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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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- Duties listed at full performance level:
- Perform fundamental timber cruising procedures including the
measurement of tree diameter and height and the estimation of
timber defect and quality.
- Identify local tree species, diseases, defects and other common
characteristics important to selection of harvest trees.
- Serve as tally person or operate electronic field data
- Designate sale area and cutting unit boundaries on the
- Use standard forest measurement tools such as diameter tape,
tree calipers, clinometer, angle gauge, prism, compass, and
- Report areas of possible archeological significance, and/or
sightings of sensitive threatened or endangered wildlife
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0462 Forestry Technician
- Conservation Technicians
- Forest And Conservation Technicians
- Forest Technicians
- Soil Conservation Technicians
- Technicians, Conservation
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.
- Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless
- Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period
unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must
successfully complete all components of the required training
program before the end of their probationary period.
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
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. Transcripts must be provided for
qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as
Basic Requirement: The education and/or experience described
below is the Basic Requirement to be eligible and qualified for
each grade level of the positions.
GS-04: Six months of general experience. Definition of general
experience is the following: performed farm/ranch labor, such as
feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch
facilities; worked in a green house, nursery or landscaping, e.g.,
planting, moving, watering and tending plants; worked as an animal
caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; or other work
experience, paid or unpaid, e.g., volunteer work at a park, youth
camp, hospital, community sports league, local fire department,
Also, in addition to the six months of general experience noted
above, six months of specialized experience to at least the GS-03
grade level is required for this grade level. Examples of
specialized experience are the following: performed natural
resource support, e.g., forestry, range park technician, wildland
firefighter, or similar jobs; performing routine support
assignments in forestry specialty area, e.g., wilderness, timber,
fire prevention/control, etc.
Four seasons (a season of experience is considered to be a
period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a
seasonal basis) of qualifying specialized experience. This
specialized experience includes the following: forestry aid or
technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation
technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource
conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch
lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and
equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of
cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including
safety and use of equipment and that provided a basic understanding
of land use; forest or range fire control, prevention, or
Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least
12 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.
GS-05: One year of Specialized Experience at the GS-04 grade
level. Definition of Specialized Experience is the following:
performing crew-based forestry related support work such as
selecting and marking individual trees for harvest using well
defined marking guidelines; silviculture prescriptions and specific
instruction; and/or assisting in the measurement of limiting
distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and
quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures.
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 as those shown above for GS-4. No more
than 6 semesters hours in mathematics are creditable.
GS-6: One year of Specialized Experience at the GS-05 grade
level. Definition of Specialized Experience is the following:
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; interprets silvicultural
prescriptions and timber marking guides to designate harvest
timber; measured amount and quality of timber in designated timber
sale areas; applied instructions issued in a cruise plan.
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.
This job does not have an education qualification