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 being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0511-14425G-LS-REV. 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 position is located on the Plumas National Forest, Supervisor's Office, duty location of Quincy, CA.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact David Wood at 530-283-7772 or by email at

This is a Supervisory Civil Engineer position on the Central Engineering Staff on the Plumas National Forest. This position is responsible for overseeing a variety of duties requiring civil engineering expertise.

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.


Duties listed are at the full performance level:

  • Participates with the Forest Supervisor and the Forest Management Team in the formulation of Forest policies, objectives, work programs, and plans by providing authoritative input on Engineering and Lands activities of the National Forest
  • Coordinates with other directors and Staff Officers in the area of Land Management Planning to develop complete and comprehensive plans covering all Forest resource activities and programs.
  • Participates in the development of strategic plans involving program, project, budget and organizational elements in a multi-year context to achieve the resource management objectives as established by the Forest Supervisor in the Forest Land Management plan. These plans are fully coordinated with the other directorship and members of the Forest Leadership Staff to ensure full integrated resource management.
  • Conducts functional inspections for compliance with policies, plans, regulations, and work planning. May serve as a liaison between the Forest and Regional Office Directors on matters involving the scope of the program. Ensures timely communication and cooperation with Regional counterparts in carrying out direction at the Forest level and providing feedback and suggestions to the Regional level within areas of expertise.
  • May represent the Forest Supervisor in establishing and maintaining personal contacts wit local representatives of other governmental agencies (Federal, State, County and Municipal), civic organizations and with key individuals. Provides information Forest Service objective and policies as they apply to local conditions, and on current programs of the Forest. Enlists their cooperation and assistance in the solution of local, county and stated problems relative to Forest/Forest land management.
  • Coordinates the assigned programs and plans with other resource management functions, monitors the accuracy of plans, policies, programs, and administration through the planning, design and direction, and management of field reviews of program and activity levels. Provides recommendations on development and execution of Forest Engineering and Lands programs to ensure their accomplishment within applicable guidelines and available manpower and funds.
  • Responsible for the location, survey, plans, specifications, and analysis of engineering systems and facilities such as roads, trails, bridges, or structures that encompass interrelated elements that are difficult to accommodate, pose critical problems of performance requirements vs. costs, or that require designs and plans which must deal with factors of an undetermined or unprecedented nature.
  • Directs or reviews the preparation of complete and detailed project plans, specifications, and cost estimates for projects such as roads, trails, bridges, or other miscellaneous facilities and structures.
  • Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Plans and directs the overall work of the unit performed through subordinate supervisors, team leaders, committee chairs or comparable similar personnel.
  • Exercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units or organizations, and/or in advising management officials of higher rank.
  • Sets and adjusts short-term priorities and schedules and makes decisions on work problems of subordinate supervisors. Work is assigned based on the skills and specialists of staff and priorities of the work.
  • Sets standards for work, does performance ratings, and assures equity of work, performance standards and ratings prepared by subordinate supervisors and other employees in the unit. Has significant influence in the selection of unit subordinates supervisors and other unit employees.
  • Hears and resolves minor complaints, group grievance, and nonsupervisory personnel. Effects minor disciplinary measures such as letters of warning, caution, or admonishment, and recommends other official disciplinary actions. Makes decisions on special, controversial, costly or routine training.
  • Approves within-grade increases, overtime and travel.
  • Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No