Forester (Direct Hire)
Company: Department Of Agriculture
Posted on: June 6, 2021
This vacancy will be filled using the Office of Personnel
Management's Direct-Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and
traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to
positions filled under this announcement. For more information on
OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit: Direct
Hire Authority (opm.gov)
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- Provides technical assistance to staff for conducting resource
assessments and the development of conservation planning
alternatives on woodlands, utilizing guidance in applicable NRCS
handbooks and the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG).
- Monitors programs and policies of Federal and state agencies on
forestland use and management, including applicable Federal, State,
and local laws and regulations to inform supervisor of potential
conflicts or opportunities for collaboration.
- Conducts resource inventories, obtains planning information,
identifies conservation opportunities, and assists in developing
conservation plans and contracts consistent with land use needs and
- Utilizes NRCS computer tools such as ArcGIS, and Progress
Reporting System to document plans and their implementation.
- Contacts natural resource agencies (State Department of Natural
Resources, forestry contractors, consultants, conservation
districts, etc.) to formulate conservation plans related to
woodland planning and installation of forestry related
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a US Citizen or US National.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service
registered or exempt.
- Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period.
- Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees
are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to
their financial institution.
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
- This position requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a
valid state driver's license.
Basic Requirements :
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
- 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
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 in A above, plus appropriate
experience or additional education.
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants
must meet the following Minimum Qualification requirement to be
considered for the following grade levels:
For the GS-07 grade level:
For the GS-09 grade level
- Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-09 grade level,
you must possess at least one year specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in the Federal service (or
private sector equivalent). For this position, examples of
specialized experience include: planning and implementing forest
land management actions on private lands; utilizing forest
resources and environmental compliance in order to implement
conservation plans and programs.
- OR Education Substitution: 2 or more years of progressively
higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or
equivalent graduate degree in forestry or a directly related
- OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of
graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be
used to qualify for this position. This combination must have
equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to
successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of
experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in
OPM Qualifications policy.
Experience Note: 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.
(NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts. Failure to
submit transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.)
You must submit a copy of your transcripts to include course
number, title, completion and grade. 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.
If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special
topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course
title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or
detailed course description from the university/college for that
particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated.
Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely
on the information submitted for each particular vacancy
announcement. Important: If you are using foreign education to meet
qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign
Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for
that education. Click on this link for more information. Failure to
provide all of the required documents/information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
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