FRSTRY TECHNCN (RECR)
Department Of Agriculture - Idaho

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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 position is temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

This position is located on a Forest Service unit performing a variety of duties in support of the unit’s river management program in the areas of fisheries, recreation, wildlife, trails and special uses.

This position is located in Region 1 on Idaho Panhandle National Forest in Coeur D Alene River Ranger District in Coeur D Alene, ID.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Claire Pitner at 208-769-3033 or cpitner@fs.fed.us .

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours depending on work load. Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).

Position will be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months.

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.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES: Patrols river corridors and initiates public contacts in the field to enhance the user's river experience and protect the river resource through dispersal of information.

Keeps records of visitor use levels, types and patterns. Prepares reports on visitor used patterns. Makes sure that portals are properly signed and bulletin boards are maintained. Maintains records of visitor use levels, and types and patterns of use.

Maintains daily record of outfitter guide activities. Checks outfitter guides for compliance with the guide card program. Inspects outfitter operations for plan/policy compliance; takes necessary follow-up action for items of noncompliance; makes recommendations to immediate supervisor relating to wilderness special use permit administration.

Assist agency law enforcement personnel with violation information. Collects evidence and provides documentation for cases of misuse of river resources. Documents destruction to or impacts on campsites.

Performs routine maintenance at dispersed recreation sites including site cleanup and naturalizing. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of river projects and non-river projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction. This includes condition surveys, developing project plans and cost estimates, and making recommendations for improvements. Implementation may involve the supervision of small crews in such activities.

Conducts education programs addressing bear safety, Leave No Trace camping, river management, angler etiquette, angler conservation and wilderness philosophy. Develops and conducts river education programs in the local community. Analyzes ways to educate users.

Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned vehicles, boats and field equipment.

Operates motorized boats and paddle craft. Acts as a paddle craft trainer.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-05: One year of specialized experience at the GS-4 level. Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Inspected river/recreation areas and/or outfitter camps and facilities; provided information to users of river/recreational areas and/or facilities on resource management practices, recreation use regulations, opportunities, and restrictions. Ensured river/recreation areas and trails were used and maintained in accordance with standards of acceptability; performed routine support assignments in a forestry specialty area such as, recreation, timber, fire prevention and/or control following general instructions on conditions, work methods, procedures, and guidelines covering the work; kept records and/or prepared reports using designated, well-established guidelines to compute, compile, and present data e.g., river condition, performed recreation log, condition, and prescription surveys or performed inventorying and monitoring of specific resources. – OR

Successful completion of Bachelor's degree or at least four years of undergraduate education with (a) a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) a major study that includes at least 24 semester/36 quarter 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 (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wild land fire science. OR

Combination of education and experience as described above.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

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

No Additional Requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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. Criteria for placement in the Quality category is as follows:

1. Evaluation of Above Average Academic Achievement—Candidates must have completed all requirements for or are a candidate within 9 months for a High School Diploma or a Degree from an accredited Junior College, College, University or other baccalaureate institution provided he or she meets certain GPA or other requirements; or completed all requirements for an advanced degree from an accredited institution, appropriate to the position being filled; or is a member of one of the national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than freshman honor societies.

2. Evaluation of Quality Experience—Quality Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled, was gained in the same functional specialization, and has clearly equipped the candidate with superior ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

3. Evaluation of High Ability—Candidates are evaluated by demonstrating a high ability to do the work of the position. High Ability is demonstrated by receiving a certificate or other indicator of successful completion of a trade or Vocational Program directly related to the position or a certain GPA in at least 24 semester hours of course work above the high school level directly related to the position.

Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

All claims to quality category must be substantiated by supporting documentation. No documentation will be accepted after the Vacancy Announcement Closes or the Certificate List is created.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=8f5e1b46-2c93-44a0-aede-a23d01383aba

BENEFITS: Health Insurance Coverage: As of July 17, 2012 certain temporary employees who are firefighters or who are qualified to provide direct on-site support to fire incidents are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Upon appointment you will be notified if you are eligible to enroll under the FEHB program.

For more information on the available federal health insurance plans go to: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/planinfo/index.asp

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible

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 http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

No government housing and federal day care available.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

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 identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

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