WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST
SEASONAL FORESTRY TECHNICIANS
Title, Series, and Grade: FS2466 Forestry Technician â€“ GS-0462-4
(Timber Sales Prep)
FS2467 Forestry Technician â€“ GS-0462-5 (Timber Sales Prep)
Positions: 2 to 5 (pending additional funding request)
Tour of Duty: Full- time, Seasonal (40 hours a week)
Location: Wayne National Forest, Ironton Ranger District, Pedro, OH
This outreach is to determine the potential applicant pool for our
seasonal (1039) positions and to establish the appropriate recruitment
method and area of consideration for the vacancy announcement.
Responses received from this outreach notice will be relied upon to
make these determinations. If you are interested, we encourage you to
complete the attached Outreach Response Form and return it to Chad
Fitton by November 27, 2012.
For more information, please call Chad Fitton, Assistant District
Ranger, at 740-534-6536 (email email@example.com). This position will
be advertised in USAJOBS.OPM.GOV
Primary duties include marking timber to meet silvicultural guidelines
for oak-hickory restoration. Knowledge of forestry skills, including
measuring and evaluating standing hardwood trees is necessary. The
Forest is striving to improve wildlife habitat to meet the desired
future condition described in each area of the Wayne Forest Management
Plan. Duties also include leading crews for timber stand improvement
and invasive species control using herbicides, manual and/or
mechanical control methods throughout the Ironton Ranger District.
Forest Service chainsaw and state herbicide licensure qualifications
are desired. Applicantâ€™s
possessing basic wildland fire-fighting skills and having current pack
test qualifications are preferred to participate on prescribe burning
and/or wildland fire assignments.
Knowledge and identification of tree species native to southern Ohio
is necessary. Experience with Arc GIS and GPS, as well as, basic
computer skills are desired. Applicants must be willing and able to
work alone in remote forest locations or with others in a team
setting. Successful applicants must be highly motivated, attentive to
detail, and enthusiastic about working outside, in hilly areas and in
various weather conditions (cold, rainy, hot/humid, etc.) for 8-10
hours per day. Depending on applicant experience, this position may
also supervise a state in-mate crew and USFS project crews.
Depending on applicant qualifications and agency funding levels, the
position may be filled at a GS-4 ($13.41/hour) or GS-5 ($15.00/hour)
Forest Technician level. Housing is available for rent. We
anticipate the positions to start in mid-January and end in July, 2013
or upon completion of 1039 seasonal and training hours.
Ironton Ranger District:
Vegetation Management: Our vegetation management program produces
approximately 2.5 million board feet (MMBF) annually. Mechanical and
herbicide techniques are the primary means of reforestation and timber
stand improvement. We are actively restoring oak hickory ecosystems.
We maintain a mixed pine/hardwood ecosystem dominated by oak and
hickory forest type with large blocks of land designated for a variety
of timber, plant, animal and recreational objectives.
Endangered Species: The Indiana Bat and Running Buffalo Clover are
two of our key, resident threatened and endangered species.
Fire: Fire is considered an ecosystem component rather than a
periodic treatment. The District program uses prescribed fire on
approximately 1,500 acres annually to maintain pyrotypic communities
and treat hazardous fuels. The district also has an active wildfire
Recreation: The District has an innovative and expanding recreation
program. Two separate all-terrain vehicle trails are growing
together with a 30-mile addition in progress. An active trail patrol
helps maintain the existing 46 mile of ATV trails plus 24 miles of
horse trail. The lake Vesuvius Recreation area not includes an archery
trail, hiking and backpacking trails, 2 campgrounds, a boat launch and
a beach. There are over 129-miles of trails on the Ironton District,
The District offers a mountain bike trail, horse trails, and some of
the best hunting in the area. Campgrounds, wildlife, hunting, and
trails make the Ironton District a popular destination point for
travel and tourism.
Special events held on the Ironton District each year include the
Wheelinâ€™ Sportsmen Fishing event, which promotes and encourages
persons with disabilities to explore recreation opportunities. Other
special events include the Kids Fishing Derby and ATV rallies and
numerous activities hosted by Ohio University Southern at the OUS
Cultural Resources: Vesuvius Furnace is one of several iron furnace
stacks remaining on the Forest. A large Civilian Conservation Corps
camp near the Iron furnace provided the labor to construct the
Vesuvius Lake dam and Recreation Area.
The Ironton Ranger District is located in the southern part of the
state at Pedro, Ohio. It retains an air of nostalgia with covered
bridges, rock shelters, springs and rugged hills covered with hardwood
and pine trees. The district covers approximately 104,257-acres in
Lawrence, Gallia, Scioto and Jackson counties. Pedro is within a few
hours drive of metropolitan areas such as Columbus, Cincinnati,
Cleveland, Ohio – Lexington, Kentucky â€“ Huntington and Charleston,
West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Bordering states Kentucky and West Virginia make up the Tri-State area
offering several state of the art medical centers, churches of various
denominations, public and private schools, shopping plaza/malls and a
wide variety of educational, sporting, cultural events and
opportunities for all ages.
The Ironton District of the Wayne National Forest is located in the
foothills of Appalachians and has a large diversity of plant and
animal communities, including many threatened and endangered species.
We are located near the Ohio River and only a few hours drive from The
Boone National Forest (KY), Monaghelia National Forest (WV), and the
New River Gorge(WV).
The city of Irontonâ€™s population is approximately 11,320. The
population of Ashland, KY is 21,352. The population of Huntington, WV
is approximately 48,982. The estimated population for the tri-state
area, which includes 2 counties in Kentucky, 2 counties in West
Virginia, and Lawrence County in Ohio, is approximately 288,650.
The Ironton, OH climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend
to be in the upper 80’s and cold during winter when daytime
temperatures tend to be in the 30’s. The warmest month of the year is
July with an average maximum temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit,
while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum
temperature of 21 degrees
Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Ironton is 42 Inches.
Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest
month of the year is July with an average rainfall of 4.8 Inches.
Rental apartments are available in the city or county and in
surrounding areas. There are several small communities or towns, such
as Ironton, Coal Grove, South Point, and Hanging Rock in Ohio, to live
in with close proximity to Pedro. There are also numerous communities
across the river in Kentucky around the Ashland area. There are
abundant opportunities for the purchase of nice housing in the area
with prices ranging from $50,000 to $225,000 plus.
The Forest Service building is not equipped to handle childcare;
however, there are several options available in the local area to
accommodate children, ranging from infant care through teens.
There are many churches in the area representing more than a dozen
A great selection of health care is available, including doctors,
dentists, and specialists. Kings Daughter Medical Center is located
in Ashland, KY and is ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation
for heart care. Kings Daughter is also rated as one of the top 100
companies to work for. There are several other hospitals in the area
within a short drive.
There are numerous senior/junior high schools, and elementary schools.
In the City of Ironton there are two city high/junior high schools
and five elementary schools. We have two private church school,
covering K-12th grade. Ohio University Southern Campus is also
located in Ironton. Marshall University is 45 minutes away in
Huntington, WV, and Ashland has several technical colleges.
Ironton has a moderate selection of shopping opportunities available,
including many small specialty shops within the area. Ashland has 2
malls and is located approximately 13 miles from Ironton.
ARTS / CULTURE:
Ironton has one of the longest running Memorial Day parades in the
nation. In addition to this great tradition Ironton host several other
festivals throughout the year. Within the surrounding areas of
Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV there are many theaters, art exhibits,
museums, and community events throughout the year.
Excellent opportunities are available for hunting and fishing in the
local area, as well as the whole state. There are several
water-related areas, with 73 State Parks, 21 State Forests, and
amusement parks within a few hours drive. Ohio is proud to have many
cultural, historic and festive attractions.
There is a powerful tradition of sports in the area; including
baseball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, racquetball, and swimming.
Columbus, the state capitol, is 2-Â½ hours (120miles) from Ironton.
The state has several coliseums that host many exciting events, from
state fairs and rodeos, to live concerts. Huntington, WV has its own
airport, Tri State Airport is within 45 minutes, and Columbus and
Cincinnati International Airports are 127 miles and 149 miles,
respectively, from Ironton.
Visit the websites below to view the Ironton District area.
www.irontontribune.com www.herald-dispatch.com www.dailyindependent.com
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