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Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation)

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Aurora
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




The primary purpose of this position is to carry out a variety of project plans in support of the unit timber management program.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of the job offer.

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  • This position will be filled at the GS-5 grade level with promotion potential to the GS-6 grade level. Duties listed are at the full performance level.
  • Lay out boundaries of cutting areas as outlined in an environmental assessment.
  • Under supervision of a professional forester, select and mark trees to be harvested or left uncut.
  • Estimate volume, defect, and quality of timber.
  • Measure and defect timber on the ground using maps and written cruise plans.
  • Provide instruction to apprentice cruisers on measuring timber and cruise methods and techniques for appraisals.
  • Summarize cruising and marking data and prepare reports and topographic maps indicating quantity of timber and condition of area.
  • Draft area maps, marks unit boundaries and occasionally uses Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to record boundary locations.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel for site visits, training and/or meetings may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
  • All locations in the following states are part of the bargaining unit: Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • All locations in Illinois are part of the bargaining unit, except Wilmington, IL. All locations in Minnesota are part of the bargaining unit, except Cass Lake, Blackduck, Walker and Deer River.
  • All other locations listed in this announcement are not part of a bargaining unit.
  • This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW (does not apply to West Virginia locations).


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

For the GS-05 grade level: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience could include: Performed work as part of crew conducting forestry related support such as selecting and marking individual trees for harvest while following defined marking guidelines and silviculture prescriptions; Performed Timber marking in varying stand conditions to locate and estimate the quantity of timber according to species, product, and quality; Assisted in cruising of timber to include measurements for tree diameter, tree height, defect and quality determination, plot limiting distances, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures;


Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position OR successfully completed a 4-year course of study that included at least 24 semester hours forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 credit hours in mathematics is creditable);


A combination of experience and education as described above that together meets the requirements of the position.

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.


See Qualifications section of this announcement.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Duluth , Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation), Other , Aurora, Minnesota

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