Job Overview


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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-09080002-2159G-LB.  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.

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.

This position is located on the Shawnee National Forest in Jonesboro, IL. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Chad Deaton at (618) 833-8576 or

This incumbent works independently or serves as a work leader for a crew performing vegetation management, timber sale preparation and administration, and wildlife or wildlife habitat management duties that include some heavy equipment operation such as mowing levees or building low earthen impoundments.

CDL Requirement:  This position requires the selectee to obtain or possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

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 1-877-372-7248.

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement.  Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:


Timber Management (60% or more):  Works as a team leader for two GS-5’s on a regular and recurring basis and prepares, develops, and executes timber cruises, including cruise design and sample surveys to develop resource information and estimate quality and quantity of timber for purpose of appraisal, sales administration, management planning, and logging plans.

Interprets, explains, makes minor modifications and enforces timber sale contract provisions and Forest Service procedures, policies, and standards.  Prepares written reports of all sale inspections and follows up on deficiencies.

Interprets complex silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.  

Lays out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction, considering factors such as transportation system, topography, fuels management, silvicultural objectives, wildlife needs, stream protection and other related resource considerations. 

Develops the schedule and work plans for monitoring and inspecting Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and reforestation activities.

Performs reforestation, timber stand improvement and stocking surveys in accordance with established procedures to determine planting needs, need for site preparation, stand improvement, plantation conditions, and seedling survival.

Collects technical data needed to prescribe stand treatment; measurements include radial growth, basal area, site index, stand density, stand condition, etc.  Based on field analysis, assists in preparation of the technical specifications for TSI, tree planting, brush release, or animal damage control contracts.

Serves as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), or inspector on specific contracts as assigned and/or supervises force account projects.  Ensures all provisions are enforced and proper measures are taken to protect or enhance values in accordance with contract objectives. Prepares and submits related inspection reports, checks for compliance on needed corrective actions, and recommends final acceptance of the contract upon completion.

Assists in preparation of recurring reports associated with the unit TSI and reforestation program.

Wildlife Management 20%:  Works as a team leader for two GS-5’s on a regular and recurring basis applying an integrated resource approach to collaboratively achieve mutual goals and objectives for the unit’s wildlife project plans and program for habitat management.

Performs a variety of complex and recurring duties in the assigned area.  Schedules, organizes, and executes field wildlife projects for detecting, identifying and evaluating habitat management needs.  Using prescribed procedures, the technician resolves complex administrative concerns related to the wildlife project plans for habitat management.  Conducts inventories for big game, upland game, raptors, small mammals, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species of plants and animals.  Assists with development of reports after higher graded employees have refined and verified the data and analyzed the results.

Provides leadership efforts to control invasive species including the application of chemical pesticide.

Equipment Operation (10 % or less):  Operates one or more types of heavy equipment such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angle dozer blades, front end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments.  Work is generally done on flat or rolling terrain with simple terrain problems such as forest roads and compounds.  Work typically involves mowing levees or constructing low earthen dams or emplacing or removing culverts.

Performs other duties such as boundary line maintenance, recreation management, road or trail clearing, and prescribed fire or fire control duties as they are assigned.