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 with the Forest Service, Deputy Chief, Research and Development; Forest Management Research Staff. This position serves as a Program Manager for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research works with leadership to provide necessary information pertaining to Wildland Fire & Fuels provides collaborative coordination, responses to critical forest management issues. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Carlos Rodriguez-Franco at 202-205-1702 or

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.


Provides leadership responsibility for Wildland Fire and Fuels research program, which is national 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 wildland fire and fuel sciences. Incumbent is responsible for strategic national program development and planning for the 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; tracking program performance and reviewing accomplishments of field units; responding to inquiries about the program’s budget and performance from agency budget officials, line officers, and clients; and analyzing workforce capacity, organizational needs, and staffing trends for the program. The incumbent is also responsible for recommending priorities among projects within the assigned program, and because projects typically influence and are influenced by activities in other program areas, for coordinating program plans and activities within and across the mission areas of the Forest Service.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is 10% a year

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Merit Announcement: Relocation expenses may be authorized.