U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

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Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0166
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Supervisory Forester
Open Period:
08/15/2016 - 08/26/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0460 12
Salary:
USD $71,012 - USD $92,316
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Medford, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Kelly Coleman
503-9808-6455
k1colema@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.



For information about the Medford District visit our website.

For information about the Medford and Rogue Valley area, visit their website.

Physical Demands:  Extended periods of time spent sitting in the office; regular work outdoors to plan, monitor and assess field operations involves walking in steep terrain through stands of timber, heavy shrub cover and logging slash.  Assignments require driving motor vehicles on narrow winding mountain roads often during adverse weather/visibility conditions. 
Work Environment:  Principle work environment is within an office, the field location is in the Siskiyou, Cascades and Klamath mountains of southern Oregon. 
Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.

Duties

This position serves as the Supervisory Forester in the Butte Falls Field Office of the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The position is under the direction of the Field Manager.  The incumbent serves as the key technical advisor to the Field Office staff and Field Manager on resource issues related to Forest Management.  The incumbent supervises and provides managerial leadership and direction to professional and technical forestry specialists and performs administrative duties in support of the forest resource management program. 

The Supervisory Forester provides technical assistance to field office foresters and forestry technicians, developing and tracking forestry related activities and budgets and identifying educational and training needs to maintain high quality forestry staff employees.  The incumbent ensures that forest management activities are consistent with the Resource Management Plan and Record of Decision.  The incumbent is an integral part of the field office leadership team interacting regularly with the Field Manager and other supervisory personnel.

Primary duties include directing the work and supervising 10-20 employees including establishing priorities, setting deadlines and reviewing work.  Incumbent is responsible for the overall coordination of all aspects of the forest management program including such things as preparation of an annual timber sale plan, out-year planning, co-lead for forest management NEPA document preparation, silvicultural prescriptions, contract administration, timber cruising, special forest products, logging systems and layout.  Duties also include providing guidance and technical expertise to other field offices and divisions, interpreting and implementing State Office instructions and policy and actively promoting teamwork within and between workgroups and disciplines.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Summary of Requirements: You must meet all requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of the announcement.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1.  Professional knowledge of forest ecology and  concepts and practices of intensive forest management in order to independently plan, develop and oversee the various aspects of the resource area's forestry program.  Specific knowledge must include: logging systems and practices, harvest methodologies, logging road location and design, stand exams and forest inventories, silvicultural practices, prescriptions and site preparation; young stand management and special forest products.

    2.  Knowledge of the related biological and physical sciences and their ecological interactions within a forest ecosystem and an understanding of the forest plant communities and their response to various levels of disturbance. 

    3.  Knowledge of supervisory principles, techniques and leadership skills in order to effectively motivate train and develop a large group of subordinates.

    4.  Ability to build a team within the work group.

    5.  Ability to coordinate workload needs and annual work plan objectives, budget needs and organization of multiple tasks and responsibilities.

    Qualifications:
    Basic requirement is a bachelor's degree 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.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirements you must also meet the following Specialized Experience Requirements:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.   Examples:  Using professional knowledge of forest ecology and the concepts and practices of intensive forest management, which included logging systems and practices; harvest methods; logging road location and design; stand exams and forest inventories; silvicultural prescriptions, site preparation, young stand management, special forest products, an understanding of the related biological and physical sciences and their ecological interactions within a forest ecosystem; and an understanding of forest plant communities and their response to various levels of disturbance.

    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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. 

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement OR Merit-2016-0343 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office k1colema@blm.gov or 503-808-6455.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. 

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. 

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. 

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. 

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.