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.

These positions are being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 14-0604000-13098DP-DA . Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

These positions are located in Region 6, on the Malheur National Forest, Supervisor's Office (one vacancy) and Blue Mountain Ranger District (one vacancy), in John Day, Oregon. The incumbent performs a variety of administrative and support type duties in such areas of administration as: procurement, property, human resources, budget, travel, reception duties, resource support services, and miscellaneous office and clerical services. 

For additional information about the duties of the position in the Supervisor's Office, please contact Greeg Brownlee at 541-575-3186 or email at

For information about the duties of the position in the Blue Mountain Ranger District, please contact Lisa Galbreath at 541-575-3314 or email at


The incumbent is the Purchasing Agent for the unit and supports and assists with a full range of purchasing and procurement needs. Receives and distributes supplies and special order items. Reconciles purchases within the appropriate database in a timely manner. Procurement and purchasing files are maintained in accordance with Federal regulations and agency directives.

Processes IAS (Integrated Acquisition System) requisitions making sure that funds availability, work plans are correct and that the procurement documentation is signed and attached. May use database or spreadsheet software to enter, revise, sort, or calculate, and retrieve data for standard reports. Ensures that the accountable property is accounted for and utilized in the office.

Maintains inventory of the organizations accountable property, updating with proper Property Specialists as necessary. Signs for and maintains appropriate accountable records for property. Receives calls and visitors, and based on knowledge of programs and operations, personally handles calls of a routine nature and refers others to appropriate personnel.