USDA Careers – Forest Silviculturist

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Job Description:

This position is located on the Tongass National Forest, Alaska Region, Supervisor’s Office, Forest Management Staff. Develops and/or reviews silvicultural plans and programs including compartment prescription, reforestation, timber stand improvement, and tree improvement, as well as participation in NEPA planning for vegetation projects.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepares plans and technical specification for field projects designed to collect and analyze data related to timber stand classification, volume, and growth.
  • Consult and advise to management in all facets of reforestation and timber stand improvement techniques, their effect on other resource activities, and the effect of resource activities on silvicultural plans and programs.
  • Serves as the Forest budget coordinator for the silviculture program which includes coordinating with Regional staff on budget allocations.
  • Provides program leadership for the silviculture program on the forest.
  • Keeps Forest Leadership Team informed of the status of the silviculture program and budget by making presentations at Forest Leadership Team meetings and by bringing issues or concerns to supervisor?s attention as they are encountered.
  • Assists in the development of long-range vegetation management plans and programs, including formulation of policies, objectives, and priorities, and the correlation and integration of timber plans into the overall land management plans.
  • Recognize need for, organizes and conducts training in state-of-the art silvicultural practices and data collection and analysis techniques.
  • Evaluates adequacy and effectiveness of timber improvement programs through periodic on-the-ground inspections. Inspects for compliance with established policies, standards, program objectives and emphasis. Initiates corrective actions.

Job Requirements:

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Applicant must be a certified silviculturist.
  • Must attach proof of silviculture certification as a required document.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study 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. OR
  • 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • Specialized Experience Requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level defined as one or more of the following: Prepared silvicultural/vegetative portions of environmental analysis reports and impact statements; Planned and administered a timber management program which may have included providing technical direction in all phases of reforestation and timber stand improvement; OR Developed land use plans for a multiple-use forest resource area, specifically management of vegetation, with diverse and complex problems.

Job Details:

Company: U.S. Department Of Agriculture

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Craig, AK, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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