SUPERVISORY FORESTER, GS-0460-13/14


Vacancy ID: 834251   Announcement Number: MRO-13-08   USAJOBS Control Number: 336734600

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1. Title of Job

SUPERVISORY FORESTER, GS-0460-13/14


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 (13-14) you will accept.


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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 Supervisory 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:


270675053 Bloomington, MN

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.

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 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. 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. NOTE: 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. NOTE: 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.

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. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select.

6. 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 Minimum Qualification Requirement for GS-0460-13. Mark only one response.

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 includes performing work related to managing a forestry program under close supervision, including development of tactical work plans and assisting with project management; contributing to budget formulation and performing expenditure management and reporting; assisting in the development of complex reports, management plans, and other documents; supervising up to 10 employees; knowledge of federal personnel, financial management, and budget computer systems; knowledge of forest inventory systems and software; and experience as a member of a team working on timber sales, forest development, wildfire preparedness, fuels management, fire prevention, and other natural resource projects of straightforward technical nature and in a political and social environment where these projects are viewed as non-controversial.

B. I do not have specialized experience or education 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 as a Forester GS-0460-14. Select only one letter.

A. I have one or more years of specialized experience performing forestry duties that are equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. This experience includes providing independent management direction and oversight of a forestry program, including strategic and tactical work plan formulation and project management; budget formulation and management; independent development of complex reports, management plans, policy documents, manuals, handbooks, and other documents; employee development and supervision; familiarity with federal personnel, financial management, and budget computer systems; familiarity with forest inventory systems and software; and experience in managing teams working on timber sales, forest development, wildfire preparedness, fuels management, fire prevention, and other natural resource projects in a complex technical, political and social environment.

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. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task. (0 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. Provide leadership, technical direction, and supervision to the staff and overall operations of a Regional Office Forestry program.

9. Account for personnel, budget, property and procurement activities consistent with delegated authorities.

10. Provide leadership and technical direction for the conduct of a wide range of forest management activities and analysis including timber sales, forest development, fuels management, wildfire preparedness and suppression, and fire prevention.

11. Provide leadership and direction for formulating technical forest management procedures, quality assurance and control standards, project documentation and archival.

12. Review draft planning documents, environmental analyses, contracts and agreements, or other technical materials.

13. Review and prepare narrative budget justifications.

14. Furnish statistical and other reports in support of the program, and oversees revision of contract and other forms necessary to accomplish forestry activities.

15. Provide regional leadership and technical direction in the formulation of regional policies and standards for program administration.

16. Represent the BIA at Departmental and interagency forums concerning the development and implementation of associated regional policy and procedures.

17. Study and evaluate trends in the forestry program region-wide.

18. Authorize and direct the development of exhibits and explicative materials relative regional forestry activities.

19. Conduct field visitations to assess effectiveness of national and regional policies and procedures, determine program deficiencies, demonstrate methodologies and techniques, and develop changes acceptable to tribes with forest resources.

20. Monitor the status of government and tribal forest management activities on a regional basis.

21. Direct special projects involving proprietary or sensitive issues and information.

22. Develop Region-wide procedures for the implementation of national BIA and Interior policies and regulations.

23. Develop policies to address and resolve issues specific to the Region.

24. Address and resolve conflicts between Tribal procedures for programs operated under self-governance compacts and Federal regulations, policies and procedures.

25. Review and develop responses to legislative proposals and controlled correspondence.

26. Recommend action where proposed management of public lands may impact Indian rights.

27. Evaluate policy and program effectiveness of operations for the purpose of adjusting programs to available funds and conformance with Bureau policies, standards, and procedures.

28. Make recommendation as to corrective measures.

29. Plan and assigns work to staff.

30. Set priorities and prepare schedules for completion of work.

31. Give direction, counsel, or instruction to individual employees on work matters which affect their employment.

32. Interview candidates for staff positions, making recommendations for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.

33. Participate in the preparation of regulations, manuals, handbooks, technical reports, and other procedural guidance.

34. Review and revise existing issuances and reference materials to ensure conformance with new and existing policies.

35. Provides advice and assistance to Line Officers and field personnel on the interpretation of legislation, regulations, standards, operating orders, and procedures.

36. Facilitate or conduct discussions and panel presentations of forest management policies and procedures; and as necessary makes public presentations or acts as spokesperson before culturally diverse groups on topics of expertise.

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.

37. 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.