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Interdisciplinary Social Scientist/Natural Resource Specialist (Recreation)

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This position is located on a Forest Service unit. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as primary assistant in the planning, programming, and execution of all land, trails, special uses, and minerals management program activities.
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Responsibilities
Duties listed are at the full performance level:
Provides expertise and advice in assessing current recreation use, type, and standards, and in long-range planning, maintenance, and operation of recreation facilities.
Advises on the development of recreation management plans.
Makes field reconnaissance, and provides expertise and advice as requested on various types of recreation programs.
Plans, develops and implements long-range and annual management plans for natural resource e.g., special uses, minerals, land uses, land acquisition/exchange, watershed, and road construction on a unit.
Develops the overall programs for land classification, land adjustment, special uses, and minerals management. Land adjustment activities include exchange, donation, valuation, rights-of-way procurement, and acquisition.
Analyzes and determines the effects of management activities on natural resources and prepares environmental assessments to document findings.
Make findings of land management uses. Responsible for environmental analysis reviews, reports, evaluation and preparing environmental impact statements.
Strategizes and develops proposed natural resource management activities and coordinates and/or implements these approved management activities.
Provides input into the recreation budget.
Reviews requests to ensure they compare with needs as shown in the information system, and coordinates adjustments with requesting budget personnel.
Collects data, analyzes program needs, and recommends action to maintain a balanced budget for the Forest's recreation function.
Serves as the point of contact on the long-range and annual work plans for natural resource programs/projects.
Coordinates the input of others working to develop the natural resource long-range and annual work plans. Develops and monitors the budget for long-range and annual work plan.
Develops and coordinates long-range and annual project plans with other work plans to ensure milestones are being accomplished, regulations are adhered to, and objectives are met, and if not, makes the needed changes as conditions arise.
Identifies problems and recommends solutions
Plans the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit's work.
Establishes and communicates guidelines and performance requirements to employees; conducts formal performance reviews; and identifies and provides for the developmental and training needs of employees.
Promotes equal opportunity and employs nondiscriminatory practices for merit promotion, recruitment and hiring of applicants
Coordinates activities between units and among other specialists (engineers, wildlife biologists, etc.) to ensure consistency in program emphasis, development, and use between unit resources.
Seeks and establishes mutual working relationships with outside entities, such as Federal, State, Tribal and local agencies who partner with the Forest Service.
Provides professional expert advice and support in the planning, designing, development, implementation, and evaluation of program/project activities.
Demonstrates leadership in establishing and maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and creates a sense of inclusion and support for all employees in the workplace.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training, meetings, and project related work.
Supervisory status
Yes
Promotion Potential
11
Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
Requirements
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National.
Additional Information:
For units authorizing TOS, selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.
Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for additional information on pay rates for specific locations.
Two (2) positions may be filled from this announcement. To be considered for any or all of these locations, please verify that the appropriate duty location is selected.
Park Falls, WI
TOS: Yes
Telework: Adhoc
Bargaining Unit: No
Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11
Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training
Contact: Melanie Fullman ? 715-762-5107 or mfullman@fs.fed.us
Carbondale, CO
TOS: Yes
Telework: Adhoc
Bargaining Unit: No
Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-11
Travel: Occasional to attend meetings and/or training
Contact: Erin Carey ? 970-404-3163 or ebcarey@fs.fed.us or Kevin Warner - 970-945-3303 or kwarner@fs.fed.us
Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF
For the GS-0101 series: Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
OR
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.
OR
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.
For the GS-0401 series: Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
OR
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
OR
Combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field needed to perform the work of the occupation.
In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade(s) specified.
For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; OR a masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Participated in the drafting of annual work action plans for carrying out recreation management decisions; worked alongside of senior members to develop potential recreational sites or areas for additional recreation use and planned development; and assisted with other resource management activities by analyzed the impact of those sources on the recreation program
For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Provided input for the unit interdisciplinary planning teams; participated in developing the unit program of work for all aspects or portions of the unit-planning program, advised, coordinated, or reviewed the annual operating plans and budgets; and conducted routine environmental studies and evaluations and developed environmental analysis reports linking a variety of resources, such as; recreation, special uses, facilities, and travel management.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Education
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