approximately 70% focus on fuels management projects with the 
remainder assisting with wildfire management dependent on wildfire 
qualifications. The preferred location for this position is Manhattan, KS, 
but can be negotiated.

Why Join Us:

Empowering fire departments to provide better service to Kansans through training, equipment, and incident, resource and financial assistance.

For 50 years the Kansas Forest Service, Fire Management Program has provided vehicles and equipment to fire departments to enhance their fire suppression capacity. Current programs are the Excess Personal Property Program (FEPP), Fire Fighter Property (FFP) and the Equipment Donation Program (EDP).  While some restrictions apply, FFP allows the departments to eventually own the equipment and to utilize it for prescribed and controlled burning as well as other civil emergencies.

Education opportunities are available at no cost for fire prevention education, suppression and prescribe burning. Some classes for land managers and fire fighters are specifically for use within the state, others qualify one to participate in incidents at the Federal level through the Incident Qualification System (Red Card).

Financial assistance for the Kansas Forest Service fire program is principally provided by the State Fire Assistance and Volunteer Fire Assistance Programs of the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Division. State fire assistance funds, or SFA, provides funding for KFS fire staff to deliver services to rural fire districts and the citizens of Kansas with services such as training, wildfire preparedness and planning, suppression and response, as well as prescribed fire management. Volunteer fire assistance funds are pass-through funds to cooperating fire districts for ancillary products such as communications equipment, protective gear, hand tools, water pumps, and related items.  Coupled to the above is long range planning assistance for Districts desiring a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Fire Master Plan, or a Hazardous Fuel Assessment.

Incident support and resource management is made possible through funding from the Kansas Legislature. This allows KFS employees to be positioned through Kansas to respond when requested within 2 hours and enables KFS to pre-position wildland fire taskforces and assist local fire authorities with fire aviation.

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: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • NWCG Firefighter Type 2
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or related field

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • NWCG Firefighter Type 1
  • Incident Commander Type 5
  • Master’s degree in natural resource management or related field
  • Prescribe burn boss experience

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United 
    States at the time of employment
  • Ability to engage in firefighting duties, including meeting "arduous" 
    fitness standards as identified by the National Wildfire Coordinating 
    Group.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. Name, address, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by September 1, 2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$47,000 - $58,000

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 Statement:

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.

For best consideration apply by September 1, 2022
For more information about this position contact Dennis Carlson
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal

Community Forestry Coordinator

About This Role:

As the Community Forestry Coordinator of the Kansas Forest Service
(KFS) at Kansas State University, you will provide leadership and
coordination for the Community Forestry Program staff in establishing
community forestry programs, conducting assessments and inventories,
conducting statewide training, and recognizing communities through the
Tree City USA program.
Your responsibilities will be to:
• Guide direction of the Community Forestry Program
• Plan, staff, evaluate, and direct work of District Community
Foresters
• Promote the Community Forestry Program and KFS through
outreach and education
• Represent the Community Forestry Program with federal, state,
and local agencies, organizations, and associations
This is a full-time, regular position with a preferred location of Manhattan, KS but ultimately flexible/TBD by mutual agreement with the State Forester.

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: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or closely-related
degree.
• 3-5 years of administration and leadership responsibilities.
• Effective written and oral communication, interpersonal, and
organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or closely-related
degree.
• 6-8 years of administration and leadership responsibilities.
• Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and
organizational skills.
Other Requirements:
• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United
States at the time of employment
• KAA/ISA Certified Arborist (or willing/able to obtain within one (1)
year of hire)

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Academic transcripts
4. Professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration,
apply by September 19, 2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$85,000 - $95,000

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 Statement:

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.

For best consideration apply by September 19, 2022
For more information about this position contact Jason Hartman
Job Description and Application Portal

Employment Opportunities with Forestry Contractors

(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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