Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)

Department Of Agriculture Avery , ID 83802

Posted 4 months ago

  • Duties

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 on the Forest Service website.

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  • The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.

  • Conduct reforestation and stocking surveys of recently planted tracts using standard methods and techniques

  • Traverse project areas to determine acreage and draft maps of traverse areas in preparation for timber stand improvement and reforestation activities.

  • Conduct on-site observation of contractor or agency crews engaged in timber stand improvement or reforestation efforts.

  • Make recommendations for areas requiring remedial action based on results of reforestation and stocking surveys.

  • Plan inspections of silvicultural work such as genetic tree improvement, planting, thinning, seeding, and site preparation.

  • Determine the survival rate of seedlings by collecting data using established procedures and precedents.

  • Perform surveys to determine stand conditions and the need for precommercial thinning or other treatment.

Travel Required
50% or less - Overnight travel for site work, meetings and training may be required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0462 Forestry Technician

  • Requirements

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


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-05: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level in 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 (except marine fisheries and oceanography), 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.

For the GS-6: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisted in planning timber stand improvement projects that were without clear precedents or guides; gathered field data, prepared reports, diagrams, charts, and graphs for timber management programs or projects; reviewed applicability of standard contract clauses for reforestation timber thinning, fertilizing, stand exams, cone collection, site preparation, and animal damage control; and performed timber stand improvement (TSI) surveys to determine stand condition and the need for TSI treatments.

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 (FOR GS-06 ONLY): 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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Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)

Department Of Agriculture