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Forestry Technician (Wilderness/Trails)

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Department Of Agriculture
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Permanent Full-Time 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.
The ability to obtain and maintain weapons certification is a condition of employment in this position as the incumbent will be required to carry a firearm when working in Brown Bear country. To maintain employment in this position the incumbent must receive a negative pre-certification drug test result, pass a minimum background investigation, pass firearm classroom training, pass the shooting proficiency test and be enrolled in the random drug testing pool while employed in this position.
Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at .
For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact Clark Simpson at / .us or Cathy Tighe at / .us This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-111005-09810G-MM . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.
Permanent Seasonal: The incumbent will be guaranteed 13 pay periods of full-time work. However, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in non-pay / non-duty status for the remainder of the year.
These positions are located in the Tongass National Forest / Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District in Ketchikan, AK.
These positions are eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. However, are not virtual positions and the duty station will be in Ketchikan, AK.
Salary may be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the OPM website at: for additional information about the continuation of COLA after December 31, 2012.
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. Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. Background Investigation required. Must be 18 years of age. Firearm carrying position. Drug Testing Designated Position This position is located on a Forest Service unit. Incumbent performs a variety of work in support of the unit wilderness/recreation program.
MAJOR DUTIES Responsible for developing and carrying out operating plans for wilderness maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects based on approved direction in land management plans. Formulates and implements wilderness project work plans in accordance with agency policy. Ensures the maintenance of wilderness areas.
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. Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interprets findings to make recommendations to wilderness management objectives and policies, and suggests alternative methods for meeting objectives and/or policies. Defines inventory and monitoring data needed to assess wilderness conditions. Initiates 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.
Administers a recreation area with responsibility for developing and carrying out operations plans for the use, improvement and maintenance for developed and dispersed recreation sites. Participates in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans 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. Prepares 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.
Performs other duties as assigned. Duties listed at the target GS-07 level. Requirements
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
This position requires that the incumbent meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.
DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.
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 Occupational 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 can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: 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 specialized experience requirements listed below for each grade level.
Specialized Experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
GS-05 Level Requirements:
1. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04), pay band in the Federal service, or equivalent experience in private sector. Examples of Specialized Experience can include: Experience in operating paddle craft, or sea kayak in a variety of sea conditions; Experience in interacting with forest visitors, and when assigned, educating visitors; And/or performed crew based forestry related support work such as recreation trail or recreation facility construction and/or maintenance projects.
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2. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
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3. An appropriate combination of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester hours) and specialized experience.
GS-06 Level Requirements: (Note: substitution of education or a combination of education and experience for specialized experience at the GS-06 level is not permitted)
1. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05), pay band in the Federal service, or equivalent experience in private sector. Examples of Specialized Experience can include: Gathered, compiled, and reported recreation program data for use in monitoring and assessment activities and summarized data for use in recreation data management systems; Provided training in basic wilderness skills e.g., trained crews in wilderness revegetation techniques; Patrolled wilderness to ensure that areas were operated, used, and maintained in accordance with wilderness management plans;
GS-07 Level Requirements:
1. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06), pay band in the Federal service, or equivalent experience in private sector. Specialized Experience is defined as: Prepared annual wilderness operating plans; Provided public information and interpretive services; Collected data, inspected multiple sites and modified procedures in performing wilderness-related assignments and projects; And/or inspected outfitter guide camps, documented findings, and ensured compliance with terms of the permit; Lead and provided training to a small project crew performing trail maintenance and construction.
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2. One full year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) directly related to the work of the advertised position.
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3. An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education directly related to the work of the position. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Applications may be reviewed to verify qualifications and eligibility prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.
Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience the beginning 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 temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment and must be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete applications or those that provide vague and/or conflicting information may not be evaluated for consideration.
Concurrent experience in more than one position: If any of your positions included mixed duties, for example Forestry Technician timber and fire experience, please indicate the start and end dates and approximate percent of time you spent performing each different type of duty.
Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation, however you must indicate the number of hours the work was performed each week to receive credit. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. educational.
Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon 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 us if you are requesting this.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at . It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans' Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
Other required documents may include:
CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
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. Please verify that documents you are uploading 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. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate. The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: / This is a bargaining unit designated position.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Government housing is not available.
Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules. Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
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 nor guaranteed.
The incumbent will have their salary sent to a financial institution of their choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. /

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