FORESTER, GS-0460-12


Vacancy ID: 824717   Announcement Number: JU-13-06   USAJOBS Control Number: 335592300

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1. Title of Job

FORESTER, GS-0460-12


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

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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 Forester

21. Geographic Availability

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021130110 Juneau, AK

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. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

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. I certify that I possess a valid Drivers License.

B. I do not possess a valid 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 resume, 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. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

You must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for Forestry positions. In addition, you must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (comparable to GS-11) in the federal service.

5. From the descriptions below, select the letter that most accurately and specifically describes the education and/or experience you have that demonstrates how you meet the Basic Qualification Requirements for GS-12. Mark only 1 response.

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 (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); or 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 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. I do not meet the basic qualifications described above.

6. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for the Forester GS-0460-12. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select.

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 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 valuation, management and protection of forest lands and properties.

B. I do not have specialized experience as described above.

For each task listed below, select the statement that indicates your level of experience, education, and/or training as it relates to your knowledge, skill, and ability. If you select response D or E, your application must be able to support your claim; otherwise, you may receive a lowered or ineligible rating.

A- I have no education, training or experience in performing this task. (0 Points)

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 supervisory 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 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)

7. Serve as a member or leader of forest timber sale team.

8. Draft instructional and procedural materials that will be used by Regional and tribal forestry programs in timber contracting, contract administration, forest management and timber stand improvement.

9. Obtain information of the timber stand by cruise, and with the method of examining the information acquired, both prior to and after automatic data processing.

10. Use various sampling methods used in the cruise actions.

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

12. Make decisions to resolve problems with a minimum of conflict between State, Federal, private, individual Native allottees and Alaska Native entities.

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

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

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

16. Develop professional working relationships with other federal land managers to leverage funding and technical assistance for Alaska Native Allotment owners.

17. Complete and reveiw timber contract documents, including financial requirements and their constructive use to authorize the cutting of timber, and to then facilitate wise and correct administration of the timber contracts.

18. Work with timber contracts documents, including financial requirements and their constructive use to authorize the cutting of timber, and to then facilitate wise and correct administration of the timber contracts.

19. Extensive experience aod associate knowledge in the harvest processes from the silvicultural aspect and the various activities and methods used by purchasers to cut and remove timber.

20. Complete reports and financial plans for the timber sale and forest management program funds.

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

22. Possess knowledge of methods of applying various facts and factors of timber stand to the several appraisals techniques of timber harvesting and marketing involved.

23. Use computer software, databases, and models to input cruise data, perform data analysis, and model growth and yeild.

24. Operate and updates various computer models used for forest resource analysis and timber sale appraisals.

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

26. Enter bid deposits and lump sum sales into the Forestry Module of the Trust Asset Accounting Management System (TAAMS).

27. Develop and use database software in forestry and natural resource management including Geographical Information System (GIS) software.

28. Demonstrate experience and skills in designing and performing forest inventory plot and data collection requirements that will meet Bureau standards.

29. Possess knowledge of forestry principles and practices and an understanding of their relationship to broad Bureau policies, regulations, and established procedures requiring application of resourcefulness, ingenuity and imagination in developing new methods to use where precedent has not been established.

30. Investigate timber and fire trespass, which includes the collection of evidence, witness statements and field data, and evaluation of any site damage. Then the ability to complete an appraisal to determine forest product value, land restoration costs, prepares trespass report and pursues full settlement of all trespass cases.

31. Prepare trespass report and pursues full settlement of all trespass cases.

32. Familiar with activities of the forest products industry that may affect the value and harvest of Indian timber.

33. Abstract information in a manner and form that is usable and clearly and concisely present the results of examinations and reviews.

34. Work with landowners on the long-range timber asset plans and their possible association with tribal economic and social plans and goals.

35. Represent the Bureau at conferences and meetings with presentations and participation in the timber sale program and timber management discussions.

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

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

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

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.

39. 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.

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 50's) is received and is accurate.