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    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 being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 17-0922-389213G-TB (Open August 25 to September 5, 2017). 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.

    This position is located on Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest with a duty location in Gorham, NH.

    This position is located on a Ranger District and acts as a Snow Ranger and a Dispersed Recreation Technician.  The position provides tecnical expertise for the unit's dispersed recreation program.  This includes the District's avalanche forecasting, search and rescue, recreation trails and backcountry programs.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Travis Pellerin at 603-466-2713 Ext 1216 or tpellerin@fs.fed.us.
     
    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  Avalanche field experience demonstrating the knowledge to thoroughly comprehend, analyze, and apply factors affecting snow stability and avalanche potential to reduce public risk and increase employee safety.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties listed are at the full performance level.

    Backcountry/Wilderness/Trails Program Support-50%

    Oversee and supervise trails, backcountry and wilderness seasonal personnel.  Responsible for annual backcountry/trails budget, operating plan, purchasing, hiring, and supervision of seasonal workforce.

    Act as Dispersed Recreation, Trail and Wilderness Specialist and interdisciplinary team member for the District on a variety of management issues and prescriptions that may influence such activities and areas.

    Responsible for backcountry facilities construction and maintenance including planning, organizing and implementing major construction projects at remote locations.

    Serve as project specialist for trail maintenance or construction/re-construction projects.

    Work with a variety of volunteer organizations, interested individuals and cooperators to reach the goals of the program. Manage large volunteer work parties and efforts.

    Snow Ranger Support-50%

    Serve as a Snow Ranger for an Avalanche Center, with remote patrol duties.

    Check for conditions hazardous to the public from avalanche hazards, ice falls, crevasses, and undermined snow. Determine present avalanche hazards and forecasts future hazards based on snow pit tests, field observations, and snow stability. Issue avalanche hazard advisories using field data, as well as mountain weather forecaster tools, such as weather maps, satellite imagery, and real time weather data. Use judgment to produce public avalanche and safety advisories and disseminate this information via e-mail, telephone, web site, or other social media.  

    Use experience and judgment to determine when avalanche conditions have changed or abated sufficiently to terminate the existing advisory and issue an update bulletin. Work with local, regional, and national organizations and publications as an avalanche expert to advise on avalanche related policies and articles.

    Teach avalanche safety, stability analysis and avalanche snow mechanics to a wide variety of audiences, from school children to avalanche professionals. Venues include field snow pits, and seminar settings. Stay abreast of avalanche education practices and changes in avalanche technology and snow science.

    Act as incident or scene commander, when delegated by Lead Snow Ranger, for search and rescue events when the Forest Service is responsible as the lead agency. Use climbing, Mountaineering and high angle rescue skills to render assistance to those in need.

    Assist Lead Snow Ranger in operating and supervising the Volunteer Ski Patrol.

    Perform as an Emergency Medical Technician soon after initial hiring.  Render medical aid from minor to life threatening injuries using skills at the Emergency Medical Technician Level.

    Act as a technical rescue leader for the agency and performs rope rescues on steep snow and ice terrain often under adverse weather conditions.

    Operate and maintain snowmobiles and large snowcat tractors in mountainous terrain.

    Maintain Snow Ranger/Ski Patrol portable radios and avalanche transceivers.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and meetings may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    08

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0462 Forestry Technician

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a US Citizen or US National
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
    • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
    • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  No additional requirements

    Qualifications

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below.  For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

    Selective Placement Factor: 

    Avalanche field experience demonstrating the knowledge to thoroughly comprehend, analyze, and apply factors affecting snow stability and avalanche potential to reduce public risk and increase employee safety.

    For the GS-7 level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6).  Examples of specialized experience are:  Gathered information needed to determine current avalanche hazard and forecasted future hazards, made field assessments and predicted avalanche conditions, hazards, and risk, issued avalanche advisories, applied technical high angle snow or ice rescue procedures and skills to assist publics who are lost or injured, used ice climbing and mountaineering skills to access steep terrain for the purpose of collecting snowpack data for avalanche forecasting, participated in the preparation and execution of wilderness management plans based on approved direction in land management plans, prepared annual wilderness operating plans and/or implemented wilderness and/or trail and bridge construction and reconstruction projects.

    For the GS-8 level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7).  Examples of specialized experience are:  Checked for conditions hazardous to the public from avalanche hazards, ice falls, crevasses, and undermined snow, assisted lead snow ranger in determining present avalanche hazards and forecasted future hazards based on snow pit tests, field observations, and snow stability, issued avalanche hazard advisories using field data, as well as mountain weather forecaster tools, such as weather maps, satellite imagery, and real time weather data, used judgment to produce public avalanche and safety advisories and disseminated this information via e-mail, telephone, web site, or other social media, performed inventories, inspections and monitoring to determine wilderness, backcountry and trail resource conditions, giving consideration to wildlife, fish, soil, water, vegetation, air quality and other resources and/or served as project specialist for trail maintenance or construction/re-construction projects.

    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.
     
    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.

    To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Selective Placement Factor:  Avalanche field experience demonstrating the knowledge to thoroughly comprehend, analyze, and apply factors affecting snow stability and avalanche potential to reduce public risk and increase employee safety.


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    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

    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.

    Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    This position is not eligible for telework.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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 Assessment 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 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 up to including removal from the Federal service.

    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: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=66FDB91A-60FB-4471-B292-A7CF0098AF63

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    Security clearance

    Other

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    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 the 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.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • If claiming veterans preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veterans preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veterans preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: 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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    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.

    The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

    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.

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    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 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 the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

    NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) 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

    Phone

    877-372-7248 Option 2

    TDD

    800-877-8339

    Fax

    866-339-0719

    Email

    fsjobs@fs.fed.us

    Address

    USDA Forest Service
    Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
    Albuquerque, NM, 87109
    United States
    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.

    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

    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 at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477089000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.