This position is located on Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee Ranger District, Benton, Tennessee.
The incumbent leads a small marking crew performing a variety of timber sale preparation (TSP) duties that includebut not limited totimber marking, timber cruising, and sale layout as part of the unit's timber management program.
For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Hollister Hurt at (423) 253-8400 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conducts timber cruises and surveys within varying stand conditions to locate and estimate the quantity of timber on a given area, according to species, type, and quality.
Is a certified timber cruiser. Independently applies the instructions issued in a cruise plan.
Selects and marks individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silvicultural prescriptions, and specific instruction.
Estimates volume, defect, and quality of timber in a given area. Measures and defects timber on the ground using maps and written cruise plans provided by an advanced cruiser that explain sampling intensity, plot locations, type of cruise and any special instructions.
Lays out boundaries of cutting areas as outlined in the NEPA, considering variables such as accessibility, steep slopes, stream protection, nesting tree protection, wildlife impacts, fuels management and regeneration requirements.
Independently applies silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
Traverses harvest units, processes information and produces maps.
Designates sale area and cutting unit boundaries on the ground.
Interprets Aerial Photos and locates ground features.
Summarizes cruising and marking data and prepares reports and topographic maps indicating quantity of timber, condition of area, difficulties to be encountered, etc.
Prepares and computer processes cruise data.
Leads work assignments on a daily basis, setting priorities and deadlines of accomplishments. Resolves informal complaints or grievances within the work crew.
Instructs new crew members in methods of timber pre-sale preparation.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel with overnight lodging may be required for meetings, training, workshops, and field/site visits.
Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
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, agriculture); 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.
Examples of specialized experience are: Interprets silvicultural prescriptions and timber marking guides to designate harvest timber; measure amount and quantity of timber in designated timber sale areas; apply instructions issued in a cruise plan; assist in the layout of timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction; use computer programs for data collection, cruise processing, traversing and/or GPS; write reports describing timber sale, resource, topographic features, and/or compliance of timber marking with guidelines; assist in the interpretation of aerial photographs for information such as road location, survey monuments and other features; provide support for drafting of sale area maps; provide technical assistance to specialists in the development of logging plans and preliminary road location
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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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.
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