Department Of Agriculture - Chester, CA

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

This is a Term position located with the Pacific Southwest Research Station in Chester, CA.

This position is responsible for performing professional work in the field of biology, participating as a member of a research team working to evaluate short- and long-term effects of forest management activities on biological, chemical, and physical processes that affect ecosystems.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Martin Ritchie at 530-226-2551 or via email at: . KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:
Participates in the planning and execution of complex studies and investigations concerning biological, chemical, and physical processes that affect ecosystems. Conducts routine field experiments to test scientific hypotheses. Deploys complex remote data-collection systems and manipulates and analyzes data from these systems to develop environmental reports. Plans, organizes, and implements limited biological investigations on forest stand development and the interaction of environmental variables based on climatic data and ecophysiological measurements QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Examples of specialized experience are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level related graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree, if related; or one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and related graduate education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level).

Specialized experience is defined as experience planning, organizing, and implementing forest vegetation studies and preparing plant, soil, water, timber, and range environmental analysis reports. Developing and maintaining statistical databases including developing and utilizing statistical R code language to analyze forest vegetation data. Developing work plans that included time and cost estimates, and the materials, supplies, and equipment needed to accomplish a forest vegetation research study.

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, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Applicants must provide documentation with their application that the education was evaluated by a U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website at: .

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year trial period.

You will be evaluated based on 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 Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

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.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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