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Forestry Technician

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. Term Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day that may be extended incrementally up to 4 years. This is a Career-Seasonal position. 1 vacancy available. BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team as a career-seasonal Forestry Technician (Term) in the Western Montana District, Division of Renewable Resources, in Dillon, Montana. Information about the Dillon area can be found at the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website. U.S. Citizenship is required. Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections. You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land. Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. The incumbent serves as a forestry technician in the Dillon Field Office, Dillon, Montana. The principal duties of the position support the timber sale program. Secondary duties include land health assessment and planning at a watershed level, management and restoration of priority habitats, and participating in the fire management program. At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Implementing projects for both commercial (salvage) and noncommercial (restoration) projects.
Serving as contract administrator on timber sale contracts and project inspector on service contracts for restoration projects.
Serving as journey level expert on Interdisciplinary Teams assessing land health and planning at the watershed scale on low and moderate priority watersheds.
Planning and administering cultural treatments for forest land.
Selecting and marking trees to be harvested, cruising timber to determine volume and grade, assisting with timber sale appraisals, and determining logging methods.
Assisting Fuels Staff with slash plans and burn plans for timber sale units by disposing of logging slash through the use of prescribed fire.
Physical Demands: Incumbent will be in the field approximately 70 percent of the time. Work demands the ability and physical stamina to hike and/or snowshoe over rugged terrain, to perform work in adverse weather conditions, and to participate in fire control efforts when required with subsequent exposure to heat, dust, cold, and arduous physical activity. Motor vehicle (including four wheel drive) operation may occur under all types of weather and road conditions, and at all times of the day and night.
Work Environment: The incumbent may be exposed to some weather extremes including temperatures ranging from 100 down to -40 degrees F, and moisture, stinging insects, and other hazards of the outdoors. Field work will be in mountainous timber land ranging in elevation from 4,500 feet to 9,500 feet. Slopes range from 0 to 100 percent with normal slopes averaging 35 percent.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified . Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
Knowledge of natural resource values and land uses to identify potential conflicts and problems and to recommend viable alternatives and solutions for technical forest management practices.
Technical knowledge of silvicultural systems, forest habitat types, forest insect and disease identification, logging methods, and equipment and instruments common to the forestry profession and used to formulate plans, administer contracts, conduct inventories, etc.
Ability to apply policies, procedures, and regulations governing the use of forest resources and contract administration in order to effectively manage and administer forestry actions within state and federal standards.
Knowledge of cruising, scaling, and appraisal methods to determine sale volumes (both for board feet and non-board feet products) and values within a +/- 10% deviation to determine sale volumes and values.
Knowledge and experience in road location and survey to establish new road locations for construction and to survey and collect measurements to determine road construction costs.
On-line Questionnaire:
Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
To preview questions please click here. For GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service - OR - completion of 6 months of graduate level education in a field DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service - OR - completion of one (1) year of graduate level education in a field DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service - OR - completion of 18 months of graduate level education in a field DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service - OR - completion of two (2) years of graduate level education or a master's degree in a field DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
For GS-06: Examples may include collecting and compiling forest and woodland management data regarding location, character, extent, volume, rate of growth and quality of timber; designating timber to be removed in timber sales or for use disposal; preparing reports on forest and woodland trespass cases; and/or assisting in routine timber cruising and sample surveys.
For GS-07: Examples may include assisting professional foresters by gathering a variety of resource information for the forestry portion of resource analysis and management planning documents; researching and drafting assigned segments of documents; administering limited timber sales contracts; preparing forest road layouts; and/or assisting the inspection of sales areas for compliance with contract provisions such as those governing the location and construction of roads, fire prevention, safety measures, and cutting provisions.
For GS-08: Examples may include applying practical technical methods and procedures to a wide variety of limited timber sale administration projects; developing schedules and work plans for monitoring and inspecting timber sales; inspecting timber sales areas for compliance with contract clauses governing location and construction of non-system roads, fire prevention, personal safety precautions, and cutting provisions.
For GS-09: Examples may include administering a timber sale, performing continuous sale inspections, ensuring that contractor operations were appropriate and that land features were protected; explaining timber sales regulations and contract provisions to prospective purchasers and logging operators; deviating from established procedures in completing timber-related work assignments, such as performing final inspections and recommending acceptance of sales contracts for closure; and/or reporting on results of complex forestry-related procedures and recorded new procedures for use by lower level technicians. THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.
If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
1) YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
Personal contact information
Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
- Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
- References - personal and professional
- Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION , including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the " APPLY ONLINE " button that appears on this announcement.
3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION , as applicable. See "Required Documents" section below.
It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date. All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to , and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.
THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:
1) College Transcripts: If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
2) Veterans Preference Documentation : If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference. More information regarding Veteran's preference click here .
5) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
Checking Application Status and Materials:
Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application , to check the status of your application materials log on to My Account, select the "Applications" tab, check under the "Application Status" for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state "Resume Received." Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of "Resume Received" reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above). What to Expect Next:
You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.
This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day, with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.
This position requires completion of a one year trial period.
RELOCATION EXPENSES:__Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website
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