Forester Timber Sale Preparation Job

Vacancy No. 20-R6-OCR-FS2371-7-9G Department Forest Service
Salary $43,251.00 to $68,777.00 Grade 7 to 9
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/18/2020 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
RIGGINS, IDBAKER CITY, ORBEND, ORBLY, OR
BRIDAL VEIL, ORBUTTE FALLS, ORCASCADE LOCKS, ORCAVE JUNCTION, OR
CHEMULT, ORCHILOQUIN, ORCORVALLIS, ORCOTTAGE GROVE, OR
CRESCENT, ORDETROIT, ORDUFUR, ORENTERPRISE, OR
ESTACADA, ORGLIDE, ORGOLD BEACH, ORGRANTS PASS, OR
HEBO, ORHEPPNER, ORHINES, ORHOOD RIVER, OR
IDLEYLD PARK, ORJACKSONVILLE, ORJOHN DAY, ORJOSEPH, OR
KLAMATH FALLS, ORLA GRANDE, ORLAKEVIEW, ORBLUE RIVER, OR
MEDFORD, ORPAISLEY, ORMOUNT HOOD PARKDALE, ORPENDLETON, OR
PORTLAND, ORPOWERS, ORPRAIRIE CITY, ORPRINEVILLE, OR
PROSPECT, ORREDMOND, ORREEDSPORT, ORROSEBURG, OR
SANDY, ORSILVER LAKE, ORSISTERS, ORSPRINGFIELD, OR
SWEET HOME, ORTILLER, ORUKIAH, ORWALDPORT, OR
WESTFIR, ORYACHATS, ORSANDY, ORAMBOY, WA
CHELAN, WACLARKSTON, WACLE ELUM, WACOLVILLE, WA
DARRINGTON, WAENTIAT, WAEVERETT, WAFORKS, WA
GRANITE FALLS, WAHOODSPORT, WAKETTLE FALLS, WALEAVENWORTH, WA
METALINE FALLS, WANACHES, WANEWPORT, WANORTH BEND, WA
OLYMPIA, WAPOMEROY, WAPORT ANGELES, WAQUILCENE, WA
QUINAULT, WARANDLE, WAREPUBLIC, WASEDRO WOOLLEY, WA
SKYKOMISH, WATONASKET, WATROUT LAKE, WAVANCOUVER, WA
WALLA WALLA, WAWENATCHEE, WAWINTHROP, WA


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 05/18/2020 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7 - 9

  • Salary

    $43,251 to $68,777 per year

    Salary wage as shown is for the Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management, Salary and Wages web page.

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

Many vacancies in the following locations:

  • Riggins, ID
  • Baker City, OR
  • Bend, OR
  • Bly, OR
  • Bridal Veil, OR
  • Butte Falls, OR
  • Cascade Locks, OR
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Chemult, OR
  • Chiloquin, OR
  • Corvallis, OR
  • Cottage Grove, OR
  • Crescent, OR
  • Detroit, OR
  • Dufur, OR
  • Enterprise, OR
  • Estacada, OR
  • Glide, OR
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Hebo, OR
  • Heppner, OR
  • Hines, OR
  • Hood River, OR
  • Idleyld Park, OR
  • Jacksonville, OR
  • John Day, OR
  • Joseph, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • La Grande, OR
  • Lakeview, OR
  • McKenzie Bridge, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Paisley, OR
  • Parkdale, OR
  • Pendleton, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Powers, OR
  • Prairie City, OR
  • Prineville, OR
  • Prospect, OR
  • Redmond, OR
  • Reedsport, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Sandy, OR
  • Silver Lake, OR
  • Sisters, OR
  • Springfield, OR
  • Sweet Home, OR
  • Tiller, OR
  • Ukiah, OR
  • Waldport, OR
  • Westfir, OR
  • Yachats, OR
  • Zigzag, OR
  • Amboy, WA
  • Chelan, WA
  • Clarkston, WA
  • Cle Elum, WA
  • Colville, WA
  • Darrington, WA
  • Entiat, WA
  • Everett, WA
  • Forks, WA
  • Granite Falls, WA
  • Hoodsport, WA
  • Kettle Falls, WA
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Metaline Falls, WA
  • Naches, WA
  • Newport, WA
  • North Bend, WA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Pomeroy, WA
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Quilcene, WA
  • Quinault, WA
  • Randle, WA
  • Republic, WA
  • Sedro Woolley, WA
  • Skykomish, WA
  • Tonasket, WA
  • Trout Lake, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Wenatchee, WA
  • Winthrop, WA
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation expenses may be reimbursed at the discretion of management in accordance with agency policy.

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

  • Family of overseas employees

    Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.

Clarification from the agency

Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, 30 percent or More Disabled Veterans, Certain Former Overseas and Foreign Service Employees, Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities, People with Disabilities, Peace Corps and VISTA, Reinstatement, Public Land Corps, Resource Assistant Program and VRA eligible candidates.

Announcement number

20-R6-OCR-FS2371-7-9G

Control number

568551100

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    These positions are located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 and are located on a Forest Service unit.

    The primary purpose of these positions are the completion of preparations required prior to offering timber for sale.

    Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found at Forest Service website.

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities
    • The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.
    • Analyze project sale folder information required for a timber sale program.
    • Assemble timber sales contract package in accordance with organizational standards.
    • Determine the resources needed for the layout of timber sales.
    • Conduct interviews with prospective timber purchasers.
    • Explain contract clauses, road development, and cutting practices to prospective purchasers.
    • Discuss technical requirements of contracts in support of a timber harvest program.
    • Compose environmental assessment reports and environmental impact statements in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act.
    • Prepare records summary for final appraisal, sale contract preparation and timber management activities.
    • Create detailed maps, timber sale appraisals, timber sales write up, advertisements, prospectus, and sample sale contracts.
    • Prepare logging plans and verify logging system settings to ensure contract requirements are met.
    • Oversee timber cruising and marking for a timber sale program.
    • Identify land status and environmental constraints affecting layout of proposed timber projects.
    • Conduct preliminary field inspection to determine sale boundaries and road location.
    • Review and analyze field data in support of timber sales.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for field work, site visits, training and/or meetings.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

  • Job family (Series)

    0460 Forestry

  • Requirements
    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
    Qualifications
    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued.

    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.

    Basic Requirement: Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:

    Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management.

    Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.

    Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing;

    OR

    Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

    For the GS-07 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include meeting one or more of the following: Served as an advanced trainee and performed a variety of forestry related work that included logging system and timber sale preparation; verified and recommended logging methods; assisted in the planning, and preparation of timber sale plans;

    OR one full year of graduate level education in a field such as Forestry; The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work;

    OR an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience;

    OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp).

    For the GS-09 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include meeting two or more of the following: Prepared timber sale contracts; determined sale boundaries, proper location of logging roads, acceptable marking and cutting methods, and stumpage prices; determined the requirements for brush disposal, erosion control, and stand improvement; prepared documentation such as detailed maps, timber sale appraisals, timber sales write up, advertisements, prospectus, and sample sale contracts ; conducted cruises of timber stands to determine volume of merchantable timber and environmental constraints; performed related timber sale preparation and timber stand improvement; collected timber compartment and stand prescription, or presale information data;

    OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in Forestry. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work;

    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).

    Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered 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 above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.

    Additional information

    THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed above. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status (such as LWOP) is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.

    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

    Information on special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30% disabled veterans, certain military spouses, and individuals with disabilities may be found on the USAJOBS website.

    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. Promotion is not guaranteed.

    Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email

    asc_tos@fs.fed.us.



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

    This position may be eligible for telework.

    This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.

    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Forest Management
    • Oral Communication
    • Timber
    • Written Communication


    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10819653

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • Education is required to qualify therefore you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
    • Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
    • VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    Please view Tips for Applicants - a guide to the Forest Service application process.

    Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement 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 the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

    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. You must verify that uploaded documents 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. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Agency contact information HRM Contact Center HRM Contact Center
    Address

    USDA Forest Service HRM Contact Center
    DO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS, SEE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    US
    Learn more about this agency

    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.

    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.