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 position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0913-3355G-SD . 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.

This position is located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The duty location for this position is Rhinelander, WI. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Matthew St. Pierre at 715-362-1385 or

This is a Natural Resource Specialist (Recreation) position located in the supervisor's office on a National Forest. The incumbent provides expertise in the development and management of the Recreation, Wildnerness, Wild and Scenic River, Trails, Special Uses, and Lands program areas on the Forest.

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.


Provides professional advice and assistance to management in the planning, coordination and development of the assigned programs, including development and execution of a multi-million dollar budget; Forest Off Highway Vehicle Program oversight (including the administration of supporting State grants); oversight of the Forest Fee Demonstration Program and Campground Concessionaire Program; development of a complex Capital Investment Program; staff support for the Forest Special Uses and Lands Team; administration of resource inventory and program measurement and accountability processes, including Real Property Inventories; and integration of Recreation and Lands program goals and objectives into the overall program of Forest resource management activity.

Serves as the program manager for one or more natural resource programs, responsible for providing technical leadership in natural resources management. Performs a wide variety of comprehensive assessment, monitoring, or response assistance activities. Reviews new projects or proposed revisions of existing plans and coordinates action on approved projects. Serves as a member or leader of an interdisciplinary team, developing complex plans, proposals, or strategies for natural resource management. Recognizes problems that may develop and recommends remedial action. Develops and coordinates with the Forest Staff Officer the long-range schedules, staffing needs, budget proposals, and programs of work.

The incumbent may supervise a small staff and exercises the minimum supervisory and managerial authorities and responsibilities less than 20% of the time. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Coordinates within the unit to ensure that timeliness, form, procedure, accuracy, quality and quantity standards are met in individual cases. Evaluates work performance of subordinates. Effects minor disciplinary measures, such as verbal warnings and cautions.