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 position is located in the USDA, Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief for Business Operations, Enterprise Program Office.
The Enterprise Program was initiated in 1997 and was created to support increased productivity and effectiveness through implementing business practices within a Government structure. The Enterprise Program offers a new way of doing business. Enterprise employees are Forest Service resources that offer an internal choice for the accomplishment of the agency’s work. These teams of dedicated Forest Service employees operate as independent, financially self-sustaining individuals funded by the clients/customers who benefit from the products and services they offer.
The incumbent operates as a fully functioning professional landscape architect. The primary purposes of this position include scenery management, landscape planning and design, interpretive planning, dispersed and developed recreation, special uses and scenic byways.
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The incumbent of this position will need to be located within the commuting distance of 49 miles from a Forest Service Office. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. A current list of Forest Service duty stations is available here.
Salary range as shown in the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates. Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on the Forest Service website.
The incumbent is responsible for operating in serval roles; Project management, responsible for day-to-day project operation and progress, project quality, and timely delivery of assigned work. Prepares project scopes, budgets, and schedules in consultation with the program coordinator and budget specialist.
Environmental planning; serves as the recreation and scenery resource specialist on multidisciplinary teams for a variety of resource management activities such as recreation planning, forest restoration, wilderness and wild and scenic river planning.
Design; designs a variety of moderately to highly complex recreational facilities, using computer-assisted design technology such as AutoCAD, Landcadd, and Google Sketchup. Participates in or directs lower graded employees in the preparation of master plans, design narratives and site development plans.
25% or less - Overnight travel may be required, but is dependent on project need.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and US Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0807 Landscape Architecture
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For additional information on the qualifications for this position, go to: Professional and Scientific Series and Landscape Architecture Series 0807.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
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.
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 landscape architecture or landscape design.
Combination of education and experience - for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design.
In addition to the basic requirements above, the following additional education and/or experience must be met to qualify.
Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (in landscape architecture or landscape design); 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.).
Specialized experience is defined as experience that has supported natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data and reporting findings related to scenery management; landscape planning and design; interpretive planning; dispersed and developed recreation; special uses; and scenic byways. Conducted landscape architecture-related research, methodology and analysis. Information was used in environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and/or other natural resource planning or program documents. Assisted in the review process and helped to identify regulatory compliance issues and requirements by analyzing environmental data. Provided input and recommendations regarding recreation and scenery management activities during environmental resource project planning to ensure compliance with federal law, regulation, and policy.
See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.
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.
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
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.
This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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.
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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.