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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Lead Natural Resource Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-10040000-1031G-MM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,703.00 to $81,511.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 05, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Anchorage, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP and ICTAP eligibles, and Farm Service Agency permanent employees of county committees.   

JOB SUMMARY:

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 dstlouis@fs.fed.us (through July 12), or Paul Clark at 907-743-9508 or by email at pdclark@fs.fed.us (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: http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/index.asp 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • College transcripts are required.
  • Background Investigation required.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license.

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Bachelor's Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position

OR

Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement listed above, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. 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 of the position.

GS-11:

-One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level;

Specialized Experience is defined as:  Accomplishes project work, such as: processing proposals and renewals, transfers of ownership, terminations, revocations, or suspensions, cost recovery determinations, and administration of special use authorizations. Performs environmental analyses and develops environmental documents in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. Administers permits for consistency with mitigation measures identified in the environmental analysis.

OR

-3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;

OR

-An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

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

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Requirements

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

College transcripts are required.

Background Investigation required.

Must be 18 years of age.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Ability to communicate other than in writing.
  • Knowledge of professional natural resources practices and concepts.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to manage a program of work and lead professional and technical staff.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and legal opinions pertaining to special use authorizations in order to manage several types of authorizations and uses; proposals and applications; issuance and administration of authorizations related to special uses.

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. All Quality candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive and special hiring authority candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.

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 online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=fe8397d1-f34d-46d1-b0e2-a1e700ec5bed


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

Relocation expenses are authorized.

Government housing not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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 http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 www.usajobs.gov. 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

The following documents are required of ALL APPLICANTS:

  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. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required. Transcripts are not required if applying to the same series and specialty currently serving in or previously served in.

Other required documents may include:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligibles:MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis, your federal status, position title, series and grade AND the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee’s official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • VEOA Eligibles: MUST submit Veteran's Preference documentation, for consideration: 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.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligibles: MUST submit documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
  • VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference OR if you currently on active duty, a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel Eligibles: MUST submit documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management Eligibles: (Postal Career Service Employees, Postal Service Commission Employees, GAO, US Courts, etc.), MUST submit a copy of your current non-award Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects your eligibility.
  • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: MUST submit a copy of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR  verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
  • Foreign Service Eligibles: MUST submit a copy of your most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, showing that you were/are serving under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more nontemporary Foreign Service appointments.  
  • 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.

For more information on different appointment eligibility and requirements for documentation, click here.

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).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 1-877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 1-866-339-1808
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 1-866-339-1808

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

13-10040000-1031G-MM

Control Number:

346977300