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Job Title:Forester (Sale Preparation)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:RMR-13-09, 790055

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0460-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Crow Agency, MT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Indian Preference eligibles, current status employees or former employees with Reinstatement eligibility.

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.

DOI/Bureau of Indian Affairs

Crow Agency

Office of the Superintendent

Branch of Forestry and Fire Management

 

ThESE positionS ARE also being advertised under the following announcement number: BIA-DEU-13-01, ForestER(SALE PREPARATION) NON-STATUS APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY UNDER BIA-DEU-13-01.  STATUS APPLICANTS CAN APPLY FOR EACH WITH A SEPARATE APPLICATION UNDER BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCEPreference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.  Indian preference eligibles that are not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A) (7).  Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.  Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.OTHER INFORMATION:

 

*Promotion potential: Yes 
*Moving expenses authorized: No 
*Eligible for Relocation Company Services: No 
*Travel Required: No
*Supervisory Position: No
*Valid state Drivers' license:  Yes
*CDL required:  No
*Pre-appointment background investigation:  Yes
*Pre-appointment physical/medical exam:  No
*Drug test:  No
*Uniform required:  No

*Telework Indicator:  The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR A TWO YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX. 'How To Apply' Tab
  • COPY OF CURRENT STATE DRIVERS LICENSE.
  • DEGREE: Forestry or related subject matter "Qualifications Tab"

DUTIES:

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As a Forester (Sale Preparation), you will; 

  • Administers the training and field application of Forest Inventory, Sale Preparation and Forest Development activities.
  • Develop and implement timber sale preparation program including a determination of best access routes, location/marking/volume of cutting units and logging methods are consistent.
  • Development and implementation of the forest development program.
  • Develop overall forest area timber plans.
  • Makes on the ground examination and analysis of forest areas to determine which areas require short or long range silvicultural treatment.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0460-5/7/9).

 

Individual Occupational Requirements for 0460

Basic Requirements:

  1. Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been 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 to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, 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. Examples of creditable courses in this area include 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. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.

OR

  1. 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, of 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.

 

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

 

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable).  Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.  Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

 

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 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

 

GS-07:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

 

GS-05:  Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the Individual Occupational Requriements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (Generally grade GS-5)

 

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:  Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.  S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

 

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.  Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to work or training with field applications of forest inventory, sale preparation and forest development activities, working with timber sale management, writing reports, and appraising forested areas using current market prices and logging costs.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job your are applying for. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). (Do not send job descriptions.)

·         Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

·         Duties and accomplishments

·         Employer's name and address

·         Supervisor's name and phone number

·         Starting and ending dates (month and year)

·         Hours per week

·         Salary

Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

NOTE:  If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

 

 


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited.

 

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

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.

 

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

Time-in-grade:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

 

NOTE:  If this position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without 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.

 

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Forester will need to independently perform forestry field duties in remote locations throughout the four seasons, proficiently & safely drive 4-wheel vehicles and other access equipment on marfinal logging roads and terrain in various field conditions (snow, rain, mud, dust, summer heat) etc.  Forester will be performing field activities in an environment where one may encounter a wide array of wildlife and domestic animals, insects, etc. Remoteness of some projects will require extended working hours and some special projects such as CFI will require camping in the field througout the week (summer months) to complete.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING:  All applicants for this position will be rated and ranked based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on the application.  Applicants will be further evaluated according to the degree to which they possess or have the potential to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics as listed below.  The judgment of qualifications will be based on the material submitted; therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to give complete and thorough responses and to present information in a neat and orderly fashion.  Qualifications and veteran’s preference eligibility will be determined on the basis of information submitted.

 

 


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. Additional links provided for benefits information; http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp.

 

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized: Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



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 ALL 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.

 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume, i.e., Service Connected Disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran.  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veteran's preference, please provide your DD-214 (Member-4 Copy displaying the type of discharge, i.e., Honorable) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veteran's preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

VEOA and DOCUMENTATION

Certain veterans may be eligible to apply for this position under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.  For information about this program and determine whether you are eligible, click here:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 which shows an honorable discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty service or are a preference eligible.

SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES

Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority.  Common authorities include those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, and the authorities listed here:  http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#MiscellaneousAuthoritiesNotRegulated

You must submit appropriate documentation with your application package to verify eligibility.  If you are unsure of what to submit, contact the email provided on this announcement.

 



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 http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
  • 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
  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page
  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number IP790055, 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 Monday, December 03, 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. All application material and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, December 03, 2012 in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.



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
  • Copy of current state driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver’s license will result in loss of consideration.

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application 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. All copies must be legible. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE. 

 

The Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) is now obsolete per The Office of Personnel Management.  In order to be considered for this position you must provide a resume. It is recommended to include all the information contained in the OF-612 in your resume.  In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.   Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.  Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charles J. Walks Slow
Phone: (406)247-7956
Email: CHARLES.WALKSSLOW@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
AS-IA Office of Human Capital Mgmt
316 North 26th Street
Room 4419
Billings, MT
59101-1397

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages. A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes.  You will be notified by letter or email of your status.  Please allow approximately 2 to 3 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you. 

 


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Job Announcement Number:

RMR-13-09, 790055

Control Number:

331568100