Karnataka Forest Department is headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force [PCCF (HoFF)].
For the purpose of territorial administration, the Department is organized into Circles, Divisions, Sub-Divisions, Ranges, Sections and Beats, headed by Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF), Range Forest Officer (RFO), Deputy Range Forest Officer (DRFO) and Forest Guard (FG), respectively.
Wildlife areas such as Tiger Reserves, National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Conservation Reserves and Community Reserves are administered by a Wildlife wing comprising CCFs/CFs, DCFs, ACFs, RFOs, DRFOs and FGs who are exclusively in charge of the above wildlife areas, also known as protected areas (PAs). The Wildlife wing is headed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden [PCCF, WL & CWLW].
Each Revenue district has a Social Forestry division headed by a DCF, attached to the Zilla Panchayat. Social Forestry divisions take up afforestation outside the notified forest areas and promote farm forestry and agro-forestry. Each Social Forestry division has a small establishment comprising ACFs, RFOs, DRFOs and FGs.
In addition to the above territorial, wildlife and social forestry units, the Department has a number of functional units such as Working Plan, Research, Training, Evaluation, Vigilance, ICT cell, and Mobile Squads. These units are headed by APCCFs / CCFs.
The total staff strength in the Department is 9,816.