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Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
3/22/2019
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Health Care Provider
Interdisciplinary Ecologist/Forester
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Job Description

* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located at the USDA, Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit.

This employee is responsible for conducting a nationally-consistent strategic annual forest inventory of the United States and its territories.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Mr. Michael J. Wilson at 801-625-5407 or michael.j.wilson@usda.gov.

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Responsibilities

* Provides program and technical advice for the collection, compilation, storage, analysis, reporting, and distribution of strategic annual multi-resource forest inventory data.
* Performs a wide variety of tasks and analyses that result in new or significantly improved techniques or solutions.
* Provides technical expertise, staff coordination and consultation in the areas of biometrics, geospatial analyses, data visualization and analytics, field and office inventory techniques, and data applications.
* Analyzes data and information to address complex resource issues; collaborates with partners and other inventory specialists; provides advice and responds to frequent, often complex user requests.
* Provides feedback and communicates changes necessary to develop, improve, and enhance the methodologies and databases concerning the extent, content and trends of the nation?s forest, tree, and other vegetation resources.
* Develops improvements to the procedures used for collecting, verifying, compiling, and summarizing strategic inventory data.
* Tests computer programs to ensure accurate and statistically consistent operation, and identifies problems and bottlenecks in the information management system and makes corrections and improvements.
* Develops methods to stratify the FIA sample that determine logical groupings, incorporates remotely sensed data and other data sources, and ensures statistical consistency and accuracy.
* Collaborates and consults on many inventory-related projects to satisfy the requirements of data users and research scientists. The incumbent analyzes and reports strategic annual inventory results.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 25% for training and meetings.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12


* Job family (Series)

0408 Ecology

0460 Forestry


* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.
* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
* Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
* Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
* May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
* Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Qualifications

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 university course descriptions as necessary.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed below. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, you must submit transcripts that show you meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in this announcement. ATTACH UNIVERSITY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AS NECESSARY. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

ECOLOGY SERIES (0408): Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

FORESTRY SERIES (0460): Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in forestry; OR in 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; OR a combination of education and experience with 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 below, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC QUALIFICATIONS, you must possess the specialized experience and/or graduate education listed below. Your application, transcripts and/or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience or education requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-11: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience must include at least two of the following: Performing analyses of natural resource data using GIS, remote sensing, and/or database management software. Examples of this experience includes spatial joins, unions and intersections of data, map algebra, data automation procedures (e.g., Python scripting), statistical analyses (e.g., R), and relational database queries (e.g., Microsoft Access, Oracle). Developing and enhancing natural resource data collection protocols and methodologies including automated procedures for calculating or estimating forest attributes based on field plot data, like stand structure, community composition, biomass, and fuel loading. Providing technical advice and direction to governmental or non-governmental partners to accomplish various forest inventory and analysis functions.

OR

A combination of graduate level education (beyond 36 semester hours) and specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-9 level) that is directly related to this position that together meets the qualification requirements for this position. Acceptable fields of study include research areas related to the work of the position involving natural resource inventory and monitoring in a science field related to forestry, natural resource management, biometrics, landscape ecology, quantitative silviculture, disturbance ecology, or related coursework such as natural resource sustainability, remote sensing, computer science, statistics and/or forest-based ecological modeling.

GS-12: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Graduate level education alone is not qualifying for the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience must include at least two of the following: Leading the collection, compilation, storage, and/or reporting of multi-state level forest inventory data. Performing analyses of broad scale natural resource data using custom programming of GIS, remote sensing, statistical analysis, and database management software. Examples of this experience include spatial joins, unions and intersections of data, map algebra, data automation procedures (e.g., Python scripting), statistical analyses (e.g., R), and relational database queries (e.g., Microsoft Access, Oracle). Leading the development and enhancement of natural resource data collection protocols and methodologies including automated procedures for calculating or estimating forest attributes based on field plot data like stand structure, community composition, biomass, and fuel loading. Serving as a subject matter expert on forest inventory and analysis across land management programs who facilitates collaborative relationships with governmental and non-governmental partners.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Qualifying graduate education for the GS-11 Grade Level ONLY:

Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree Acceptable fields of study include research areas related to the work of the position involving natural resource inventory and monitoring in a science field related to