Program Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Vernal, UT

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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.

This position is located on the Ashley National Forest in Region 4, in the Forest Supervisor’s Office.

This position is located on a Forest Service unit where the incumbent is responsible for providing administrative support to the Forest Supervisor.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact John Erickson at 435-781-5101 or

We expect to make a final job offer with 30-60 days after the deadline for applications.

Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0401-0002-5990G-(bjo). 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 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.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES: Independently carries out program support function and coordinates with other staff units to implement office procedures.

Exercises exclusive control over calendars for Forest Supervisor and Deputy Forest Supervisor with complete authority for time commitments.

Manages the correspondence process for the Forest Supervisor and Deputy Forest Supervisor. Evaluates content, proofreads, and ensures timely signing and distribution, and coordination with the Regional and Washington Office.

Schedules meetings and makes arrangements such as preparing agendas and briefing materials, notifying participants and reserving conference space. Develops background information and briefing materials and ensures participants have necessary information in advance of meetings. Briefs key participants before meeting(s) occur and follows up on action items with appropriate staff members.

Handles all travel logistics and travel itinerary, and provides briefing and logistical material in advance of travel. Prepares travel reimbursement documents and ensures timely processing reimbursements.

Screens all telephone calls and visitor requests and determines the appropriate person/staff to handle complicated inquiries. Personally answers non-technical request.

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. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

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

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; master's 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: Served as a front office executive assistant managing the activities, correspondence, visitors, and inquiries directed to the organization’s top management staff: prepared, reviewd and edits drafts of written correspondence, presentations, reports and similar products; utilizing a range of automated systems to carry out administrative functions on behalf of the management staff e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, email, scheduling, travel, budget and/or other comparable software and systems; and/or guiding others in performing clerical functions.

You must have completed a High School diploma.

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

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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.

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

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This position requires completion of a three-year probationary period in accordance with the USDA Demonstration Project Authority. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

This position is not eligible to belong to the bargaining unit.

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.

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