Forestry Technician (Generalist) - FL & SC

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Umatilla, FL, USA
  • Jul 06, 2018
Temporary Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Forestry Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

Few vacancies in the following locations:


This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.
This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform work individually or as a crew member in support of the unit recreation, timber, silviculture, fire, wildlife, and range programs.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact:

US/FL - Unmatilla: Gordon Horsley - Ph: 352-699-3153 x5530, Email: 

US/SC - Mountain Rest: Victor Wyant - Ph: 864-638-4475, Email:

The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit's needs. 

Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. 

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement.  Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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Participates in a number of the following activities:


Marks clearly specified softwood and hardwood trees for cutting as sawlogs, pulpwood, posts, poles, etc., according to prescriptions. Measures tree diameters and heights and observes defects under guidance of supervisor.

Traverses proposed timber sale units using plans and prescriptions, topographic maps, aerial photos, compass, Global Positioning System devices, etc. Assists in the lay out of logging units, temporary roads, locations, etc.

As a member of a timber cruising crew, runs compass lines, paces or measures distances, marks and numbers plots, measures heights and diameters and records data on field data recorders or cards.


Leads a small crew measuring and laying out the boundary of small areas designated for planting, site preparation, and timber stand improvement contracts. Personally performs work or inspects work performed under site preparation, planting, and timber stand improvement contracts following established procedures and which involve standard requirements and are limited in size. Checks planted areas for seedling survival rate and stocking and records information. Calls non-compliance to attention of supervisor.


Contacts recreational visitors to provide factual information and answers questions about recreation opportunities, rules, regulation, and information on resource management practices on the unit. Collects monies from sale of recreation use permits at designated fee sites. Keeps records of sales, safeguards monies, and unused permits.

Performs limited law enforcement duties under close supervision of a qualified law enforcement officer. Patrols recreation areas for compliance by day visitors and campers with established rules and regulations posted in the area. Reports apparent violations to supervisor.

As a crew member or leader, performs routine recreation and trail maintenance and cleanup work including repairing minor damage of recreation facilities; i.e., tables, toilets, buildings, signs, fire pits, trails, etc.

Assists in trail contract inspection.


Performs independently, or as the leader of a crew, wildlife or fisheries habitat improvement projects such as site preparation for clearings, construction and installation of fish attractors, planting of areas for establishment of more desirable food or cover, nesting boxes, water developments, establishment of food plots, etc.


Assists on range analysis and maintenance and construction of range structural improvements. Contacts range permittees and communicates to them Forest Service range policies and basic requirements of permit, counts designated permitted livestock to ensure number are in compliance with permit, checks range condition including structures, and checks for trespass livestock. Any violation which cannot be informally resolved on-the-ground is reported to supervisor.


Participates in noxious plant control, seeding, or similar projects by flagging boundaries, operating equipment, and carrying out studies. Identifies plant specimens in the field and collects and prepares specimens. Identifies plants and noxious weeds. Applies the proper chemicals to control noxious weeds. Uses botanical key to identify plants encountered during field trips or surveys of forest and range areas. Records field information. Makes measurements.


Serves as a skilled member or assistant crew leader of a fire suppression crew, using a variety of hand tools, power saw, drip torch, backpumps, etc., to suppress fires or participates in slash disposal or a variety of prescribed burns.

Operates two-way radios, telephones, and computer equipment to order and dispatch resources for fire suppression purposes and to exchange information about fire weather and other factors affecting fire management. Orders and dispatches initial attack personnel and equipment in accordance with a pre-planned dispatch system previously established on the Forest.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.


Government- Federal


$14.30 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 04.