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.

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 being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement 13-04020004-4198G-GS. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

These positions are 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.

There are two (2) vacancies to be filled. Both vacancies are in Region 4, on the Boise National Forest.

One vacancy is on the Cascade Ranger District with a duty station of Cascade, Idaho. For additional information on the duties for this position please contact Mark Leis, 208-382-7437 or email

One vacancy is on the Emmett Ranger District with a duty station of Emmett, Idaho. For additional information on the duties for this position please contact John Riling, 208-365-7019 or email

This is a Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement) on a ranger district. The position will perform technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement.


Duties listed are at the full performance level of the GS-07. 

Performs Timber stand improvement surveys to determine stand conditions and the need for TSI treatments. Traverses project areas, determines acreage and drafts maps of those areas. Serves as COR or inspector on specific contracts as assigned and/or supervises force account projects. Ensures all provisions are enforced and proper measures are taken to protect or enhance values in accordance with contract objectives. Prepares and submits related inspection reports, checks for compliance on needed corrective actions, and recommends final acceptance of the contract upon completion. Perform surveys to determine degree and kind of animal and insect damage existing in assigned area. Assists in preparation of recurring reports associated with the unit TSI and reforestation program. Develops the schedule and work plans for monitoring and inspecting TSI and reforestation activities. Collects technical data needed to prescribe stand treatment; measurements include radial growth, basal area, site index, stand density, stand condition, etc. Based on field analysis, assists in preparation of the technical specifications for TSI, tree planting, brush release, or animal damage control contracts.