This position is located on USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This position is a Natural Resource Specialist and is considered the subject matter expert and technical advisor for State & Private Forestry program area.
For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Magaly Figueroa at or e-mail .
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Duties are listed at full performance level
Collaborates and build relationships with internal and external partners including, State Forestry agencies, Forest Supervisors and staffs, Regional Office staff, Tribes and other partners to achieve State and Private Forestry program goals and to plan, deliver and monitor programs that restore, sustain and improve forest resources.
Coordinates across State and Private Forestry programs to support the integrated delivery of projects and programs that achieve multiple natural resource goals including those of State Forest Action Plans, National Forest & Grassland Land and Resource Management Plans and other federal, state and local strategic plans. In coordinating across programs, looks for opportunities to address complex natural resource issues across the landscape, involve multiple jurisdictions, and build strategic relationships to advance program goals and objectives.
Serves as a Regional program specialist with program responsibility in one or more of the following areas: cooperative forestry programs, private forest landowner assistance, biomass utilization and ecosystem services. As a program specialist, is responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership and assisting with the planning, implementation, and coordination of Regional forestry assistance programs with state forestry agencies and other partners.
Develops and administers multiple program grants and cooperative agreements with state and private entities consistent with OMB and agency regulations and policies. Develops program and funding advice and direction.
Oversees/administers all stages of the award process from pre-award terms and negotiation, to post award administration and close out. Conducts periodic compliance monitoring which may include technical on-site monitoring of grantee performance to assess progress towards award objectives including technical and financial obligations. Reviews and approves payment requests.
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
SPF: Must be able to speak, read and write fluent Spanish.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license as a condition of employment.
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:
Transcripts must be provided with the application to validate that coursework requirements are met. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate education and experience requirements.
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, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade(s) specified.
For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; OR a masters 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 and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
GS 09: (GS-7) Examples of specialized experience are defined as one or more of the following: Assisting with project design and management with landowner assistance programs; experience with grants and cooperative agreements for partner agencies or groups.
For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; 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.).
GS 11: (GS-9) Examples of specialized experience are defined as one or more of the following: Experience in project management providing State, municipal, and/or non-profit entities with expert assistance in private forest landowner assistance, forest management (silviculture), forest products markets, wood utilization requirements, and ecosystem services; experience in developing and administering multiple program grants and cooperative agreements with state and private entities.
GS 12: (GS-11) Examples of specialized experience are defined as one or more of the following: Project management experience providing State, municipal, and/or non-profit entities with expert assistance in private forest landowner assistance, forest management (silviculture), forest products markets, wood utilization requirements, and ecosystem services; experience in developing and administering multiple program grants and cooperative agreements with state and private entities consistent with OMB and agency regulations and policies; participation in all stages of the grant award process from pre-award terms and negotiation, to post award administration and close out; and determining actions to take based upon periodic compliance monitoring, to assess grantee performance towards award objectives.
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.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Must be able to read, write and speak fluent Spanish.
Substitution of Education for Experience: GS-12:
There is no substitution of education for experience for this position at the GS-12 level.
Combination of Education and Experience: GS-12:
There is no combination of education and experience for this position at the GS-12 level.
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.
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 Reemployment Priority List (RPL): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP 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 applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
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.
Government housing may be available.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
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 not guaranteed.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the 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 and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
1. KSAC: Ability to provide expertise in natural resource programs to support the integrated delivery of projects and programs that achieve multiple natural resource management goals.
2.KSAC: Ability to communicate with those inside and outside the agency and foster relationships.
3.KSAC: Knowledge of natural resources principles, practices and concepts to provide technical assistance and technology transfer to internal and external partners.
4.KSAC: Ability to develop natural resource management analysis reports and documents.
5.KSAC: Ability to work with key cooperators from other agencies, institutions and groups regarding the proper grand and agreement instructions to use for various cooperative financial assistance programs.
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
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 disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
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The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete
. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
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) supervisors 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.
In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.