Supervisory Forester


Vacancy ID: 756842   Announcement Number: NRO-12-35 (R1) READVERTISME   USAJOBS Control Number: 331715900

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Vacancy Identification Number

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1. Title of Job

Supervisory Forester


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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

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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 MERIT PROMOTION - CLAIMING INDIAN PREFERENCE
002 MERIT PROMOTION - NOT CLAIMING INDIAN PREFERENCE

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:


040183001 Fort Defiance, AZ

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

WARNING STATEMENT: 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 resume, narratives 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.

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 Discharge from Active Duty to verify Veterans 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. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?

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

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


Thank you for your interest in the Supervisory Forester position at Division of Forestry, Forestry, in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Your responses to this questionnaire in conjunction with other portions of your completed application will be evaluated to determine your qualifications. Please carefully follow all instructions before submitting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. If you change a response, be certain to erase (unclick) the incorrect response before you submit the application. Once you have submitted your application, items with more than one response or that are left blank will not receive credit. Copies of transcripts or a listing of completed coursework must be submitted to document educational accomplishments.

5. Please select one response from the choices A, B or C below that best reflects your education and/or experience in meeting the Basic Entry Requirements for this position. Please read all responses prior to making your selection.

A. 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 (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. 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 A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation

C. None of the above.


Respond to each of the following questions. For each question, choose the response that best represents your experience and training for the GS-0460 positions. Mark only one response for each question. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume or application and information provided by your references.

6. From the descriptions below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that best represents your highest level of experience and/or education as a Supervisory Forester, GS-0460-12. Select only one letter.

A. I have one or more years of specialized experience performing forestry duties that are equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. This experience demonstrates knowledge and experience in Management of Renewable Resources; Forest Biology; and Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory.

B. I do not have specialized experience as described in the statement above.

7. From the descriptions below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that best represents your highest level of experience and/or education as a Forester GS-0460-13. Select only one letter.

A. I have one or more years of specialized experience performing forestry duties that are equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. This experience demonstrates knowledge and experience in Management of Renewable Resources; Forest Biology; and Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory.

B. I do not have specialized experience as described in the statement above.


For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval that corresponds to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
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.
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.
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.

8. Present conclusions and make recommendations on the 10-year Forestry Management Plan, Forest Development, Woodland Management, Compartment Examination Reports and silvicultrual prescriptions, Forest Pest Management, Forest Trespass, Permit Sales of Forestry Product, timber cruise plans, and timber sales that affect impacts on timber resources and/or federal trust lands.

9. Experience as a lead professional scientist using the theories of forestry to monitor, collect and analyze field data using standard analytical methods and techniques.

10. Coordinates, identifies and presents options or techniques available on: biology, soils, environmental studies, natural resources, ecology, wildlife management, water quality, slope stability and other investigations needed to complete analysis.

11. Operate a Clinometers to measure the height of trees; diameter tapes measure tree diameter; and increment borers and bark gauges measure the growth of trees so that timber volumes can be computed and growth rates estimated.

12. Interpret aerial photographs and other imagery taken from airplanes and satellites, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to mapping large forest areas and for detecting widespread trends of forest and land use.

13. Review and comment Inventory of the type, amount, and location of all standing timber on the property, to create timber cruising.

14. Analyze Tribal wild land fire prevention plan, administration of timber sale activities and timber sale contract terms, preparation of timber sale contracts, releasing of the timber for cutting and acceptance of harvesting work, to access water availability for anticipated water needs.

15. Prepares design, specifications to generate forested lands, monitoring progress and for harvests.

16. Developing timber harvest sales packages, monitoring of the information gathering and related field activities, and the development of the sales packages are performed independently subject to periodic supervisory review and evaluation. The incumbent is relied on as the expert in timber sales operations

17. Expert in designing and/or adopt designs in forest management and timber sales related to studies to improve forest management and sales production, including applying principles of sustained yield management to forest resources, wetlands, water and soil quality and wildlife conservation, to protect forested lands during timber harvesting operations.

18. Professional knowledge in forest inventories, forest soils, forest engineering, land surveying, ecology, silviculture, economics, mensuration, mapping, entomology, pathology, watershed and stream habitat protection, forest utilization and other fields.

19. Plans silvicultural growth and regeneration characteristics of the maj or forest tree species, instructions and criteria for determining inventory sequence priorities, optimum growing stock levels and silvicultural requirements for developing a valid forest resource data base.

20. Authoritative knowledge on technical problems in matters related to presale procedures, continuous forest inventories, forest harvesting methods, forest road design, cadastral surveying, data processing, resource management and forest development.

21. Forest inventory design and analysis.

22. Timber sale preparation and advertisement.

23. Timber sale administration and stumpage income accounting.

24. Timber stand improvement methods, including project level implementation.

25. Timber trespass discovery, investigation, documentation, and resolution.

26. Perform project management duties on design, construction and cost estimate activities.

27. Develop proposals/scopes of work and evaluate the fieldwork that will be used throughout the project oversight

28. Monitor and evaluation Scope of Works/Project Plans to ensure deliverables are met.

29. Prepare reports on project specifications and cost estimates, in a timely matter.

30. Plan, organize, control and to formulate and analyze short and annual workloads, establish acceptable time limitations which will satisfy establish program objectives.

31. Proficient in utilizing computer software programs needed for the completion of scheduled project work.

32. Conduct field operations to collect and verify data needed in connection with forestry projects.

33. Facilitating on national or regional projects to resolve issues or facilitate completion of program initiatives.

34. Establish productive working relationships with Navajo Nation, Agencies and individuals of diverse backgrounds.

35. Updates and implements the 10-Forestry Management Plan with Navajo Nation Forestry Department that includes comprehensive compliance program.

36. Resolve critical Forestry problems by coordinating with other agencies and groups.

37. Present information orally about BIA-NRO decisions and work to others (for example, describe the organization's programs and services to individuals or groups in the community or to higher management).

38. Consultation and collaboration with individuals and tribal, state, federal, and non-governmental representatives on matters of mutual interest to ensure decisions are in the best interest of the beneficiary and the trust resources.

39. Provides formal presentations to tribal councils, organizations, and other interest groups and clearly articulated the subject matter.

40. Instructor for forestry courses for formal credit.

41. Has written and had published formal technical or administrative documents used by organizations for national or regional program management activities.

VERIFICATION STATEMENT: 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.

42. 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.

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veteran's or Indian Preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF-50s) is received and is accurate.