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Forester

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Billings, MT
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Forester
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##### Department of the Interior

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

##### Branch of Forestry & Fire Management

Overview
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- ##### Open & closing dates

07/24/2019 to 08/07/2019

- ##### Service

Excepted

- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 12

- ##### Salary

$74,596 to $96,978 per year

- ##### Appointment type

Permanent

- ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location
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1 vacancy in the following location:

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Billings, MT 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties
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### Summary

This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky
Mountain Region in Billings, Montana

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

- Review proposed timber contracts and timber cutting permits.
- Recommend technical and administrative actions to Approving
Officer, Regional Director and Tribal Councils.
- Train agency staff in timber sales administration procedures.
- Coordinate timber and woodland trespass activities for the Rocky
Mountain and Great Plans Regions.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

##### Supervisory status

No

##### Promotion Potential

None

- #### Job family (Series)

0460 Forestry

#### Similar jobs

- Foresters

- Requirements
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### Conditions of Employment

- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Indian Preference applies
- You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct
Deposit
- You may be required to successfully complete a
probationary/trial period
- A background security investigation will be required for all new
hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful
completion of a background security investigation and favorable
adjudication.
- If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are
required to register under the Military Selective Service Act,
the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be
registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this
agency.
- Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle,
must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving
record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal
of GSA Form 3607.

### Qualifications

**EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual,
Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions
and Individual Occupational Requirements for Forestry Series,
GS-0460).**

**BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:**
**A. Degree:** 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.
Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture,
forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire
science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest
regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and
wildlife or range habitat management.
**Forest Biology** -- study of the classification, distribution,
characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the
interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment.
Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology,
forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and
properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.
**Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory** -- sampling,
inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a
variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include
forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical
analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources
inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.

**-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.

***ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:*** *In addition to meeting the
basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have
the following:*

**SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-12:** In addition to meeting the basic
education requirement, I have at least one year of full-time
specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the
GS-11 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or
private sector). Specialized experience demonstrates the applicants'
ability, independently and with little supervision in developing and
executing timber sale appraisals, contracts and permits and timber
harvest land management objectives. Forestry land management,
planning, coordinating and evaluating timber sales and contracts.
Resolving controversial timber contract problems, and woodland
trespass activities. Incorporating and resolving conflicting
considerations in timber sales contract preparation and
administration. Designation of timber for harvest, stand examination
and timber cruising, preparation of documents relating to timber
sale packages. Participating in formulation and establishment of
natural resource management policies and programs. Conducting
reviews of field operations, evaluating compliance of forestry
concepts, principles, practices, and policies.


**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of
this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements
by the announcement closing date.**

### Education

If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide
transcripts or other documentation to support your educational
claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial
transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of
your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All
materials must be submitted by the closing date of the
announcement.

If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit
hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior
academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership
in an honor society.

One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the
number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to
represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have
been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot
obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate
study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered
as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate
study.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or
universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a
Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to
receive credit for that education which shows the education
credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that
specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such
education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited
U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the
courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further
information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION

### Additional information

All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1).
See 2019 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Billings,
Montana. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic
location, see the "rest of U.S." chart.

This position is at the full performance level.

TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the
position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed
to telework with supervisor approval.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to
employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal
service position within the competitive service or Federal service
employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer
needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you
must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated
well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above;
and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP
or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:
http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee\_guides/career\_transition.asp .

Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two
groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement:
current and/or former employees serving or who have served under
time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies.
Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau
of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

- Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive
examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land
management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time
limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period
totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or
more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level
during each period of service.
- Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive
examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land
management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time
limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period
totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or
more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than
misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an
acceptable level through the service period.


Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring
authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps
employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more
information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information
Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they
received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in
their previous employment with the Federal government, and are
required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of
Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who
accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of
receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the
separation pay prior to reemployment.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

Your application package will be evaluated against the minimum
qualification requirements specified above. In order to qualify,
your resume must specifically describe your work history and the
duties you performed in each position. Your resume will be evaluated
after the closing date of 08/07/2019 to determine whether you meet
the minimum qualification requirements for this position. Qualified
candidates will then be rated as best qualified, well qualified, or
qualified depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills,
abilities, competencies and experience requirements as demonstrated
by your responses to the assessment questions. Competencies measured
include:

- Communication Orally and in Writing
- Timber Sales Activities
- Timber Sales Preparation
- Timber Trespass Laws


We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your
responses on the assessment questionnaire. If the information in
your resume does not support your responses to the assessment
questions, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect
your qualifications.

Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the
hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.

You may preview the assessment questions here in the
https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10556302. Additional
selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies
occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date.

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Other

##### Drug test required

No

##### Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

##### Trust determination process

Suitability/Fitness

- Required Documents
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The following documents are required for this position:

- Resume which details work experience including dates worked
(mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and
hours worked per week.
- On-line Assessment Questionnaire
- Most recent SF-50 (if applying under merit promotion. Be sure
your SF-50 displays your tenure in box 24, your position in box
34, and that the SF-50 is not an award)
- Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial
transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may
be requested at a later time.
- Veteran's documentation - (if applicable) VA letter on VA
letterhead stating your overall combined rating, SF-15, DD-214
(copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge and dates of active
duty military service.
- Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a
special hiring authority)
- BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
- Performance Appraisal (if applying under the Land Management
Flexibility Act)

If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of
your DD-214 and your letter from the VA reflecting an honorable
discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty
service or are a preference eligible. For more information see:
https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx\#veoa.

If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation
in the application process if you are an applicant with a
disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic
form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate
Application.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY **11:59 PM Eastern Time** ON THE
CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is
incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position,
and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check
your application package before you submit it.

**ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED OR ACCEPTED BY THIS
OFFICE.**
#### 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.

- Benefits
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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.

Review our 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.

- How to Apply
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To apply for this position, you must complete the online application
and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents
section below.

- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will
need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not
have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning
the application.

- Follow the prompts to select your r?sum? and/or other supporting
documents to be included with your application package. You will
have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in
your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may
take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package,
complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem
appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

- You will be taken to the online application which you must
complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online
application, verify the required documentation is included with your
application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS
account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ); all of your
applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application
Status will appear along with the date your application was last
updated. For information on what each Application Status means,
visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/ .

**PLEASE NOTE - NO APPLICATION MATERIAL WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA
E-MAIL**.

### Agency contact information

### Connie Good Bear

##### Phone

(406) 247-7956

##### Email

connie.goodbear@bia.gov

##### Address

BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
2021 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
US

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. Your application will be
evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your
eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you
will receive another notification regarding the status of your
application.

- Fair & Transparent
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job
applicants

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

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.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/540379200. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Address

Billings, MT
USA