PHYSICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN
Forest Service - Bradford, PA

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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.

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 being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0919-7687G-TB (open February 10-24, 2014). 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 Allegheny National Forest with a duty location in Warren, Bradford or Marienville, PA.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Paul Weese at 814-728-6233 or pweese@fs.fed.us .

This position is a Physical Science Technician on the Allegheny National Forest and is responsible for the administration and compliance of federal and private mining operations on the National Forest System.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

DUTIES: Back to top Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Oversees and coordinates all aspects of oil, gas and minerals projects. Coordinates with lease operators and provides oversight for project development, onsite visits, resource needs, location/road design, and development of Conditions of Approval (COAs) for processing and approving Surface Use Plan of Operations (SUPO). Ensures projects meet applicable laws, regulations, policies, lease stipulations, etc.

Administers and monitors all aspects of minerals operations including oil and gas leasing, lease exploration, permitting, project layout, construction, drilling, completion, production, reclamation, final abandoment, and seismic. Ensures compliance on producing wells. Applies knowledge and experience in methods, processes, and procedures for preparing and changing permits, coordinating projects, and negotiating terms for complex mineral projects with multiple phases. Works independently to resolve situations, problems and conflicts when possible. Keeps supervisor informed of all progress and any controversies such as barriers to completing projects. Works with professionals, technicians, and representatives both internally and externally from industry, industry related state agencies, and other federal agencies.

Prepares written letters in reference to compliance and noncompliance to operators informing supervisor of meetings and any on the ground resolutions for noncompliance issues. Uses knowledge of procedures and laws to write complete and accurate reports which include findings and conclusions. Refers difficult and unusual problems to the supervisor with recommendations for a course of action. Prepares compliance reports for all phases of operations using knowledge of investigative cases and established regulations. Coordinates with supervisor on routine enforcement actions that may be required for discrepancy reporting, investigation or inspection reports. Follows up with letters of inquiry or complaint to determine if operations are in compliance or noncompliance.

Assists interdisciplinary teams with projects by providing minerals input for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses, including special use applications. Serves as resource specialist on pipeline projects from initial proposal through permitting, construction and reclamation. Helps in maintaining geographic information systems corporate data. Produces maps and interprets data related to mineral projects. Performs other duties as assigned.

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.

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. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level;

OR

one full year of graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position;

OR

an appropriate combination of graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position and specialized experience.

GS-07: Examples of specialized experience are:

Applied knowledge and skill in using standard procedures acquired through extended training or experience to successfully perform field work related to physical science projects; selected appropriate scientific manuals, guidelines and agency procedures to assist higher graded technicians in project completion and used scientific instruments and procedures to log and analyze data.

GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level.

There is no substitution of education for the GS-08 grade level.

GS-08: Examples of specialized experience are:

Performed field work related to oil, gas and mineral projects; used manuals and automated guidelines to provide technical consultation in oil, gas and minerals fields and reviewed contractor data to ensure quality work products.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level;

OR

master's or equivalent graduate degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position;

OR

2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;

OR

an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position).

GS-09: Examples of specialized experience are:

Applied knowledge and experience in oil, gas and minerals in compiling and developing standardized guides and references; selected appropriate guides and used technical knowledge to modify technical guides to accomplish assigned processes and provided technical consultation in the oil, gas and minerals fields.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of 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 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=232c94ad-7d15-4242-9c24-a2c9010cd56c

BENEFITS: Back to top The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

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.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

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.

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

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; contact us if you are requesting this.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not 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. 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. 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. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. 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).

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 may result in loss of 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) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. 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.
    • Worker's 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 Agency's 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: HRM CONTACT CENTER
Phone: 877-372-7248 Option 2
Fax: 866-339-0719
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA FOREST SERVICE
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the

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