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Employment Opportunities

This page contains information about careers and employment opportunities within the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF), current job openings, anticipated job openings, how and where to apply and other information about the positions and the functions of the division.

The mission of the Division of Forestry is “to develop, implement, and promote public forestry programs and policies that protect, conserve, manage, and efficiently utilize the forest resources of Tennessee”. The Division pursues this mission by providing professional, timely, up-to-date, science-based technical and financial assistance to forest landowners, communities, non-government organizations, forest industry, and others with an interest in the conservation of Tennessee’s forests. The Division promotes the wise use of forest resources by helping landowners, fighting wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality and collecting forest inventory data.

The division employs more than 350 people that work across the state and are found in all 95 Tennessee counties. We seek to recruit highly qualified professional, technical, and administrative personnel. We offer challenging work, training opportunities, attractive employee benefits and a pay for performance compensation plan.

Full-time permanent employees receive the following benefits

  • Opportunities for employment across Tennessee or the headquarters in Nashville.
  • State benefits including retirement, paid leave, health insurance and life insurance.
  • Training opportunities.
  • Outdoor working environment.
  • Opportunities to assist wildfire suppression and management efforts on wildfires out West.
  • Opportunities for advancement within the agency. 

Current Openings

Job Opening Job Classification Opening Date Closing Date County Location Type Application
Area Forester Forester 3 07/07/2021 07/27/2021 Warren Full Time APPLY
Job ID 19655
Forest Health Specialist  Forestry Pogram Specialist 07/14/2021 07/27/2021 Davidson Full Time APPLY
Job ID 19921
Area Forester Forester 3 07/14/2021 08/03/2021 Lawrence Full Time APPLY
Job ID 19924
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Strike Team (4 positions) Seasonal 07/26/2021 08/20/2021 Cumberland Plateau and East TN areas Part Time Submit resumes to
Gypsy Moth Trapper - Seasonal Seasonal 06/18/2021 07/06/2021 (Or Until FIlled) Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi Counties Part Time Send resume with three work references to Please call 615-504-5263 with questions
Urban & Community Forestry Program Coordinator contract position with Tennessee Urban Forestry Council 6/3/2021 7/16/2021 Davidson Full Time Email a cover letter, resume, three references (including the last employer), and other related certificates to

Careers Information

Job Classification Summaries

Forester - State – Director of the Division of Forestry.

Forester - Assistant State – Responsible for the administration of several units.

Administrative Assistant – Provides administrative support to Districts, Units, or provides specialized subject matter expertise.

Secretary – Provides clerical and administrative support in general.

Forestry Management Administrator (Unit Leaders) – Foresters responsible for an administrative unit within the division.

Forestry Program Specialist – Foresters responsible for designated program areas within a unit or district.

Real Property Agent – Manages real and lease property acquisition, disposal, easements, encroachment, boundary line disputes and real property coordinator of capital construction/demolition projects.

Forestry District Manager – Forester responsible for the administration of all operations within a geographic area.

Forester 3 (Area Forester) – Forester responsible for landowner assistance and personnel administration within a 2-5 county area.

Forester 3 (Urban Forester) – Forester responsible for assisting municipalities and private landowners to improve and maintain urban forest resources.

Forester 2 or 3 (State Forest) – Responsible for the management of state forest lands.

Forester 1 or 2 (FIA Forester) – Responsible for gathering statewide USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data.

Forestry Technician – Primary crew leader for fire prevention and suppression and for the implementation of other program duties and projects.

Forestry Aides (1 or 2)  – Primary responsibility for fire suppression and heavy equipment operation. Other duties include implementation of program duties and projects.


Tammy Lawrence
Human Resources Analyst 3
(615) 837-5167

Heather Slayton
Assistant State Forester