Supervisory Soil Scientist – NRCS-SPSD Senior Regional Soil Scientist 2 vacancies: GS-0470-13 Locations: Wasilla AK; Bozeman MT or Portland OR
Closing date: 04/10/2020
Open to current NRCS employees and career transition
employees. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/564644000

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US Forest Service OUTREACH NOTICE: Soil Scientist (Regional Soil Program Manager and BAER Coordinator) GS-0470-13

Note: The Regional Soil Program Leader/BAER Coordinators positions in three separate Forest Service Regions (R2, R5, and R6) are currently vacant.  All three will be advertised in a single announcement where candidates can indicate interest in being considered for any one or all of the positions.

Region 6 Duty Station:  Portland, Oregon. The preference is for Portland though other locations may be considered. Please indicate interest in other locations in the Region, if Portland is unworkable. Note the Portland duty station includes locality pay.

Position Description:  The Pacific Northwest Region, Regional Office is seeking applicants interested in a permanent, full-time position in its Natural Resources staff area.  This position serves as a Regional Office subject matter expert and technical advisor to field personnel and partner agencies engaged in the management and conservation of soil resources as well as coordination of burned area emergency response (BAER).  This position is considered a subject matter expert and technical advisor in implementing the Region’s Soil and BAER programs. The incumbent will work with a variety of disciplines and provide instrumental program, policy, and technical advice on a variety of resource issues. Soils Program Manager duties may include review of Forest Plans and project planning documents, inventory and data stewardship of soils and terrestrial ecological surveys, and soil monitoring and Interpretations. Responsibilities may also include developing and implementing Regional policies, plans, directives and guidance related to soil resource management, evaluating the effectiveness of the program, and ensuring compliance with federal and state law. With respect to BAER, duties include providing support and guidance on BAER policy, maintaining and building capacity of regional personnel to serve on BAER teams, coordination of BAER needs across the Region during fire season, and review and processing of BAER reports. The work takes place mainly in an office setting and some travel is required; mostly local and for only a few days at a time. The Regional Office is located in downtown Portland and is easily accessible by the Portland Max (light rail) and city bus.  Use of public transportation for commuting is subsidized.  The cost of living is offset by locality pay.

Contact Information: For more information regarding this Region 6 opportunity, please contact Eric Johnston, Assistant Director for Natural Resources (eric.johnston@usda.gov). Please indicate your interest in this position by responding using the response form below no later than April 30, 2020. Please also indicate the desired duty location(s) in your response.

This Outreach Notice: Outreach GS-0470-13 PNW Soil Program Manager and Regional BAER Coordinator.docx

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NRCS Resource Soil Scientist, Salem or Oregon City (1 vacancy) – GS-11 Open to NRCS employees. Applications due 4/6/2020

Key workload involves TSS focused on a lot of HELC/WC Compliance and Soil Health. If you have any questions about the position or working for Oregon don’t hesitate to contact me! Cory Owens; cory.owens@usda.gov

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US Forest Service Soil Scientist – Detail/Temporary Promotion and/or Permanent Position GS-0470-5/7/9
Region 1, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Supervisor’s Office; Duty station: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

ABOUT THE POSITION
This position serves as a soil scientist supporting programs on the Idaho Panhandle NFs and is located in the Supervisor’s Office. The primary duty of the position is to support the priority program of work on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. This consists of landscape scale vegetation restoration activities that include commercial timber harvest and fuels mitigation. This is a career ladder position with duties and responsibilities varying with grade level and reaching full potential as a GS-0470-9. Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Prepare field maps and tablet-based data collection applications in order to conduct the Forest Soils Disturbance Monitoring Protocol. ArcGIS online is the current platform used to coordinate data collection, utilizing both Arc Collector and Survey123;
• Serve as a lead to a field crew consisting of permanent and temporary seasonal staff. This position would assist in hiring, onboarding, and training of field crew members. While the permanent seasonal staff is expected to coordinate day-to-day activities, this position would communicate program priorities, goals, and set the expectations for field data collection.
• Working with a variety of resource specialist on interdisciplinary teams
• Summarizing field data and preparing soils specialist reports in support of a Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment, or Environmental Impact Statement.
• Further support the NEPA process for Forest project work by responding to comments, engaging in public meetings where appropriate, and preparing well-organized project records of relevant soils information.

ABOUT THE IDAHO PANHANDLE NATIONAL FORESTS…
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests comprise about 2.5 million acres of public lands which lie within “the panhandle” of north Idaho and extend into eastern Washington and western Montana. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are an aggregation of the Coeur d’Alene and portions of the Kaniksu and St. Joe National Forests. There are eight local offices including the Supervisor’s Office, six district offices and the Coeur d’Alene Nursery. The Forest is within nine counties in three states: Boundary, Bonner, Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone, Latah and Clearwater Counties in Idaho; Lincoln County in Montana; and Pend Oreille County in Washington.

If you are interested in this position, please e-mail to jori.a.johnson@usda.gov no later than April 14, 2020.

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NRCS Soil Conservation Technician- Soil conservation technicians provide assistance to the local Soil and Water Conservation District and work with landowners to apply and maintain a number of conservation practices.

Hines, OR Applications due April 6, 2020

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558412600

 

NRCS Soil Conservationist- Soil conservationists work directly with farmers, ranchers, and foresters to provide assistance in the development, planning, contracting, and application of land conservation practices and programs.

La Grande, OR Applications due April 6, 2020

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558157300

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NRCS Soil Conservation Technician- Soil conservation technicians provide assistance to the local Soil and Water Conservation District and work with landowners to apply and maintain a number of conservation practices.

Hines, OR Applications due April 6, 2020

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558412600

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NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist (Direct Hire), GS-0457-5/9 – 1 vacancy in Oregon
Location: Condon, OR Closing date: July 15, 2020
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/554462200

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Volunteer Opportunity at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

Soils folks at Oregon State University are attempting to revitalize the Soil Club and Soil Judging Team. Meetings will be held at 4:30pm on Wednesdays. If you are interested in volunteering for these efforts, please contact James Cassidy: james.cassidy@oregonstate.edu

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Resources for Federal Careers

  • Information on Natural Resource Specialists positions at the Department of Interior: https://www.doi.gov/careers/careers/natural-resource-specialist
  • Soil Scientist (0470 series) qualifications for all federal positions

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