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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Supvervisory Natural Resource Specialist/Landscape Architect
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service
Job Announcement Number:  13-110507-11983DP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$76,644.00 to $91,141.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 08, 2013 to Monday, December 02, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Goleta, CA   View Map
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.


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.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12.31.59 must be registered with the Selective Service.


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  • 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.



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You must possess the Minimum Requirements identified below, for one of the outlined series, to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.

Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements.

GS-0401 - Bachelor's Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


GS-0807 - Degree: landscape architecture or landscape design. -OR- Combination of education and experience -- for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design.

Experience Equivalent to a Degree in Landscape Architecture: A degree in landscape architecture indicates that an applicant has the basic background to perform professional landscape architectural work at the beginning levels, and has the potential to develop the skills and abilities required at the higher levels.

Experience may be substituted for education to the extent that it provided the equivalent back-ground. However, because an education provides some knowledge that cannot be measured in terms of course content, but rather is part of general knowledge and cultural background gained as a result of interrelationships among courses, careful judgment must be used in evaluating experience substituted for education as provided for in paragraph B of the basic requirements.

The objective of providing for the substitution of experience for education is to avoid excluding proven professional landscape architects from the Federal service. However, relatively few applicants will qualify on the basis of experience alone. The time required in the case of an individual applicant to acquire the required experience may take substantially more than 4 years. In view of the breadth and depth of training required, it is rare that a person will qualify without some course work in addition to experience.

Applicants who apply on the basis of experience in lieu of education are required to show how their background is equivalent to a degree. In order to qualify at the entrance level, non-degree applicants typically must have experience or study that included site planning; layout of circulation patterns; grading and drainage plans; planting plans; collaboration with architects and/or engineers; and the supervision or review of landscape construction.

Evaluation of Experience: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional landscape architectural experience: routine drafting or developing of plans where original investigations or designs are not involved; laying out or executing illustrations in black-and-white or in color; nursery work involving the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines, etc.; experimental, horticultural, or landscape gardening; breeding, testing, propagation, culture, and production of plants, flowers, trees, crops, etc.; forestry work involving the management of forest resources for the continuous production of timber, water, forage, and other forest values; architectural and engineering work limited to the design of structures; work in city and community planning that relates primarily to the broad social and economic growth of cities and communities and the organization of community services and facilities.

Note: Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in an accredited college or university is qualifying for GS-7.

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications outlined above, you must also possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate specialized experience requirements.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience includes: Provided recommendations and support in the administration of recreation program and projects. Reviewed proposals for new recreation facilities or activities and recommended action. Ensured that action is taken in accordance with approved plans. Coordinated activities between units and among other specialists (engineers, wildlife biologists, etc.) to ensure consistency in program emphasis, development, and use between unit resources. Provided advice and recommendations in assessing current recreation use, type, and standards, and in long-range planning, maintenance, and operation of recreation facilities. Reviewed new projects or proposed revisions of existing plans and coordinated action on approved projects.The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience includes: Provided expertise and advice in the administration of recreation program and projects. Reviewed proposals for new recreation facilities or activities and recommend action. Ensured that action is taken in accordance with approved plans. Coordinated activities between units and among other specialists (engineers, wildlife biologists, etc.) to ensure consistency in program emphasis, development, and use between unit resources. Provided expertise and advice in assessing current recreation use, type, and standards, and in long-range planning, maintenance, and operation of recreation facilities. Reviewed new projects or proposed revisions of existing plans and coordinated action on approved projects.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.



You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e., the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


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  • Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period if not already served.
  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • Childcare is not available.
  • Government housing not available.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date.

The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes as a minimum: 1) sufficient information to verify qualifications; 2) supervisors phone number/e-mail address for each work period and whether we may contact them for reference checks.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience.

Other required documents as applicable:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • VEOA: DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and supporting VA letter if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems: Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran: DD214, VA letter andSF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference OR if currently on active duty; a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel: Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement: Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service, Postal Service Commission, GAO, US Courts, etc.), Current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects eligibility.
  • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721: Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
  • Foreign Service: Most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, service under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more non-temporary Foreign Service appointments.
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
  • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
  • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority not listed above, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation.

NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents \ from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system additional documents may be uploaded. Documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


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Fax: 866.338.3024
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