The primary purpose of these positions are to perform presale
duties including timber cruising, and timber marking in Region
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- Responsibilities listed are at the full performance level.
- Follow instructions issued in a timber cruise plan.
- Conduct sample measurements of forest stands to estimate the
amount of standing timber.
- Use standard forest measurement tools such as diameter tape,
tree calipers, clinometer, angle gauge, prism, compass, and
- Determine area of timber resources by traversing harvest unit
boundaries and road locations.
- Assess quality and determine defects in timber.
- Complete assigned resource management support tasks within
- Prepare, process, and interpret reports of timber cruise data
using a computerized system.
- Apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to
designate harvest timber.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for field
work, site visits, training and/or meetings.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective
Service or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background
investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
- Positions may be filled as career ladders (GS-04/05), or may be
filled at (GS-04) level only, or may be filled at the full
performance (GS-05) level only, dependent upon the individual
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and
qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of
the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for
this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General
Schedule Qualification Standards.
Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess
the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for
qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as
For the GS-04: Applicants must have six (6) months of general
experience AND six months of specialized experience that is
directly related to the work of the position; OR successful
completion of two (2) years of study that included at least 12
semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry,
agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or
conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil
science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and
oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest
engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 3 semester
hours in mathematics is creditable); OR an appropriate combination
of experience and education above high school as described above.
The education must have been obtained in an accredited business,
secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or
university and include courses that are related to the occupation
of the position.
General experience is defined as one or more of the following:
Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or
general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a
greenhouse, nursery or landscaping, e.g., planting, moving,
watering, and tending plants; worked as an animal caretaker in a
laboratory, zoo or pet store; other work experience, paid or
unpaid, e.g., volunteer work at a park, youth camp, hospital,
community sports league, local fire department, etc.).
Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the
following: Perform natural resource support work, forestry, range,
park technician, wildland firefighter, or similar jobs; perform
routine support assignments in a forestry specialty area,
wilderness, timber, or fire prevention/control.
For the GS-05: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least GS-04 level in federal service;
OR a bachelor's degree or four (4) years of successfully completed
education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with
major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a
subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that
included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses
such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range
management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed
management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation
management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science
(no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable); OR
combinations of successfully completed post-high school education
(in excess of the first 60 semester) and specialized experience.
The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or
Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the
following: Perform crew based forestry related support work such as
selecting and marking individual trees for harvest using well
defined marking guidelines, silviculture prescriptions, and
specific instruction and/or assist in the measurement of limiting
distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and
quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This job does not have an education qualification