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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Natural Resource Specialist/Social Science Advisor
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service
Job Announcement Number:  14-WO-OC-32325DP-REV1-CT

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $89,924.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 12, 2014 to Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Not Applicable


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 within the Forest Service, Washington Office, International Programs, Assistant Director-Tech Cooperation Program. The incumbent assists an International Programs Staff Program Coordinator in delivering USDA Forest Service activities in the foreign country or region to which assigned. Activities include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) natural resources and disaster management focused foreign assistance programs through their global, regional, and field Mission offices; and initiatives and efforts of the Forest Service International Programs community of interests and partners, including U. S. State Department (DOS), other U.S. Government agencies, environmental non-governmental organizations, United States industry, and host country governments.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Lara Peterson at 202-644-4555 or

Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station and require travel on aircraft.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-WO-OC-32325G-CT. 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.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel overseas.


  • No


  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • US Citizenship/National is required.
  • Fluency in Ukrainian Language is required.
  • Must be able to obtain a passport for overseas travel.


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Coordinates and implements programs of technical cooperation between the USDA Forest Service and counterparts within Central and Eastern Europe. Recruits and identifies Forest Service Field expertise for natural resources management or social science projects; works with donors to compliment program funds; and monitor and evaluates project implementation in the field.

Supports development of sectoral strategies and assistance to missions in the design, implementation, and evaluation of activities. Participates in the technical review of country strategies and annual report documents. Supports design, implementation, and management of regional development assistance activities. Provides backstopping to the International Programs Staff Program coordinator.

Maintains working relationships with and interacts efficiently with entire International Programs staff as well as related staffs throughout the Forest Service, USAID and DOS Program leadership academia, government, industry, and private and nonprofit organization leadership both in the United States and abroad. Cultivates contact with potential sources of technical expertise.

Prepare project proposals for USAID and DOS, and formal correspondence to government counterparts, disaster management officials, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academic partners in other countries to clarify cooperative program goals, objectives and accomplishments.

Develops and manages all forms of financial mechanisms such as grants, cooperative agreements, joint ventures, contracts, and other procurement mechanisms for accomplishing program goals and objectives. Oversees and managers projects including preparing budgets, cost proposals, reports, and financial management documents.


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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements.

GS-0401: Bachelor's Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

GS-0101: Bachelor's Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized Experience:

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized work experience that meets this requirement includes: Provided advice and assistance to foreign governments and non-governmental organizations on international natural resource management AND analyses of international natural resource management and/or social science, trends, and issues, as they relate to countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within the closing date of the announcement.


May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.


You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e., the online questionnaire. The application link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:


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Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible but not represented.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

• Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.

• College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

• DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.

• Other required documents may include:

  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
  • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-338-3755
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
United States
Fax: 866-338-3755


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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