Forest Service 517 reviews - Bradford, PA

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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 14-0919-22340G-TB (Open April 7, 2014 to April 21, 2014). 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.

This position is located on the Allegheny National Forest with a duty location in Bradford, Marienville or Warren, PA.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Mike Bowmaster at 814-728-6231 or .

This is a Realty Specialist position on the Allegheny National Forest with responsibilities primarily in special use permits.

  • Not Required

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  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

DUTIES: Back to top Duties listed are at the full performance level.

The incumbent spends at least 75% of duty time in special uses administration.

Administers various aspects of the special use program. Administers a variety of special use authorizations (permits, term permits, leases, and/or easements) for a variety of activities (such as those listed in Forest Service Handbook 2709.11, Chapter 10), including recreation residences, linear rights-of-ways, electric power lines, gas pipelines, outfitter/guides, campground concessions, recreation events, communication uses, etc. Assists in the administration of more complex special use authorizations.

Serves as the primary contact for prospective and existing special use holders and works with them to resolve problems if they arise. Meets with special use proponents to discuss the special use application process and inform them of possible special use terms and conditions.

Evaluates simple special use proposals according to regulatory screening criteria. As part of their evaluation, contacts various publics, other governmental personnel, and Forest Service specialists; to conducting financial and technical capability determinations; and to determine compliance with forest plan direction.

Coordinates National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The incumbent may serve as an interdisciplinary (ID) team leader or member in the preparation of environmental analyses, following NEPA guidelines and requirements to develop appropriate environmental documents.

Provides technical advice on the appropriate authorities and fees for issuance of special use authorizations in accordance with policy, laws, regulations, and local conditions.

Keeps current on law, regulation, and policy changes that affect special use administration and notifies supervisor of important policy changes or sensitive problem areas.

Keeps special use authorization holders, applicants, and concerned publics informed of Forest Service regulations, restrictions, time frames, and resource management practices.

Processes special use authorization renewals, terminations, revocations, or suspensions as appropriate. Completes, or assures completion of, appropriate documentation to support action. Keeps special use authorization holders, affected line officers apprised of actions, as necessary.

Ensures, or provides technical assistance to District personnel to help ensure, authorized uses are implemented in compliance with Agency standards, regulations, and policies. Conducts on-the-ground inspections and civil rights compliance reviews and oversees corrective action.

Generates and tracks cost recovery and land use bills for recreation and lands special uses. Queries and generates Special Use Database System (SUDS) reports and user views for use in administration.

Enters data, or works with appropriate staff, to ensure Geographic Information System (GIS) data for special uses is kept current.

Maintains SUDS, ensuring special use data is entered and updated in a timely fashion so data remains reliable.

Ensures all special use records, paper and electronic copies, are maintained consistent with records management regulation and policy.

Participates, as needed on special uses appeal review teams.

Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top 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-05: Three years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level;


Bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree;


Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-05: Examples of qualifying experience include:

Experience that may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work and demonstrated the ability to: analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level;


One full year of graduate level education with a course of study in fields such as business administration, law, real estate operations, agriculture, engineering, or other field related to the work of this position;


An appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience;


Superior Academic Achievement (go to this site determine if you are eligible: The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-07: Examples of specialized experience are:

Working under the guidance of a higher graded specialist researched and extracted real estate ownership data and reviewed realty documents for completeness; developed contacts with realty specialists and supervisors within the agency that demonstrated the ability to work cooperatively with others; assisted in analyzing and recommending resolution of problems affecting the realty area of assignment; and/or prepared drafts of routine realty transactions for review and approval.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level;


Master's or equivalent graduate degree with a course of study in fields such as business administration, law, real estate operations, agriculture, engineering, or other field related to the work of this position;


2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education with a course of study in fields such as business administration, law, real estate operations, agriculture, engineering, or other field related to the work of this position leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;


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.

GS-09: Examples of specialized experience are:

Coordinated with higher-level specialists and land owners to assist on the resolution of technical problems for issues such as rights-of-way cases; compiled information for reports, contracts, or real estate transactions on matters such as ownership titles and patterns of land developments; assisted in conducting routine investigations, surveys, land appraisals, and negotiations of real property.

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


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

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.

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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OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses are not authorized.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

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 .

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.

• Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.
  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

Phone: 877-372-7248 Option 2
Fax: 866-339-0719
TDD: 800-877-8339
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