Job opening: Forester
Salary: $39 576 - 83 854 per year
Published at: Jan 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position serves as a Forester in a BLM office, typically at the District/Field office or equivalent organizational level. Work assignments include supporting to leading forestry related task from timber sale to silviculture stand management and related tasks such a NEPA and procurement.
Duty locations are:
North Bend, Oregon - Coos Bay District
Roseburg, Oregon - Roseburg District
Salem, Oregon - Northwest Oregon District
Tillamook, Oregon - Tillamook Field Office
As the Forester in this position, you will:
Salary Ranges for North Bend, Roseburg, and Tillamook Oregon:
GS-05 : $39,576 - $51,446
GS-07 : $49,025 - $63,733
GS-09 : $59,966 - $77,955
Salary Ranges for Salem, Oregon:
GS-05 : $42,571 - $55,339
GS-07 : $52,734 - $68,556
GS-09 : $64,504 - $83,854
At the GS-05 level : This position is a trainee and will develop skills in conducting timber sale layout and learning to perform tasks associated with road layout, logging systems, sale planning and layout. The employee works with team members in the technical aspects of logging systems, forest engineering, forest management planning, and documentation of NEPA compliance. As a trainee, the individual learns the technical aspects of road layout in support of harvest activities, and learns to prepare viable and acceptable logging and harvest plans. In addition, the individual is taught to identify forest management activities on specific forest land tracts, and is trained to maintain and edit a variety of geospatial data
At the GS-07 level : At this grade level the advanced trainee is continuing to develop skills and performs progressively more complicated tasks associated with road layout, logging systems, sale planning and layout, interdisciplinary (ID) team/EA work and assisting in the development of long-range forest management plans. The employee works with team members in the technical aspects of logging systems, forest engineering, forest management planning, and documentation of NEPA compliance. As a trainee, the individual learns the technical aspects of road layout in support of harvest activities, and learns to prepare viable and acceptable logging and harvest plans. In addition, the individual may serve as a member of an ID team that develops and designs projects for the forest management program, is taught to identify forest management activities on specific forest land tracts, and is trained to maintain and edit a variety of geospatial data.
At the GS-09 level : The forester will serve as a work group member for the District/Field Office's forest planning and timber sale preparation team. The individual performs work with road layout, logging systems, sale planning and layout, interdisciplinary (ID) team/EA work, and long-range forest management plans. The incumbent will work with team members in the technical aspects of forest engineering particularly road layout, logging systems, forest management planning and documentation of NEPA compliance. The individual will apply a full range of forestry development and treatment principles to routine field work and will work with a variety of resource specialists. The position will primarily prepare viable and acceptable road layout packages as part of the timber sale contract. In addition, the individual may prepare logging and harvest plans, serve as a member of ID teams that develops and designs projects for the forest management program, maintain and edit a variety of geospatial data, and compile statistic and budgeting information.
Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- May be required to complete background investigation.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
- Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents) prior to the closing date of this announcement.
- You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
- If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- Status applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements.
- You may be required to occasionally travel overnight away from home. You must be eligible to obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
- Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
In order to qualify, you must meet BOTH the Basic and Additional qualification requirements for at least one grade level described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT for the 0460 series:
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 the following major field of study and specific course requirements as stated below:
A. 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 was in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:
Management of Renewable Resources -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
B. 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.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GRADE: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:
There is no Specialized Experience Requirement for this series at this grade level. You must meet the Basic Qualification Requirement as stated above. NOTE: Applicants must submit a copy of transcripts.
A. Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following in a developmental capacity: (1) assisting with the development or implementation of forest management plans such as timber sale planning, logging system, reforestation, timber stand improvement, or landscape forestry; (2) preparing/analyzing logging and harvest plans, silvicultural treatments, or timber sale contracts to ensure compliance; and (3) interacting with various groups of people to investigate, exchange, or report information related to forest programs.
Education: Have successfully completed 1 full year of graduate level education. This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. NOTE: Applicants must submit a copy of transcripts.
Meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement by earning a bachelor's degree with at least one of the following (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA or higher for required courses completed in a major field of study during junior and senior year of a 4-year college or university; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college, such as the College of Liberal Arts, based on completed courses; or (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies. In order to be creditable under this provision, superior academic achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position being filled. NOTE: Applicants must submit a copy of transcripts.
Combination education and experience: Successfully completed a combination of education and experience as described above that, when converted to percentages, equal at least 100% of the total requirement. Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
A. Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) preparing and/or implementing timber sale or silvicultural service contracts; (2) executing long range forest management plans such as logging systems, road layout, harvesting, and tree improvement; (3) developing forest management plans such as: forest inventory analysis, environmental assessments, or forest history reports; and (4) preparing data, briefings, or trainings to explain and exchange forest management information.
Education: Have 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in the basic requirements. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education).
Combination education and experience: Have successfully completed a combination of education and experience as described above that, when converted to percentages, equal at least 100% of the total requirement. When combining education with experience, first determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify this grade level. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts as proof of any claimed education.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible.
One year at the GS-05 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-07 level.
One year at the GS-07 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-09 level.
(Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Volunteer Experience: 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.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution
with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities
to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
- Address BLM Oregon State Office
BLM Oregon State Office, OR-953
1220 SW Third
Portland, OR 97204
- Name: San Antonio Services Branch
- Phone: 816-541-8101
- Email: [email protected]