FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (RECREATION)
Forest Service - Cooke City, MT

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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.

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

These positions are located in Region 1 on Gallatin National Forest at Gardiner Ranger District in Cooke City, MT to provide technical support to the unit recreation and snow ranger program. Snow Rangers are responsible for monitoring winter recreation activities from December through April on National Forest Lands. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Jolynn Sharrow at jsharrow@fs.fed.us or 406-848-7375 ext 24.

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. 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).

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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Occasional Travel
  • PER FIELD ASSIGNMENT

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a snowmobile, over rough and steep terrain.
  • Ability to ski safely in remote locations.
  • Must have a valid driver license.

DUTIES: Back to top Performs winter patrols of wilderness boundaries and crucial winter wildlife closures by snowmobile, skis, ATV, or snow shoes to ensure compliance with winter recreation regulations. Plans, schedules, and accomplishes the day-to-day operations and maintenance tasks for recreation activities in general forest areas, trails, and in designated wilderness according to approved plans. Provides daily user counts and maintains data base of information to be included in yearend reports. Monitors use and user impacts, and reports findings. Monitors the condition and use of trails and oversees the construction and maintenance of winter trails. May perform law enforcement/Forest Protection Officer responsibilities using all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), and snowmobiles to patrol unit roads and trails. Provides and supports Forest Law Enforcement efforts in enforcing rules and regulations. Issues violations for misdemeanor or infraction of code of federal regulations. Documents, reports, and files incident reports. Collects, compiles, and summarizes avalanche data and observations. Provides reports to the Avalanche Center. Provides assistance in presenting the education program for employees and the public about avalanches. As requested, provides support to search and rescue operations. Search and rescue operations may be for incidents such as avalanches, lost public, snowmobile accidents/fatalities, occurring on National Forest Lands. Incumbent may be required to administer first aid or CPR. Provides recreation opportunity, resource management practice, and current condition information to Forest visitors. Explains Forest Service rules and regulations. Provides specific information and winter education to the public for winter time activities on the unit. In addition, First Aid and CPR certification is required to perform duties. A valid driver’s license is required to drive motor vehicles. Use of snowshoes, skis, ATV’s, and snowmobiles is required, with the ability to safely move and reposition snowmobiles in deep snow, load/unload snowmobiles from trailers, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top 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 equivalent to the GS-04. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Provided technical support to the recreation program on the unit performing winter patrols of wilderness boundaries and crucial Winter Wildlife closures by snowmobile, skis, ATV, or snow shoes to assure compliance with winter recreation regulations and winter travel plans. Provided information on resource management practices and recreation regulations, opportunities, and restrictions; and ensured recreation areas and trails were maintained in accordance with standards, Performed crew-based forestry related support work, such as for recreation or trail maintenance projects. Can operate a snowmobile with no supervision safely in deep powder and in icy conditions over difficult terrain including but not limited to steep slopes, side hills, rough country poor visibility and areas with high avalanche danger.-OR

Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or at least four years of undergraduate education with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position or with 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 wildland fire science.-OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

AND

Ability to operate and maintain a snowmobile, and ski safely in remote locations, over rough and steep terrain and in a variety of snow conditions. (Experience claimed should be reflected in resume).

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 closing date of this announcement.

Requirements

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=d8b70e35-e42f-4a62-8ecc-a38500bd0d60

BENEFITS: Back to top You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

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.

OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Not 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 eligible(s) must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website at http://archive.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.
  • 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.
  • Government housing is available.
  • No federal day care facilities available.
  • Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.
  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov . It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in loss of consideration, eligibility, or priority consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 copy or statement of service) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and all supporting documentation (such as letter of compensable disability from the Veterans Administration). Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
Other required documents may include :
  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
  • Workers Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agencys staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO: Forest Service
Phone: 877-372-7248 option 2
Fax: 866-339-2695
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
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