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The Forester position is located in the State office, area, or field office in the assigned state, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Provides technical leadership to members of the easements staff, area office staff, and district conservationists for conducting resource assessments and the development of conservation planning alternatives on woodlands, utilizing guidance contained in the NRCS National Planning Procedures Handbook, NRCS National Forestry Handbook, and the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG).
Monitors programs and policies of Federal and state agencies relative to forestland use and management, including applicable Federal, state, and local laws and regulations in order to inform supervisor of potential conflicts or opportunities for collaboration.
Develops and implements conservation plans related to woodland planning and utilization of financial assistance program funding to install forestry related practices in the assigned region.
Develops and implements training needed by NRCS field personnel and partners for woodland related resource assessment, generation of conservation planning alternatives and implementation of best management practices.
Occasional travel - Up to 25%
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A 1-year probationary or trial period may be required.
Must obtain Conservation Planning certification
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.
Must obtain Conservation Planning certification in accordance with the guidelines in General Manual 180 Part 409.3. State specific supplement requirements, if issued will apply.
Physical Demands: A considerable amount of physical activity is required while making on-the-ground examinations or inspections of on-going operations, including walking and climbing over rough terrain.
Work Environment: The work involves regular and recurrent exposure to the operation of agricultural or forestry equipment, sometimes under adverse conditions, such as snow and icy field conditions, and unimproved roads, and exposure to poisonous plants and irritating insects. Protective equipment is necessary on construction and actively managed forest sites.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on re-investigations is a condition of employment.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following:
If called for an interview, applicants must be available to interview within 3 business days of being contacted.
If a tentative job offer is extended, selectee will have 2 business days in which to accept or decline.
All applicants must meet all qualification (i.e. Basic Education Requiremement, Specialized Experience Requirement) and eligibility (e.g. time-in-grade, general restriction on movement after competitive appointment/time-after-competitive appointment) by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Basic Education Requirement:
Degree: 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 coursesin this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forestregulation, 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 theforest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forestsoils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.
Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examplesof creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resourcesinventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing; OR
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.Combination of education and experience
Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-11 grade level:
Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as planning and implementing forest land management actions on private lands; utilizing forest resources and environmental compliance in order to develop, review, implement, and resolve problems on conservation programs; OR
Education Substitution: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR
Combination of Education and Experience: combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.
Minimum Qualification Requirement for the GS-12 grade level:
Specialized Experience: At one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as providing technical guidance in the development, planning, contracting and application of forest land conservation practices and formulating polices relating to all forestry issues.
There is no substitution of education for the GS-12 grade level.
Experience Note: 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: Applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade (i.e. GS-9 for GS-11; GS-11 for GS-12), or have held the same grade or higher grade level as the one advertised in order to be considered for this position.
The OPM Qualification Standards for this position can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement).
If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link. All education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly. Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Click on this link for more information.
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