Public Affairs Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - San Francisco, CA

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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 serves as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Office of the Chief, Office of Communication.

There are 5 possible duty locations. 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 on pay rates.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Byron James at 202-205-1296.

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

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number __13-50060002-00062G-DLG______ . 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. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a US Citizen to apply for this position.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

The incumbent writes web features, blogs and other communication documents; provides media support including writing of press releases and scheduling of press interviews; supports the Office of the Chief in all communication aspects; develops and implements external outreach communication plans designed to enhance relationships with Forest Service stakeholders; coordinates broad mission statements, objectives and messages for internal and external audiences; designs and carries out public information/involvement plans for national media campaigns, policies, issues, and initiatives; and ensures all appropriate internal communication tools are used to inform employees of current issues and topics of service-wide or national significance.

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, and any selective placement factors described below before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: .

Basic Qualifications: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the online application or resume.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Applicants must demonstrate at least 12 months of experience at or equivalant to the GS 12 level in the federal service performing the following work:

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Work experience that meets this requirement includes: 1) designing, planning, executing, and evaluating a public affairs and/or communications program to communicate agency policies, programs, and actions to various pertinent publics and groups; 2) developing and disseminating informational materials to the general public or specialized target groups through the media and 3) researching and analyzing controversial agency programs, assessing public reaction and developing appropriate communication strategies, information materials and programs based on this analysis.

You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year 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.

Your online application and resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work with percentages of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties (i.e. 75% of the time performing these duties and 25% of the time performing this duty) and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration. This information should be clearly identified in your online application or resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.

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 "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.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliate day care facilities are not available.

This position is eligible for telework.

If selection is in DC area, duty station will change in late 2013 or 2014 from Rosslyn/Arlington VA to Washington D.C.

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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