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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Wilderness)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-01120004-3612DP-DC

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 $38,790.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, May 02, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-5/7

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

7

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Lincoln, MT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-01120004-3612G-DC. 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.

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.

The Helena National Forest will be filling one permanent full time GS-0462-5/6/7 Forestry Technician (Wilderness/Trails) with a duty station of Lincoln, Montana.The incumbent performs a variety of work in support of the unit’s trails, wilderness, and recreation programs.

For further information about the position please contact Mike Mullin at (406) 362-7010 or mmullin@fs.fed.us.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to Apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Responsible for developing and carrying out operating plans for wilderness maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects based on approved direction in land management plans. Formulates and implements wilderness project work plans in accordance with agency policy.

Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interprets findings to make recommendations to wilderness management objectives and policies, and suggests alternative methods for meeting objectives and/or policies. Defines inventory and monitoring data needed to assess wilderness conditions. Initiates public contacts in the field to enhance the user's wilderness experience and protect the wilderness resource through dispersal of information.

Incumbent records condition surveys, visitor use, develops project plans and cost estimates, makes recommendations for improvements. Trains and supervise crews in wilderness and trails construction and re-vegetation techniques. Recruits and trains volunteers. Acts as liaison with community organizations and interest groups in order to stimulate interest and utilization of recreation facilities. Participates in the identification and planning for future trail construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and restoration projects. Recommends the location of a variety of facilities, and records diverse information about the characteristics of the area.

Ensures the maintenance of wilderness areas. Implements wilderness, and/or trail and bridge construction and reconstruction projects. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of wilderness projects and non wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction.

Performs independently or as a leader of a small project crew in trail maintenance and construction. Monitors and inspects contracted work meets the provisions of the contract. Participates in performing final inspection and developing the final inspection reports.

Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned pack and saddle stock and for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used in transport of livestock. Provides education in proper livestock minimum impact use techniques, safety procedures, and packing and saddle stock use to back country user groups, individuals and other agency personnel.

Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Conducts investigations, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations.

Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO). Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under Special-Use authorization. Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

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.

Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-5: Three years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level; bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree; and/or appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of qualifying experience include experience that may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work and demonstrated the ability to: analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. Examples of specialized experience are: Forestry aid or technician work, Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment. Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use. Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; six months (9 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position; and/or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Forestry aid or technician work, Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment. Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use. Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level; one full year of graduate level education; an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; or Superior Academic Achievement (go to this site determine if you are eligible: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Forestry aid or technician work, Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment. Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use. Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

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

 


REQUIREMENTS:

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

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 Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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=71b596a9-df19-45a0-941a-a19d00bce4df


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

Government housing may be available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon 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. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.
  3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.

Other required documents may include:

  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.  Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-338-1274
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-338-1274

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-01120004-3612DP-DC

Control Number:

342793400