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    This position serves as a National Program Leader for Silviculture Research on the Sustainable Forest Management Research staff within the Office of the Deputy Chief for Research & Development (R&D) in the Forest Service’s national headquarters.  The position also serves as the R&D national headquarters lead for biomass and bioenergy research.  This employee is a recognized research authority in the field of silviculture, forest ecology, and forest management, responsible for a broad range of leadership activities for the program assigned.   

    This position is located on the Deputy Chief, Research and Development Sustainable Forest Management Research Team in Washington, DC.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Dr. Toral Patel-Weynand at 202-205-0878 or by email at tpatelweynand@fs.fed.us.

    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.

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    Duties listed are at the full performance level.

    Develops and plans the Silviculture Research National Program. This includes assessing the adequacy of existing activities for the entire assigned program, identifying emerging issues and problems, anticipating the need for additional knowledge, coordinating program activities within and across the Forest Service, and building support for the program with clients inside and outside the Forest Service.

    Recommends to staff directors which program components and activities should be initiated, expanded, maintained, curtailed, or dropped, and when and why such actions should occur. Analyzes how program accomplishments are meeting clients’ needs. Proposes adjustments to better integrate program activities with other Forest Service programs to increase service to clients. Identifies and proposes ways to eliminate duplication and redundancy in programs, increasing cost-efficiencies in program delivery.  
    Provides leadership, allocates resources, and implements activities to accomplish Forest Service multicultural organization direction, and Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights requirements, goals, policies, and objectives.  Leads and sets a positive example by participation in work environment continuous improvement processes. Creates a work environment that respects, appreciates, and values the contributions and perspectives of all employees.
    Tracks program performance and reviews accomplishments of field units; analyzes workforce capacity, organizational needs, and staffing trends for the program. Formulates and justifies program budget requests; responds to inquiries about the program’s budget and performance to agency budget officials, executive managers, and clients. 

    Acts as the authoritative, nationally recognized professional, scientific, or technical expert for the silviculture research science program, bringing exceptional creativity and ingenuity to the development of plans and proposals to address complex, emerging issues affecting the assigned program.  As a recognized national authority, acts as a consultant or advisor to Staff Directors, Associate Deputy Chiefs, and Deputy Chiefs across all mission areas, and is frequently called upon to provide authoritative professional, scientific, or technical advice to the Chief, Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, and occasionally to senior executives of other USDA agencies and mission areas. 

    Meets with clients of the program from inside and outside the agency to represent the program, mission area, and agency. Gathers information on the program’s effectiveness in meeting clients’ needs. Helps clients to adapt program results to create solutions for their problems. Shares what is learned with other program leaders in headquarters and field units to sharpen program focus, improve program integration, and accelerate program delivery.  Establishes and maintains partnerships with other government agencies, NGOs, and private organizations to leverage the agency’s ability to accomplish its mission.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel will be required approximately 7-10 times a year for a duration of a week. Travel is required for mission operation, mission critical, conferences, and meetings.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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