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    These positions are located with the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW), Portland Forestry Sciences Laboratory (PFSL). Actual duty station locations are numerous and are located throughout Washington, Oregon and California. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of recurring and complex duties in support of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program.

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    Works with a team of technicians and professionals to collect natural resources data from field sites and aerial imagery. Assists in locating field sites using aerial photographs, GPS and topographic maps.

    Collects a variety of data including forestry, botanical, and geographic measurements according to nationally standardized protocol and field procedures. The incumbent obtains data on: tree growth and mortality; forest type, stand size and stand age; anthropogenic treatments and/or natural disturbances; insects and disease; soil attributes; and understory vegetation composition.

    Assists in protocol interpretation when assessing complex or unusual situations. Uses resources such as botanical keys or plant association guides to identify plants and site conditions encountered. Records all measurements utilizing a portable data recorder; completes accurate and concise plot summaries. Independently edits and loads plot data on a regular basis. Actively participates in the safety program, assisting in identifying hazards and mitigating actions.

    Travels by vehicle, helicopter, stock, small boat, or other means as necessary to access field sites. Assists with preparation for field work including reviewing historical plot data, researching and recording ownership information and contacting landowners and managers.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - Position(s) may involve work away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

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