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.

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 Chugach National Forest / Recreation, Lands, Minerals & Heritage Staff in Anchorage, Alaska.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Deidre S. St. Louis at 907-743-9534 or by email at (through July 12), or Paul Clark at 907-743-9508 or by email at (between July 15 - July 19).

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 Anchorage, 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 incumbent must have a valid state driver’s license to be able to drive to field sites.

OVERSEAS SERVICE AGREEMENT: Employees who transfer to the Alaska Region from continental United States (CONUS) are required to sign FS-R10-6500-0002, Initial Overseas Employment Agreement before the hiring process is complete. This form documents the employee’s agreement to serve 12 months in an overseas location in return for the Government’s agreement to pay all available transfer of station entitlements for the transfer to Alaska and at least a partially-funded return to the CONUS point of hire. Employees who transfer to another Government position will generally receive all available transfer of station entitlements.

RETURN RIGHTS TO CONUS: Until December 31, 2013, employees who report to a duty station in Alaska are eligible to have Region 10 partially fund their transfer from Alaska to another Forest Service (non-Research) position in the continental United States. The transfer-of-station costs the Alaska Region will pay for the employee and eligible family members are one-way transportation by Alaska Marine Highway System or commercial airline, transportation and storage of household goods, and movement of a privately-owned vehicle via Alaska Marine Highway System. For employees who transfer to another Forest Service position and the reporting date is after December 31, 2013, the gaining unit will pay the transfer-of-station costs. The entire cost of a transfer to a position in another Federal Agency will be paid for by the gaining Federal Agency, as indicated in the vacancy announcement. For additional information, please request a copy of Alaska Region Pamphlet R10-RG-057.


This position works at the level of the Supervisor’s Office and leads a Special Uses Team for the national forest. The purpose of this position is to manage large special uses projects and to lead the Special Uses Team, which processes all proposals for special uses and administers all special use permits on the Forest.

Responsible for the development and execution of a proposed budget and annual program of work for the special uses program in coordination with Special Uses Team members and District Staff Officers. Tracks special uses projects across the forest from proposals through administration. Coordinates and facilitates meetings with appropriate line and staff officers to set, review, and/or adjust the program of work, budget, staffing, operating guidelines, and identified issues.

Provides subject matter expert advice and support to Special Uses Team members and line officers, and is responsible for coordinating with Regional Office Special Uses. Works closely with related teams. Manages large special uses projects, and is the primary contact for District Rangers for those projects, which may cross administrative boundaries and would typically be complex and/or controversial. Accomplishes other project work, such as: processing proposals and renewals, transfers of ownership, terminations, revocations, or suspensions, cost recovery determinations, and administration of special use authorizations, as needed. Interprets and evaluates special use proposals. Processes proposals and applications for very large or complex projects. Conducts and oversees the environmental analysis process. Administers permits for consistency with mitigation measures identified in the environmental analysis.  Reviews and approves mitigation measures and assures goals and objectives are being met in the approved resource land management plan. Ensures coordination with other program areas as needed for specialist support.

Follows National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements in performing environmental analyses and developing environmental documents. May serve as an interdisciplinary team leader and/or member. Compiles administrative records, and provides support in the event of appeals and litigation. Provides training on special uses topics.

As team leader, coordinates and facilitates the work of multiple team members at the GS-7 and GS-9 levels. This position is a “team leader” (rather than a supervisor).

The incumbent must have a valid state driver’s license to be able to drive to field sites.