Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep)
Temporary Seasonal (1039)
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Chelan, Entiat Ranger District
The Entiat Ranger District, of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be advertising for two temporary seasonal Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement) positions with a duty station of Entiat, Washington. The announcement number for this position is (21-TEMP4-R6-2467-5DT-SB) and will be posted to USAJobs https://www.usajobs.gov/ from October 30th-November 9th. Please search in USAJobs using the vacancy announcement number. Additional information how to apply can be found on the USFS jobs page https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/jobs/events.
About the Position: This position is established on the Entiat Ranger District with work to be performed across the Wenatchee River and Chelan Ranger Districts as well. Generally, technical duties will be performed in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement. The work is performed in a forest environment where terrain may be uneven, rocky, and covered with thick vegetation. Climatic conditions range from extremely hot and dry to extremely cold and wet. Rain, snow, wind, or dust may be encountered. The work involves regular and recurring risks or discomforts that require safety precautions or the use of safety equipment such as boots, gloves, goggles, and hardhats.
Major duties include and are not limited to:
• Inspecting silvicultural contract work (e.g., genetic tree improvement, planting, thinning, seeding, site preparation) for compliance with contract. Explains steps necessary for compliance to contractor and reports violations to COR. May act as COR on various silvicultural contracts.
• Examines sapling and larger stands to collect and record data on stocking, density, condition, insects, disease, site index, and ground vegetation. Makes recommendations for areas requiring remedial action.
• Examines plantations to assess numbers of tree seedlings present, condition, growth and survival rates, and evidence of animal, insect or disease damage.
• Selects prospective parent seed trees using established procedures to determine which trees have superior growth characteristics.
• Determines the relative abundance and species of seed cones by observing the developing cone and pollen buds.
• As assigned, performs resource work in other functional areas, including fire suppression as qualified.
Chelan community information:
Chelan is a community of 3,900 and sits at the southeastern end of Lake Chelan. Tourism, agriculture, and retirement/summer living are the economic mainstays of the area. Chelan has excellent schools, including one elementary school, one middle school, one high school and one alternative school. The Lake Chelan Community Hospital provides competent, basic medical care. Comprehensive medical care is available in nearby Wenatchee (35 miles away). Vision care and dental services are available in Chelan. Real estate in Chelan tends to be priced higher than statewide averages, due to demand for property for vacation or second home purposes. Three-bedroom homes sell for $250,000 to $350,000 and up, depending on amenities and location. Rental properties are available and can range in price from $800-$1,200 depending on size and location.
Entiat community information
The Entiat Ranger District is located approximately 18 miles north of Wenatchee, WA on Highway 97A, in the town of Entiat, Washington with a population of approximately 1500 people. Entiat is located in Chelan County, near the banks of the Columbia River and Lake Entiat, approximately 160 miles East of Seattle, Washington. Many recreational opportunities abound, such as camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, water-skiing, sailing, cross country skiing, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, and much more. Housing in the Entiat area is limited with home prices currently $150,000 and up. Very few rentals are available. Vacant lots are abundant at $50,000 and up. Rural housing of various types and vacant lots are available along the first 26 miles of the Entiat River (County) Road and short side roads. Government housing may be available in Entiat.
Wenatchee community information
The Columbia River flowing through Wenatchee marks the border between Chelan County and Douglas County. East Wenatchee (Douglas County) has a population of 11,500 and in Wenatchee (Chelan County) a population of 31,000. These two parts of greater Wenatchee are linked by bridges across the Columbia River and many residents live on one side and work and/or shop on the other. Currently, Wenatchee is the second largest city in Central Washington, drawing people from all over the region. Wenatchee has excellent medical services and continues to draw residents because of its sunny, dry climate and its surprisingly rich cultural offerings, including a community symphony orchestra, active theatre productions, and a performing arts center that draws talent from all over the world, like the Moscow Ballet. Agriculture continues to play an important role in the economy. Wenatchee is known as the “Apple Capital of the World” and annually celebrates with a large Apple Blossom Festival. Many Wenatchee residents enjoy an active lifestyle with easy local access to water sports, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, etc. The current average cost of a 3 bedroom home in Wenatchee/East Wenatchee is $261,800.
Leavenworth community information
Leavenworth, Washington is nestled in the heart of the Icicle Valley and Cascade Mountain Range. Leavenworth offers exceptional outdoor recreation, beautiful housing, and schools from K-12, and safe streets. Residents here have a special pride in their community, confidence in their leaders and a friendliness that makes Leavenworth an easy place to call home. The population of Leavenworth is approximately 2,700. Leavenworth is located on Hwy 2 some 115 miles from Seattle, WA and 195 miles from Spokane, WA. Leavenworth is a full service community, providing a 24 bed hospital with several local physicians and specialists. House rentals start at $1,000 per month; apartment rentals start at $800. Prices for 3 bedroom homes range from $200,000 - $250,000. Wenatchee is located about 20 miles south of Leavenworth and has lower priced rentals and homes.
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For additional information please contact: Pete Wier, Zone Silviculturist at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or call (208) 871-
GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level; Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any 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. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable and/or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience.
The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university with courses related to the occupation of the position.
Specialized Experience is defined as: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level. You must meet all specialized experience which is defined as: performing presale duties including timber marking, traversing and basic tree measurements. Selecting and marking individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines, silvicultural prescriptions, and specific instruction. Cruising, estimating individual tree volume by established methods. Traversing harvest units using processed data to produce maps. Designating sale area and cutting unit boundaries.