Forester (Silviculture)

Department Of Agriculture Bigfork , MT 59911

Posted 2 months ago

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Extending announcement due to USAJOBS Downtime from 10/5 thru 10/8

Eight (8) position may be filled through this announcement. See Additional Information section for specific details on each position.

The incumbent serves as a silviculturist with primary responsibility for the development, planning, and application of silvicultural methods and practices.

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Responsibilities

Provides advice, technical support, and evaluation of proposed and ongoing timber sale programs to prevent loss of timber productivity and damage to the environment. Reviews and approves project plans for special administrative studies of silvicultural methods and techniques in planting, seeding, site preparation, timber stand improvement, and tree and shrub improvement projects.

Makes on-the-ground examinations and analyses of forest areas to determine which areas requires short- or long-range cultural treatment in terms of the total ecosystem. Plans, coordinates, and administers the technical phases of forest area control of animals, insects, or diseases affecting reforestation and regeneration programs.

Plans, coordinates, and evaluates the timber stand improvement program; prescribes cutting practices based on an examination of stand conditions and esthetic or other resource requirements. Inspects all phases of reforestation and stand improvement projects; appraises the degree of conformance with policies, procedures, and silvicultural plans; and recommends corrective action as required.

Participates in preparation and review of environmental analysis reports and environmental impact statements.

Demonstrates leadership in establishing and maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and creates a sense of inclusion and support for all employees in the workplace.

Supervision Less than 25% - Provides technical and administrative supervision to subordinate employees. Plans work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts short-term priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Evaluates work performance. Gives advice, counsel or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Travel will be dependent on selected position

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
11

  • Job family (Series)
    0460 Forestry

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Special Requirement: Incumbent must be a Certified Silviculturist upon placement into this position or attain certification within three (3) years of that date.

For units authorizing TOS, selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us .

Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for additional information on pay rates for specific locations.

Daniel Boone National Forest, Redbird Ranger District, Big Creek, KY

  • TOS: No

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

  • Serves as a zoned silviculturist between the Redbird and London Ranger Districts.

  • Contact: Bobby Claybook 606-598-2192 rclaybrook@fs.fed.us

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Lakeside Ranger District, Lakeside, AZ

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

Contact: Ed Collins 928-368-2101 ecollins01@fs.fed.us

Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake Ranger District, Bigfork, MT

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: 25% or more for the purpose of conducting field work and necessary training/meetings

Contact: Chris Dowling 406-837-7501 cdowling@fs.fed.us

Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District, Munising, MI

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

Contact: Charles Marsh 906-387-2512 x1014 crmarsh@fs.fed.us

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/forestry-series-0460/

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors 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.

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.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade specified.

For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a masters degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Performing vegetation management duties including timber management, harvesting, reforestation, timber stand improvement, and fuels management; assisting in analyzing technical issues and/or providing advice and assistance on forestry resource management policies and practices; and assisting in reviewing or developing standard plans for well-established programs or projects or recommending short-range plans for a component of a forestry resource management program.

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.

Education

See Qualification Section for Educational Requirements

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - CONTINUED:

Bitterroot National Forest, Darby-Sula Ranger District, Darby, MT

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

Contact: Eric Winthers 406-821-4244 ewinthers@fs.fed.us

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, St. Joe Ranger District, St. Maries, ID

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

  • Contact: Ben Timchak 208-245-6071 btimchak@fs.fed.us or Matt Davis

  • 208-245-6001/6201 - madavis01@fs.fed.us

Chippewa National Forest, Deer River Ranger District, Deer River, MN

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

  • Contact: Luke Skarlupka 218-246-3485 lskarlupka@fs.fed.us

Rio Grande National Forest, Monte Vista, CO

  • TOS: Yes

  • Incentive: No

  • Telework: Adhoc

  • Bargaining Unit: No

  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11

  • Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training

  • Contact: Kirby Self 719-852-6257 kself@fs.fed.us

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