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Overview

This job is open to the public.  Duties listed are at the full performance level, GS-5; Duties include identifying local tree species and common characteristics important to selection of harvest trees.  Follow instructions issued in a timber cruise plan.  Conduct sample measurements of forest stands to estimate the amount of standing timber.  Apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.  Lay out and post boundaries with survey stakes or tape.  Report storm damage, pest infestation, and illegal logging to supervisor.  Use standard forest measurement tools such as diameter tape, tree calipers, clinometer, angle gauge, prism, compass, and increment borer.  Determine area of timber resources by traversing harvest unit boundaries and road locations.  Log or write down details such as measurements, dates, conditions on a timely basis for others who need to act on the data.  Complete assigned resource management support tasks within established deadlines. Assess quality and determine defects in timber.  Prepare, process, and interpret reports of timber cruise data using a computerized system.

For additional information about the duties of the positions, please contact Roberto Beltran at 530-493-1712 or roberto.beltran@usda.gov.

Additional Application:

Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-04 level: You must have six months of general experience (performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding/tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; worked in a greenhouse, nursery or landscaping, e.g., planting, moving, watering, and tending plants; worked as an animal caretaker in a laboratory, zoo or pet store; other work experience, paid or unpaid, e.g., volunteer work at a park, youth camp, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc.) AND six months of specialized experience that is directly related to the work of the position; Examples of specialized experience are: Performed natural resource support work, forestry, range, park technician, wildland firefighter, or similar jobs; performed routine support assignments in a forestry specialty area, wilderness, timber, or fire prevention/control. OR successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable); OR an appropriate combination of experience and education above high school as described above. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university and include courses that are related to the occupation of the position. For the GS-05 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level; Examples of specialized experience are: Performed crew based forestry related support work such as selecting and marking individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silviculture prescriptions, and specific instruction and/or assisted in the measurement of limiting distances, tree diameter, tree height, estimation of defect and quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures. OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable); OR combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. 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.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 15
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 23

    About United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Klamath National Forest

    The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages and cares for more than 193 million acres of our Nation’s forests and grasslands.  Working for the Forest Service means protecting the fresh water millions of Americans drink, managing the country’s renewable resources, and sustaining the beauty of America’s landscapes. Work for the Forest Service and leave your legacy on nature for future generations.

    Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grassland to meet the needs of our present and future generations.