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    This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform 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, collecting forestry and forest health monitoring data on permanently established fixed radius plots. Assists in locating field sites using aerial photographs and topographic maps.
    • Collects 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 field manual interpretation when assessing complex or unusual situations. Uses botanical keys to identify plants encountered and assists in the collection and preservation of specimens.
    • Records all measurements utilizing a personal data recorder. Uploads and edits data on a daily basis. Completes accurate and concise plot summaries of all field visits.
    • Actively participates in the safety program, assisting in identifying hazards and mitigating actions. Travels by boat, small aircraft, and helicopter as necessary to access field sites.
    • Lives and works on a marine vessel for extended periods of time with limited personal space and continuous background noise from engines and generators.
    • This position has the duty of carrying a firearm, which is a safety precaution for field-going personnel due to the high number of brown bears in Alaska.
    • Incumbent shall attend shotgun training annually and any recertification necessary to maintain this skill. A background security check is required prior to appointment and on an ongoing basis after appointment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0462 Forestry Technician

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