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 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.


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.