Forester (Quality Assurance Forester-QA)
Response Due: August 18, 2020
About the Position: The Southern Research Station intends to advertise three Forester positions (Quality Assurance Forester) to be located in San Angelo, TX; Eatonton, GA; and Wiggins, MS, one position to be located at each location. The positions will be within Data Acquisition in the Southern Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Research Work Unit. The mission of the SRS-FIA unit is to conduct a program of research to improve the understanding of southern forested ecosystems through inventories and analyses of the status and trends in resource conditions, use, productivity, and sustainability; and to conduct research to provide improved technology for timely and accurate resource inventories. The program conducts forest inventories on forestlands of all land ownerships. FIA is a multi-million-dollar research program that provides comprehensive, timely, and accurate analyses of the changing forest resource situation in the South in collaboration with State Foresters from the 13 Southern States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
QA Foresters work under the direction of the Zone Supervisor and may work independently, with an assistant, or with field crews. They use a thorough knowledge of forest inventory protocol and history to train others, inspect crew work, provide feedback, ensure completeness of crew work, assist in developing new protocol, and identify, analyze and correct protocol and software issues.
For a more comprehensive look at the national FIA program, you can go to the following website: https://www.fia.fs.fed.us/
Work conditions are often arduous. Work is performed throughout the year and often in inclement weather (cold, heat, rain, and/or snow). Work is often performed on rugged, steep and/or brushy slopes. Exposure to hazards such as poison oak/ivy, insects and reptiles is extremely common. Significant amounts of on-trail and off-trail hiking, while carrying the required field equipment to complete the work, is required. A large portion of the work involves the use of motorboats for transportation to the work area. Excellent physical condition is essential.
The southern region provides a wide diversity of ecological communities. For more information about the SRS FIA unit, you may go to the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/srsfia/
Qualification Requirements: Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements for the GS-0460 series that are covered by the Professional and Scientific Positions standards. The OPM Qualification Standards Handbook Manual is available for the review at any federal personnel office OR on the Internet at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Overview.
Additional Information: Please contact David Wall, Data Acquisition Zone Supervisor, Southern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program at 828-713-7873 or email@example.com if you have any questions regarding this position.
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