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Ann Gibbs asked me to post this announcement for her:

NRSFIA is still in need of individuals with botany skills this summer. We'd
appreciate your giving this outreach announcement a wide distribution.

Thank you.

Dennis M. May, Program Manager

Forest Inventory and Analysis

Northern Research Station

1992 Folwell Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55108

*U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station*

*Forest Inventory and Analysis Program*

*Vegetation Specialist*
*About Forest Inventory & Analysis:*  These positions are in support of the
U.S Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS), Forest Inventory and
Analysis (FIA) Program (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/fia/).  FIA collects,
analyzes, reports, and distributes information and data about the extent,
content, and condition of the Nation's forests.  The NRS-FIA unit is
responsible for the comprehensive forest inventory for 24 states:
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South
Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  National, state, and local
policymakers, universities, businesses, Tribal governments, National Forest
managers, other natural resource agencies, and interest groups depend on FIA
for timely, scientifically credible information about our forests.

The Vegetation Specialists will be primarily responsible for the collection
of FIA Vegetation Diversity and Structure Indicator data (
http://www.fia.fs.fed.us/program-features/indicators/veg), including species
identification and cover estimates for all trees, shrubs, herbs, graminoids,
ferns, and fern allies occurring on the plots.  The Vegetation Specialist
will work as a member of a multi-person FIA field crew and will assist with
other field measurements as time allows.  Field crew members work under the
direction of a crew leader and collect a broad range of inventory data,
including:  tree/sapling/seeding data (species, diameter, height, crown
assessment, damage assessment, etc.); down woody material data (course woody
material, fine woody material, fuel loading, etc.); and vegetation diversity
and structure data.

*Qualifications Required:*  In addition to basic qualifications,
applications may be screened for specific knowledge, skills, and abilities,
which may include:  knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices of
botany; ability to perform basic data processing, tracking, and editing
functions using word processing and spreadsheet programs; and ability to
identify regional vascular plant species  including trees, shrubs, herbs,
grasses, ferns, and fern allies  using regional and local comprehensive
identification keys.

*Work Assignments:  *Contractor will be working alongside US Forest Service
or Maine Forest Service employees conducting Forest Inventory and Analysis
field plots.  These plot locations are scattered throughout a state or
groups of states and are not limited to National Forest Lands.  In fact, the
vast majority of the plots are located on private property.  The work
requires regular and recurring physical exertion in the form of travel on
foot over rough, uneven, and steep terrain.  The field crews travel
frequently and work independently.  The work requires several hours of
driving, several days each week.  During travel periods (approximately June
through September), crews will change locations frequently, often on a
weekly or daily basis.  Lodging (provided) is generally in motel/hotels.

* *

*Work locations:*

   - *Old Town, Maine* - Working with the Maine Forest Service employees
   throughout the state of Maine - 2 positions

   - *Westfield, Massachusetts*  Working with US Forest Service
   employees throughout the New England states of MA, CT, RI, VT, NH  1

   - *Cortland, New York* and *Warrensburg, New York* - Working with US
   Forest employees throughout the state of New York  1 position at each

   - *Clearfield, Pennsylvania* - Working with US Forest employees
   throughout the states of PA, MD, DE and NJ  2 positions

   - *Dunbar, WV* (Charleston, WV) and *Lewisburg, WV* - Working with US
   Forest employees throughout the state of West Virginia  1 position at each

*Work Schedule:*

40 hours base time per week Monday thru Friday from 7AM local time until the
plot(s) are completed.  This is usually NLT 8:00 PM.  Overtime, not to
exceed 10 hours/week, is authorized.  The contracting company has offered to
pay for contract employee's wages for 8 hours of holiday pay on July 4th and
Labor Day holidays.  There is no scheduled weekend work

Vegetation season: June 11 through September 21, 2007

*Wages Based on Education and Experience:*

First 40 hours in a week:

   - GS 7 - $20.14/hr including $3.01/hr for health and welfare.
   - GS 9 - $23.96/hr including $3.01/hr for health and welfare.

Overtime rate after first 40 hours in a week:

   - GS 7 - $28.71/hr including $3.01/hr for health and welfare.
   - GS 9 - $34.44/hr including $3.01/hr for health and welfare.

*Work related travel:*

* *

   - Extensive and almost constant Monday through Friday
   - Contract employee will be reimbursed by Contractor for $100/day for
   travel costs seven days a week for the entire term of work assignment.
   This will cover all contract employee's costs including: Food, use of
   personal vehicle, and any misc. and incidental expenses
   - Transportation to and from the daily plot assignment or work
   location will be provided by the government including when crews are in
   overnight travel status.
   - Transportation to and from the duty station office on Monday
   mornings and whenever work is completed local to the duty station office
   will be the employee's responsibility.

*Government provided property:*

   - Data recorders, data sheets etc. as necessary
   - Field Guides and reference materials necessary to complete the
   vegetation inventory
   - All necessary field equipment except personal clothing and gear
   necessary to work in a field environment under various weather and
   topographic conditions.

* *

*Training and certification requirements:*

* *

All contract employees will be required to attend a week long training
session on the protocols, methods, and plant identification for the
Vegetation Diversity and Structure Indicator Inventory.  In addition, each
contract employee will be required to pass certification prior to completing
field plots.  Failure to obtain certification could be grounds for removing
an individual from contract work.

First session planned for June 11 through 15 at Portsmouth, NH.  Possible
lodging arrangements can be made at:

Fairfield Inn                                          Comfort Inn

650 Borthwick Av                                1190 LaFayette Rd

Portsmouth, NH 03801                    Portsmouth, NH  03801

603-436-6363   603-433-3338

*If you are interested in these positions:*  **

To contact the contractor to become a contracted employee with NRS-FIA
pleases call as soon as possible beginning Monday, June 4, 2007:

Contact Audrey Sewell at 404-684-6008 and mention that you are interested in
contracting with "Patty Pierce" the Forest Service's Contracting Officer.

A back-up contact to Audrey is Dennis Alexander: 404-684-6008 or cell

*Contractor Information:*

Jamison Professional Services

2995 East Point Street

East Pointe, GA  30344

*U.S. Forest Service Contact:*

Bob Ilgenfritz

U.S. Forest Service

11Campus Blvd., Ste. 200

Newtown Square, PA  19073

Phone:  412-523-2495

Fax:  610-557-4250

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