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 is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

GS-0401 (Natural Resource Specialist)

GS-0807 (Landscape Architect)

This position serves as a Staff Officer and a principal staff specialist to the Forest Supervisor, on the Los Padres National Forest and is responsible for providing long-range leadership, recreation and landscape planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation for recreation, wilderness and lands.

The duty location of this position is the Forest Supervisor Office in Goleta, CA.

For more information about the duties of this position please contact Ken Heffner, Deputy Forest Supervisor at 805.961.5733 or

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-110507-11983GA. 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.



  • Serves as a member of the Forest Leadership Team responsible for providing advice and support through an interdisciplinary approach to the Forest Supervisor, District Rangers, and other Team members in the development of overall long-range action plans and short-range Forest recreation and functional programs including formulation of local policies and objectives, the coordination between activities, and the establishment of recreation and land management program priorities for the Forest.
  • Identifies need for, analyzes, and recommends schedules and priorities within Forest programs. Analyzes and recommends to the Forest Supervisor, and line officers, priorities and adjustments based on changing direction from the Region, rate of progress towards goals and objectives, resource capabilities, changing economic conditions, emergency situations, production costs and other impacts which influence long- and short-range planning.
  • Evaluates program recommendations and modifications submitted by District Rangers or staff specialists for soundness, conformance and integration with other resource activities. Correlates all such recommendations into annual management plan for the Forest, recommending to the Forest Leadership.
  • Team and line officers whether they should adopt in whole or in part.
  • Provides leadership, coordination, direction, inventory planning, and budgetary oversight for recreation and landscape management program areas to include recreation, wilderness and lands. Develops natural resource program management objectives, plans budgets and manages related information for identifying work force and organizational requirements and priorities. Manages recreation allocation, ensures legal compliance of expenditures and accomplishes multicultural organization activities and equal opportunity and civil rights requirements, goals, and objectives.
  • Evaluates program accomplishment for quantity, quality and cost. Serves as a key interdisciplinary team member integrating plans into long-range Forest Recreation and Land Management Plans/programs.
  • Develops standards and Forest policy assisting the Forest Supervisor and District Rangers in determining responsibility for adherence to these standards.
  • Plans and conducts functional systematic reviews for compliance with approved plans, regulations, policies, and standards. Analyzes public needs, demands and recreation capacities.
  • Approves and/or makes recommendations for changes where protection or improvement of the recreation resource is needed after taking into consideration impacts of all Forest resources.
  • Prepares detailed environmental analysis reports as needed and evaluates statements prepared by others of proposed recreation resource action to assure that the intent of the National Environmental Policy Act is met.
  • Provides oversight in the strategic development of alternative forest recreation use alternatives projecting the corresponding benefits and consequences.
  • Prepares recommendations for changes in management direction or operating procedures.
  • Inspects resource contracts, special-use permits and other contracts and agreements for inclusion of pertinent recreation consideration. Determines special clauses.
  • As designated, serves as Acting Forest Supervisor with full responsibility for decisions and actions.
  • Represents the Forest Supervisor at meetings and conferences.
  • Identifies and acquires resources for the Forest's mission. Helps define and integrate that mission into the Forest, Regional and Service wide programs.

Supervisory Duties:

  • Provides program leadership and direction and administrative supervision. The position plans the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit’s work. Responsibility includes establishing and communicating guidelines and performance requirements to employees; conducting formal performance reviews; and identifying and providing for the developmental and training needs of employees.