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Natural Resource Specialist

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Department Of Agriculture Vancouver , WA 98660

Posted 3 months ago

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Due to technical difficulties affecting applicants' ability to submit applications, this announcement is being extended for an additional 1 day. Applicants who applied need NOT reapply.

This position is located in Region 6, Regional Office Natural Resources Program and wil be located in either Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Vicky Erickson at 541-278-3715 or more about this agency


Plan and conduct vegetation surveys and site assessments to determine species present, relative ground cover, species distribution and frequency. Identify vascular plants via dichotomous botanical keys and visual recognition.

Navigate using topographic maps and GPS. Design and implement revegetation plans and erosion control and invasive plant treatments.

Prepare and administer contracts and agreements.

Collect seed and vegetative material; coordinate with seed producers and nurseries to provide needed plant material.

Manage program budgets, and oversee planning and implementation of restoration projects.

Write and edit reports for project activities. Create maps in GIS; enter and manage data in spreadsheets and databases.

Supervise 2-3 natural resource specialists; develop work schedules and priorities for staff.

Develop and maintain partnerships with other federal agencies and external partners. Conduct briefings, field tours, and present information at meetings and conferences. Develop and conduct field trainings, workshops, and webinars.

Travel Required
50% or less - Travel duration generally 2-3 days per trip, with increased frequency (3-4 times per month) during the field season. Outside of the field season, travel is typically 1-2 times per month. Purpose of travel is to conduct field work, attend meetings, and interact with partners.

Supervisory status


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    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, forestry, or botany.


Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, forestry, or botany. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.


Combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, forestry, or botany, AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field needed to perform the work of the occupation.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional experience is required for the grade specified.

For the GS-12 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level.

Examples of specialized experience are: Conducted vegetation surveys and site assessments; Identified vascular plants via dichotomous botanical keys and visual recognition; Designed and implementation of revegetation plans and invasive plant treatments; Prepared and administered contracts and agreements; Collected seed and vegetative material and worked with seed producers and nurseries; Developed and tracked budgets.

Work Experience : Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time.

Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position.

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.

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


See above for education requirements for this position.

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Natural Resource Specialist

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Department Of Agriculture