U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
$41,365.00 to $65,778.00
Open & closing dates
$41,365 to $65,778 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 07 - 09
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. Other relocation benefits may be negotiated with selectee.
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Internal to an agency
This job is open to current employees of this agency.
Who may apply: Permanent Forest Service agency employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ ICTAP, reinstatement, and VRA eligibles; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; certain Military Spouses; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities.
The position is located on the Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District in Chester, CA. For further information about the duties of this position contact Laura Corral at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-258-5156
This position is established on a Forest Service Ranger District where the incumbent serves as an assistant to the Natural Resources Team Leader, who has assigned responsibility for the Ranger District’s Special Forest Products and Small Sales programs.
Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Example: The selecting official may select at any grade to include the full performance level of the position. However, not all positions will be filled at the highest grade level.
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Duties listed are at the full performance level:
Assists with program management of the Special Forest Products and Small Sales programs.
Develops, plans and recommends an annual program, including annual and five-year plans, for special forest products, small sales of timber products and for free use of forest products. These include commercial thinning, timber settlement, timber trespass, cull logs, mushrooms, Christmas trees, boughs, firewood, post and poles, greenery, shrubs, bear grass, transplants and small timber sales.
Obtains and maintains Forest Protection Officer (FPO) certification. Analyzes market conditions and environmental conditions in areas of forest products to develop new ways of marketing commercial miscellaneous forest products sales.
Determines method of sale and special sale requirements such as erosion control measures, slash disposal, sale area betterment, resource protection measures, road maintenance, contract clauses, consults necessary specialists and assembles contract packages for special forest products. Conducts competitive auctions, negotiates sales and awards on contracts within delegated authority and is an authorized collection officer.
Administers, or supervises the administration of small sale permits, personal use, and free use programs.
Coordinates small sales program with management of other district resources.
Coordinates the sale of forest products permits through contract vendors.
Public information representative of the Forest Service and its resource management programs of silviculture, fuels, fisheries, soils, recreation and timber.
Makes recommendations for silvicultural prescriptions to treat or salvage timber through small sales. Writes and develops new commercial contracts for the sale of forest products program.
Participates in the interdisciplinary team process for planning special forest products and small sales treatments.
Occasional travel - May be required to attend training and meetings.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Permanent Forest Service agency employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ ICTAP, reinstatement, and VRA eligibles; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; certain Military Spouses; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities.
Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.
Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period
No additional requirements
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Monitored and inspected timber sale operations having common contract requirements and conditions. Performed inspection of timber sale areas for compliance with standard contract clauses governing location and construction of non-system roads, fire prevention, personal safety precautions, and cutting provisions. Prepared written reports of sale inspections and made follow-ups on deficiencies. Recommended acceptance of the contract for closure.
For the GS-8 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisted a professional forester in the planning, preparation and administration of the timber sales operations having conventional contract requirements and conditions. Planned or performed field unit layout and marking or other designation of commercial small sales and personal or commercial special forest product sales. Cruised timber estimating volume, defect and quality of timber in a given area. Measures and defects timber on the ground using maps and a written cruise plan provided by an advanced cruiser that explains sampling intensity, plot locations, type of cruise and any special instructions.
For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-8); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as forestry, range management, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisted with program management of the Special Forest Products and Small Sales programs. Assisted in the planning of an annual program for special forest products, small sales of timber products and for free use of forest products. Coordinated products permit system. Selected cutting areas for firewood program (includes free, personal, and commercial uses). Planned the field reconnaissance to collect data and appraise the products. Assisted in the development of budgets for special forest products and small sales. Monitored the sale of forest products.
Selective Placement Factor: Ability to become a Forest Protection Officer. FPO candidates should be disqualified if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
Criminal records consisting of a felony or serious misdemeanor conviction(s).
A showing of a current drug or alcohol dependency.
A finding of current mental or emotional instability.
Any known criminal or non-criminal activity that would have the potential to prejudice courtroom testimony.
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.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
See Qualification Section for Education Requirements
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):
To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
This position is eligible for telework on an adhoc basis.
For more information on applying under special hiring authorities
such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses and Schedule A Disabled may be found on the USAJOBS website
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
(LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
Government housing is not available.
This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
Knowledge of standard forestry practices, methods and techniques.
Knowledge of timber sale contract and special forest product permit administration.
Ability to manage and schedule projects.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the Apply button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=EC332762-0B80-45CD-8276-A88100C18885
Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations
that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
Current and former permanent Forest Service employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; AND Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals).
Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service
If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits
The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin, click Apply Online and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
Please view Tips for Applicants
– a guide to the Forest Service application process.
Agency contact information
HRM Contact Center
877-372-7248, option 2
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
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Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account
to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Website : http://www.fs.fed.us/
we are a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. We have an elite wildland firefighting team and the world’s largest forestry research organization. Our experts provide technical and financial help to state and local government agencies, businesses, private landowners and work government-to-government with tribes to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands. We augment our work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help us plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces and rural areas, just to name a few. Our team also promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service: "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run." Meet the Forest Service Our Organization What we believe Our numbers Our history Strategic Plan