Zoned Data Manager/GIS Specialist, GS-0301-7/9
NATIONAL FORESTS IN MISSISSIPPI
Holly Springs and Tombigbee Ranger Districts
Duty Station: Oxford, MS or Ackerman, MS
This permanent, full-time position is located on the Holly Springs and Tombigbee Ranger Districts in northern Mississippi. The position will be stationed in Oxford or Ackerman, MS. This position will serve as the Zoned Data Manager/GIS Specialist for the districts. This is a career ladder position (GS-07 or GS-09). This position could be filled at either pay grade. If hired at the GS-07 pay grade, the successfully hired candidate can be promoted without further competition to the GS-09 pay grade once meeting the GS-09 pay grade minimum requirements. This outreach notice is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of the upcoming opportunity and to identify the level of interest in this position.
This position will be responsible for supporting program managers and resource specialists in their respective program areas by:
• developing and maintaining GIS geodatabases using Arc Field Maps, Survey 123, Arc Pro, and other ESRI products
• completing resource database analysis
• collecting and/or collating data
• designing and producing map products and packages
• organizing program data to be stored on FS cloud servers
• syncing field data to cloud databases.
In addition, this position will work with the supervisor to perform other duties that assist with the overall goals of the National Forests in Mississippi relating to data management and geospatial information systems.
The Holly Springs and Tombigbee Ranger Districts on the National Forests in Mississippi currently share and zone all of their resources across district boundaries. The incumbent will serve on several teams that work to advance goals across all National Forests in Mississippi; therefore, work will include working across program areas and district boundaries, working in all resource areas, and some weekend work.
Follow this link to view an outreach video that will give you a quick look at the National Forests in Mississippi, who we are, and some of the exciting work we are doing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-maCQBYnJg
The Holly Springs and Tombigbee work together as one team to advance the mission of the Forest Service through their contributions for the National Forests in Mississippi. All employees work in concert as evident from their strong work relationships, safety and caring, high level of communication, helpful spirit of service, and drive to achieve excellent results.
The Holly Springs Ranger District is located in the north-central part of Mississippi and is approximately 157,000 acres. Soils are moderately to highly erosive, with a number of areas where gullies occurred prior to the establishment of the national forest. The Holly Springs Ranger District has 12 ecological community types. The district program management emphasis is on the enhancement of forest health to achieve desired structural conditions for ecological systems. Conversion of off-site species to shortleaf pine-oak forest and hardwood dominated forests is another important aspect of the program. There are two developed recreation sites, a horseback riding trail, a couple of hiking trails, a wildlife management area, and 33 small lakes scatter across the district.
The Tombigbee Ranger District is located in northeast Mississippi and encompasses approximately 67,000 acres. This national forest is made up of old farmland that was abandoned and replanted to trees. The Natchez Trace crosses a portion of the Tombigbee Ranger District, making it easily accessible from the north and south. Soils are fragile and erosive with many gullied areas. The Tombigbee geographic area has 12 ecological community types. Loblolly pine and northern dry upland hardwood forest are the prevalent forest types. The Tombigbee Ranger District is primarily managed for forest health and restoration of desired structural condition. The district has several examples of the black belt calcareous prairie and woodland ecological systems, which are in need of restoration. There is an extensive recreation program and public use, with two large campgrounds, trails for all types of uses; including ATV, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking, and two wildlife management areas.
Team members are directly responsible for the management of the resources, goods, and services on these
224,000 acres of National Forest System lands in northern Mississippi.
The duty station of this position is the District office of the Holly Springs or Tombigbee Ranger District located in Oxford or Ackerman, MS.
The Holly Springs district office is located in Oxford, MS. Oxford is found in the north central area of Mississippi and is the county seat of Lafayette County. While the town holds a small town charm, it is frequently referred to as the “cultural mecca of the south” with active communities of literature, music and art. Some will say it is best known as home to the University of Mississippi.
This town has a population of 20,000 and provides a wide range of housing, shopping, and restaurant opportunities. There are a variety of churches available, as well as schools including both public and private academies. Both public school systems, Oxford and Lafayette County, are known for their quality educations. Good highway systems provide quick access to the large metropolitan areas of Tupelo, MS and Memphis, TN. Both are about an hour’s drive away. Oxford, Tupelo, and Memphis all provide large medical care complexes. Along with the many activities going on around town, there is an abundance of outside recreational activities. The Corp of Engineers has a couple of large lakes and recreation areas nearby, including Sardis and Enid lakes.
The Tombigbee district office is located Ackerman, MS. The town of Ackerman is a small town located in north-central Mississippi and is the county seat of Choctaw County with a population of approximately 1500. Housing and services are limited but are available with public schools, churches, and shops. Average housing cost for purchase is $82,500. The town holds the charm and warmth of a small community. Ackerman is easily accessed on a variety of good roads that provide easy travel to larger cities in the area. From Ackerman there is quick, easy access to the large metropolitan areas of Tupelo, MS (76 miles) and Jackson, MS (100 miles).
Louisville, MS is close by, only 15 miles down the road, and is the county seat of Winston, County. Louisville has a population of 6300 with more housing and services available. The average housing cost for purchase is $87,500. There are both public and private school options available.
Starkville, MS is only 26 miles away, is the county seat of Oktibbeha County, and has a population of 25,000. The closeness of Starkville, MS provides many benefits as it is home to Mississippi State University. With approximately 21,000 students attending Mississippi State University, the surrounding communities can offer a great range of housing, shopping, and restaurant opportunities. The town has active communities of literature, music, art, fine culinary opportunities, and sports. Some will say it is best known as home to Mississippi State University. Starkville is frequently described as a thriving college town with the university bringing in many activities and opportunities. Even with the influence of the university, the cost of living is below the national average. The price of housing is about the same as the average for the rest of the nation. Average home purchase price in the immediate Starkville area is around $190,000. As one gets further away from the university and town the cost of housing decreases.
There is an abundance of outdoors recreational activities to be enjoyed in the area. Mississippi weather allows outside activities throughout the year. There are many hunting and fishing opportunities. There is a variety of public lands in the area. Besides the State Park system and National Forest System lands, the Corp of Engineers has a couple of large lakes and recreation areas nearby, including Grenada and Enid Lakes.
Mississippi summers are hot and humid with an average high temperature of 89 degrees. Winters are mild with an average low temperature of 32 degrees and an occasional freeze or snowfall. The yearly average rainfall is 54 inches.
There are no government provided day care facilities or government housing in the area.
Please follow the link provided in this posting and complete the outreach form along with your resume.
Positions classified in the Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series, GS-0301, involve specialized work for which no appropriate occupational series has been established. Typically, positions in this series are too few of a kind to have been recognized as separate lines of work. Some positions involve new or emerging work or, more rarely, mixtures of work that cannot be identified with an established series (see the SERIES DETERMINATION section of this fly sheet).
Specialized skills include:
- Develops and manages well-functioning databases and applications.
- Provides technical assistance on sampling procedures, statistical analysis procedures, and web application tools
- Develops and conducts training on survey and GIS apps to aid in data collection by field employees.
- Modifies and develops new desktop and mobile applications where current methodologies are not adequate or effective.
- Conducts analyses on interim and final data sets to provide direction and continuity on district and forest projects.
- Builds features and applications with a mobile responsive design and builds front-end of applications through appealing visual design
- Uses programs like Arc Pro, Arc Field Maps, Survey 123, R, and others to provide quality information to employees
- Set up field tablets for field data collection for employees
- Creates district maps and geodatabases