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    This position is located on the Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District in Jonesboro, Illinois.

    For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Chad Deaton at 618-833-8576 or cdeaton@fs.fed.us.

    This position performs a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks working independently or serving as a work leader for a crew performing vegetation management, timber sale preparation and administration, and wildlife habitat management duties that include some heavy equipment operation such as mowing levees or building low earthen impoundments.

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    Duties described are at the full performance level.

    Timber:   Works as a team leader on a regular and recurring basis and prepares, develops, and executes timber cruises, including cruise design and sample surveys to develop resource information and estimate quality and quantity of timber for purpose of appraisal, sales administration, management planning, and logging plans; Interprets, explains, makes minor modifications and enforces timber sale contract provisions and Forest Service procedures, policies, and standards. Prepares written reports of all sale inspections and follows up on deficiencies; Interprets complex silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber; Lays out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction; Develops the schedule and work plans for monitoring and inspecting Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and reforestation activities; Performs reforestation, timber stand improvement and stocking surveys in accordance with established procedures to determine planting needs, need for site preparation, stand improvement, plantation conditions, and seedling survival.; 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; Serves as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), or inspector on specific contracts as assigned and/or supervises force account projects; Assists in preparation of recurring reports associated with the unit TSI and reforestation program.

    Wildlife: Works as a team leader for two GS-5’s on a regular and recurring basis applying an integrated resource approach to collaboratively achieve mutual goals and objectives for the unit’s wildlife project plans and program for habitat management; Performs a variety of complex and recurring duties in the assigned area. Schedules, organizes, and executes field wildlife projects for detecting, identifying and evaluating habitat management needs; Using prescribed procedures, the technician resolves complex administrative concerns related to the wildlife project plans for habitat management; Conducts inventories for big game, upland game, raptors, small mammals, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species of plants and animals; Assists with development of reports after higher graded employees have refined and verified the data and analyzed the results; Provides leadership efforts to control invasive species including the application of chemical pesticide.

    Equipment Operation: Operates one or more types of heavy equipment such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angle dozer blades, front end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments; Performs other duties such as boundary line maintenance, recreation management, road or trail clearing, and prescribed fire or fire control duties as they are assigned.

    Other Significant Facts: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. The incumbent will be required to obtain and maintain a valid commercial driver's license (CDL). The position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. The incumbent will be required to submit a urinalysis specimen at a designated medical facility, to screen for illegal drug use. These screenings are require prior to appointment and on a random basis post appointment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel for training and meetings.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

    Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

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