RANGE TECHNICIAN
Department Of Agriculture - El Rito, NM

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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 13-03020002-4159G-CM. 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 Carson National Forest, El Rito Ranger District in El Rito, New Mexico.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Diana Trujillo, District Ranger, at 575-581-4554 or dmtrujillo@fs.fed.us .

This is a Range Technician position established on a Forest Service unit to perform technical work in support of the range function. KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Participates in development of plans and programs for range management by collecting data for grazing allotment plans and advising management as to logical division of allotments into units, what improvements are needed and what management practices can be affected. Maps allotments, delineating vegetative types and capability for grazing use.

Through knowledge of allotments, prepares salting plans, selects location of salt grounds and executes the plans on-the-ground

Obtains required measurements, records information concerning forage density, production and types, vigor, rate of growth and soil depth, compaction and erosion. Analyzes and evaluates condition and trend data using available guidelines and standards. Determines the upward, downward, or stability of trends of range and soil condition.

Implements allotment management plans by going over them on-the-ground with permittees and following up for compliance. Checks livestock use and inspects grazing allotments for forage conditions, distribution, salting, forage production and use and condition of range improvements.

Gathers management data including location of existing and proposed range improvement, location of poisonous and noxious plant encroachments, etc., to be utilized in individual allotment plans.

Schedules and performs periodic livestock counts. Checks for trespass by livestock and takes initial action when trespass occurs by securing and documenting evidence and submitting it to superior. As necessary, serves as witness in court on such cases.

Maintains permitted and actual use records in the range management plan and documents observations in the course of range inspections.

Cares for pack and saddle stock; i.e., secures farrier services, veterinarian needs, feeds, grooms and maintains saddle and tack, etc. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements 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.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
For GS-5: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade performing work as a Range Technician. Examples include: Work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or federally controlled lands for grazing. Range research activities. Work in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range. Range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

OR four years of education above high school with a major study in a directly related field

OR a combination of education and experience

GS-6: One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 as a Range Technician. Examples include: schedules and executes a variety of rangeland management support assignments related to range conservation programs; assists in range capacity studies; determines range readiness dates, conducts routine forage production studies, monitors short and long-range plans for compliance with range management goals and objectives; assists in planning a wide variety of range-related projects; gathers rangeland management data; participates in noxious plant control, seeding, & other projects; develops preliminary plans for implementing improvements to grazing allotments; works with permittees in preparing preliminary designs and plans for a variety of standardized re-vegetation projects.

For the GS-6 only, there is no substitution of education for this position.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade as a Range Technician. Examples include: p articipates in development of plans and programs for range management; maps allotments; prepares salting plans; with guidance, develops plans for the installation of range and soil condition and trend transects; installs permanent and pace transects and clipping cages; obtains required measurements, records information concerning forage density, production and types; analyzes and evaluates condition and trend data; determines the upward, downward, or stability of trends of range and soil conditions; implements allotment management plans; checks livestock use and inspects grazing allotments for forage conditions, distribution, salting, forage production and use and condition of range improvements; gathers management data to be utilized in individual allotment plans; schedules and performs periodic livestock counts; checks for trespass and takes action; maintains permitted and actual use records in the range management plan and documents observations in the course of range inspections.

OR one year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) with courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop/plant/soil science, rangeland ecology and management, range economics, rangeland resource management, and natural resources management.

OR a combination of education and experience

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=bda85a0c-a5b9-47b6-9f1c-a26500e16021

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.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

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.
Government housing is not available

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available

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