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Depaertment of Agriculture, Forest Service

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Major Responsibilities

  • Formulate national policies, objectives, and standards.
  • Ensure program and technical directives are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policy.
  • Advise on funds, budget, human capital and other resources required for program accomplishment.
  • Participate in interagency efforts to streamline partnership instruments that apply broadly across all land management agencies.
  • Serve as the Forest Service representative on interagency task forces relating to program areas assigned.
  • Represent the Forest Service at conferences and various public, interagency, and congressional meetings.
  • Prepare technical and policy papers, speeches, reports, testimony, and various types of correspondences.
  • Communicate with various members of the public, private firms, organizational leaders, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staff and Congressional staff.
  • Present briefings/presentations related to assigned programs.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.


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.

Basic Requirement:

Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-14 : You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the majority of the following:

  • Providing leadership in the management of cooperative forestry programs to engage landowners and communities to sustain and manage their working forests;
  • Developing durable partnerships to deliver forestry assistance through State and non-federal partners;
  • Formulating and managing the policies, objectives, standards, budget, and performance of financial and technical assistance programs at the State, region, or national scale to manage urban or rural forestry programs;
  • Working with government policy makers to resolve mutual natural resource problems using an integrated strategic approach.

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.

How to Apply

Read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. (MST), Monday - Friday. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be returned to Human Resources no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order for it to be entered into the system prior to the closing date.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, in USAJOBS click "Apply" and follow the instructions to attach your resume and required documents, complete the assessment questionnaire, and submit your application.

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