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Forest Service Timber Resource Specialist in Prineville, Oregon

Summary

This position is located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 on the Ochoco National Forest in Prineville, Oregon. This Forest Resource Specialist will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to the financial aspects of preparation, solicitation, administration, modification and closure of the full range of forest product removal instruments and authorities. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact: Amy Lowe at 541-383-5590 or amy.e.lowe@usda.gov.

Responsibilities

Ensures that the Forest Products Financial System (FPFS) is applied in a manner to ensure accuracy and proper procedures. Coordinates with units to maintain and support a high-quality standard of scale input and accountability.

This position is responsible for oversight of all forest product accounting processes, including bill for collections, adjustments, refunds, and other financial transactions.

Ensures core financial system and forest product financial system data are properly reconciled.

Provides technical support to sub-units and coordinates with Forest Products Resource personnel on preparation of accurate and timely timber sale and/or stewardship contracts, upward reporting, tracking of annual attainments.

Instruments that may be utilized include timber sale contracts, stewardship contracts, stewardship agreements, special forest product permits, good neighbor authority sales, free-use permits, administrative use permits, and settlement sales.

Is the Forest expert on all timber sale accounting issues and routinely works with all related computer systems necessary for proper accounting on timber sales, stewardship contracts, and other forest product contracts and permits.

Operates in a confidential manner with a great deal of independence. Handles all routine accounting independently, seeking advice of Regional Accounting expert for unusual and unique situations.

Assists Contracting Officer (CO) and Forest Service Representative (FSR) in developing contract modifications, changes and revisions to legal standards.

Reviews contract modifications, correspondence and other documents as requested. Drafts routine correspondence and modifications for CO and FSR signature.

Routinely interacts with timber sale purchasers, contractors, and permittees to interpret and explain all financial aspects of contract and permit administration.

Recommends solutions to problems raised and advises on action to be taken regarding financial contractual issues. Matters of a technical nature which require judgment or decision of a professional are referred to the applicable staff member.

Serves as a team member in conducting accountability reviews and financial audits both on forest and on neighboring forest. Audits all financial aspects of completed contracts for contract closure.

Advises Contracting Officer on acceptability of timber bonding instruments such as performance bonds, payment bonds, letters of credit, negotiable securities, and cash in lieu of bond.

Assists Contracting Officer with development of damages resulting from Claims of Defaults and processing settlements associated with Timber Theft.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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 experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-11: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as meeting all of the following: Assessed distribution of stumpage receipts to determine if collection plans need revising advise program manager; Diagnosed and solved database errors preventing the accurate statement of the purchaser's account, for example resolved incorrect rates and effective dates associated with a rate redetermination on tree measurement sale; Collaborated with Contracting Officer and contract administration team on contract review or contract closures, audits, and reviews; Provided training to sale administrators on preparing and reporting harvest, reporting volume changes, understanding and validating statements, and understanding and validating contract records; and responded to routine questions from purchasers regarding statements and interpret contract financial and timber accounting terms and conditions; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or

LL.M., in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). 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. Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position. TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

See above for qualifying education in lieu of specialized experience.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. This is a Temporary Promotion/Detail, not-to-exceed 1 year and may be extended without further competition for up to 5 years or may end earlier due to lack of work or funds, or at the discretion of the Hiring Manager. Temporary promotion/Detail may be made permanent without further competition. If the temporary promotion is not made permanent, the employee will be returned to a position that is comparable to his or her permanent position (i.e., same series, grade, and duty location). This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Government Housing is not available. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. The use of incentives may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of job offer. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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