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 located within the Washington Office, State and Private Forestry, Conservation Education Office.  Incumbent serves as the Director of Conservation Education and is responsible for planning, direction, development, evaluation and administration of the USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Program.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Victoria Christiansen at 202-205-1489 or

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-5600-00343G-CT. 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.


Directs, coordinates, and oversees work through subordinate supervisors. Advises staff regarding policies, procedures and directives of higher level management or the Department USDA. Works with senior managers in the development of the organization’s primary mission goals and objectives and assures the development/promotion of EEO, Civil Rights and diversity goals, policies, requirements and objectives of the USDA Forest Service. Reviews developmental needs of subordinate supervisors and non-supervisory employees and makes decisions on non-routine, costly or controversial training needs and/or requests for unit employees.

The Director of Conservation Education serves as the senior policy and technical expert, analyst and advisor to the Chief, USDA Forest Service, reporting to the Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry. Incumbent conducts special analyses and develops management control systems to establish and maintain a strategic management process towards the proper functioning and reliability of Conservation Education programs. The Director provides support and channels all program direction towards a collaborative and cooperative environment in both the daily operations of the staff, as well as the mission support activities. The Office of Conservation Education requires a high level of interaction with the other leaders within the Forest Service as well as USDA Natural Resource Environment, USDA Office of Chief Scientist, and other agencies that provide resources and support towards Conservation Education. Other interactions include but are not limited to critical non-government partners, such as the Ad Council, National Environmental Education Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Forest Foundation, American Forest Foundation, National American Association for Environmental Education and others.

Establishes support programs and communication goals for the Conservation Education program, a highly visible effort encompassing the entire agency in pursuit diversified outreach and connection to the American public. Serves as senior advisor and consultant on state-of-the-art management techniques to provide improved USDA Forest Service information that can be used to improve outreach, education, collaboration and information sharing. Conducts pilot studies to assess the cost effectiveness of the Conservation Education program. Plans, coordinates and oversees implementation of improved management techniques. Oversees the development of training courses as required for application of concepts and resources or any other appropriate learning methods. Reviews Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and policies prepared by subordinate staff for adequacy and compliance with regulatory guidance.

Establishes and maintains liaisons with professional groups and other government agencies to gain insights and support to improve USDA Forest Service conservation education efforts.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel may be required 1-2 weeks a month.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.