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Job Title:  Botanist
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service
Job Announcement Number:  13-05090000-4459DP-JM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $57,408.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 16, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Alturas, CA   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 located in Region 5, on the Modoc National Forest in Alturas, CA.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-05090000-4459G-JM.  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.

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 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.


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Serves as a Botanist providing technical expert assistance to the unit in matters dealing with threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species and plant community and vegetation management. Responsible for the identification, management and plant ecology. Ensures consistency throughout the Forest in developing and implementing programs to manage and protect these plants.

Works with other federal land agencies and state agencies in developing sensitive plant lists and plan species management guidelines for plants found on the unit.

Provides advice to the Forest in development of species management guides and in maintenance of the Forest’s sensitive plant lists. Prepares biological evaluations for the Endangered Species Act and Forest Service policy requirements for proposed endangered, threatened, and sensitive species. Makes recommendations concerning which plants should be considered sensitive on the Forest, conducts training in habitat analysis, plant identification, and documentation procedures for threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant species in accordance with forest management plans and objectives. Maintains a current inventory of all known proposed endangered, threatened, and sensitive species plant occurrence records

Serves as a botanical expert when working on interdisciplinary teams interpreting complex botanical situations involving specialist from several management groups and agencies.

Monitors effects of Forest Plan implementation on plant communities and interprets trends where management emphasis changes; including fire and grazing programs. Prepares scientific information for environmental assessments or draft and final environmental impact statements for the unit.

Prepares scopes of work and government estimates for contracted service. Monitors contract progress and resolves problems with the contractor. Designs and conducts environmental data collection field surveys threatened, endangered, and sensitive plants; prepares schedules and cost estimates for field surveys for plants; interprets the field data.

Develops and conducts a monitoring program at selected plant sites. Provides professional advice and guidance regarding area responsibility as required. Recommends management strategies for rare, threatened, and endangered plants.

Coordinates with academic institutions regarding specific research and surveys that are periodically conducted on the forest. Attends seminars and meetings and reviews publications and documents to keep informed on status of threatened, endangered and sensitive plants. Prepares statistical and narrative reports, correspondence and briefings as required.

Reviews environmental assessments and environmental impact statements and makes recommendations to ensure that botanical resources and ecosystem integrity are adequately addressed and considered. Maintains communication with, exchanges sensitive plant, and native re-vegetation program information with other botanists, ecologists, and horticulturists associated with the Forest Service, other Federal and State programs, the scientific community, arboretums, and botanical gardens.

Prepares botanical reports, biological evaluations, and assessments to provide input for various environmental documents. Makes on-the-ground investigations of complex ecological and botanical conditions of the effects of specific activities on the long-term survival of rare plant species, providing recommendations for action in specific cases.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Marty Yamagiwa at or 530-233-8833.


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Basic Qualifications: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-05 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided with your application. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

  1. Degree: botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.


  2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For positions dealing with the study of fungi, or with basic mycological relationships, the course work in botany must have included at least 6 semester hours in mycology.

Evaluation of Education: Courses in basic botany, plant anatomy or morphology, cytology, histology, genetics, taxonomy or systematics, algology, mycology, ethnobotany, and those dealing with specific problems of a botanical nature or with specific groups of plants are qualifying. The courses required for mycologists are specific and must have been in mycology.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. 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 ofthe position.

GS-11: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to the position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level; and/or a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience are:

-Experience in providing technical expert assistance to the unit in matters dealing with threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species and plant community and vegetation management. Responsible for the identification, management and plant ecology.

-Experience in provides advice in the development of species management guides nd in maintenance of sensitive plant lists.

-Experience in preparing biological evaluations for the Endangered Species Act and for proposed endangered, threatened, and sensitive species.

-Experience in makes recommendations concerning which plants should be considered sensitive, conducting training in habitat analysis, plant identification, and documentation procedures for threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant species in accordance with management plans and objectives.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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


You will be evaluated in accordance with 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 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: .


Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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.

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


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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 for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure 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, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.
  3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.

Other required documents may include:

  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.  Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

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. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-569-9790
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail applications. See instructions on the "How to Apply" tab
Albuquerque, NM,
United States
Fax: 866-569-9790


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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