Foresters sought to work in Oklahoma woodlands
Oklahoma Forestry Services is trying to find foresters. Positions are open in four places statewide.
Fewer people these days seem to want to work in the Oklahoma woods.
The Oklahoma Forestry Services is struggling to fill job openings, forester George Geissler said.
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The state has four positions for state foresters that have gone unfilled, even after nationwide
Forester positions are open in Jay, Oklahoma City, Sallisaw and Broken Bow.
“We're having issues staffing foresters across the state,” Geissler said.
Although Oklahoma may have an image as a prairie state, about 25 percent is woodlands, Geissler said.
Oklahoma's woodlands reach the eastern parts of central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, he said, so the work of a forester is not solely in the pine forests of southeast Oklahoma.
The central Oklahoma area — known as the wild
Oklahoma State University offers a degree program in forestry, but the number of graduates has been down in recent years, Geissler said.
“We have not had much luck finding candidates,” he said.
The most recent hires for the state forestry services all have been from out of state, said Geissler, who earned his degree at Louisiana State University.
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