Forest Service Forester in Huger, South Carolina
This position is located on the Francis Marion Ranger District, on the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests, in Huger, South Carolina. This position is responsible for performing presale and sale administration duties in the timber management program. . For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Warren Tucker, at (843) 901-5493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monitor cruising and marking of timber in support of timber harvest activities .
Prepare general logging plans and logging system settings in support of timber harvest activities .
Identify sale boundaries, proper location of logging roads, acceptable marking and cutting methods, stumpage prices, and the requirements for brush disposal, erosion control, and stand improvement in accordance with agency directives .
Complete environmental assessment reports and environmental impact statements .
Prepare quality documentation such as detailed maps, advertisements, prospectus, and sample contracts in support of timber sale and harvest activities.
Prepare a summary of all records acceptable for final appraisal and sale contract preparation.
Conduct inspection of logging operation to ensure compliance with agency directives.
Ensure accountability of all product is removed to meet contract objectives.
Maintain a record of timber cut.
Evaluate the project sale folder information.
Arrange resources needed to complete the layout of sales.
Conditions of Employment
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. You must possess the qualifications requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. Basic Requirement: Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas: Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management. Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology. Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade(s) specified. Specialized Experience:
For the GS-07: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: Performing data collection on portions of timber stands to determine the accurate volume of merchantable timber, species composition, accessibility, and environmental constraints. The incumbent must have also collected multi-resource and special studies data to provide reliable statistics on timber volume, growth, removal, mortality, forest acreage and ownership.
1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement
An appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. For the GS-09: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: Leading and quality checking data collection on portions of timber stands to determine the accurate volume of merchantable timber, species composition, accessibility, and environmental constraints. Collecting data of classified ownership, forest type, stand size, stocking, cover class, and condition for accuracy. Assisting with training forest inventory personnel to follow established guidelines in order to obtain multi-resource information. Ensuring the validity of collected multi-resource and special studies data to provide reliable statistics on timber volume, growth, removal, mortality, forest acreage and ownership.
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. 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.
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. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies 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. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status such as leave without pay is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 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 neither implied or guaranteed. A recruitment or relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of job offer. Government Housing is not available. Daycare facilities are not available. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.