Job Overview

Summary

The Tongass National Forest was established in 1902 and covers nearly 17 million acres in Southeast Alaska. It is the nation’s largest National Forest. The Tongass stretches nearly 500 miles from its boundary with the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in the north, to the Canadian boundary in the south. It is a forest of islands including the Alexander Archipelago, and the mainland. The unique forest landscapes of the Tongass vary dramatically in topographic relief and include a mosaic of forest, peat lands, steep rocky areas, glaciated mountains and other non-forested lands.

Alaska’s magnificent scenery, vast forests, and abundant natural resources match the size of the forest. The Tongass makes up ninety percent of Southeast Alaska and is a land of glaciers, mountains, waterways and thousands of islands separated by straits and channels. The islands and mainland create 11,000 miles of shoreline where regal mountains rise from the tidewater to overlook a mostly undeveloped and isolated landscape. The geography of the Alexander Archipelago presents a transportation challenge and most of the Tongass is isolated from the continental road system. You will find yourself boating or flying in a floatplane to most field locations. Visitors arrive by cruise ship, ferry or commercial airplane.

These positions are with the Tongass National Forest - Engineering Staff. One position will be filled in Ketchikan, Alaska and one position will be filled with Thorne Bay, Alaska.

For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact Quentin Smith at 907-228-6328 or qsmith@fs.fed.us.

These positions have a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts is required. Transcripts must be attached to your application or faxed to 866-339-1808 prior to the closing date of the announcement; please include your name and the announcement number on all documents. Applicants who fail to submit their transcripts with their application will not be given credit for their education.

These positions are eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. However, they are not a virtual position and the duty station will be in Ketchikan and Thorne Bay, AK.

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.

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 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.

Duties

Administers contracts as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or an Engineering Representative (ER) providing technical advice, recommendations and suitable alternatives to the Contracting Officer and engineering staff.
Develops and modifies civil engineering plans and specifications for new construction or to improve utility, quality, appropriateness, and appearance of construction. Prepares original designs and preliminary and final layouts. Such projects may include road design, small bridges, retaining walls, major drainage structures, erosion control features, buildings, equipment shops and yards, watershed restoration, and recreation sites, or other comparable structures. Evaluates design objectives, identifies economic and efficient procedures. Develops design, coordinating with other engineers to ensure that all technical areas are covered. Prepares or supervises preparation of special design specifications, cost estimates, and complete design package.
Reviews Environmental Analysis, Environmental Impact Statements, and special reports with regard to new or improved engineering construction. Coordinates with other resource area specialists to complete environmental documents and clearances.