Forestry Technician Wilderness Trails Job

Vacancy No. 20-TEMP1-R3-2325-6DT-SBR1 Department Forest Service
Salary $18.13 to $18.13 Grade 6 to 6
Perm/Temp Temporary FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 10/10/2019 Close Date 10/24/2019
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
TAOS, NMTRES PIEDRAS, NM


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

    Opening and closing dates 10/10/2019 to 10/24/2019

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 6

  • Salary

    $18.13 to $18.13 per hour

  • Appointment type

    Temporary

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules

Locations

Many vacancies in the following locations:

  • Taos, NM
  • Tres Piedras, NM
  • Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Announcement number

20-TEMP1-R3-2325-6DT-SBR1

Control number

548400900

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of work in support of the unit wilderness/recreation program.

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    Responsibilities

    Participates in the preparation and execution of wilderness management plans based on approved direction in land management plans. Prepares annual wilderness operating plans. Implements wilderness, and/or trail and bridge construction and reconstruction projects. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of wilderness projects and non- wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction. This includes condition surveys, developing project plans and cost estimates, and making recommendations for improvements. Implementation may involve the supervision of small crews in such activities.

    Participates in the identification and planning for future trail construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and restoration projects. Performs trail log, condition, and prescription surveys. Recommends the location of a variety of facilities, and records diverse information about the characteristics of the area. Trains crews in wilderness and trails construction and revegetation techniques. Performs independently or as a leader of a small project crew in trail maintenance and construction.

    Monitors and inspects contracted work meets the provisions of the contract. Participates in performing final inspection and developing the final inspection reports.

    May initiate public contacts in the field to enhance the user's wilderness experience and protect the wilderness resource through dispersal of information. Develops and conducts wilderness education programs at Forest Service offices, trailheads and in the local community. Keeps records of visitor use levels, types and patterns. Makes sure that portals are properly signed and bulletin boards are maintained. Maintains records of visitor use levels, and types and patterns of use.

    Provides input to the budget planning by assisting with the overall estimation of materials, personnel, and supplies needed for work accomplishment for enveloped and dispersed recreation sites. Prepares budget requests and adjusts program priorities to reflect the actual funding levels appropriated. Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interpreting findings, making recommendations, and suggesting alternative methods for meeting objectives and complying with policies. Defines inventory and monitoring data needed to assess wilderness conditions.


    Participates in the administration and implementation of recreation area with responsibility for carrying out operations plans for the use, improvement and maintenance for developed and dispersed recreation sites.

    Provides public information and interpretive services. Provides liaison with community organizations and interest groups to stimulate interest in and utilization of forest recreation facilities. Determines and recommends opportunities for community members to participate in programs and activities. Coordinates group visits with operational personnel and communicates schedules and requirements for logistical support. Recruits and trains volunteers.

    Acts as liaison with community organizations and interest groups in order to stimulate interest and utilization of recreation facilities. Approves recreation area and special-use applications and permits. Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under Special-Use authorization. Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions.

    Assists in the preparation of radio public service messages and newspaper articles for public education as assigned. Jointly prepares outfitter/guide camp operation/administration plans with outfitters; inspects outfitter operational areas/camps for wilderness plan/policy compliance; takes necessary follow-up action for items of noncompliance; makes recommendations to immediate supervisor relating to wilderness special use permit administration.

    Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO). Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Conducts investigations, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations.

    Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned pack and saddle stock and for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used in transport of livestock. Provides education in proper livestock minimum impact use techniques, safety procedures, and packing and saddle stock use to backcountry user groups, individuals and other agency personnel.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a US Citizen or US 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
    • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-Verify

    Qualifications
    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-06: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 level.

    Specialized experience is defined as: Assisted in planning and implementing the logistics of wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction projects; patrolled wilderness to ensure that areas are operated, used, and maintained in accordance with wilderness management plans; maintained visitors use records and prepared visitors use information for data processing; conducted education programs addressing Leave No Trace camping, wilderness philosophy and minimal stock impacts.

    For the GS-06 there is no substitution of education for this position.

    To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.

    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.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2020 Temporary Employment Hiring season.

    This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or lack of funds.

    The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs.

    LOCATION NEGOTIABLE AFTER PREFERED DUTY LOCATION: Selecting the "Location Negotiable" option as well as selecting your preferred duty location(s), during the application process, implies your willingness to accept a position in any duty location listed on this particular announcement. Selecting the Location Negotiable option, along with any specific duty locations, is encouraged as an opportunity to increase your chances of being considered and receiving an offer.

    Note: announcements may be flown with the only duty location option being the Location Negotiable After Preferred Duty Location. Additional duty locations are not required. This determination should be made during the Pre Hire Consultation.

    Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates.

    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.

    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 eligible must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

    If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

    This position is not eligible for telework.

    Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
    Availability of government housing and federal day care facilities will vary by location.

    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 Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. 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 up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, 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) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; 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. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: 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.

  • 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 read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    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 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 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. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. 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 to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

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