Job Overview


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 13-0606005-3973FS-RH.  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.

This position is located in Region 6, on the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest in Estacada, Oregon. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Lisa Ball at 503-630-8847 or email at

This is a Lead Forestry Technican (Pre-Sale) position and is responsible for distributing workload among employees, checking progress of work , estimating timber volume, defect, and quality of timber in a given area, marking boundaries using GPS and preparing maps using GIS software.

Permanent Seasonal: The incumbent will be guaranteed 18 pay periods of full-time work. However, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in non-pay/non-duty status for the remainder of the year.


Lead responsibilities include distributing workload among employees, checking status and progress of work and making adjustments, accepting finished work and amending or rejecting work. Estimates volume, defect, and quality of timber in a given area; including measuring trees and traversing acreage using GPS. Under supervision of a professional forester, and using pre-established marking rules, selects and marks trees to be harvested or left uncut, prepares area maps using GIS software and marks boundaries.