Duties Summary

This position is located on the Kenton-Ontonagon/Bergland Ranger Districts of the Ottawa National Forest in Kenton, MI.

This position is is responsible for performing technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact John Bowers at john.l.bowers@usda.gov or (906) 852-3500 Ext. 852-4033.
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  • Responsibilities are listed at the full performance level.
  • Collect technical data needed to prescribe stand treatment, to include measurements such as radial growth, basal area, site index, stand density, stand condition, etc.
  • Perform TSI ( timber stand improvement) surveys to determine stand conditions and the need for TSI treatments, such as pre-commercial thinning, mistletoe treatment, pruning, and fertilization.
  • Identify situations where specific silviculture prescriptions do not fit ground conditions.
  • Serve as COR (Contracting Officer Representative) or inspector on reforestation, timber stand improvement, planting and/or timber marking contracts.
  • Ensure all timber contract provisions are enforced and proper measures are taken to protect and enhance resource values.
  • Prepare and submit timber contract inspection reports, check for compliance on needed corrective actions, and recommend final acceptance of the contract upon completion.
  • Develop the schedule and work plans for monitoring and inspecting timber stand improvement and reforestation activities.
  • Determine planting needs, need for site preparation, plantation conditions, and seedling survival.
  • Based on field analysis, assist in preparation of the technical specifications for TSI (timber sale improvement) , tree planting, brush release, or animal damage control contracts.
  • Maintain records of timber stand improvement and reforestation program accomplishments in vegetation database and assist with related reports.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – Occasional travel for training or meetings may be required.

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