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 Term position is located in Region 2, on the Black Hills National Forest, as part of the Bearlodge Ranger District in Sundance, Wyoming. This position is established to perform presale duties, including timber cruising and timber marking.

This is a full-time, Term appointment. Individuals hired under a Term appointment are eligible to elect health and life insurance benefits, and to receive within-grade increases (periodic pay raises). Term employees must satisfactorily complete a one-year trial period. Term employment does not confer competitive (permanent) status, nor entitle the Term employee to noncompetitive appointment to permanent jobs. The duration of a Term appointment will be determined by the length of the project, work load, and available funding. The initial Term appointment is for 13 months. Extensions beyond this period may be authorized in one year increments, but not to exceed a total of 4 years.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Wesley Bice at 307-283-1361 or e-mail at

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 duties of this position will involve mostly outdoor work, and should require moderate to strenous hiking on steep slopes and uneven terrain. The incumbent should be able to work well on their own, have good map reading and orientation skills, and computer skills. Field navigational skills using a topographical map, compass, and GPS is essential.  Specific duties include the following:

• Acts as a certified qualified timber cruiser. Independently applies instructions issued in a cruise plan. Takes and records tree measurements, assesses quality, and determines defect.

• Independently applies silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate timber for harvest.

• Determines acreage using traverse, map, or aerial photograph methods or Global Positioning System (GPS).

• Maintaining written records includes any documenting tailgate safety sessions, Job Hazard Analysis, time and attendance, data collection and all other documentation associated with timber preparation.

• This is primarily a field-going position requiring work as a team member or alone in remote locations, over hazardous terrain, and in inclement weather, carrying heavy loads of equipment.