FORESTER, GS-0460-9/11


Vacancy ID: 750401   Announcement Number: MRO-12-21   USAJOBS Control Number: 326897300

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1. Title of Job

FORESTER, GS-0460-9/11


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (09-11) you will accept.


09
11

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Forester

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


550220003 Ashland, WI

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Are you submitting Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to claim Indian Preference? Note: You must include and upload your Form BIA-4432. As outlined in the vacancy announcement, this is the ONLY Indian Preference Verification Form that will be accepted.

A. Yes.

B. No.

2. Are you a veteran and submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Honorable Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veteran's Preference claimed? Note: You must include and upload your DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. or 10 pt. preference and Standard Form 15 including the required supporting documentation, if claiming 10 pt. preference.

A. Yes.

B. No.

3. Are you submitting your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify you are a current status employee or a former employee with Reinstatement eligibility? Note: You must include and upload your latest SF-50 to verify transfer or reinstatement eligibility.

A. Yes.

B. No.

4. Incumbent will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?

A. Yes, I certify that I possess a valid State Drivers License.

B. No, I do not possess a valid State Drivers License.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the résumé, and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.

You must meet the minimum basic education/experience requirement for Forestry Series, GS-0460.

5. Carefully read the following descriptions below, and select the one that best describes your education/experience. A copy of your college or university transcript(s) must be submitted with your application.

A. I 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 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.

B. I have a 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

C. I do not meet the basic requirements described above.

6. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for Forester, GS-0460-9. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select.

A. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include work involving timber sale preparation: delineation of stand boundaries and harvest operability; designation of timber for harvest; stand examination and timber cruising; preparation of documents relating to timber sale packages and other forestry matters.

B. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have successfully completed at least two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree, in an accredited college or university, that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the work of this position.

C. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have a combination of specialized experience as described in

D. My experience and/or education is not reflected in the any of the above statements.

7. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for Forester, GS-0460-11. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select.

A. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. This experience includes performing work related to the development, production, conservation, and utilization of the natural resources of forests and associated lands; inventory, planning, evaluation, and management of forest resources such as timber, soil, land, water, wildlife and fish habitat, minerals, forage, and outdoor recreation; and the evaluation, management and protection of forest lands and properties.

B. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D . or equivalent doctoral degree in an accredited college or university and this education is directly related to the work of the position to be filled.

C. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, or 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.

D. My experience and/or education is not reflected in the any of the above statements.

For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience, education, and/or training. If you select response D or E, your application and/or resume must be able to support your claim; otherwise, you may receive a lowered or ineligible rating. Please select only one letter for each statement.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task. (O Point)

B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job. (1 Point)

C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures. (2 Points)

D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee. (3 Points)

E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. (4 Points)

8. Serve as a member or leader of forest management planning team.

9. Coordinate Bureau and tribal efforts in preparing forest management plans including the formulation of policies, objectives and priorities, and the integration of forest management plans into overall integrated resource plans.

10. Review and critique the technical aspects of Bureau and tribal forest inventory projects, including the adequacy of inventory data and resource analysis to achieve acceptable standards of accuracy.

11. Provide information and technical expertise to BIA line officials and Tribal/Indian owners to enable sound forest resources management decision-making.

12. Coordinate program review and oversight to maintain a high level of accountability and foster positive problem/issue resolution and program improvement.

13. Synthesize current research studies and reports related to forest inventory and management and directs such information to Bureau and tribal personnel.

14. Foster working relationships and coordination with governmental, academic, and private sector entities to ensure delivery of quality services.

15. Exercise leadership and ingenuity in researching new techniques and developing new or substantially modifying routine approaches to attaining desired objectives for assigned programs.

16. Exercise judgment and originality in developing programs, individual projects, and work plans to ensure that they are technically sound and will overcome unusual problems.

17. Develop professional working relationships with other federal land managers to leverage funding and technical assistance for owners.

18. Serve as principal Agency specialist for forest inventory and management planning and provides training, technical assistance, and direction to tribal forestry personnel regarding new or improved methods and techniques for forest inventory, data analysis, and management planning.

19. Prepare Agency specific directives and suggested modifications to handbooks and Bureau manuals on forest inventory and management planning.

20. Complete reports and financial plans for forest management inventory and planning non-recurring funds.

21. Independently plan the work, coordinate with other foresters and subject-matter specialists, resolve technical problems and conflicts, and provide advice on technical questions and interpretations of policies and guidelines for forest inventory and management planning.

22. Operate and update various computer models used for forest resource analysis and growth and yield projections.

23. Assist with the development or modification of computer software to process field data.

24. Perform required statistical analysis on timber inventory data to meet Bureau manual specifications.

25. Develop and use database software in forestry and natural resource management.

26. Design and perform forest inventory plot and data collection requirements that will meet Bureau standards.

27. Utilize ortho-photography and use in timber typing and data analysis using GIS.

28. Manage timber typing and other resource GIS data for use in forest inventory and planning.

29. Work with global positioning system equipment and software in data collection and conversion to the GIS for the Regional data set.

30. Work with the Wildland Fire Management Cartographer in optimizing the use of forestry data for both programs.

31. Serve as a technical expert on GPS use and provide technical assistance to other Bureau staff and tribal representatives when requested.

32. Represent the Bureau at conferences and meetings with presentations and participation in forestry inventory and timber management discussions.

33. Work and contribute in a team setting with other resource professionals.

34. Provide review and comments on Natural Resource management plans by tribal and Bureau staff.

35. Communicate with Branch Managers and Senior Managers to ensure information is thoroughly shared in at timely manner.

INSTRUCTIONS: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

36. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.


B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.

APPLICANT RESPONSIBILITY: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans or Indian preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF50s) is received.