Help Duties Summary
This position is located on a Forest Service unit to perform presale, sale administration and similar duties as part of the timber management program. The incumbent's duties include timber marking, timber cruising, harvest unit layout, harvest and service contract inspections.
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.
Lay out boundaries of cutting areas as outlined in an environmental assessment.
Under supervision of a professional forester, select and mark trees to be harvested or left uncut.
Estimate volume, defect, and quality of timber.
Inform responsible individual of situations where specific prescriptions do not fit ground conditions.
Provide instruction to apprentice cruisers on measuring timber and cruise methods and techniques for appraisals.
Summarize cruising and marking data and prepares reports and topographic maps indicating quantity of timber and condition of area.
Draft area maps, marks unit boundaries and occasionally uses Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to record boundary locations.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel with overnight lodging may be required for meetings, training, workshops, and field/site visits.
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
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-5: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level in the Federal Service; OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester hours) with 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: Performed crew based forestry related support work such as selecting and marking individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silviculture prescriptions, and specific instruction and/or assisted in the measurement of limiting distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures.
For the GS-6: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in Federal service; OR one full year (18 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that together meets the requirements of the position. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided support with tree measurements, map reading and compass use, species identification, defect recognition and determination, quality determination, traversing, use of aerial photos, and use of timber cruising tools and techniques; Interpreted silvicultural prescriptions and timber marking guides to designate harvest timber; Measured amount and quantity of timber in designated timber sale areas; Applied instructions issued in a cruise plan.
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 (GS-6 and Above): 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. Time-In-Grade requirements must be met by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued.
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