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Job Title:Natural Resource Specialist (Recreation)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-10050031-0302DP-MM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,703.00 to $62,703.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 08, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Sitka, AK View Map


US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-10050031-0302G-MM. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248.

This position is located in the Tongass National Forest / Sitka Ranger District in Sitka, Alaska.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Carol A. Goularte at 907-747-4218 or by email at

This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts is required. Transcripts MUST be attached to your application.  Applicants who fail to submit their transcripts with their application will not be given credit for their education.

Applications may be reviewed to verify qualifications and eligibility prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. However, it is not a virtual position and the duty station will be in Sitka, Alaska.

Salary may be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the OPM website at: for additional information about the continuation of COLA after December 31, 2012.

The ability to obtain and maintain weapons certification is a condition of employment in this position as the incumbent will be required to carry a firearm. To maintain employment in this position the incumbent must receive a negative pre-certification drug test result, pass a minimum background investigation, pass firearm classroom training, pass the shooting proficiency test and be enrolled in the random drug testing pool while employed in this position.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • College transcripts are required.
  • Background Investigation required.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Firearm carrying position.
  • Drug Testing Designated Position.


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This position serves as the Recreation Staff Assistant to the Sitka Ranger District. Supervises the district recreation staff. Plans, programs and executes the district recreation, wilderness, facilities, land, trails, special uses, and minerals management program activities (Supervision 20%).

Provides expertise and advice in the administration of recreation and facilities program and projects. Reviews proposals for new recreation facilities or activities and recommends action. Ensures that action are taken in accordance with approved plans. Coordinates activities between units and among other specialists (engineers, wildlife biologists, etc.) to ensure consistency in program emphasis, development, and use between units. Advises on the development of recreation and facilities management plans. Makes field reconnaissance, and provides expertise and advice as requested on various types of recreation programs, which may include wilderness recreation, winter sports, national recreation areas, historical trails, construction and maintenance, development of new sites, operation and management of existing developed sites, and interpretive services.

Provides input into the recreation and facilities budget. Reviews requests to ensure they compare with needs as shown in the information system, and coordinates adjustments with requesting budget personnel. Collects data, analyzes program needs, and recommends action to maintain a balanced budget for the Forest's recreation and facilities functions.

Plans, develops and implements long-range and annual management plans for natural resource e.g., special uses, minerals, land uses, land acquisition/exchange, watershed, and road construction on a unit. Develops the overall programs for land classification, land adjustment, special uses, and minerals management. Land adjustment activities include exchange, donation, valuation, rights-of-way procurement, and acquisition.

Seeks and establishes mutual working relationships with outside entities, such as Federal, State, Tribal and local agencies who partner with the Forest Service. Provides and prepares oral and written communication for Forest Services line officers to approve and sign. Provides professional expert advice and support in the planning, designing, development, implementation, and evaluation of program/project activities. Assures all program management activities remain responsive to identified customer needs.


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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

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


Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


In addition to meeting the basic requirement listed above, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.


-One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level;


-3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;


-An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

Specialized Experience is defined as: Experience performing recreation management work to include assisting and analyzing technical issues and/or providing advice and assistance on recreation management policies and practices; assisting in reviewing or developing standard plans for recreation programs or project or recommending short-range plans for a component of a recreation management program; or assisting in evaluating recreation programs and performing land use improvement projects.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.


Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

College transcripts are required.

Must be 18 years of age.

Background Investigation required.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

This position requires that the incumbent meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.


You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: .


This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

Relocation expenses not are authorized.

Government housing may be available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.

1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.

2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.

3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.

4. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.

5. Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

6. Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at:

7. If you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.

8. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document.


HRM Contact Center
Phone: 1-877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 1-866-339-1808
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail applications, see instructions under the How to Apply Tab
Albuquerque, NM,
United States
Fax: 1-866-339-1808


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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