Forestry Technician (Trails)

Department Of Agriculture Dickinson , ND 58602

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

This position is located in the Northern Region, Region 1, Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Medora Ranger District, Dickinson ND.

Selectee will be responsible for assisting in the development and scheduling of annual work plans and the execution of field operations relating to the unit trails program.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Rob Schilling at 701-227-7837 or robert.schilling@usda.gov.

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Responsibilities

  • Duties are listed at the full performance level GS-07.

  • Patrols motorized and non-motorized trails and trailheads on narrow trails through difficult terrain to ensure they are used in accordance with forest standards and regulations.

  • Conducts trail reconnaissance to determine routine and major trail maintenance, reconstruction and reroute needs.

  • Provides budgetary input for the district's trail program, making recommendations on budgetary needs and adjusts trail program to stay within available funds.

  • Using a variety of hand and power tools including chain saws, the incumbent works both individually and as the trail crew leader performing trail, and trails program related, maintenance and construction projects.

  • Conducts trail condition surveys and documents trail work needs and trail work performed in the Forest's Trail INFRA database.

  • Manages trail tool cache, including purchasing and maintaining tools and equipment, also fabricates custom trail tools.

  • Coordinates with others to develop a plan to manage and maintain the district's motorized and non-motorized trail system.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required for training, meetings, trail survey and maintenance work on adjoining districts or units.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

7

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0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or 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 e-verify.gov

  • Must possess a Class B Sawyer license within 90 days of appointment.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. 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.

For the GS-5 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level;

OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours such as: forestry, range management or conservation, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering);

OR combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university with courses related to the occupation of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as performing one or more of the following duties:

  • Inspecting recreation areas and/or trails;

  • Providing information to users of recreational areas or trails on resource management practices, recreation use regulations, opportunities, and restrictions;

  • Performing routine support assignments in a forestry specialty area such as recreation or timber; and/or

  • Performing crew-based forestry related support work such as recreation trail or recreation facility construction and/or maintenance projects.

For the GS-6 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5);

OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as: forestry, range management or conservation, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering);

OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Specialized experience is defined as performing one or more of the following duties:

  • Assisting staff in planning and implementing the logistics required for completion of wilderness projects, such as trail maintenance and reconstruction projects, habitat restoration projects, and invasive plant surveys;

  • Ensuring recreation/wilderness areas are operated, used, and maintained in accordance with trail and/or wilderness management plans;

  • Serving on a crew responsible for trail maintenance surveys and documenting trail work needs in data management systems; and/or

  • Following trail maintenance schedules for the reconstruction and construction of trails and wilderness/recreation sites.

For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6);

OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as: forestry, range management or conservation, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering);

OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Specialized experience is defined as performing one or more of the following duties:

  • Conducting trail reconnaissance to determine routine and major trail maintenance, reconstruction and reroute needs;

  • Participating in the planning of the forest trail program;

  • Leading a crew in the development, maintenance and construction of recreation and trail projects; and/or

  • Providing information on recreation and trail construction projects to volunteers groups and/or the general public.

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 above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.

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Forestry Technician (Trails)

Department Of Agriculture