Forest Service Forestry Technician (Recreation) in Amboy, Washington
Who May Apply: Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, VRA, and reinstatement eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; certain Military Spouses; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities.
Two (2) positions will be filled from this announcement. To be considered for any or all of these locations, please verify that the appropriate duty location is selected.
These positions are on a Ranger District performing work in support of the unit’s recreation program. Responsible for implementing both annual and long-term work plans for developed recreation sites (campgrounds, day use sites, recreation residences, etc.) both developed and dispersed. Leads a team at the GS-4 level or below.
For additional information about the duties of the position located on:
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Amboy,WA, contact Camille Stephens at (360) 449-7868 or e-mail at email@example.com.
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in Clarkston, WA, contact Michael Ball at (509) 758-0616 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Example: The selecting official may select at any grade to include the full performance level of the position. However, not all positions will be filled at the highest grade level.
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Duties are listed at the full performance level:
Participates with other resource personnel to develop long-range plans for managing recreation resources within management developed and dispersed recreation sites.
Participates in the development of plans for recreation area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects.
Assist in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites. Serves as Collection Officer for recreation sites.
Serves as a Forest Protection Officer. Patrols district roads, trails, and/or waterways and ensure that use is in accordance with recreation plans and regulations.
Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions. Assists with the administration of special use permits. Accepts applications, determines potential impact on land and other visitors, identifies ways to mitigate impacts, and prepares all documents associated with the permit.
Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under Special-Use authorization. Serves as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). Works with contracting personnel to describe the job, develop specifications and a bid package, and inspects service contracts, ensuring work is completed properly.
Is the point of contact with community organizations and interest groups and recruits/trains volunteers.
Inspects recreation residences, document findings making contact with permittees on compliance and terms of permit.
Develops annual work plans for management unit. Prepares detailed project work plans and schedules, including required personnel, equipment, and supplies.
Coordinates with operational personnel and communicates schedules and requirements for logistical support.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for duties, training and/or meetings.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, VRA, and reinstatement eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; certain Military Spouses; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a US Citizen or US National
Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for additional information on pay rates for specific locations.
For locations offering Transfer of Station (TOS): Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email email@example.com.
Amboy, WA Work Schedule: Full Time Transfer of Station (TOS): No Telework: Yes Bargaining Unit: Yes Career Ladder: 06/07 Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-07
Clarkston, WA Work Schedule: Full Time Seasonal (18/8) This position has a seasonal work schedule where full-time work is guaranteed for 18 pay periods and when not working, employee is placed in non-pay/non-duty status. Transfer of Station (TOS): Yes Telework: Yes Bargaining Unit: Yes Career Ladder: 06/07 Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-07
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
For the GS-6 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Maintained and cleaned developed sites, roadsides, and backcountry dispersed sites. Served as inspector for recreation area cleanup and maintenance contracts. Inspected recreation areas, areas of concentrated public use, and special use permits for compliance. Patrolled wilderness to ensure areas are operated, used, and maintained in accordance with Wilderness Management Plan. Provided detailed information about recreation opportunities to visitors and explained recreation rules and regulations. Served as a Forest Protection Officer or similar position.
For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisted other resource personnel to develop long-range plans for managing recreation resources within management developed and dispersed recreation sites. Served as the point of contact with community organizations and interest groups to generate interest in and use of forest recreation facilities. Served as inspector and contracting officer’s representative (COR) on service contracts, ensuring work is completed properly. Participated in all aspects of Special Use Permit administration. Assisted in enforcing Federal Regulations and to protect life and property. Served as a Forest Protection Officer or similar position, leading a team of employees.
Selective Placement Factor for the GS-06 and GS-07: This position serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO), and as such, candidates must complete a background investigation to check for criminal history. The U.S. Government is authorized to ask for this information under E.O. 10677 and section 3301, of Title 5 of the U.S. Code; and parts 5, 731, and 736 of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations. FPO candidates should be disqualified if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
Criminal records consisting of a felony or serious misdemeanor conviction(s).
A showing of a current drug or alcohol dependency.
A finding of current mental or emotional instability.
Any known criminal or non-criminal activity that would have the potential to prejudice courtroom testimony.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
See Qualification Section for any educational requirements.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Government housing is not available.
This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
- Knowledge of forestry operations and procedures related to recreation management.
- *Knowledge of facility protection rules and procedures.*
- Ability to administer special use permits.
- Knowledge of contracting standards, laws, and regulations.
- Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
- Ability to plan work and meet deadlines. Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=FEF5934C-AA68-4E22-8F16-A8F900D72A1B
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- Required Documents
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
- If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
- Current and former permanent Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; AND Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals).
- Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
- VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
- If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502164200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 06/13/2018 to 06/26/2018
Salary: $37,223 to $53,773 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 06 - 07
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent