This position is a Forestry Technician, GS- 0462-4 working in Saint Marks, Florida for the R4-St Marks National Wildlife Refuge. This is a term position expected to last 13 months but may be extended up to a total of 4 years at management’s discretion.
This is a 3-year term position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that includes full federal employee benefits. The position is labeled as a forestry tech and will work under me (Logan Ridgeway), but the position will include a lot of general habitat management experience with some wildlife-focused work. A significant portion of the position will include invasive species control for plants and animals (particularly wild pigs). We will work to train the selected applicant and get them certified to operate equipment and do some wildland fire work. This job would be a great opportunity to get on with the federal government and give the selected individual a good chance of moving into a permanent position in the future. The application period runs through October 27th or until we reach the cap of 75 applicants. This application may fill up so I advise people to apply as soon as possible.
P.S. We need somebody capable of doing arduous labor like moving heavy equipment and pig carcasses.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
1255 Light House Rd
Saint Marks, FL 32355
Phone: (850) 556-9392
As a Forestry Technician your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Assists in collecting forest inventory data, timber cruises, timber sales, timber markings in forest development projects, road layout projects, and other work.
- Assists in inspecting cutover areas on current sales for compliance with the terms of timber sales contracts.
- Marks timber in accordance with simple merchantability specifications and marking rules. Computes tree summaries, applies applicable volume tables, and computes the net volumes.
- Compiles maps of forest and woodland areas, cutover areas, burned areas, and special use areas.
- Uses instruments to take measurements.
- Examines timber stands to determine need for, or thoroughness of, insect and disease control work.
- Provides assistance in identifying needed improvement projects (and inspecting/inventorying condition of existing projects.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Resume (See “Required Documents”). Failure to provide ALL required information on your resume will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all information is provided on resume.
- Eligibility and Supporting documents – You will ONLY be considered for the eligibilities that you select “yes” to AND submit the required supporting documentation, as listed in the Required Documents section.
- Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
- Driver’s License: Selectees is required to possess and maintain a valid State driver’s license at all times during their tenure.
- Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform MAY be required.
- Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
- Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. To verify registration, visit SSS.gov.
- This position MAY require Chainsaw Operator Certification to perform the work of the position.
Only experience and education obtained by 10/27/2023 will be considered.
In order to qualify for this position you must possess the Minimum Qualification.
A. 6 months general experience and 6 months specialized experience.
Six months of general experience which consisted of: farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural, soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work. AND Six months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level in the Federal Service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: forestry aid or technician work; range, or soil conservation technician work that involved application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices; farming or ranching work that provided a basic understanding of land use and involved the application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices; forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
B. Completed 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 12 semester hours in a 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 wildland fire science.
C. An appropriate combination of education and experience that equals 100%.
In addition to the experience requirements described in the group coverage standard, seasonal experience may also be creditable. 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. 4 seasons of experience qualify for GS-4.
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.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name.If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution’s registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: 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.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: 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.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html