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Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation) (GS-0462-6/7)

Posted: 09/19/17 | SHARE:


The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests is seeking candidates to fill one permanent position for a GS-0462 Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation) to be located at the Manchester Ranger District in Manchester Center, Vermont.  Applicants at the GS-05 level that are eligible for promotion, or those currently at the GS-7 level, are encouraged to express interest in this opportunity. This is a great prospect for someone who is looking for a challenging position that is integral to forest management on a National Forest that is rich in natural and cultural resources. 


Duties of this Position:

The Green Mountain National Forest has a very active timber program producing up to 11,000 CCF per year. The incumbent would serve as a Sale Prep Forestry Technician conducting and overseeing the layout and implementation for timber sales and stewardship contracts.  This includes: Timber pre-sale work such as layout, traversing, cruising, and tree marking.   Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for designing cruise plans, implementing treatment prescriptions, and ensuring project mitigations are followed. Candidates will be required to work independently as well as in a team, have strong written and verbal communication skills, and have experience with sale layout, cruising, and harvest systems. Major duties include:


  • Identifying, distributing, and balancing the workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and skill level.
  • Mapping and flagging timber sale unit boundaries.
  • Interpreting silvicultural prescriptions to ensure that plans, treatments, and harvesting techniques are compatible with short and long-range timber management plan.
  • Applying silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
  • Collecting and recording tree measurements.
  • Coordinating with others to ensure integration of the timber management plan with other resources and activities, and communicates regularly with Supervisor to ensure program of work and priorities are being accomplished.
  • Developing and drafting timber cruise plans.  Applies instructions issued in a cruise plan.  Provides field instruction to apprentice cruisers in fundamental timber measuring practices, cruise methods, and techniques.
  • Participating in other aspects of resource management support work such as reforestation, forest inventory and harvest inspection.
  • Becoming a Region 9 qualified and certified Timber Cruiser.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


The position will be stationed at the Manchester Ranger District while performing duties throughout the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests. 



This position will lead a small field crew (one permanent employee and typically two temporary seasonal technicians) during the field season.  Program of work will be determined by Supervisor.


Physical Demands: 

The position requires both office and field work.  Office work includes, but is not limited to, scheduling work for the field crew, computer word processing, conference calls and webinars, and communication by emails and phone calls.  Field work will be in remote areas requiring walking in rough, uneven terrain and all weather conditions.


If You Are Interested In This Position:

Submit resume to Rochelle Caruso in the Union College Career Center (carusor@union.edu) and indicate position of interest. You will then receive an Outreach Notice Form to complete and submit to the Green Mountain National Forest Manchester Ranger District of the USDA. If it is after Sept. 25, you can also search for the position on USAJOBS.gov and apply through that as well.Please complete the Outreach Response Form at the end of this document and forward it along with your resume to Stacy Stratton, Timber Management Assistant, at stacystratton@fs.fed.us. Please respond by Monday, September 25, 2017. If you respond to this outreach notice, we will contact you with the information necessary to apply for this position.


After the outreach period has ended, the vacancy announcement for this position will be posted on the U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities at, http://www.usajobs.govIndividuals that wish to be considered for this position must apply to the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.gov website by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  The Referral List for this position will be issued to the selecting official upon closing of the vacancy announcement.  All applicants found to be qualified, and in the quality group will be referred for consideration.


Once in USAJOBS.gov applicants will be directed how to apply by submitting their profile information in USAJOBS.  Interested applicants can set up a profile in USAJOBS before the announcement is posted that will enable them to receive an email when the announcement is posted.  Applicants can also set up an alert on USAJOBS.gov citing the Series/Location and grade that will also notify them when the announcement is posted.

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