Research Forester Job in Amherst, Massachusetts – Department of Agriculture

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Research Forester – Amherst, Massachusetts
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Job ID: 188199
Start Date: 01/09/2020
End Date: 01/22/2020

Qualification Summary
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide university course descriptions as necessary. Basic Educational Requirement for all Foresters (0460): Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study in forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:
Management of Renewable Resources — study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed
management, and wildlife or range habitat management.
Forest Biology — study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.
Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory — sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing. –OR– Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below. GS-11: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9). Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Conducts the full cycle of scientific research pertaining to the attitudes and behaviors of private, particularly family, forest ownerships, the factors that influence these ownerships, and the impacts of the decisions of these ownerships on forest and socio-economic systems. This is accomplished primarily through quantitative analyses. Mixed methods approaches are used that combine theory with results from quantitative and qualitative studies. The scientist at this level is analyzes and disseminates of results. Interacts with representatives from federal and state agencies, universities, landowner groups, non-governmental organizations, and forest industry companies to share the results of the National Woodland Owner Survey. Disseminating research findings at conferences or scientific meetings and contributing to results published in peer-reviewed journals. Collaborating and building partnerships with researchers –OR– Conferred Master’s Degree directly related to the work of the position which is landowner behavior. Qualifying graduate education for the GS-12 level of this position must include coursework in areas such as human dimensions, management of renewable resources, forest resources measurements and inventory. GS-12: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Conducts the full cycle of scientific research pertaining to the attitudes and behaviors of private, particularly family, forest ownerships, the factors that influence these ownerships, and the impacts of the decisions of these ownerships on forest and socio-economic systems. This is accomplished primarily through quantitative analyses. Mixed methods approaches are used that combine theory with results from quantitative and qualitative studies. The scientist is involved in all stages of the scientific process from idea generation and study design to implementation to analysis and dissemination of results. Assists in the implementation and analysis of the National Woodland Owner Survey and develops and improves the technical aspects of the National Woodland Owner Survey sample design, questionnaire design, and estimation procedures. Interacts with representatives from federal and state agencies, universities, landowner groups, non-governmental organizations, and forest industry companies to design, implement, and share the results of the National Woodland Owner Survey. Securing funding for scientific research through a variety of external funding sources Disseminating research findings at conferences or scientific meetings and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals. –OR– Conferred Ph. D. directly related to the work of the position which is landowner behavior. Qualifying graduate education for the GS-12 level of this position must include coursework in areas such as human dimensions, management of renewable resources, forest resources measurements and inventory. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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