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 on the Stanislaus National Forest, Supervisor's Office, Sonora, CA. For more information about the duties and/or location of this announcement, please contact Ann Denton at 209-532-3671 x332 or

This position is located on the Stanislaus National Forest, Supervisor’s Office with responsibility for supporting managers and resource specialists in the use of geospatial technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for land, natural resources and ecosystem management.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0516-011238G-DLA. 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.


Provides leadership in the development and use of spatial data and advanced geospatial technological applications, and serves as principal technical advisor on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Develops and implements geospatial program goals in conjunction with resource management objectives and organizational business requirements. Advises, counsels and assists Forest staff regarding GIS project planning including timelines, data analysis capabilities, budgeting, contracting, and other information management considerations.

Oversees data life cyle management. Coordinates input from managers and resource specialists to determine type, amount and level of information required to develop and analyze ecosystem management alternatives. Coordinates conversion of geospatial information and remote sensing imagery into GIS databases. Responsible for organization and maintenance of resource information and data to facilitate analysis across multiple disciplines including but not limited to recreation, silviculture, planning, engineering and fire.

Provides expertise and makes recommendations on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. Applies standard geospatial and cartographic principles to new situations and resolves novel or obscure problems. Develops and interprets conceptual, mathematical and computer models for geospatial applications.

Compiles natural resource, topographic, and cartographic data for creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for multi-disciplinary resource management planning, preparation of environmental and social assessments, environmental impact statements and other projects supporting natural resource management decision making. Operates complex computer systems and software packages and develops procedures to produce intricately detailed maps and graphics for the many varied Forest resource programs, planning documents, and a variety of other requirements. Applies geographic and cartographic principles to the resolution of multi-disciplinary issues in geospatial database construction and map compilation.

Conducts formal and informal training and provides technical assistance to GIS software users in the development, storage, retrieval and analysis of data.

Serves as technical point of contact and maintains liaison with the Regional Office (RO), Federal, State, and local governments; and other individuals concerned with GIS, GPS, remote sensing and mapping.

Plans the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit’s work. Responsibility includes establishing and communicating performance requirements to employees; conducting formal performance reviews; and identifying and providing for the developmental and training needs of employees. The incumbent hears and resolves employee complaints, effects minor disciplinary measures, and recommends action in more serious cases. The position performs administrative and human resources management functions for the unit; and assures full compliance with safety regulations.

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No