Permanent-seasonal (13/13) Forestry Technician positions will be filled at a variety of duty locations within the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. These are career positions at the GS-462-6 level.  Summary information is listed below, please see <> for full details.
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Up to 11 forestry technicians in support of the field inventory.  These positions will be advertised in the Forestry Technician (GS-462) series at the GS 6 level.  These are career permanent-seasonal (PSE) positions consisting of 13 pay periods of full time work, and 13 pay periods in nonpay status per year.  Appointees may be offered the opportunity to work longer depending on workload and funding.  The anticipated start date is May 2015.

The positions serve as members of the Interior West Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, headquartered in Ogden, Utah, which conducts forest resource inventories and forest health monitoring activities throughout the interior west states including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.  For more information about the Program, please visit our internet site at <>

Each position will serve as part of a two person forest resource inventory crew.  The forestry technician crew members work under the direction of a local crew leader.  The work involves contacting land owners for access; locating study plots using aerial photo baseline and GPS techniques; conducting extensive resource and health inventories including tree measurements and foliage evaluations, understory vegetation composition and structure estimates, site characteristics and soils evaluations, etc; using various measurement instruments and electronic data recorders.

Fieldwork regularly includes extensive hiking and backpacking in remote and rugged areas, in all weather conditions, and carrying heavy daypacks (~45 lb.) or backpacks (60+ lb.).  Depending on location, a variety of other methods are used to access plots including ATV’s, horses, aircraft, and boats; please contact us for specifics of each location.

The area sampled by the RMRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program cover a diversity of ecological communities.  Terrain varies from dry ponderosa pine, oak woodland and juniper forests at lower elevations and the southern portion of the 8-state territory; to the high alpine forests of Colorado, Wyoming, and the Rocky Mountains; to the temperate rain forests of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana – and everything in between!  Each crew covers a large area, and all staff will experience a wide variety of country.
The field season typically runs from April through November.  In all locations, overnight travel away from the duty station is frequent, and may include periods of extended and continuous travel.  The ability to work productively as part of a team, meet the physical demands of this challenging outdoor work, and to quickly learn a complex set of field protocols are all very important in this position!