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Interprets complex silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber
Develops and drafts timber cruise plans.
Lays out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction, considering factors such as transportation system, topography, fuels management, silvicultural objectives, wildlife needs, stream protection and other related resource considerations.
Applies instructions issued in a cruise plan. Provides field instruction to apprentice cruisers in fundamental timber measuring practices, cruise methods, and techniques.
Duties listed are at the full performance level.
0462 Forestry Technician
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period
Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, , Option 1, or email .
The incumbent will be guaranteed 18 pay periods of full-time work. However, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in a non-pay status for the remainder of the year.
The incumbent serves as the team leader of a small crew consisting temporary and seasonal employees up to the GS-6 level who perform timber sale preparation duties including, timber marking, timber cruising, and sale layout as part of the Ranger Districts timber program.
This position is located in Region 6, on the Umatilla National Forest, on the Heppner Ranger District in Heppner, Oregon. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Wendy Hancock at or at
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below
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For the GS-05 eligibility level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 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 courses 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.
Examples of specialized experience are: Established guidelines to apply silviculture prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber; assisted with the measurement and recording of forestry data, including tree measurements and estimated the defects and quality of timber.
For the GS-6 level:Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5);
Examples of specialized experience are : conducted timber cruise plan projects as directed; obtained and recorded tree measurements; applyied silviculture prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber; assessed the quality and determined the defects of harvest timber; and used timber cruise computer programs to prepare and process cruise data.
For the GS-7 level:Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6);
Examples of specialized experience are: conducted timber cruises and surveys within varying stand conditions to locate and estimate timber quantity; estimated volume, defect, and quality of timber. Selected and marked trees for harvest, lay out of timber sale boundaries; summarized cruise and marking data for inclusion in reports describing timber quantity, resources, topographic features and timber marking guidelines; prepared topographic maps; and independently completed timber sale appraisals and contracts.
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.
Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time.
Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position.
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.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
See above for education requirements in lieu of specialized experience at the GS-5 grade level for this position. Education in lieu of specialized experience is not creditable for the GS-06 and GS-07 grade level.
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.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Government housing is not available.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
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 not guaranteed.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category.
Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
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Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards.
There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m.
Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application