Job Overview

Summary

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.

These positions are temporary and have a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

The incumbents serve as a technician to forestry research scientists at one of the several field or laboratory facilities of Research Station.

These positions are for one or more locations for the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) in Flagstaff AZ, Prescott AZ, Show Low AZ, Gunnison CO, Challis ID, Coeur d`Alene ID, Driggs ID, Grangeville ID, McCall ID, Salmon ID, Sandpoint ID, Bozeman MT, Dillon MT, Eureka MT, Kalispell MT, Missoula MT, Gallup NM, Carson City NV, Ely NV, Cedar City UT, Moab UT, Ogden UT, Richfield UT.

The incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of recurring and complex duties in support of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. FIA is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forestland and other related renewable resources of the United States. Inventory data are widely used by industrial leaders, forest managers, and government agencies in making policy decisions and conducting independent research. The mission of the RMRS FIA data collection team is to collect high quality data on plots in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming and to work with other FIA units to ensure the quality completeness and usefulness of inventory data.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact, Bob Rhoads at 801-625-5685, brhoads@fs.fed.us or Maryfaith Snyder, 801-625-5724, msnyder@fs.fed.us

Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).

Positions will be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months.

Hourly wage as shown is Rest of U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/

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.

Duties

Incumbent independently performs technical duties in support of professional scientists conducting research projects in one or another of the fields of timber, recreation, wildlife, watershed, forest management, or forest fire research. A combination of two or more of the following duties are typical of those performed by the incumbent.

Sets up laboratory equipment for making a variety of scientific measurements and observations of sample materials gathered from experimental field plots.

Analyzes experimental data gathered in the lab by performing statistical manipulations on the data leading to basic conclusions and inferences,and accurately summarizes data.

Locates study areas and study plots in the field according to requirements of a study plan or instructions of supervisor.

Sets up standard equipment for performing any of a variety of field studies; compiles data from field and laboratory observations; analyzes data; and completes and documents data sheets.

Observes, measures, and records a variety of scientific phenomena that affect forest, range, or watershed conditions. Gathers data on such things as temperature, humidity, soil characteristics, precipitation, growth and mortality, cover types, species diameters, height and age of trees,shrub and ground cover vegetation characteristics, and amount and type of recreational use.

Operates scientific or precision instruments, calculating machines, and laboratory apparatus as required.

Assists in developing and adapting sensing and recording instrumentation and in establishing and calibrating instruments for specific experiments.

Maintains and makes minor modifications to sensing and recording instruments.

Uses computers, calculators, recorders and other equipment to assist in compiling and reducing data from laboratory and/or field studies.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • Per Work Assignment

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    MANY vacancies in the following locations

    • Flagstaff, AZ
    • Prescott, AZ
    • Show Low, AZ
    • Gunnison, CO
    • Challis, ID
    • Coeur d'Alene, ID
    • Driggs, ID
    • Grangeville, ID
    • McCall, ID
    • Salmon, ID
    • Sandpoint, ID
    • Bozeman, MT
    • Dillon, MT
    • Eureka, MT
    • Kalispell, MT
    • Missoula, MT
    • Gallup, NM
    • Carson City, NV
    • Ely, NV
    • Cedar City, UT
    • Moab, UT
    • Ogden, UT
    • Richfield, UT