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Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)

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Forest Service Fort Jones , CA 96032

Posted 4 months ago

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This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures as announcement number 19-NCH-SAF-KLM-462-FS-LD. Current federal employees may apply to both announcements. This position may be filled at the GS-05 grade level with promotion potential to the GS-07.

Position is located in Fort Jones, CA. For additional information, please email

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At developmental grade levels

, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

Duties listed below are for a GS-0462-05:

  • Inspects silvicultural contract work (e.g., genetic tree improvement, planting, thinning, seeding, site preparation) for compliance with contract. Explains steps necessary for compliance to contractor and reports violations to COR. May act as COR on various silvicultural contracts.

  • Examines sapling and larger stands to collect and record data on stocking, density, condition, insects, disease, site index, and ground vegetation. Makes recommendations for areas requiring remedial action.

  • Examines plantations to assess numbers of tree seedlings present, condition, and growth and survival rates, and evidence of animal, insect or disease damage.

  • Selects prospective parent seed trees using established procedures to determine which trees have superior growth characteristics.

  • Determines the relative abundance and species of seed cones by observing the developing cone and pollen buds.

  • Operates chainsaws and other power equipment to implement thinning, planting, pruning, fire suppression and other silvicultural projects. Follows silvicultural prescriptions and directs work to accomplish timber stand objectives.

  • Performs maintenance and cleaning of power equipment and hand tools.

  • As assigned, performs resource work in other areas, such as timber stand thinning, pruning, inspecting wildlife contracts, fire suppression, or burning slash.
    NOTE: As a field going position working in brown or black bear habitat, this position is required to be firearm certified for personal and/or crew safety. Executive Order 12564 requires that employees designated to carry a firearm to be subject to random drug testing. This position will be subject to random drug testing.

The ability to obtain and maintain weapons certification is a condition of employment in this position, which involves receipt of a negative pre-certification drug test result, passing a minimum background investigation, passing firearm classroom training, passing the shooting proficiency test and enrollment in the random drug testing pool.

The applicant should expect that these are all primarily field going positions, with a significant amount of physically challenging field work in natural resource settings. This could involve use of Forest Service vehicles, tools, and Personal Protective Equipment; hiking, exposure to weather extremes and wildlife, and in some cases, working extended hours or shifts, evening work and/or spending some nights at remote locations. These are developmental positions. Some require the appointee to sign a mobility agreement, requiring relocation after the initial developmental period.

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

Travel Required

25% or less

  • Overnight travel will be required for training and work assignments.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years of age and meet education requirements

  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • These positions require drug testing

  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways

  • Successful completion of 1 year probationary period, unless already served

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt


Recent Graduates are on a trial period for the duration of the program. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

This position requires 40 hours of formal, interactive training per year. An Individual Development Plan (IDP) must be completed and approved by the supervisor within 45 days of appointment. A mentor must be assigned within 90 days of appointment.

Recent Graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service after the successful completion of one year of continuous service. To be eligible for conversion, the Recent Graduate must meet the following:

  • Complete all requirements of the Recent Graduates program.

  • Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor.

  • Meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted. Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.

  • Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement.

  • Perform the job successfully.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.

This position requires that the incumbent meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.


Applicants are required to meet the eligibility requirements of the Recent Graduate program, as described below, in order to be considered for this position.

Candidates must meet all the eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:


To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two (2) years; OR
  • If you are a current student who is in the process of completing your degree, academic documentation must accompany your application package to validate your upcoming graduation date (you must complete all degree requirements within 9 months of the application closing date to be considered a Recent Graduate); OR
  • Individuals who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduate Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above shall have a full two-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. This eligibility period cannot extend more than 6 years from the date on which the requirement for the academic degree or certificate was received.
    Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered qualified for this position, which includes all positive education requirements if applicable. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. When using previous work experience to qualify for the position, your resume must clearly detail the appropriate experience requirements.

For the GS-05 level:Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-04 grade level; OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter 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 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 college or university.

Specialized experience is defined as:Preparing a land unit for planting, thinning, or fertilizing; preparing maps and providing data for contract preparation and unit examination; keeping records on the results of routine vegetation or timber test and sampling procedures; and preparing 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.


Education completed in foreign colleges and universities may be used if it has been accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Note regarding certificate programs: A certificate program is defined as a post-secondary education, in a qualifying education institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum. While recently graduating from a certificate program may afford you Recent Graduate Program eligibility, it may not be sufficient in terms of qualification standards for the series and/or the grade level.

Additional information

  • This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

  • Government housing may be available.

  • Forest Service day care facilities are not available.

  • The incumbents of Recent Graduates positions may be reassigned/relocated to any geographical location where the employees services are needed as determined by management. Mobility agreement may be required.

  • Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice.

  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identification discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    Society of American Foresters (SAF) Conference Information:
    The Forest Service will be attending the Society of American Foresters (SAF) in Portland, OR on October 4-5, 2018 and will be accepting applications online through USAJobs. This is a recruitment event for Pathways positions that will be available online. Applicants can come speak to Forest Service representatives and apply for positions via USAJobs during the Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention from 1pm

  • 6pm PDT on 10/4/2018 and 10am

  • 6pm PDT on 10/5/2018.

The link to the hiring event at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention can be found at: and

The SAF will be located at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. Directions and parking for the SAF convention can be found at:

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above


Please note, this position is targeted toward graduates who have been awarded their bachelors degrees.

This position has a targeted effective date of Winter 2019.

Before you submit an application for any of our vacancies, graduates should completely review the job description and requirements. Graduates should only apply for position if they meet the required minimum qualifications AND program requirements described in the announcement. Do not apply to a duty location if you are not willing to accept or travel to that location.

If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you meet both the minimum qualifications and the program requirements, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not provide all the information needed to determine your status, you should create a more detailed resume to use when applying to Federal positions.

Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.

Applicants, who meet the eligibility requirements of the Recent Graduates program and the basic minimum requirements established for the position, may be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Qualified applicants with veterans preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans preference.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


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Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete

. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

1.Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) contact information; 3) education with graduation/degree awarded date (actual or anticipated); 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week, as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisor's phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; 6) references (minimum of two), and 7) other qualifications.

2.Proof of Graduation Official academic documentation that verifies completion of degree or certificate within eligibility time limits of Recent Graduate program. This documentation may include: an official letter from the schools registrars office confirming the completion of degree or certificate and the date completed; official or unofficial transcripts

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Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)

Expired Job

Forest Service