Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)
Department Of Agriculture - Springerville, AZ

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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 13-03010006-0881G-JJ . 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.

This position is located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Pat Murphy at 928-333-6224 ( patmurphy@fs.fed.us ).

This is a Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement). The position is responsible for performing technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a US Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:
Develops the schedule and work plans for monitoring and inspecting TSI and reforestation activities.

Performs reforestation and stocking surveys in accordance with established procedures to determine planting needs, need for site preparation, plantation conditions, and seedling survival.

Performs surveys to determine degree and kind of animal and insect damage existing in assigned area.

Performs timber stand improvement surveys to determine stand conditions and the need for TSI treatments, such as precommercial thinning, mistletoe treatment, pruning, and fertilization. Traverses project areas, determines acreage, and drafts maps of those areas.

Collects technical data needed to prescribe stand treatment; measurements include radial growth, basal area, site index, stand density, stand condition, etc. Based on field analysis, assists in preparation of the technical specifications for TSI, tree planting, brush release, or animal damage control contracts.

Serves as COR or inspector on specific contracts as assigned and/or supervises force account projects. Ensures all provisions are enforced and proper measures are taken to protect or enhance values in accordance with contract objectives. Prepares and submits related inspection reports, checks for compliance on needed corrective actions, and recommends final acceptance of the contract upon completion.

Assists in preparation of recurring reports associated with the unit TSI and reforestation program.

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-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level; one full year (18 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position; and/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: Assessed technical support studies of forestry data in order to prepare drafts and standard segments of reports for publication purposes; collected data, inspected multiple sites, and modified procedures in performing timber-related assignments and projects; performed a variety of reforestation assignments that required the application of a number of different, specific, established methods, procedures, and techniques; conducted technical surveys of recently planted tracts using standard sampling methods and procedures to determine survival rates for a variety of tree species and seedlings.

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

REQUIREMENTS:
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

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. 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 onliine 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=0d53cfb7-7f17-43c2-aaf0-a14800d3e39f

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
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OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Not covered.

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 .

Government housing is available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

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