USDA Forest Service Forestry Technicians

Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
Issue Date: February, 2017
The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Forest
Inventory and Analysis Program,
Ogden, UT, anticipates filling the following positions:
• Up to 12 forestry technicians in support of the field inventory. These
positions will be advertised in the
Forestry Technician (GS-462) series at the GS 5 and 6 levels. These are
temporary positions (not to
exceed 1039 hours) and the duration of the work is expected to be about
6 months. The anticipated
start date is April or May 2017.
All of 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
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
The positions are based at a number of different locations. Hiring needs
for the 2017 field season will depend, somewhat, on the staff returning
from prior field seasons, and other turnover. The locations, and
expectation of need to fill a position there, are indicated in the table
The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential
applicant pool for these positions. The vacancy announcement for these
positions, when open, will be posted at the USA Jobs website, the U.S.
Government’s official site for jobs and employment information:
If you would enjoy working as part of the Forest Inventory and Analysis
Program, we encourage you to express your interest in the position(s) as
soon as possible. If you reply to this outreach notice, we will notify
you when the positions are announced (anticipated to be about the
beginning of March). For additional information, please contact any of
the supervisors listed above, or Bob Rhoads at (801) 625-5685 or
This outreach is for your information. If you are an education
institution please post the Outreach to your Jobs Board.
Thank you for your interest in these positions!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service prohibits
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race,
color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex,
marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or
because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public
assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication
of program information (Braille, large print, audiotapes, etc) should
contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination write: USDA, Director, Office of
Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or
call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.
Duty StationLikelyPossibleSupervisorFS e-mailPhoneEurekaMTxBrian
Bellmbell@fs.fed.us406-994-5033Coeur d’AleneIDxJuliet
Lambertdlambert@fs.fed.us970-642-4449Carson CityNVxMaryfaith
Snydermsnyder@fs.fed.us801-625-5724Cedar CityUTxMaryfaith
Capuanojcapuano@fs.fed.us520-749-7702Ogden (rover AZ/NM)UTxJohn
Capuanojcapuano@fs.fed.us520-749-7702Prescott (rover AZ/NM)AZxJim
Dexterjdexter@fs.fed.us928-848-8661Ogden (rover ID/MT/UT/NV)UTxDave
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
Please complete this form and return it as soon as possible (we
anticipate the vacancy announcement to be out in early March, and maybe
another one later in the summer) to any one of the supervisors listed
above, or to Bob Rhoads at the address below.
Bob Rhoads
Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
507 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
fax: 801-625-5723
Summer-Seasonal (1039 hour) Duty Station(s):
☐ Eureka, MT ☐ Kalispell, MT ☐ Missoula, MT ☐ Bozeman, MT
☐ Dillon, MT ☐ Coeur d’Alene, ID ☐ Grangeville, ID ☐ Sandpoint, ID
☐ Challis, ID ☐ Driggs, ID ☐ McCall, ID ☐ Salmon, ID
☐ Gunnison, CO ☐ Carson City, NV ☐ Ely, NV ☐ Cedar City, UT
☐ Moab, UT ☐ Ogden, UT ☐ Richfield, UT ☐ Flagstaff, AZ
☐ Gallup, NM ☐ Prescott, AZ
Please indicate all duty stations for which you wish to be considered.
Not selecting any indicates no preference.
I’m interested in this position and will check for the
announcement, or I will call or email the contact person.
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If yes,
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