Forestry Technicians

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • California, USA
  • Sep 01, 2018
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources Forestry

Job Description

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This position is to serve as the Assistant Quality Control Group Manager providing technical assistance and support to Forest level timber programs within the Region for timber volume measurement and product accountability. 

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jean Bystry at (530) 478-6230 or e-mail at

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Duties are listed at full performance level.

Conducts or assists with check cruising  federal cruisers and/or contract cruisers on timber sales in accordance with the sale cruise plan and regional area standards. 

Participates in studies designed to assess and treat proposals for changes in measurement standards, methods or procedures. 

Provides guidance and direction in timber measurements to timber staffs on forests and districts.

Checks the accuracy of scaling by Third Party Scaling Organizations and provides the final determination of volume accuracy for the purpose of adjustments of timber sale payments.

Independently applies scaling practices as specified in the Forest Service Scaling handbook and various other measurements handbooks.

Monitors and inspects Forest Service log scaling sites and facilities concerning log accountability, control of log movement.

Provides technical direction and advice to timber staff and  personnel in the areas of timber measurements and quality control compliance.

Technically assists timber management specialists concerning accurate log measurement systems to determine log volume using various scaling techniques, coordinates log accountability procedures.

Participates on regional team that audits local timber sale prep and administrative activities.

Responsible for the development, implementation and administration of log accountability systems, monitoring Forest Service and purchaser compliance with log accountability requirements and utilization standards, determining merchantable volume through log scaling and timber cruising, and providing quality control assurance as certified Check Cruiser and Check Scaler.

Provides quality control and volume estimates through formal reviews of forest sales.

Conducts Utilization Scaler training, Qualified Cruiser training and assists with Advanced Cruiser training.

Leads, coordinates, and directs log accountability audits. 

Communicates with a variety of levels of state, federal and/or private forestry managers regarding forest measurement processes and accountability.

Develops sampling procedures, collects, and/or collates written information, measurements and data, and testimony for functional review of timber activities.

Assists Contracting Officer and Forest Service Representative in developing scaling agreements, sampling frequencies and scaler’s information forms.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel with overnight lodging will be required for meetings, training, workshops, and field/site visits.

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$45,810 to $50,598 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 08 - 09.