Supervisory Economist/Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist
Department Of Agriculture - Juneau, 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 serves as a Program Manager for the Land and Watershed Management (LWM) Program at the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW).

Salary will be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at for additional information.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-2663-0172G-EB. 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.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Lesley Kelly at (503) 808-2102 or .

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. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:
The incumbent participates as a member of the Station Management Team in the development of science resources policies and programs. This involves major issues such as manpower, budget, priorities of work, and internal and external problems and concerns. The position exercises the full range of managerial responsibilities over the science program and is responsible for program development, planning, budgeting and management information for identifying workforce and organizational needs, target levels, full time equivalents (FTE), program, and Station priorities. Meets with representatives of research institutions and agencies, Regional and State and Private Forestry Staff, concerned citizens, and industrial and public interest groups to gain input into the Station’s current and future research direction. Supervises lead scientists (team leaders), a Business Operations Specialist, and other direct reports as necessary, including developing performance standards, evaluating work performance, assigning and planning work to be accomplished, and effecting disciplinary measures. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position is being filled through one of the following series: GS-0110, GS-0401, or GS-1301.

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

--Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


--Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

--Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


--Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

--Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


--Combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors as described above, that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. 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.

GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level. Examples of specialized experience are: Planning and executing natural resources research or management programs, technology transfer programs, and projects of national significance. Providing leadership in the formulation and development of new concepts and approaches to the solution of natural resources management issues; to review major research findings for soundness of conclusions; and to make on-the-ground decisions relating to natural resources program content and to methods of investigating research problems.

GS-15: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level. Examples of specialized experience are: Developing natural resources research or management programs, including planning, budgeting, identifying workforce and organizational needs, target levels, and research and management priorities. Selecting and promulgating natural resources research priorities based upon the program and agency/organization guidelines. Evaluating past research accomplishments and instituting changes as necessary.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Applicants must provide documentation with their application that the education was evaluated by a U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's website at .

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 a one year probationary or trial period and completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary 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. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. 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 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 not a bargaining unit designated position.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

This position is eligible for telework.

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.

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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