Forestry Technician Timber Sale Prep Job

Vacancy No. 21-R8R9OCR-462-TSP-6-7G Department Forest Service
Salary $38,921.00 to $56,222.00 Grade 6 to 7
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 12/1/2020 Close Date 5/31/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
GAINESVILLE, GAMURPHYSBORO, ILPINEVILLE, LAGLADSTONE, MI
DULUTH, MNIRVINE, PA

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

    Opening and closing dates 12/01/2020 to 05/31/2021

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 6 - 7

  • Salary

    $38,921 to $56,222 per year

    Salary wage as shown is for 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

FEW vacancies in the following locations:

  • Gainesville, GA
  • Murphysboro, IL
  • Pineville, LA
  • Gladstone, MI
  • Duluth, MN
  • Irvine, PA
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses 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.

  • Special authorities

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

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles; and Public Land Corps eligibles, Resource Assistant eligibles, People with Disabilities (Schedule A), and Reinstatement eligibles.

Announcement number

21-R8R9OCR-462-TSP-6-7G

Control number

585779300

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    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 can be found at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach.

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    Responsibilities
    • Duties listed are at the full performance level.
    • Interprets complex silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
    • Develops and drafts timber cruise plans. Applies instructions issued in a cruise plan.
    • Interprets computer output reports, tables, and statistics to provide quantity and quality estimates of timber products.
    • Lays out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction.
    • Writes reports describing timber sale, resource, topographic features, and compliance of timber marking with guidelines.
    • Interprets aerial photographs for information such as road locations, sale boundaries, survey monuments, and other features.
    • Drafts sale area maps. Provides technical assistance to specialists in the development of complex logging plans and preliminary road location.
    • Performs supervisory duties. Plans the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit's work.
    Travel Required

    75% or less - Overnight lodging will be required for meetings, trainings, workshops, and project work.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    7

  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

  • 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
    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver?s license.
    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.

    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    For the GS-06 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05. Qualifying specialized experience is defined as: 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.

    For the GS-07 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06. Qualifying specialized experience is defined as: Used computer programs required for data collection, cruise processing, traversing, and GPS; experience 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 sampling systems such as 3P, fixed area, point, and sample tree to determine statistically sound cruise samples.

    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

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    The incumbent is a member of the Regional Timber Strike Team performing presale, sale administration and similar duties as part of the timber management program.

    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.

    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 in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. 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.

    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).

    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 leave without pay 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.

    For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website.

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 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 or 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 SM.FS.asc_tos@usda.gov

    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.

    Government Housing is not available.

    Daycare facilities are not available.


    This position is not eligible for telework.

    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
    • Supervision
    • Workforce Environment
    • 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/10972271

    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 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..
    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim in 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 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.
    The following documents are not required and should not be attached:
    • Additional Performance Appraisals that are older than 18 months (unless applying under LMWFA)
    • Award SF-50s
    • Certificates, Certifications, Licenses and Licensures that are not relevant and/or required for the position applied to
    • Cover Letters
    • Duplicates of the same documents already attached
    • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) narrative statements - these are only for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions
    • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)/Competency narrative statements
    • OF-306 - Declaration of Federal Employment
    • Pictures of any type
    • Recommendation Letters
    • Transcripts when education is not required or when there is not an option to qualify based on education (see Qualifications section of the vacancy announcement)

  • 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 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 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, in USAJOBS click "Apply" and follow the instructions to attach your resume and required documents, complete the assessment questionnaire, and submit your application.

    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.

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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.

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