Forestry Technician (Timber Sales Prep)
Department Of Agriculture - Blacksburg, VA

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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 being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-1108080011-1793G-CD Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

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 position is located in Region 8, on the Eastern Divide Ranger District of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest in Blacksburg, VA

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Mark Miller at 540-552-4641 or email at markmiller@fs.fed.us .

This is a Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep) position and is responsible for performing timber sale preparation duties including, timber marking, timber cruising, and sale layout as part of the timber organization.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

Independently applies silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.

Acts as a certified timber cruiser. Independently applies the instructions issued in a cruise plan. Takes and records tree measurements, assesses quality, and determines defect. Prepares and computer processes cruise data.

Independently plans the daily work including, task sequence, and appropriate work methods and equipment. Develops schedules to perform work to meet established timelines and deadlines.

Traverses harvest unit boundaries, road locations, and determines area.

Participates in other aspects of resource management, such as silviculture treatments, planting, wildlife, and fire work

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Qualifications: 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.

Applicants may qualify based on one or more of the following: specialized experience, undergraduate level coursework, graduate level coursework, or a combination of specialized experience and either undergraduate or graduate level coursework.

For the GS-5 eligibility level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is 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.

Or

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) 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 (except marine fisheries and oceanography), 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 - as listed above (in excess of the first 60 semester hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university with courses related to the occupation of the position.

Examples of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04) include: Selected and marked individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silviculture prescriptions, and specific instruction. Traversed harvest units, processed information and produced maps. Assisted in the measure of limiting distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures. Served as tally person and operated electronic field data recorders.

Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0462.htm

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 probationary or trial period.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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=e37ba90b-9d6d-4fb8-bf1a-a1d600c16c22

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

. OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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