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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.
The Kansas Forest Service currently has career opportunities open for the following positions:


Part-Time Vehicle/Equipment Mechanic

The Kansas Forest Service is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to serve in a part time capacity in our Fire shop as an 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 up to 999 hours per year, 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. The position works under the supervision of the Excess Property Manager, with immediate oversight from existing shop staff. Apply here:


Office Specialist II

Kansas Forest Service is hiring a term, full-time position that provides administrative support for the Wildland Fire Management and Accounting programs/functions.  Incumbent performs standard office operating procedures and applies knowledge of Kansas State University's and KFS's procedures to provide satisfactory customer service to KFS staff, the general public, fire departments and other state and federal agencies.  Assist in the administration and processing of grants, personnel  time and record keeping, travel reimbursements, etc. It will be highly encouraged to participate in out-of-state and in-state incidents to further experience, knowledge, and qualifications.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • One year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and/or professional experience in the area of incident business management, with NWCG qualification of Incident Business Advisor (IBA), Finance Section chief Type 3 (FSC3) or higher, or any other Finance Section qualification

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Valid driver’s license at time of hire

How to apply

Complete the application and submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Current resume
  3. Academic transcripts (if applicable)
  1. Name, address, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references

Anticipated Salary Range: $13.14 - $18.07

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District Forester - (District 6)

Job Description: 

Kansas State University's Kansas Forest Service is seeking a full time, Term Appointment, District Forester for the South Central District, a 16 county district known as District #6. The District Forester will be under programmatic supervision of the Agency’s Rural Forestry Coordinator.

The incumbent will provide technical forestry assistance to landowners, operators, and federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. This will include the preparation and implementation of forest stewardship and forest management plans (including tree planting, timber stand improvement, timber harvesting, the design of windbreaks and shelterbelts) and conservation tree planting plans.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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:

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

Apply Here:



Employment Opportunities with Forestry Contractors

Forestry and Wildlife Technicians (2-3 positions available)

Implement technical wildlife and forestry activities on state and private land throughout eastern Kansas with some work in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri at project locations.  Primary duties will consist of timber stand improvement, tree planting, edge feathering, cedar removal, spraying invasive plants and other forestry related activities.   Other duties may include assisting with ground preparation, planting native grass, food plot installation, maintaining boundary markers, prescribed fire, equipment repair and maintenance, along with mixing and applying herbicides.  Perform other duties as required.

Job Qualifications: 

Bachelors of Science in forestry, wildlife biology, natural resources or other closely related fields preferred, but willing to train the right person.  Field identification of common Midwest trees, shrubs, and grass is very important.  Knowledge of and ability to operate tractors, skid loaders with attachments, light duty trucks and trailers, all-terrain vehicles, chainsaws, sprayers, and other farm implements.  Individual must be extremely self-motivated, dependable, hardworking, and eager to learn.  Valid driver’s license required and ability to pass a drug screening.


Custom Forestry Applications LLC operates out of Robinson, Kansas specializing in forestry and wildlife management practices for state, federal, and private landowners.  Most projects are within a 4 hour radius from the headquarters, making occasional overnight travel a requirement.  This is a fast paced, goal driven and exciting opportunity to get first hand forestry and wildlife habitat management experience with a growing business. 


If interested please email cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
Luke Terry, Owner
Custom Forestry Applications LLC
2284 250th Street
Robinson, KS 66532