Help Duties Summary
The primary purpose of this position is to perform technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement 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 at Forest Service website.
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The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.
Examine plantations to assess number of tree seedlings present, condition, and growth and survival rates, and evidence of animal, insect or disease damage.
Perform resource work in other areas, such as timber stand thinning, pruning, inspecting wildlife contracts, fire suppression, or burning slash according to silvicultural prescriptions.
Select prospective parent seed trees using established procedures.
Determine which trees have superior growth characteristics
Inspect silvicultural contract work (e.g., genetic tree improvement, planting, thinning, seeding, site preparation) for compliance with contract.
Explain necessary step for compliance to contractor and reports violations to contracting office representative.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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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.
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, West Virginia 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.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-04: Applicants must have six (6) months of general experience AND six (6) months of specialized experience that is directly related to the work of the position; OR successful completion of two (2) years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable); OR an appropriate combination of experience and education described above that together meet the requirements of the position. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university and include courses that are related to the occupation of the position.Examples of general experience could include: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping, e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; worked as an animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; other work experience, paid or unpaid, e.g., volunteer work at a park, youth camp, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. Examples of specialized experience are: Forestry aid or technician work in timber activities such as timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement; determining present tree stocking and survival, tree species and conditions, and evidence of animal, insect or disease damage; or other support duties include collecting and recording data.
For the GS-05: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level in the Federal Service; OR a bachelor's degree or four (4) years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester hours) with a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable); OR combination of successfully completed post-high school education (beyond the first 60 semester hours) and specialized experience that together meets the requirements of the position. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Prepared a land unit for planting, thinning, or fertilizing; prepared maps and provided data for contract preparation and unit examination; kept records on the results of routine vegetation or timber test and sampling procedures; and prepared test reports using well established guidelines to compute, compile and present 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.
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