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    This position is located in the Eastern Region's Regional Office, Public and Government Relations Staff, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kathryn O'Connor at 414-297-3640 or kathrynoconnor@fs.fed.us.

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    Serves as a principal staff assistant to the Director of Public and Governmental Relations. Has program management responsibilities for developing and implementing the Eastern Region’s Urban Connections and conservation education programs.

    Participates with Staff Director and other members of the staff in the long-range planning, development, and coordination of activities designed to achieve the overall public affairs program for the Region.

    Aligns Eastern Region urban outreach program with national and Regional urban initiatives.  Responsible for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating the urban outreach program in the Eastern Region (R9), in coordination with other units in the geographic area, including Northeastern Area – State and Private Forestry (NA) and Northern Research Station (NRS).

    Advises staffs and the Regional Leadership Team of emerging issues in urban natural resources stewardship and conservation education, their implications for the Forest Service, and the relative advantages of strategies to address issues.  Provides technical leadership across the Region in developing urban outreach programs.

    Works with local line officers to design, implement and maintain effective urban outreach and involvement efforts.

    Builds appreciation among all customers for the value of communications with and an understanding of the values held by urban constituents.  Strives to include the views and values of under-represented groups. 

    Provides technical advice, training, and guidance to Regional Office staff groups and Forest Supervisors and their staffs about the conservation education program and their audiences and serves as liaison to the Washington Office conservation education program.

    Coordinates natural resource conservation education activities with Forest leadership and resource areas to ensure effective explanation of agency mission within the context of the best available scientific information.

    Determines program priorities, and develops and promotes an effective, fully integrated conservation education program that can be provided to visitors, professional groups, and students in all grade levels of elementary and secondary school systems.

    Develops and maintains conservation education working relationships with groups such as youth service organizations, state education departments, regional conservation education groups, and conservation organizations.

    Occasionally, incumbent prepares and conducts conservation education events throughout the Region using a variety of mass media and personalized interpretive skills and procedures.

    Serves as partnership coordinator for Urban Connections and conservation education.  Develops guidelines, translates regulations to the field level, administers agreements, ensures procedures are followed, provides technical expertise, and ensures records are maintained. Identifies and fosters potential grant and partnership opportunities for urban outreach and conservation education.

    Develops and maintains effective external cooperative relationships with government agencies, colleges and universities, non-governmental organizations, conservation groups, private foundations, urban organizations, and others interested in urban natural resources stewardship and conservation education.

    Responsible for seeking Urban Connections and conservation education-related grants and for coordinating and screening Forest grant applications.

    Identifies additional research or contractor services that are needed and facilitates acquisition of these services. This might include lining-up support, managing funding, and serving as Contracting Officer’s Representative.

    Performs supervisory duties 20% or less of the time.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel to meetings, field and/or training.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles,  Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

    Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/396343800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.