This is an outreach to assess interest only. The position is not currently announced on USAJOBS but is expected to be sometime at the end of August. Serves as the Regional technical expert in interpreting Forest Service legal responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and responsibilities under agency policies for conservation and management of Federally-listed threatened and endangered species, Regional Forester Sensitive Species (RFSS), and Species of Conservation Concern (SCC). Maintains up-to-date working knowledge of legal requirements of ESA and works with Forest Service units to ensure compliance with legal requirements of ESA and the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) in all Regional land management decisions.
• Assists the Director in the review of new or revised TES and SCC policy directives from the Washington Office (WO) and develops interpretation and standards for implementation and compliance by Forest Service units. Serves as primary contact with WO counterparts in program planning and budget interpretation involving the TES program. Coordinates with Wildlife Program Manager, Fisheries Program Manager, Botanist, and other Regional office staff as needed to share information and ensure consistent regional implementation of new and existing TES and SCC policies and directives.
• Assists NFS units and represents NFS interests in working with other Federal and State wildlife agencies, public groups and individuals concerning goals, objectives, and planning activities which affect the region. Provides necessary coordination between NFS and Research and State and Private Forestry branches.
This position will be filled under the 0401 series (Biological Scientist) at the GS-12 or GS-13 level.
We are looking for an energetic individual with strong communication, coordination, and leadership skills related to species listed under the Endangered Species Act, management for, and/or provide technical expertise to Eastern Region units related to ESA. This individual serves a critical role coordinating with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Forest Service resource specialists, other regional counterparts, and scientific and technical experts.
Please see the OPM website for specific qualification regarding the series and the grade.