Forestry Technician (Timber Pre-Sale)

USDA Forest Service

About the organization

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.


When fully qualified: Interprets silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber. Brings to the attention of responsible individuals situations on the ground which are inconsistent with the prescription or marking guide. Develops and drafts timber cruise plans. Applies instructions issued in a cruise plan. Provides field instruction to apprentice cruisers in fundamental timber measuring practices, cruise methods, and techniques. Must become Cruiser Certified within one year and maintain Cruiser Certification annually. Interprets computer output reports, tables, and statistics to provide quantity and quality estimates of timber products. Lays out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction, considering factors such as transportation system, topography, fuels management, silvicultural objectives, wildlife needs, stream protection and other related resource considerations. Determines acreage by map or aerial photograph methods, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), or Global Positioning System (GPS). Writes reports and draft maps describing timber sale, resource, topographic features, and compliance of timber marking with guidelines. Interprets aerial imagery for information such as road locations, sale boundaries, survey monuments, and other features.


GS-0462-05/06/07 Promotion from GS-05 to GS-07 in two years. Qualifications for GS-05 or specialized experience or a bachelor degree or higher (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position (natural resources, conservation biology, etc.) , 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.


$ 34,916 for GS-05

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Any interested candidates should contact Will Bedient at [email protected] or call at 509-775-7443.

1. Resume
2. Transcirpts (unnoffciial or official)
3. Letter or certificate of NCE
4. Cover letter recommended

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