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 announcement has been extended, it will now close on 09/05/2013.*

This position serves as a Team Leader for the Data Collection Team of the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS), Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program and is responsible for overseeing forest inventory and analysis data collection in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands.

Salary will be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at for additional information.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-2669-0488G-EB, which opened on 08/22/2013 and will close on 09/05/2013. 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.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gretchen Nicholas at (503) 808-2034 or


As Team Leader, is responsible for overseeing the forest inventory and analysis data collection in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Responsibilities include first-line supervision of two or three GS-11 Foresters/Ecologists, and one GS-07 Support Services Specialist. The Team Leader also has second-line supervisory responsibility for 15 to 25 Foresters/Ecologists and Forestry Technicians. Conducts short and long term resource and financial planning, taking into account current and projected program priorities as well as anticipated fiscal resources. Determines type, amount, and location(s) of work to be accomplished; calculates cost of programs based on staffing, equipment, supply, and material requirements. Reviews and provides advice regarding changes in natural resources data collection field procedures. Evaluates new techniques that are potentially useful in the field inventory by reviewing information obtained from trade journals, meetings, research results, and other sources. Develops techniques and procedures to provide analyses of non-timber resources, such as wildlife and habitats and recreation opportunities and availability. Responsible for safety and health program implementation and leadership within the unit. Develops and administers contracts for boat and helicopter operations in support of field data collection activities. Maintains certification as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and provides technical assistance to the contracting officer. Prepares annual Project Aviation Safety Plan (PASP) utilizing the risk management system.