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.

Positions are located on the Lassen National Forest, Eagle Lake Ranger District, duty location Susanville, CA and Hat Creek Ranger District, duty location Fall River Mills, CA.

For additional information about the duties for the Eagle Lake Ranger District position, please contact Susan Wilcox at 530-252-5808 and for Hat Creek Ranger District position please contact Greg Mayer at 530-336-5521 and

Forester (Presale/Administration) position is responsible for the completion of preparations required prior to offering timber for sale.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-050600-11386/11921G-GH. 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.


 Duties listed are at the full performance level:

  • Reviews, compiles, and analyzes field data.
  • Evaluates and analyzes project sale information and conducts preliminary field reconnaissance.
  • Assembles and reviews the timber sale contract package.
  • Evaluates and analyzes the project sale folder information and conducts a preliminary field reconnaissance.
  • Arranges for interviews of prospective purchasers and explains contract clauses, road development, and cutting practices.
  • Completes environmental assessment reports and environmental impact statements.
  • Prepares and ensures quality of documentation and records acceptable for final appraisal, sale contract, and subsequent timber management activities.