To qualify for the GS-5 Forester, you must meet the basic entry requirements.
In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.
Specialized Experience for the GS-7 Forester: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in forestry related work. Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples: experience which provided knowledge of basic forest management concepts, principles and practices as well as related laws, regulation and policies sufficient to complete developmental assignments that expanded the employee’s understanding of forest planning and timber sale preparation and development and design of projects for a forest management program; OR have 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in forestry or a directly related field; OR meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.
Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Forester: 1 year of specialized equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in forestry related work. At this level, Foresters independently perform recurring assignments at are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate. Examples: experience which provided knowledge of forest management principles and practices as well as related laws, regulation and policies sufficient to serve as a member of a forest planning and timber sale preparation team and/or as a member of an interdisciplinary team developing and designing projects for a forest management program; OR 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of forestry or directly related fields of study; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year of may be combined with experience.
DEU: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Basic Requirement: This position has a basic education requirement which requires that applicants have a degree in forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry.
The curriculum must have included courses in each of the following areas: (1) Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management; (2) Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology; and (3) Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.
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, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position: (1) Knowledge of forest management principles and practices including forest ecology, silviculture, forest mensuration, product appraisal practices, slash treatment, prescribed fire, forest road engineering, logging system engineering and timber harvest practices; (2) Knowledge of related laws, regulations, policies and procedures sufficient to design sound forest management activities and to prepare detailed and legally exacting contracts; (3) Knowledge of applicable Federal and State laws, regulations and policies that pertain to the implementation of forest management activities e.g., NEPA, Endangered Species Act, State Forest Practices Act, State Fire Regulations, OHSAH and State Safety Standards; (4) Ability to use automated systems such as GIS and AutoCad as well as data recording devices such as GPS and Data Recorders; and (5) Ability to work with diverse groups of people including members of the general public, tribes, other Federal, state and local agencies and representatives from other offices. To preview questions please click here.