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Forester

Deadline:
Employer:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Real Estate Division
Job Field:
Forestry
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Georgia
Location Detail:
Savannah
Job Description:

About the Position: Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Recent Graduates Program. Click here for more information on Pathways program participation. After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position or to a term position (a project-based term of employment lasting between one and four years).

Responsibilities

  • This is a developmental entry level position, progressing to the full perfomace target grade GS-11. At the full perfomance grade, the incumbent will perform the below duties:
  • Work closely with other agency representatives in developing and projecting long range plans, coordinating logging and range operations, and other problems.
  • Establish areas of responsibility and delegate appropriate authority.
  • Make decisions on appropriate forestry practices, adequacy of inspections, timber appraisals, volume estimates, surveys, inventories, contract compliance, reporting and records maintenance.
  • Review research involving the development and testing of new techniques in forest management and initiates the most economical methods of selling or harvesting timber.
  • Administer security program on timber operations and movement from the Post.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business Travel up to 10% may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

Qualifications:

Conditions of Employment

  • DoD Pathways Participant Agreement is required.
  • Business Travel up to 10% may be required.
  • A National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) Background Investigation is required.
  • Use of personal protective equipment is required.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Mobility Agreement is required.

Qualifications

Who May Apply: Positions are open to:

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Short-term training programs (e.g. several two-week programs completed) are not considered an academic course of study.
  • Current students who will graduate no later than January 31, 2019.
  • Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion

Applicants can be selected at either the GS-05, GS-07, or GS-09. Incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next journeyman grade level after 52 weeks of successful performance. The target grade of this position is GS-11.

After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position or to a term position (a project-based term of employment lasting between one and four years).

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Successfully complete all the requirements of the Recent Graduate Program as defined in the Agency Participant Agreement.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management qualification standard including any applicable positive education requirements and/or selection placement factors and any other designated special qualifications requirements and conditions of employment (e.g. medical standards) appropriate for the position to which being converted.

To learn more, please visit the Office of Personnel Management webpage, Hiring Authorities: Students & Recent Graduates.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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. 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.

Basic Education Requirement Forester:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) 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. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:

Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results.
Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment.
Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources.

OR

B. 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-05 Grade Level:
Applicants who meet the Basic Education described above, meets the requirements for this grade level.

GS-07 Grade Level:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes documenting complaints or violations AND making field inspections. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

OR

Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: forestry, biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering.

OR

Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:
(1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR
(2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR
(3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/).

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.

GS-09 Grade Level:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes making field inspections AND handling violations OR reconciling problems AND coordinating logging or range operations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

OR

Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: forestry, biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Forest Management
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Problem Solving
Salary:
$33,394 to $65,788 per year