Department Of Agriculture Questa , NM 87556

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties




This position serves as the timber program manager in the Vegetation Management/Natural Resources staff area on a Forest Service unit.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.

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  • Keep abreast of state-of-the-art information to serve as a consultant/advisor on all aspects of timber management and program integration.

  • Take the lead on timber and stewardship programs for the unit.

  • Prepare long-range functional plans, including formulating policies, objectives, and priorities to support the timber program.

  • Evaluate adequacy and effectiveness of vegetation management programs through periodic on the-ground inspections.

  • Inspect programs for compliance with established policies, standards, program objectives, and emphasis.

  • Work with resource specialists to identify restoration work, designate timber, and prepare contracts.

  • Maintain liaison with diverse organizations and levels of the agency, local operators, groups, and representatives to obtain support and understanding of programs, operations, and direction.

  • Provide technical and administrative supervision to subordinate employees.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for site visits, training and/or meetings.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0460 Forestry

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Basic Requirement:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:

  • Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management.

  • Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.

  • Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-12 level: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in federal service performing professional biological science work. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level.

Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Participated in the management, planning and oversight of all of timber sale planning/preparation and/or silviculture programs; Assisted in gathering information for use in long-range resource management plans and programs, including formulation of policies, objectives, and priorities; Assisted both presale and sale administration personnel in timber removal techniques; and supporting higher level personnel in all facets of sale preparation, reforestation and timber stand improvement techniques.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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