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Job Title:SUPERVISORY FORESTER, GS-0460-15

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CO-14-09

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$125,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to Friday, February 21, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0460-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

DEPARTMENT-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

SUPERVISORY FORESTER, GS-0460-15,

#4400001A, Office of Trust Services,

Division of Forestry and Wildland Fire Management,

Washington, D.C.

 

GS-15:  $124,995 - $157,100 Per Annum

 

NOTE: DUE TO THE URGENCY IN FILLING THIS POSITION, THE LENGTH OF ADVERTISEMENT HAS BEEN SHORTENED.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

 

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

 

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:  Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP.  The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment. 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • OCCASIONAL TRAVEL MAY BE REQUIRED.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.

DUTIES:

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NOTE: This is a supervisory position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Incumbent addresses all issues of policy, guidance, and internal and external coordination for all trust resource programs related to Forestry, Wildland Fire and Aviation Management.

Develops national policies, standard guides and instructions covering all phases of work involved in the mangement of Indian and Alaska Native forest resources.

Evaluates policy and program effectiveness of operations for the purpose of adjusting programs to avilable funds and conformance to Bureau policies, standards, and procedures.

Reviews and prepares narrative budget justifications to include statistical information and other data and reports in support of the program.

Oversees contract administration necessary to accomplish forestry activities.

Develops and finalizes responses to legislative proposals relating to the management of Indian forest resources.

Serves as staffing specialist and expert consultant regarding Forest Development and Timber Sales.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0460).

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:

 

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. NOTE: The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas: Management of Renewable Resources (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); 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); or 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).  (Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education) OR

 

B.  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 shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. NOTE: The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.  (Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education).


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:


GS-15:  1 year budget related specialized experience equivalent to GS-14. This experience includes providing independent management direction and oversight of a forestry program, including strategic and tactical work plan formulation and project management; budget formulation and management; independent development of complex reports, management plans, policy documents, manuals, handbooks, and other documents; employee development and supervision; familiarity with federal personnel, financial management, and budget computer systems; familiarity with forest inventory systems and software; and experience in managing teams working on timber sales, forest development, wildfire preparedness, fuels management, fire prevention, and other natural resource projects in a complex technical, political and social environment.  These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

 


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

 

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evalution upon request.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

 

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Dept of Ed.

 

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE IN ALL AREAS OF FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES

  • MANAGEMENT OF FOREST RESOURCES
     
  • BUDGET MANAGEMENT
     
  • TECHNICAL COMPETENCE
     

 

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

 


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

 

To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

 

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1049974, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Friday, February 21, 2014.

 

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience and education.
  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted.
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

JENNY R. VASQUEZ
Phone: (405)247-1546
Email: JENNY.VASQUEZ@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

CO-14-09

Control Number:

361592000