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Forest Technician GS-0462-04/04

Army Installation Management Command
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
Job Description:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.


About the Position:

The Public Works Directorate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, leads the industry in providing exceptional infrastructure, resource, and facility management services. We are the preferred service provider to all our customers and a resource for innovation worldwide. We actively partner with other providers to form strategic alliances that provide the highest value for our customers. Our workforce is a proactive, motivated and highly trained team; delivering services efficiently, ethically, and with pride in ownership in all we do.

**These are temporary seasonal positions not-to-exceed 30 September 2017. Lists of eligible and qualified applicants corresponding to this vacancy announcement will be pulled in accordance with the following dates: 20 April 2017; 27 April 2017; 04 May 2017; 18 May 2017. Referral lists will be issued to management for consideration and selection based on these dates.**

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

The duties of this position will require you to perform or assists with a variety of forestry management activities such as fire pre-suppression or suppression, timber sale preparation, and timber stand improvement. Operates a motor vehicle in the performance of duties. Designates timber to be cut and left in order to accomplish predetermined goals for the sale area and increase the broad spectrum of biological diversity, considering factors such as stand configuration, plant associations, and desired future conditions. Collect and record data such as common species of trees, measurement of heights and diameters and tree mortality or tree survival counts. Performs work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning for habitat enhancement. Carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations.


n order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. To qualify based on your work experience, you must possess the following: General Experience: At least six (6) months general experience defined as experience such as technical support in forestry range prevention "and" Specialized Experience: At least six (6) months specialized experience defined as experience performing forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work;

At least four seasons of experience working in this field. A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Forestry aid or technician work. Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment. Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use. Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

    • Skill in Wild Land Fire Suppression
    • Ability to Perform Timber Analysis
    • Ability to use Hand and Power Tools
    • Ability to Interpret Oral InstructionsAbility to Interpret Written Guidelines



Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.  

1) Successfully completed 2 years of study above High School that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as 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 wild land fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification);


2) Combinations of successfully completed education and general/specialized experience described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements at the GS-04 level.


Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two-year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • This position requires a valid State issued motor vehicle drivers license.

  • This position requires a pre-employment physical.

  • This position requires you to work shifts including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

  • This position requires you to pass an arduous physical fitness test (Pack Test) within two weeks of employment.
  • This position requires you to work mandatory overtime.

Physical Demands:

   · Work requires physical exertion to include regular and recurring running, walking, bending, stooping and climbing.

    · Ability to lift 50 pounds.

   · Occasionally performs strenuous activities for prolonged periods.


Work Environment:

The work is frequently performed outside in varying weather conditions and involves exposure to hazards such as forest or range fires. Takes special precautions and wears protective equipment suitable to field conditions. Fire-resistant clothing and hard hat and gloves will be issued. May encounter unknown explosives or incendiary devices that are unstable and highly sensitive while working fires or controlled burns.

$31,699.00 to $41,203.00 / Per Year
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