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Job Title:FORESTER, GS-0460-12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:JU-13-05

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,156.00 to $97,701.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 17, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0460-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Juneau, AK United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

BUREAU-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS OR FORMER CAREER STATUS FEDERAL 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-0460-12

#4600005A, Alaska Region,

Division of Trust Services,

Branch of Natural Resources,

Juneau, Alaska

 

GS-12:  $75,156 - $97,701 Per Annum (Plus 5% COLA)

 

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS.  THE GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT IS NOT INCLUDED.  STATUS APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH MERIT PROMOTION AND COMPETITIVE PROCEDURES MUST SUBMIT TWO COMPLETE APPLICATIONS.  NON-STATUS APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER CHR-13-D-005 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.

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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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Under the direct supervision of the Natural Resources Manager, the incumbent is responsible for area wide administration of the timber sales, forest development and forest management programs on Native allotments within the Alaska Region service area, and providing forestry-related technical assistance among contract/compact tribes as requested.

Completes and reviews timber contracts and timber cutting permits, including Forest Officer’s reports and supporting documentation for conformance with the Bureau and Regional policies and procedures.  Recommends appropriate action to Approving Officer regarding timber sales activities with the Regional service area, and as required among tribal service providers.

Provides on-going review of active timber contracts, forest development and forest inventory projects within the Regional service area.  Recommends administrative action to Approving Officer when necessary.

Studies statistical and reported information for the forest products industry for the purpose of abstracting data applicable to appraisal, and adjustment and revision of stumpage rate of timber contracts, and assists in the application of the data in the conduct of such actions.

Assists in the Regional Office role of oversight to Alaska’s contracted and compacted tribal programs through on-site examination of active timber sales, and review and analysis of the operation and financial aspects of program management when requested.  Furnished on the spot and subsequent written advice on the administration standards, procedures observed in use, and the adequacy of the Regional and tribe’s timber sale administration methodology.

Assignments and duties may include responsibilities to perform functions relating to all aspects of forestry program administrative needs, Integrated Resources Management Planning and related GIS interactions.

 


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

 


COLA (COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE):  Government employees in Alaska receive a cost of living allowance presently equivalent to 5% of the base salary.  This allowance is tax free for federal income tax purposes.  The COLA is subject to annual OPM Review.  Survey results may determine that the COLA could possibly be reduced or eliminated at specified times.



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 maybe 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:

  • PROFESSIONAL FORESTRY LAND MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, AND CONCEPTS.

  • PUBLIC LAND RESOURCE PROGRAMS.
     
  • BIA TIMBER SALE PROCEDURES.
     
  • AUTOMATED SYSTEMS.
     
  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS.

 

  • ORAL COMMUNICATION.
     

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 809630, 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, January 07, 2013.

 

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:

Melanie Kolzen
Phone: (405)247-1541
Email: MELANIE.KOLZEN@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:

JU-13-05

Control Number:

333918200