Congressional Relations Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Bedford, IN

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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.

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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0951000201-192DP-CJ . 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 duty station may be located at the Regional Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin or at any of the Eastern Region's Supervisor Offices as follows: Cass Lake, MN; Duluth, MN; Ironwood, MI; Gladstone, MI; Cadillac, MI; Rhinelander, WI; Wilmington, IL; Harrisburg, IL; Rolla, MO; Bedford, IN; Nelsonville, OH; Elkins, WV; Warren, PA; Rutland, VT; or Campton, NH.

Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at for additional information.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kathryn O’Connor at or 414-297-3640 .

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:


Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

Duties listed are at the full Performance level.

Evaluates, plans, coordinates regional legislative activities to include planning and conducting all public affairs activities as related to legislative interests. Participates in long-range planning, development and coordination of the overall Public Affairs Program for the Region.

Maintains frequent contact with Regional Forester, Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington and with field units to establish and assure flow of legislative information in all directions. Advises staff and regional leadership on emerging issues and their implications for Forester Service management and policies and the relative advantages of various strategies for addressing issues. Reviews legislative drafts in consultation with the Regional Leadership team, other agencies, and the Office of General Counsel. Coaches and critiques forests on legislative activities ensuring the clarity of the message they are conveying.

Prepares reports and analyses of pending legislation that is relevant to the regional office and individual units in the region.

Provides advice and counsel to the Regional Forester, regional teams, and line officers on legislative and congressional activities. Incorporates situation analysis, identifies target audience and develops message strategies. Evaulates message impact and effectiviness and recommends or initiates changes. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Participated in implementing new procedures or practices in order to comply with relevant laws and regulations, managed assigned work within established budgets, and utilized available technologies to maximize performance; communicated with individuals inside and outside the immediate organization to coordinate work, discuss technical requirements, resolve problems, and to reach agreement concerning differences in practices related to legislative and congressional interests; and o rganized and/or coordinated important meetings concerning legislative and congressional affairs with key officials, oversaw arrangements for media coverage of organization/organization activities, and provided informational materials to media representatives and key legislative and congressional officials.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Planned, organized and allocated resources and workloads, balanced the interests, needs, and commitments made to internal and external customers, and revised priorities to accommodate unforeseen developments in congressional and legislative affairs, emergencies, or new policies, statutes, or regulations affecting the program; coordinated projects or activities which were involved in congressional and legislative affairs and which required contacts with and cooperation from representatives of outside organizations and/or other jurisdictions having common interests or responsibilities. Represented the organization and its programs in local community events and provided information on Forest Service Interests in Legislative and congressional affairs to members of the public; and o rganized and/or coordinated important meetings concerning legislative and congressional affairs with key officials, oversaw arrangements for media coverage of organization/organization activities. Developed, wrote, and provided informational materials on congressional and legislative affairs to media personnel and assisted them in preparing materials. Evaluated the impact/effectiveness of informational materials prepared for use with legislative or congressional officials.

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

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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

You will be evaluated based on 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 form 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.

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • 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.
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 .

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