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.

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service ( Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

This position is temporary and has 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.

This position is established to perform presale duties including timber marking, traversing, and basic tree measurements.

These positions are located in Region 6 on the Ochoco National Forest in Prineville OR.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact, Rebecca Case, PH: 541 416-6637, eMail: OR Cathy Lund, PH: 541 416-6451, eMail:

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: 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.

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.


Selects and marks individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silvicultural prescriptions, and specific instruction.

For 3-p sampling, estimates individual tree volume by established methods.

Traverses harvest units, processes information and produces maps. Designates sale area and cutting unit boundaries on the ground.

Interprets Aerial Photos and locates ground features.

For timber cruising, serves as tally person and may operate electronic field data recorders. Assists in the measure of limiting distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures. Timber cruising is done under the direct supervision of a qualified timber cruiser.

Observes and reports areas of possible archeological significance, and sightings of sensitive, threatened or endangered wildlife species.

Participates in other aspects of resource management support work such as recreation, maintenance, silviculture, tree planting, etc.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Per Work Assignment

Relocation Authorized

  • No