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

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2016-0201
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Forester (O & C Lands)
Open Period:
09/22/2016 - 10/06/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0460 07/09
Salary:
(USD) $40,033 - (USD) $63,654
Promotion Potential:
GS-09
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Eugene, OR, US
For More Info:
Phyllis Barney
503-375-5666
pbarney@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Duration Appointment:
These are permanent positions.
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 Eugene District visit our website

For information about the city of Eugene, Oregon, visit the City of Eugene website.

Physical Demands:  Some the work of the position is performed in an office however, there is also considerable field involved the performance this work. Field work requires long periods of time walking over steep and rough terrain, extremely dense brush, logging slash and tree covered terrain, often wet or occasionally covered with snow. 

Work Environment:  The work of this position is sometimes performed in an office setting with adequate lighting and temperatures. However, much of the work is performed outdoors. Exposure to extremes of hot, cold, rainy or snowy weather is common.  The position requires operation of motor vehicles on narrow mountainous roads as necessary to get to and from job locations in the field. Protective gear is necessary for field work.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

These positions serve as foresters in the Northwest Oregon District Office, and will be assigned to either the Siuslaw or Upper Willamette Field Offices. The individuals will perform a variety of less complex assignments in the forestry program functional area involving conventional or well precedented assignments. The purpose of the positions is to work in the myriad of work functions within the Field Office’s forestry program. These functions include the following: Work involving forest landscapes, forest and woodland sale planning, forest product sales and administration, reforestation, forest stand improvements, contract writing and logging system delineation.  The incumbent plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination of appropriate staff to accomplish the work.  

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Basic Requirement:  This position has a basic education requirement which requires that applicants have a 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 included courses in each of the following areas:  (1) 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; (2) 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; and (3) 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is 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, your 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) Knowledge of forest management principles and practices including forest ecology, silviculture, forest mensuration, product appraisal practices, slash treatment, prescribed fire, forest road engineering, logging system engineering and timber harvest practices; (2) Knowledge of related laws, regulations, policies and procedures sufficient to design sound forest management activities and to prepare detailed and legally exacting contracts; (3) Knowledge of applicable Federal and State laws, regulations and policies that pertain to the implementation of forest management activities e.g., NEPA, Endangered Species Act, State Forest Practices Act, State Fire Regulations, OHSAH and State Safety Standards; (4) Ability to use automated systems such as GIS and AutoCad as well as data recording devices such as GPS and Data Recorders; and (5) Ability to work with diverse groups of people including members of the general public, tribes, other Federal, state and local agencies and representatives from other offices.
    Qualifications:
    In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.  Specialized Experience for the GS-7 Forester:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in forestry related work.  Work assignments were diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples:  experience which provided knowledge of basic forest management concepts, principles and practices as well as related laws, regulation and policies sufficient to complete developmental assignments that expanded the employee's understanding of forest planning and timber sale preparation and development and design of projects for a forest management program; OR have 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in forestry or a directly related field; OR meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    Specialized experience for the GS-09 Forester:   1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in forestry related work.  At this level, Foresters independently perform recurring assignments that are more difficult & complex than those performed by a recent graduate.  Examples:  experience which provided knowledge of forest management principles and practices as well as related laws, regulations and policies sufficient to serve as a member of a forest planning and timber sale preparation team and/or as a member of an interdisciplinary team developing and designing projects for a forest management program; OR 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in the field of forestry or directly related fields of study; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.  Only graduate level education in excess of the first year may be combined with 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.

    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:
    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.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    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-2016-0405 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 only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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

    This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    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 at 503-375-5666 or email pbarney@blm.gov.  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

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    What to Expect Next:
    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.