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 are two supervisory natural resources specialist (recreation/lands/minerals) positions that are located in Hot Springs, VA and Edinburg, VA on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests. Both positions manage the District Recreation, Lands, and Special Uses programs. The Lee Ranger District position (in Edinburg) also includes management of small Range and Minerals programs. The incumbents will serve on the District Leadership Teams. They will manage budgets, targets, and cooperation with other programs. Both positions involve partnership and volunteer coordination, as well as leveraging outside resources to improve recreation opportunities provided by the Forest.

For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact Pat Sheridan at (540) 839-2521 or

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0808-8858G-JM that's open from April 14 to April 23. 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.


Administers recreation, lands, trails, mineral management, and special uses programs. Plans future recreation use and development on the district in conjunction with forest interdisciplinary teams. Plans, develops and implements long-range and annual management plans for recreation, wilderness, trails and special uses.

Oversees the overall recreation program budget. Serves as the point of contact on the long-range and annual work plans for the recreation, wilderness, trails and special uses programs/projects. Develops annual work plan for recreation operation and maintenance programs, rehabilitation work on existing facilities and plans for modification or addition to established recreation areas.

Supervises employees on the District. Leading employees and team members by proactively adapting to changing work environments and working towards the realization of goals and objectives.

Provides advice and counsel to employees. Participates in decisions as part of the District’s Leadership Team. Coordinates with other program specialists and participates in ID Teams. Interacts with external entities such as Federal, State, Tribal and local agencies, special uses permittees and forest users.

Develops technical progress reports of findings when needed and makes presentation of the information when needed within the recreation, wilderness, trails and special uses program areas. Responsible for environmental analysis reviews, reports, evaluations and preparing environmental impact statements.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No