Job Overview

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.

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.

This position is located on Mendocino National Forest. 

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Ken Wysocki at 530-934-1165 or kwysocki@fs.fed.us.

 

Position serves as the Forest’s Environmental Coordinator, the Appeals and Litigation Manager and as the primary assistant to the Forest Planning Staff Officer. Position provides Forest Plan implementation direction and coordination for a complex array of resource management activities that include project compliance with NEPA, NFMA, CEQ, and FOIA; resources laws and regulations; and litigation defense activities that include appeals and objections procedures.


This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0508-12488G-GH. 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.

Duties

Duties listed are at the full performance level:

 

  • Plans, directs, and advises Forest personnel on compliance efforts regarding National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), regulations of the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), the Forest Plan, and Forest Service Policy. Provides Forest Line Officers with advice and interpretation of a broad range of environmental policies. Provides technical leadership and guidance concerning interpretation and implementation of environmental policies.
  • Serves as the Forest Appeals and Objections Coordinator in the implementation of the administrative appeals and objections procedures. Manages Forest appeals, objections, litigation activities. Serves as the Forest-level subject matter expert analyzing and considering litigation and court decisions to make appropriate recommendations to Forest Line Officers regarding Forest position in specific lawsuits.
  • Liaisons with Federal, State, and Local government officials, special interest groups, industry representatives, tribal representatives, general public, and agency stake holders to provide interpretation of requirements and applicability of NEPA, CEQ, NFMA, FOIA, and Appeals and Litigation.
  • Formulates responses to appeals regarding decisions made by the Forest. Facilitates the development of litigation reports for the Forest and liaisons documentation between the Forest and the Regional Office and Office of General Council. Ensures accuracy and completeness of the Administrative Record for each lawsuit. Coordinates, prepares and publishes the quarterly Forest Plan implementation schedule (Schedule of Proposed Actions or SOPA) to accurately inform the public, other governmental agencies, special interest groups, and Congressional offices of planned and on-going activities associated with NEPA analyses and directions.