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Southern Region Timber Strike Team

US Forest Service
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Gainesville GA, Blacksburg VA, Jackson MS, and Pineville LA
Job Description:

The Team provides pre-sale timber services to forests located throughout the southern United States and nationally, when requested. Pre-sale services include timber marking, timber sale boundary layout, timber cruising, and GPS/GIS field work. Other opportunities may include wildlife habitat improvement, insect and disease prevention or mitigation, prescribed fire, wildland fire, and recreational services to requesting forests.

The Team and the work we do is a foundation of timber prescription implementation within the national forest system.

After forests are surveyed, forest plans are developed, and public input is attained; our team is a major factor in forest prescriptions becoming reality.

Crew members learn to read, interpret, and implement forest prescriptions across varied landscapes and different ecosystems throughout the United States.

Crew members become certified/advanced timber cruisers and proficient timber markers, while learning the policy and procedures for the timber program within the US. Forest Service. These positions prepare new employees the foundation they need to further their career with the US Forest Service.

This work is conducted year-round in all types of weather and terrain through a true team concept. All members are trained and encouraged to step into roles of leadership.


The Southern Region Timber Strike Team is a program area within the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. The Strike Team consists of four crews located throughout the southern United States. Crews are located at Gainesville GA, Blacksburg VA, Jackson MS, and Pineville LA. Each crew consists of a crew supervisor, lead timber marker, and six crew members.

These entry level positions are GS 4/5/6 career
conditional appointments. Most entry level
applicants will be hired as a GS 4-Step 1. The rate
will increase with yearly experience. Pay rates
could also be higher based on locality
adjustments. All pay rates for locations may be
obtained by following the link below (All rates are
"Rest of US" except for the Gainesville, GA
location which receives the Atlanta pay
How to Apply:

All entry level positions must be applied to through

An applicant must create a user account to submit application. Once the individual account is created, find the position for which you would like to apply. Search for keyword "Forestry Technician" at the desired location(s) listed in "Who we are" portion of this document or contact the program administrators on the left of this page to obtain the vacancy announcement. Please pay close attention when reading the vacancy posting. It is very important that the application includes all required documents that is requested. Failure to submit the required documents will remove the applicant from consideration. Additionally, please ensure the applicant’s resume contains all information needed to meet the minimum qualifications.

If you have further questions concerning these opportunities, feel free to contact one of the following two persons: Mike Keller Team Lead Phone: 470-372-8384  or  Alan Hill Assistant Lead  Phone: 828-399-0951

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