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Forest Service Forester (Silviculture) in United States


Two positions will be filled in the Northern Region, one on the Custer Gallatin National Forest and one on the Lolo National Forest. These position will serve as the zone Silviculturist responsible for outyear vegetation project planning, developing and authorizing silviculture prescriptions, overseeing the reforestation/tree improvement program. For more information about the duties and locations on these positions, please see "Additional Information".


Develop, plan, and apply silvicultural methods and practices.

Analyze forest areas to determine which areas require short- or long-range cultural treatment.

Develop plans for application of silvicultural methods and practices in projects.

Discuss alternatives for treatment of vegetation with specialists to coordinate the needs of the land management plan.

Meet with parties from outside the agency to share proposed or potential land management practices to achieve objectives.

Write planning documents to identify and explain the basis for silvicultural decisions.

Write draft language for silvicultural proposals based on decisions given by manager.

Write reports that summarize vegetation field data.

This position supervises less than 25% of the time providing technical and administrative supervision to subordinate employees.


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. 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 necessary. Basic Requirement: Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in 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. OR 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below. For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). All examples of specialized experience listed must be met: Performing vegetation management projects, including timber management, harvesting, reforestation, stand and tree improvement or fuels management. Analyzing technical issues to provide advice, guidance and direction about forestry resource management policies and practices. Reviewing or developing plans for programs or projects or recommended short-range plans for a component of a forestry resource management program. 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 above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.

Additional Information

Custer Gallatin National Forest - East Zone Silviculturist Duty location: Billings, MT Contact: DeWayne Thornburgh at 406-255-1429 or Travel Requirements: Position services three eastern districts on the Forest with the farthest up to 6 hours from the duty location. Overnight travel is expected during planting season, project ground survey, and stand diagnostic work. Lolo National Forest - West Zone Silviculturist Duty Location: Superior, MT Contact: Carole Johnson at 406-822-3928 or Travel Requirements: Position regularly travels between Superior, Plains, and Thompson Falls for field work, training, and meetings. There will be occasional travel to other locations on the Forest. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of job offered. 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 This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.