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Job Title:FORESTER, GS-0460-9/11

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:MRO-12-21

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 to Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0460-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Ashland, WI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

BUREAU-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

FORESTER, GS-0460-9/11

#4400013A, Midwest Region,

Great Lakes Agency,

Office of the Deputy Superintendent-Trust,

Branch of Forestry, Ashland, Wisconsin

 

GS-09:  $47,448 - $61,678 Per Annum
GS-11:  $57,408 - $74,628 Per Annum

 

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED.  ANY RELOCATION EXPENSE ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY IN THIS POSITION WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

 

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.

DUTIES:

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NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Forester is responsible for developing Forest Management Plans and Forest Operating Plans for the Agency reservations.  Incumbent may serve as the facilitator for Integrated Resource Management Plans (IRMP's) when timber is one of the major resources.  When not serving as the facilitator, forester will serve as a member of the Interdisciplinary Planning Team. Writes or contracts for the writing of Environmental Assessments (EA's) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS's) required for Forest Management Plans.

 

Forester is responsible for the Agency’s Forest Management Planning Inventory program, including   Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) and other temporary forest-wide inventories.  Forester designs and implements reservation-wide forest inventories to meet required accuracy standards and management plan needs.  Maintains the forest inventory databases and analyzes data to support management planning.  Incumbent coordinates the completion of Forest Inventory Analyses (FIA) for each reservation, after a reservation wide forest inventory is completed.  This establishes Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) volumes and acres.

 

Forester is also responsible for helping implement all aspects of the timber sale program for the GLA.  Guided by Tribal management plans and stand data, the individual develops cutting schedules, and prepares timber sales for the orderly and systematic harvest of timber.  Field work includes; timber cruising, habitat typing, assisting with archeological surveys, property boundary location, timber marking, scaling and timber harvest contract monitoring.  Office/administrative work includes; securing land owner approval, preparing stumpage appraisals, mapping, cruise analysis, developing silvicultural prescriptions, writing Forest Officer Reports and contract documents, maintain records and submitting reports, and requesting stumpage monies and tracking contract stumpage balances.

 

Forester serves as the Geographical Information System (GIS) specialist for the Branch of Forestry.  Conducts data capture of resource information (e.g., roads, lakes, soils, timber types, etc.), maintains the database information, and produces forestry maps on the GIS system.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0460 & IOR).

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:

 

A.    Degree in forestry or a related subject-matter field, which includes a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering of which as least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry.  The curriculum must be sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:

 

Management of Renewable Resources—study of the science and art of managing renewable resources including courses, such as silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulations, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management.

 

Forest Biology—study of the classification, distribution, characteristics and identification of forest vegetation and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment including courses such as dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.

 

Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory—sampling, inventory, measurement and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources including courses such as forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.  OR

 

B.    Combination of education and experience—courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, or which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry.  The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:

 

GS-09:    1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.   Examples may include, but not limited to performing work involving timber sale preparation: delineation of stand boundaries and harvest operability; designation of timber for harvest; stand examination and timber cruising; preparation of documents relating to timber sales packages and other forestry matters.  These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-11:    1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressivley higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree OR Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.  Examples may include, but not limited to performing work related to the development, production, conservation, and utilization of the natural resources of forests and associated lands; inventory, planning, evaluation, and management of forest resources such as timber, soil, land, water, wildlife and fish habitat, minerals, forage, and outdoor recreation; and the valuation, management and production of forest lands and properties.  These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

   


SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

 

OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • FOREST MANAGEMENT

  • POLICIES AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENT
     
  • FORESTRY INVENTORY/PLANNING PROGRAMS
     
  • DATA AUTOMATION MANAGEMENT
     
  • GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS)

  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

 

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. 


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

 

To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

 

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 750401, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

 

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience and education.
  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted.
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Samuel Ware
Phone: (405)247-1603
Email: SAMUEL.WARE@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

MRO-12-21

Control Number:

326897300