Help Duties Summary
The position is responsible for development, planning, and application of silvicultural methods and practices.
Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found at Forest Service website.
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Responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.
Provide guidance and oversight for technical practices and procedures for timber management, reforestation or timber stand improvement projects
Discuss alternatives for treatment of vegetation with specialists so there is coordination with needs of the overall land management plan.
Meet with parties from outside the Forest Service to share proposed or potential land management practices to achieve objectives.
Write planning documents to identify and explain the basis for silvicultural decisions.
Write environmental assessment reports based on field examination.
Write draft language for silvicultural proposals based on decisions given by manager.
Establish short-term and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Help 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.
Direct Deposit 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 https://www.e-verify.gov/.
All locations in the following states are part of the bargaining unit: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
All locations in Illinois are part of the bargaining unit, except Wilmington, IL. All locations in Minnesota are part of the bargaining unit, except Cass Lake, Blackduck, Walker and Deer River.
All other locations listed in this announcement are not part of a bargaining unit.
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued. 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: Forestry Series, 0460
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-7 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; OR one (1) full year of graduate level education; OR an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Laid out unit boundaries, selected and marked individual trees for cutting, gathered data about wildlife, planted, or stand improvement implementation; Gathered and analyzed soil and water data used for resource planning; Gathered and summarized data collected from vegetation surveys for input to resource planning; Collected vegetation data needed for stand improvement problems, reported observations and recommended solutions to problems; drafted suggestions for managers to consider about specific treatment or action needed.
For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; OR two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have received a master's or equivalent graduate degree in biological science or directly related coursework. OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (beyond 18 semester hours). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided direction on treating forested vegetation in order to meet resource objectives; Determined volume of merchantable timber, species composition, accessibility, and environmental constraints; performed related timber sale preparation, stand improvement, and reforestation duties; Collected timber compartment and stand prescription, or presale information data.
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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