Job opening: Forester
Salary: $86 962 - 113 047 per year
Published at: Jan 24 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the BLM Oregon/Washington State Office. The primary purpose is to support the Forest Resources Section by analyzing policy issues related to a wide variety of forest ecosystems and management contexts, to include producing reports, briefings, directives, and informational materials on these issues, and guiding the development of new or improved data systems for managing forest ecosystems and forest products.
Major duties include, but are not limited to:
Developing policy, providing assistance and guidance to staff implementing the forestry program, informing the development of forestry information technology (IT) systems, and training staff on how to use these IT systems.
Developing BLM OR/WA policy by analyzing data and practices to inform policy changes; and preparing drafts or updating policy documents such as manuals, handbooks, or other directives.
Assisting field staff with multi-faceted forest management issues by interpreting policy and providing suggestions for resolving problems, to include implementing state-wide efforts.
Developing and maintaining several IT systems to improve the quality and efficiency of the forestry programs.
Providing subject matter expertise to ensure IT systems meet forestry program needs and providing training and user support to field personnel of these IT systems.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. When using education, a copy of your unofficial or official transcripts must be provided with your application.
Basic Requirement, 0460 Series:
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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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.
Minimum Qualification Requirement, GS-12: In addition to meeting at least one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must also have specialized experience to meet the minimum qualifications described below for the GS-12 grade level:
Specialized Experience: Have one full year of specialized experience, comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) Analyzing forest management issues to provide recommendations; (2) Using IT systems to resolve forest management problems; and (3) Managing databases and using software applications to summarize data and produce reports on forest resources.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
VEOA candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4
- 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]