Writer Editor
Department Of Agriculture - Thorne Bay, AK

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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 being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 12-10050054-1471G-JS. 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.

This position is with the Thorne Bay Ranger District, located at Thorne Bay, Alaska.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Frank Roberts at 907-828-3250 or fwroberts@fs.fed.us .

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. However, it is not a virtual position and the duty station will be Thorne Bay, AK.

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.

If you are claiming 10-point preference as a widow/widower of a certain deceased veteran, spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service connected disability, or the mother of a deceased or disabled veteran, you must submit an SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and all supporting documentation listed on the second page of the SF-15.

If you are not able to attach the forms to your application, you may fax to 866-339-1808, please include your name and the announcement number on all documents.

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

Applications may be reviewed to verify qualifications and eligibility prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.

Salary will be adjusted to include a 7.18% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). Locality pay will be phased in and a gradually reducing COLA will continue to be paid through December 31, 2012. See the OPM website at: http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/index.asp for additional information.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:
This position serves as principle writer and editor for a timber sale planning team. Writes and/or edits narrative portions of resource reports and environmental documents. Coordinates document submissions of ID team members. Provides direction and guidance on writing conventions, format, and content requirements. Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary planning core team. Participates in interdisciplinary team planning meetings; may participate in public involvement sessions; and meets with other internal resource specialists in order to obtain and synthesize planning information. Develops a single cohesive writing style of long manuscripts created by many contributors, and assures that the writing style selected is well-suited to the reading public for which it is intended. Assists with writing a variety of documents related to planned projects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Qualification 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.

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; or 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 by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Assisting in writing or editing pamphlets, brochures or newsletters explaining natural resource projects; or assisting in preparing or editing resource reports or environmental documents. Your experience should reflect researching factual information and verification with specialists.

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

REQUIREMENTS:
Must be 18 years of age.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=74549696-608C-4514-8EA5-A11101039509

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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 http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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.

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