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Job Title:Supervisory Forester

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:NRO-12-35 (R1) READVERTISME

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$71,102.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 19, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0460-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Defiance, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Department Wide. Application will be accepted from Indian Preference applicants, US Citizens, from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities. Position will be filed in accordance with the Indian Preference Policy.

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.

Vacancy ID: 756842

SUPERVISORY FORESTER, GS-0460-12/13
PD# 4420001, Navajo Region, Division of Trust Programs
Branch of Forestry
Fort Defiance, Arizona

SALARY RANGE:

GS-12 : $68,809 - $89,450 Per Annum

GS-13 : $81,823 - $106,369 Per Annum

NOTE:

  • READVERTISEMENT: APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE RECONSIDERED AND NEED NOT RE-APPLY UNLESS YOU WISH TO TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION NOT PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED.
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPROPRIATE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS.
  • THE PAY FLEXIBILITIES OF THE RECRUITMENT BONUS, RELOCATION BONUS, AND STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY THE MANAGER.
  • GOVERNMENT HOUSING MAY BE AVAILABLE.
  • THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION.

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). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.

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 to (478) 757-3144.
  • TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION DOI DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM

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.

NOTE: Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final. Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

MAJOR DUTIES:As a Supervisory Forester, you will:

  • Be responsible in planning, managing, and providing program oversight and guidance to the Navajo Region, Division of Forestry activities and to the Navajo Nation Department of Forestry.
  • serve as the Branch Chief who provides recommendations to the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director of Trust Services in the support of the Division of Forestry, Branch of Forestry, Navajo Nation Departments and Committees; and cooperates with and federal agencies regarding Forestry Management practices on the Navajo Nation Forests.
  • Responsible for planning and directing the administration and execution of a program for the management, conservation, protection and utilization of the forest resource in trust ownership on the Navajo Reservation.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the budget for all assigned functions and activities based on realistic work load statistics, personnel requirements and equipment needs.
  • Collaborates with the Navajo Nation Department of Forestry in preparing project proposals for forestry activities and conducts oversight on funded projects.
  • Serves as the Navajo Region, Awarding Official Technical Representative (AOTR) to administer P.L. 93- 638 contracts.
  • Provides comprehensive and on-going technical advice and guidance to the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Nation Department of Forestry, Navajo Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Environmental Protection Agency, Navajo tribal leaders in the management and administration of tribally owned forest and related resources.
  • Conducts continuing communication and field inspections with permittees, private landowners, contractors, allotted land owners and tribal groups to identify forest management, access negotiation needs including improvements, weed and brush control, seeding, water and wildlife management.
  • Responsible for timber sale preparation work includes: selection of sale areas; design of various types of timber cruises; statistical analysis; road planning and cost estimating; silvicultural prescription writing, identification of critical areas requiring special treatment because of potential environmental, ecological, recreation or aesthetic problems; timber value appraisals; preparation of Forest Officer’s Reports.
  • Responsible for providing administration of timber sales.
  • Coordinates with the Navajo Nation Department of Forestry and representatives of Federal, State and Tribal Natural Resources agencies to analyze the report formulation and provide recommendations for modification of the tentative silviculture prescription to meet identified multiple use objectives (i.e., wildlife protection, watershed protection, recreational use, grazing use, traditional culture forest use value).
  • Develops information on short and long-range budgets, prepares annual work plans, manages and monitors specific program finances to insure funds are being used appropriate and reports requirement as the Navajo Region, Forestry Branch Chief.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

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-13: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

GS-12: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

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. Example of specialized experience that demonstrates knowledge and experience in Management of Renewable Resources; Forest Biology; and Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory.


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 this 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:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES, TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES IN FORESTRY.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF TIMBER SALES AND FORESTRY MANAGEMENT PLANS.
  • KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN TIMBER MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES.
  • SKILL IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
  • ABILITY TO MAINTAIN EFFECTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS, AS AN INDIVIDUAL, TEAM MEMBER, AND TEAM LEADER.

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/EI/benefits.asp#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

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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PLEASE NOTE:  THIS OFFICE DOES NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BY ELECTRONIC MAIL (E-MAIL), REGULAR MAIL, OR IN PERSON. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION FOR THE POSITION. IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY THAT INFORMATION ENTERED, UPLOADED, OR FAXED (I.E., RESUME, VETERAN'S OR INDIAN PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION, ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, AND SF 50'S) IS RECEIVED AND IS ACCURATE.

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 a previously saved or incomplete application go to https://applicationmanager.gov/.

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, 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:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at https://applicationmanager.gov/
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the  US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 756842, 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 and received by 11:59 PM EST; Tuesday, December 04, 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:

The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume- Must contain the following information:
    - Job Announcement Number
    - Each Work History includes ALL of the following:
    • Position TItle (if a Federal Job include series and grade);
    • Duties (be specific in describing your duties);
    • Employer's Name, Address, and Telephone number;
    • Supervisor name and phone number;
    • Start and End Dates including month and year (e.g. mm/yy to mm/yy);
    • Salary;
    • Full-time or Part-Time Status (include hours worked per week);
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.  This form may be obtained at your Tribal Enrollment/Census Office.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an offiical transcript may be requested at a later time.
  5. Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
  7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at www.gsa.gov/forms. (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

    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. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

          AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

          Navajo Region HR Office
          Phone: (505)863-8211
          Fax: (478)757-3144
          Email: NRHUMANRESOURCES@BIA.GOV
          Agency Information:
          BIA Center for Recruitment Navajo
          DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
          PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
          XXXXX, NM
          87301 Fax: (478)757-3144

          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:

          NRO-12-35 (R1) READVERTISME

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          331715900