The Forestry Department is an Executive Agency mandated to effectively manage the country’s forest resources while serving the interests of our various publics. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates are being invited to apply for the following position:


Basic Salary: $1,066,362.00 - $1,320,593.00 (plus applicable allowances)

The vacancies exist in three Regions. Only candidates who reside in the respective environs will be considered. The Regions are:

  • North East Region (covers the parishes of Portland and St. Mary);
  • South East Region (covers the parishes of Clarendon, St. Catherine, Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Thomas);
  • North West Region (covers the parishes of St. Ann, Trelawny, St. James, Hanover)



Under the general direction and supervision of the Manager, Enforcement, the incumbent implements measures to prevent damage to, and/or encroachment on lands managed by the Forestry Department, and ensures application of the provisions of the Forest Act and Regulations and other relevant Acts and regulations to these areas.

Strategic Objective:  

To ensure that activities carried out within forested lands managed by the Forestry Department are properly authorized and that compliance with the Forest Act and all related Forest Regulations legislation is achieved.                                                                                                                   


Management/ Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participates in the development of corporate and operational plans and the setting of priorities;
  • Represents the Division at national and regional meetings, conferences and other functions as required;
  • Oversees the implementation of the Forest Resource Protection programme in accordance with established guidelines/standards.
  • Prepares and submits reports on region to which assigned;
  • Liaises with other Enforcement Agencies in the implementation of the Forest  Resource Protection programme;
  • Manages the welfare and development of staff in the region assigned, through the implementation of the Performance Management Appraisal System;
  • Provides leadership to staff through effective object setting, delegation and communication;
  • Provides guidance to staff through coaching , mentoring  and gives  assistance and support when needed;
  • Identifies training and development needs of employees and ensures that these are adequately addressed;
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of staff members for the region assigned;
  • Ensures that staff are aware of and adhere to  the policies , procedures and guidelines governing the operations of the Division and the Forestry Department;
  • Recommends/administers disciplinary actions in keeping with established Human Resource policies and guidelines;
  • Establishes and maintains systems to foster a culture of service and team work within the unit 
  • Recommends leave in accordance with Human Resource guidelines.
  • Vets reports received from Forest Rangers within region assigned.
  • Conducts meetings with staff

Technical/ Professional Responsibilities

  • Attends court hearings as required to give evidence in connection with forest related offences/violations;
  • Conducts remote surveillance involving the use of long range viewing aids ,cellular telephones intelligence from hotline and collateral entities;
  • Distributes instructional and interpretive literature to users of the forest resources from time to time;
  • Serves notices, warnings, summonses;
  • Makes arrests and seizures;
  • Participates in the promotion and sensitization of local communities to the sustainable  use of  the forest resources;
  • Participates in the sensitization of the publics to the Forest Legislation;
  • Recommends changes to legislation/policies governing the management of the forest to enhance the  implementation of compliance and enforcement responsibilities;
  • Formulates and implements strategies to promote voluntary compliance;
  • Convenes meetings and prepares progress reports;
  • Informs the preparation of handbooks and brochures and disseminates information to users of the forest resources from time to time;
  • Coordinates the collection of information/ evidence to support the prosecution of offenders against the Forest Act and Regulations;
  • Prepares and submits investigative forest offence  reports and secures evidence in support of same, where offences are found;
  • Responds to appeals and complaints from the industry and wider public;
  • Ensures that leases, permits and licences on forest estates  are monitored;
  • Ensures that forest boundaries are monitored to detect and minimise encroachment and squatting on forested lands managed by the Agency;   
  • Performs any other related duty that may be assigned from time to time.


The Officer must be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent strategic leadership and managerial skills;
  • Sound analytical and strategic thinking;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement ;
  • In-depth knowledge of the Forest Act and Regulations;
  • Ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands and make rational decisions within limited time-frame based upon a sound understanding of the facts;
  • Knowledge of information technology and the scope it offers for supporting management and operations;
  • Ability to manage limited resources in order to achieve challenging output targets;
  • Sound personal and professional integrity;
  • Excellent customer orientation skills;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Effective interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet specific deadlines;
  • Ability to build partnership in achieving operational goals.


  • First Degree in Forestry, Natural Science or Law Enforcement from a recognized institution
  • Four (4) years’ experience in Forestry, Environmental Management/ Agriculture or related field.
  • Training in Supervisory Management


  • An Associate Degree in Forestry, Natural Science/Environmental Management or related field.
  • Training in Supervisory Management
  • Five years (5) years’ work experience in related environment-compliance/enforcement


An equivalent combination of academic qualification and field experience.


Applications along with résumés should be submitted no later than Friday, March 2, 2018 to:

Director, Human Resource Management & Development,

Forestry Department,

173 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8

Fax: 924-2626


We thank all persons who express an interest; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.