Job #: 8388
Title: Forestry Technician 2
Application Due Date: 2/28/2018
Additional Position Information:
ieSolutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). M/F/D/V. Security Clearance Requirement: Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship REQUIRED
Additional Position Information:
This full-time contract position serves as a Forestry Technician 2 working directly with the Realty Specialist Team Lead for the Danger Tree function within the Real Property Support Services Department (TERS). The Real Property Support Services Department is responsible for providing forestry expertise and other related real property technical support to assist and support the upkeep of the (CLIENT’s) right-of-ways and corridors. This position involves extended overnight travel, 75% out of town and 25% office, throughout the CLIENT service area of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Western Montana, Northern Nevada, Northern California and Western Wyoming. This position is located in Portland, OR.
Contract personnel are not allowed to direct Federal employees, nor are they allowed to authorize expenditures or make decisions on behalf of CLIENT; these functions are specifically assigned to CLIENT employees. Contract personnel provide analysis, information and input to those functions. Additionally, contract personnel may only represent CLIENT (such as at seminars, industry events, etc.) with written authorization from a CLIENT Vice President.
Position Responsibilities include:
Note: all official drafts, documents and recommendations, as listed below, must be reviewed, finalized and approved / accepted by appropriate CLIENT manager / or other federal personnel with the authority to do so.
- Identify and appraise danger trees along existing and/or proposed transmission line corridors and other electrical facilities.
- Prepare timber appraisals in support of construction and maintenance of CLIENT’s electrical transmission land related facilities under the guidance of CLIENT Realty Specialists who check for conformance to all applicable laws governing the purchase of Real Property by the Federal Government.
- Research and gather data to prepare timber market data reports for applicable localities, to facilitate and/or support the valuation of the timber to be purchased or sold by CLIENT in support of both the construction and maintenance programs.
- Assist in the collection of ownership data from county courthouses, title companies and other reliable sources.Assist with the interpretation of detailed legal descriptions, county maps, CLIENT mile maps and other references to help determine ownership boundaries along CLIENT’s transmission line rights-of-way.
- Physically cruise timber to determine volume and quality.Perform calculations and prepare timber reports used in the estimate of just compensation for Real Property rights taken across forest and urban properties.Reports are reviewed by CLIENT Realty Specialists.
- Collect, interpret and provide analysis of information from CLIENT’s official records regarding legal rights acquired for danger trees and adjacent timber.
The work requires some physical exertion such as: climbing and walking on slippery surfaces, uneven ground, steep slopes covered with thick brush in mountainous, desert, coastal environments, and urban terrain; standing for long periods uninterrupted; sitting for long periods uninterrupted to drive vehicles to and from worksites and perform office duties; may have to walk in deep snow with snowshoes; lifting and carrying tools weighing up to 40 pounds on uneven, slippery surfaces and rough terrain. May occasionally use fire fighting tools (shovel, Pulaski ax, machete, peavey, chain saw, fire extinguisher, and backpack fire suppression sprayer), and safety equipment. May also be required to pull and push on trees, brush, and winch cables. The work may require an ability to raise, lower, and maneuver up to 40 pounds; work with arms outstretched for extended periods when clearing brush and trees; kneel and crouch to dig holes; crawl through brush and thickets in rough terrain.
The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working in varied weather conditions ranging from –40 degrees to +120 degrees; works in torrential rains and deep snow; climbing and walking on slippery surfaces, uneven ground, steep slopes covered with thick brush in mountainous, desert, coastal environments, or urban settings. May work in areas that contain poison oak, poison ivy, bees or a variety of wildlife. May work in areas with heavy equipment moving nearby, near highway traffic with cars moving in close proximity, around high voltage energized facilities.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as geography, natural resources, environmental planning is highly desired.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field can substitute for 4 years experience; Associate’s degree in a related field my substitute for 2 years experience.
- This is a Level 2 position: 5-9 years forestry, logging, surveying, engineering, or appraisal experience is required without a degree. (2 years with directly-related Bachelor’s degree; 4 years with directly-related Associate’s degree.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (MS Office 2010 proficiency required).
- General map reading skills and use of forestry tools and equipment.
- Knowledge of logging practices and expenses associated with timber recovery.
- Ability to travel on a frequent basis for extended periods of time.
- Ability to work as part of a team consisting of professional and technical staff
- Ability to multitask and work independently with a minimal amount of supervision
- Ability to interpret potential hazards and react appropriately in emergency situations
- Work as part of a team consisting of professional and technical staff.
- Follow established CLIENT processes and procedures.
- Ensure proper identification of self as a contract worker in all communications, correspondence, etc.
- The selected candidate will be required to sign a CLIENT Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) as a condition of the contract assignment.
- This position may be eligible for situational offsite work, subject to the completion of a Supplemental Labor Offsite Work Memorandum of Understanding.
- RSA token shall only be utilized when conducting work directly related to the API. Any other work is unauthorized. Contract worker is responsible for the safe-keeping of the CLIENT issued RSA Token at all times. If the RSA Token is lost or compromised, immediately contact the COTR. All information associated with the work performed offsite must be maintained in the CLIENT network environment. No CLIENT information shall be allowed to be transmitted, stored, and created, etc., on the contract worker’s personal devices. Contract personnel must follow all CLIENT and government-wide security, asset management, and cyber security policies and procedures.
- Offsite work may only be performed within the CLIENT service area unless approved by the Supplemental Labor Management Office (SLMO).Contract personnel must keep their employer informed of their work location at all times and must coordinate any changes with their employer and SLMO before the change occurs.
- Anticipated over time- approximately 25%.
- Extended overnight travel, up to 75% out of town, with the remaining 25% in the office, throughout the CLIENT service area of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Western Montana, Northern Nevada, Northern California and Western Wyoming.
- Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the CLIENT Accident Prevention Manual.
- Valid state driver’s license is required.
- Ability to drive a four wheel drive vehicle on rough and difficult roads in all types of weather conditions.
- Physically able to negotiate uneven terrain as well as obstacles.
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds in emergency situations in the field.
- Ability to use forest fighting equipment (shovel, Pulaski ax, machete, peavey, chain saw, fire extinguisher, backpack fire suppression sprayer).
- Willing to travel throughout the CLIENT system using:
- Ground vehicle (large truck, SUV or car)
- First Aid/AED/CPR Certification required within 30 days of assignment start. The worker/employer is responsible for maintaining current certification.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for all field travel:
- ASTM F2413-11, Class 75EH rated footwear with over the ankle lace up and rigid sole and heel. Arc Flash-rated footwear requirements: The exterior of the boot must be made entirely of natural materials - all leather or a leather and rubber combination.
- White hardhat
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
- Other PPE as required by OSHA for work to be performed
Required CLIENT-Provided Training:
- Asset Suite
- OpEx Process Mapping
NOTE: Attendance at all training, etc. must be pre-approved by SLMO. For any such events, requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approval is subject to the most current guidance provided to SLMO by CLIENT or DOE and is subject to change. SLMO reserves the right to negotiate attendance on billable/non-billable hours and reimbursement of travel costs with the supplier. Reimbursable travel costs must adhere to the Federal Travel Regulations and are submitted via an expense sheet in Fieldglass.
Chainsaw Usage Requirements
Training and Certification
Workers required to use chainsaws shall have chainsaw training and shall successfully demonstrate the safe use of a chainsaw for the level in which the job requires. Training certification must be on file in the Supplemental Labor Management Office (SLMO)
Training shall be valid for a period of 3 years.
Training shall include both classroom and hands on elements and be of sufficient material to equip the user with the knowledge and basic skills to operate a chainsaw for their required use in a safe and professional manner. The hands on portion shall be equivalent for the level of training required. This position requires Class 2 training
Class 2 – Occasional User in a Non-Controlled Environment
Workers at this level shall be trained to operate a chainsaw in situations that will require the operator to use his/her judgment for the best method of cutting. This level of training will allow for uneven surfaces and some cutting above the chest level. The training will equip the worker with the skills and knowledge in bucking procedures to remove downed trees in a safe manner. Chainsaw usage is restricted to removal of a downed tree across a road or path or falling of a tree no more than six (6) inches in diameter
Chainsaw operators shall wear all appropriate PPE while operating the saw. Minimum PPE requirements are as follows:
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
- Chainsaw chaps (chaps shall overlap the boots by at least 2 inches)
- ASTM F2413-11, Class 75EH rated footwear with over the ankle lace up and rigid sole and heel
- Long sleeve shirt and full length pants.