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 13-05040000-6039G-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 Inyo National Forest. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Ed Armenta at 760-873-2550 or

This is a Public Affairs Specialist position and is responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive public affairs program for the Forest.

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.


  • Plan and implement, with assistance and coordination of other staff, the communication campaigns needed to address critical issues, to explain policies, programs and activities, to inform Forest users and customers, and to establish communication with the public, news media, and elected officials.
  • Prepare media communications to provide information for internal and/or external dissemination.
  • Use various communications methods and techniques to devise appropriate communications for public affairs campaigns. Represents the Forest in meetings and discussions.
  • Organize, coordinate and implement employee and public meetings, workshops, field trips or other forums. Develop and implement communication plans, program strategies and technicques for dealing with with critical and complex public issues.