Job Overview


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 13-05030000-3384G-PK.  Current or former Federal employees 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.

This position is located on the Eldorado National Forest. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Dawn Lipton at 530-621-5218 or

This is a Botanist position on the Range, Wildlife, Wildlife Management Staff on the Eldorado National Forest. The position is responsible for providing professional, scientific assistance the unit staff and to provide assistance and training to the staff pertaining to a variety of botanical and sensitive plant species duties in support of Forest activities.

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.


  • Conducts and supervises vegetation inventories, plant population, and community monitoring in compliance with selected protocols, and coordinates or conducts surveys for special status plants and noxious weeds.
  • Develops and implements management plans and programs for revegetation efforts, the protection and enhancement of habitat for special status plants, and the control of noxious weeds.
  • Participates on interdisciplinary teams preparing NEPA compliant documents for a variety of vegetation management and restoration actions and develops protection measures for special status plants in collaboration with other resource specialists.
  • Analyzes and interprets population trend and community composition monitoring data and utilizing this information in the prepration of Biological Assessments for special status plant species.
  • Maintains plant survey records in established databases and utilizes GIS to meet botanical baseline data requirements and environmental assessment requirements for project planning.
  • Provides internal and external guidance and education related to maintaining native plant communities and reducing the impact and spread of non-native invasive species.