Operations Forester

Position Description:

The Operations Forester position provides direct oversight over harvest operations activities assigned to them.  The position will also inform forest management planning, road construction, forest inventory, and/or Timber Stand Improvement operations as it pertains to their assigned activities or geography.  The primary purpose and function of the position is the implementation of operations on planned sites in varying seasonal, stand, silvicultural, and market conditions.  Position will work with Service Contractors to train and coach them to meet Seven Islands Land Company (SILC) management goals and objectives.  Position will ensure that SILC mission, vision, and values as well as landowner objectives are achieved.  Position may be assigned other forestry duties.   

Scheduled Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • Full-time
  • Salaried Exempt

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • May include supervision of seasonal forestry staff as directed by Management

Key Working Relationships: 

  • Reports to Unit Manager

Essential Job Functions:


  • Develop and maintain an understanding of SILC mission, vision and values
  • Develop and maintain frequent and transparent communication with Service Contractors, Peers, and Supervisors
  • Develop and maintain a philosophy of continual improvement with regard to Self, SILC, and Service Contractors
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the local, State, and Federal laws pertaining to forestry activities
  • Effectively guide, coach, and motivate Service Contractors in the implementation of activities
  • Present a positive public and professional image of Self, SILC, and SILC family of companies
  • Represent SILC on committees as assigned by Management
  • Respect and maintain SILC facilities and equipment


  • Operations Planning
  • Validation and implementation of plan access, acres, volumes, season, equipment, and silviculture
  • Access road layout and mapping
  • Boundary and landscape feature layout and mapping
  • Stand and/or site condition layout and mapping
  • Regulatory, wildlife, and social feature layout and mapping
  • Data collection to support plan estimates, regulatory needs, and/or silvicultural justification
  • Preparation and filing of appropriate permits, notifications, and SILC documentation
  • Monitoring and Compliance
  • Communication of SILC policy and standards with Service Contractor
  • Communication of operations plan and operating procedures with Service Contractor
  • Conduct bi-weekly performance inspections of Service Contractors
  • Execution of plans and permits
  • Tracking and Documentation
  • Retention, maintenance, and communication of tracking mechanisms; i.e. performance inspections
  • Forecasting and tracking operation progress by area, volume, value, and/or time
  • Timely and complete operations updates for GIS records, permitting, and/or management planning
  • Understanding of Certification standards
  • Forest mensuration and inventory
  • Communication
  • Ability to demonstrate, motivate, and/or persuade Service Contractors to perform task in most efficient, effective, and environmentally sound manner
  • Written and verbal communication is appropriate and professional

Required Education:

  • Minimum of Associates Degree in Forestry

Key Experience and Skills: 

  • Compass, GPS, and map orientation
  • Aerial photo, satellite imagery, and raster interpretation
  • GIS competency including file structure and data etiquette
  • Tree species and wood product identification
  • Computer literacy; spreadsheets, text documents, database, slide deck, and charting
  • Effective written and oral communication

Licensing and Accreditations: 

  • Ability to obtain Maine Forester License
  • Valid Maine driver’s license

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work independently as well as demonstrated interpersonal and team skills
  • Must be able to operate a snowmobile and ATV
  • Must be able to work alone, outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain (could walk several miles per day through rough terrain)
  • Must be able to snowshoe in various weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds