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 serves as Assistant Director for Agroforestry and also Director of the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) on the Forest Management Sciences Staff within the Office of the Deputy Chief for Research & Development (R&D) in the Forest Service’s national headquarters.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-55070001-0082G-TC opening Monday 11/26/2013 and closing Friday 01/10/2014. 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 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.

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 Andy Mason at (202) 205-1694 or


The incumbent serves as the Forest Service national agroforestry program leader and line manager for the USDA National Agroforestry Center’s personnel and resources. The NAC is a Washington Office (WO) detached unit of Research & Development (R&D) in Lincoln, NE, with integrated R&D and Technology Transfer programs that are jointly sponsored by WO R&D, WO State & Private Forestry and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This position exercises the full range of leadership responsibilities for the assigned program, which is national (and sometimes international) in scope and possesses considerable scientific or technical complexity, requiring an individual with extended training, experience, and unusual attainments in a professional, scientific, or technical field in the social, biological, or physical sciences. The employee is responsible for strategic national program development and planning for the assigned program, including: assessing the adequacy of existing activities for the entire assigned program; identifying emerging issues and problems; anticipating the need for additional knowledge; coordinating program activities within and across the Forest Service mission areas; building support for the program with clients inside and outside the Forest Service; formulating and justifying program budget requests; and analyzing workforce capacity, organizational needs, and staffing trends for the program.