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Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation)

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Marietta
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to carry out a variety of project plans in support of the unit timber management program.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of the job offer.

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Responsibilities

  • Duties listed are at the full performance level (GS-07).
  • Lay out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments.
  • Mark or designate harvestable timber for appraisal of timber.
  • Draft timber cruise plans and sample surveys to estimate quality and quantity of timber.
  • Interpret silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvestable timber.
  • Perform timber cruising duties including estimating volume, defect and quality timber using standard cruising methods such as 3P and fixed variable plot, tree measurement, species identification, and traversing.
  • Provide instruction to apprentice cruisers on measuring timber and cruise methods and techniques for appraisals.
  • Provide technical assistance to specialists in the development of logging plans and preliminary road location.
  • Draft sale area maps.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel for site visits, training and/or meetings may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

7

  • Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov
  • All locations in the following states are part of the bargaining unit: Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • All locations in Illinois are part of the bargaining unit, except Wilmington, IL. All locations in Minnesota are part of the bargaining unit, except Cass Lake, Blackduck, Walker and Deer River.
  • All other locations listed in this announcement are not part of a bargaining unit.
  • This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW (does not apply to West Virginia locations).

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-06 grade level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience could include: Provided support with tree measurements, map reading and compass use, species identification, defect recognition and determination, quality determination, traversing, use of aerial photos, and use of timber cruising tools and techniques; Interpreted silvicultural prescriptions and timber marking guides to designate harvest timber; Measured amount and quantity of timber in designated timber sale areas; Applied instructions issued in a cruise plan.

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Successful completion of one (1) full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as: forestry, range management, agriculture);

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A combination of experience and education as described above that together meets the requirements of the position.

For the GS-07 grade level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience could include: Experienced in the fundamentals of timber cruising including: tree measurements, map reading and compass use, species identification, defect recognition and determination, quality determination, traversing, use of aerial photos, and use of timber cruising tools and instruments; Used computer programs required for data collection and sampling systems such as 3P, fixed area, point, and sample tree to determine statistically sound cruise samples; Lay out boundaries of cutting areas as outlined in the NEPA, considering variables such as accessibility, steep slopes, stream protection, nesting tree protection, wildlife impacts, fuels management and regeneration requirements: Marked trees using marking rules in areas complicated by variations in type, species composition, defect, site, age, class, etc;

OR

Successful completion of one (1) full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as: forestry, range management, agriculture);

OR

A combination of experience and education as described above that together meets the requirements for the position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

See Qualifications section of this announcement.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Canton , Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation), Other , Marietta, Ohio

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