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 located on the Sequoia and San Bernardino National Forests, with duty locations in Porterville, and San Bernardino, CA. For further information about the duties of the position, please contact Kevin Elliott at 559-784-1500,  or Jody Noiron at 909-382-2710, .

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:

These positions are being advertised as a Career Ladder. Target Grade is a GS-13. Positions may be filled as a career ladder or at the full performance level.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0513-9758G-AI. 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.

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:

  • Prepare and review information material for dissemination to various public audiences. Promote and maintain working relationships with representatives of public and private entities to exchange information and ideas. Develop feedback mechanisms to ensure that information is a two-way stream. Organize and implement employee and public meetings to foster employee and public participation in forums. Create a variety of informational material including webpages, newsletters, brochures, informational videos, and blog postings.
  • Identify and analyze communication needs, concerns, and attitudes of various public audiences as they relate to natural resource and environmental programs. Evaluate trends in public opinion to determine public attitudes and perceptions to relate policies with community interests. Research current communication methods and techniques to identify applicability and provide training.
  • Initiate and direct a positive internal and external information program to meet various information needs in agreement with the mission of the organization. Plan and direct public affairs support for an organization to include community relations, media operations, and information strategies. Formulate policies based on research and consideration of public information and public relations. Develop communication plans to inform affected publics of ongoing initiatives. Develop crisis and/or emergency communication plans to provide continuous, timely, and accurate information. Implement communication plans to inform affected publics of ongoing initiatives.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and primary contact for local and national media that give information to the public. Respond to media inquiries involving sensitive topics that may be subject to misunderstanding to clarify information. Act as a liaison between a variety of local, national, and special interest groups to exchange information. Assist media representatives in assuring technical accuracy through coordination of review by appropriate staff or technical experts.
  • Recommend responses to the media for managers during a crisis situation. Recommend ways to proactively communicate about a non-crisis issue to prevent an unnecessary public alarm. Advise on information release to the public based on timing, choice, and importance to keep public opinion favorable. Advise management on important developments in community relations and media interaction to ensure effective communication strategies. Serve as an advisor and spokesperson to supervisor and senior staff on matters involving the public and communication issues. Advise management of internal information needs and the best way to disseminate the information. Prepare and review speeches and presentations to be given by staff to various audiences. Prepare and review written and electronic information to be disseminated by the organization.
  • Plan and assign work to employees to prioritize and ensure work is accomplished. Establish and communicate guidelines to maintain quality work products. Communicate performance requirements and give performance reviews to develop employees’ skills. Identify deficient areas in order to provide training to improve. Hear employee complaints to resolve issues among employees.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required such as attending public meetings, training assignments, coordinating with adjacent land and resource management agencies.

Relocation Authorized

  • No