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Forest Service Social Scientist/Natural Resource Specialist in Sonora, California

Summary This position is located on the Stanislaus National Forest in Sonora, CA. Incumbent serves as the program leader for the Recreation program and the Lands and Minerals program. Provides program development, budgeting, planning, and coordination of all aspects of lands and minerals management and recreation management for the Forest. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Todd Newburger at (209) 431-9797 or todd.newburger@usda.gov. Responsibilities Duties listed are at full performance level GS-12. Areas of responsibility include developed and dispersed recreation, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, trails, heritage, special uses, land exchanges/purchases/donations, rights-of-way, title claims, minerals, and related programs on the Forest. Serves as the program leader for the Recreation program and the Lands and Minerals program. Develops and coordinates recreation planning on the Forest including site-specific projects and landscape-level analysis, and provides this as input to the forest land and resources management planning effort. Administers recreation and non-recreation special use program. Reviews overall activities and objectives of the Forest recreation management programs to determine their ability to meet present and future demands and to prevent degradation of any ecosystem. Manages a Forest land ownership program that is complicated by many legal and other factors. Responsible for land disposal, purchases, exchanges, donations, partial interests, condemnations, rights-of-way including cost-sharing agreements, and real estate titles. Serves as a consultant and advisor to District personnel in the administration of existing recreation activities and in planning and development of new areas. Guides and directs the Forest minerals program including issuing and administering a variety of uses, including plans for operations involving minerals, notices of intent, and permits for common minerals. Develops annual work plans for the recreation program and the lands and minerals program and monitors annual budget and plans. Maintains contacts and relationships with related professionals and organizations interested in recreation or lands management to keep abreast of new techniques, procedures, and methods and to promote Forest Service interests. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series listed below. Basic Requirement: GS-0101: Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. GS-0401: Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below. Specialized Experience Requirement: GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level; OR three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of Specialized experience include: Provided recreational input for the Unit's interdisciplinary planning teams; Developed a portion of the annual program of work covering recreation, land and minerals and/or special uses; assisted on coordinating the annual recreation special uses and/or land and minerals operating plans and budgets; assisted with environmental studies and evaluations; developed environmental analysis reports linking a variety of resources, such as recreation, land and minerals and special uses. GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Examples include: Provided recreational or special uses input for the Unit's interdisciplinary planning teams; Developed annual program of work covering recreation, land and minerals and/or special uses; Advised, coordinated, or reviewed the annual recreation special uses and/or land and minerals operating plans and budgets; Conducted routine environmental studies and evaluations and developed environmental analysis reports linking a variety of resources, such as recreation, land and minerals and special uses; Completed recreation special use monitoring and follow-up. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Education See qualifications section for education requirements. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status such as leave without pay is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 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 or guaranteed. This is a bargaining unit designated position. This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Government Housing is not available. Daycare facilities are not available. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will me made at the time of job offer.

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