This position is located within Office of the Deputy Chief for Research & Development in the Forest Services national headquarters, Washington, DC.
The incumbent is a recognized research authority in the field of wildland fire and fuels research. The work requires extensive professional knowledge of atmospheric sciences, ecology, climate change and wildland fire. The incumbent is responsible for a broad range of leadership activities for the program assigned.
For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Toral Patel-Weynand at 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.
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.
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Duties listed are at the full performance level
Provides leadership for a national wildland fire and fuels scientific program. The employee is responsible for strategic national program development and planning for the assigned program, including: assessing the adequacy of existing activities for the entire assigned program; identifying emerging issues and problems; anticipating the need for additional knowledge; coordinating program activities within and across the Forest Service mission areas; building support for the program with clients inside and outside the Forest Service.
Develops plans and proposals to address complex, emerging issues affecting the wildland fire and fuels.
As a recognized national authority, the employee is a consultant or advisor to Staff Directors, Associate Deputy Chiefs, and Deputy Chiefs across all mission areas, and is frequently called upon to provide authoritative professional, scientific, or technical advice to the Chief and Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, and occasionally to senior executives of other USDA agencies and mission areas.
Meets with clients inside and outside the agency to represent the program, mission area, and agency; gathers information on the programs effectiveness in meeting clients needs; helps clients to adapt program results to create solutions for their problems; and shares what is learned with other program leaders in headquarters and field units to sharpen program focus, improve program integration, and accelerate program delivery. Gathers information on capital investments in facilities and technology needed to achieve program objectives and builds the budget requests and justifications needed to support the recommended investments.
Provides leadership within the assigned program for improving workplace safety and for becoming a more inclusive organization. Plans and implements activities to accomplish Forest Service multicultural organization objectives and Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights requirements, goals, policies, and objectives. Supports and participates in the Work Environment Continuous Improvement Process. Ensures all communication - written, oral, visual, signed - is non-discriminatory and sensitive to all employees and publics. Creates a work environment which respects, appreciates, and accepts the contributions and perspectives of all employees.
Recommends which program components and activities should be initiated, expanded, maintained, curtailed, or dropped, and when and why such actions should occur.
Analyzes how program accomplishments are meeting clients needs; proposes adjustments to better integrate program activities with other FS programs to increase service to clients; and identifies and proposes ways to eliminate duplication and redundancy in programs, increasing cost-efficiencies in program delivery.
Collaborates with partners and others on Federal, State, level as a recognized national authority, the employee is a consultant or advisor to Staff Directors, Associate Deputy Chiefs, and Deputy Chiefs across all mission areas, and is frequently called upon to provide authoritative professional, scientific, or technical advice to the Chief and Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, and occasionally to senior executives of other USDA agencies and mission areas.
Performs budget planning, execution, and monitoring, formulating and justifying program budget requests; tracking program performance and reviewing accomplishments of field units; responding to inquiries about the programs budget and performance from agency budget officials, line officers, and clients; and analyzing workforce capacity, organizational needs, and staffing trends for the program. The employee is also responsible for recommending priorities among projects within the assigned program, and because projects typically influence and are influenced by activities in other program areas, for coordinating program plans and activities within and across the mission areas of the Forest Service.
US Citizens and Nationals
; no prior Federal experience is required.
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1301 General Physical Science
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses
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.
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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-1301: 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. OR Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown 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 above, you will also need one year of specialized experience at the lower grade level.
GS-14: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as: Conducting wildland fire and fuels research and aiding in the development of strategic research plans; Directing long-term research projects of regional or national scope; Serving as a recognized expert in the field of wildland fire and fuels with a record of publication; Leading natural resource research projects and building coalitions to achieve timely and high quality results to advance science, and the management of scientific research.
GS-15: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as: Serving as a consultant and advisor to top-level agency officials as a recognized authority in wildland fire and fuels assisting policy and decision makers in understanding complex scientific issues, formulating and providing natural resources guidance to a complex research program overseeing work that has significant effects over a wide region or over multiple natural resource programs developing a strategic plan for natural resource research programs; participation in and leadership of interdisciplinary teams.
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.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter.
Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
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 Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
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Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards.
There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting