Soil Scientist GS-0470-11 NTE 120-day Temporary Promotion or Detail 100% Telework
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District and Naches Ranger District, are planning to fill one full time Soil Scientist, GS-0486-11 for an NTE 120-day position.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee is a progressive and complex forest working aggressively on restoration efforts with a multitude of collaborators. The Forest is the focus of national and regional initiatives to  restore forest patterns, processes, and functions to increase resilience to climate change and to disturbances.
If interested, please respond with your interest in the outreach database and send an e-mail response to Patty Garvey-Darda, no later than the close of business February 26, 2021 at

Duties include:
• Participation in interdisciplinary teams assessing restoration activities and changed conditions
on post-fire landscapes.
• Consultation with other resource specialists in assessing the impacts of proposed programs and
projects on soil values.
• Communication with line and staff to help with land management decisions, ensuring good,
continuous communication.
About the Position: This position serves as a GS-11 soil scientist serving Cle Elum and Naches Ranger
Districts, with responsibility for conducting and interpreting soil surveys and analysis, watershed
rehabilitation and management planning, and providing technical guidance within the framework of
multiple-use management of forest and range lands. In addition, oversight of seasonal crews,
management of data, and developing soil scientist NEPA specialist reports will be required.
Provides functional assistance to other unit personnel to determine current progress in meeting planned
programs and objectives, effectiveness of training, and opportunities for cooperative work.
Develops or provides input into the annual program of work determining budgeting and staffing needs.

We are seeking an individual who has:
• Knowledge of Forest Plan requirements for soils.
• Experience with soil surveys.

• Good oral and written communication skills.
• Forest restoration experience (preferred).
• Quality leadership and team building skills.
• A safety conscious and professional attitude.
• Someone who creates a work environment that respects, appreciates, and accepts the
contributions and perspectives of all employees.
Anyone interested in further information about the vacancy should contact Patty Garvey-Darda at
509-899-0448. Please return the outreach response form, attached, to
by February 26, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for
this position and to establish the appropriate recruitment method and area of consideration for the
advertisement. Responses received from this outreach will be relied upon to make this determination.
All applicants must meet the qualifications standards to be eligible for this position.

than 4-million acres in Washington State and stretches north to south from the Canadian border to the
Goat Rocks Wilderness – a distance of about 180 miles. The forest lies east of the Cascade Crest, which
defines its western boundary. The eastern edge of the forest extends into the Okanogan highlands, then
south along the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers, and then to the Yakima River valley. Because of this
wide geographic range, the forest is very diverse – from the high, glaciated alpine peaks along the
Cascade Crest and the numerous mountain ranges extending eastward from the crest, through deep, lush
valleys of old growth forest, to the dry and rugged shrub-steppe country at its eastern edge. Precipitation
varies widely – from more than 70-inches along the crest to less than 10-inches at its eastern edge. This
greatly affects the forest and vegetation types across the area.
Cle Elum Ranger District: The Cle Elum Ranger District encompasses approximately 375,000 acres and
extends from near the city of Ellensburg and the Yakima River to the crest of the Cascades in the Alpine
Lakes Wilderness and Snoqualmie Pass areas. It is bordered by the Wenatchee River Ranger District to
the north along the Wenatchee Mountains – Mt. Stuart divide and by the Naches Ranger District to the
south along the Manastash Ridge divide. To the west of the district is the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie
National Forest.
Naches Ranger District: The Naches Ranger District encompasses over 500,000 acres and is the
southernmost District of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. The Ranger District is within easy
driving distance from Seattle and the Puget Sound basin and hosts a wide range of recreational
opportunities. The District manages over 200,000 acres of Wilderness, an extensive motorized trail
network, a vast recreation residence program, opportunities for winter sports (alpine and Nordic skiing,
snowmobiling), boating, fishing, hunting and river rafting. There are a large number of campgrounds,
dispersed camp areas and day use sites.
The District is bounded to the west by the Gifford Pinchot and Mount Baker Snoqualmie National
Forests, and Mount Rainier National Park. To the north is the Cle Elum Ranger District and to the
south is the Yakama Nation. There is also a mixture of State and private lands, primarily on the eastern
fringes of the District. The nearest full service community is Yakima (population 80,000), located
about 12 miles east of Naches.


California Department of Food and Agriculture Environmental Scientist position



Project Geologist needed to assist the Department of Geology & Mineral Industries with the first ever consolidated permit application for a Chemical Process Gold Mine in Oregon.  This position will work under the Mineral Lands Regulation and Reclamation Program Manager to coordinate all aspects of the state regulatory process and advise on technical requirements and permit conditions. Bachelor’s degree in Geology and five years experience in natural resource or environmental management required. 

For more information or to apply, visit:–DOGAMI–Broadalbin-Street-229/Chemical-Process-Mining-Permit-Lead—Natural-Resource-Specialist-4_REQ-55115


Soil Scientist Grade and Series:  GS-470-5/7/9 (Full Performance Level: GS-9); Supervisory Status:  No; Open: 12/31/2020 to 07/15/2021 (until filled)

Total # of Vacancies: 1 vacancy in Victorville, CA Direct Link: USAJOBS – Job Announcement


Soil Conservationist (7 vacancies):
Open to the public. Applications accepted through 7/15/2021. The first batch of applications will be reviewed within two weeks.

  • Baker City
  • Central Point
  • Enterprise
  • John Day
  • McMinnville
  • Redmond
  • Tangent
  • Tillamook

Rangeland Management Specialist (1 vacancy):

Open to the public. Applications accepted through 7/15/2021. The first batch of applications will be reviewed within two weeks.

  • Ontario

Robert Hathorne
Business Services Specialist

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Portland, Oregon


Check out these multiple soils positions! Direct Hire is a great way to gain federal employment. You only need to meet the minimum qualifications to be referred and a list of qualified applicants is sent to the hiring official for that location every 15-30 days. You must meet full qualifications at time of application, so must have a degree in hand, but these positions have until July to be filled.

What is the Direct Hire Authority? Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) is a hiring authority that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) can grant to Federal agencies for filling vacancies in specific occupations, grade levels, and locations when it can be proven that there is a critical hiring need or a severe shortage of candidates. Direct hire authorities expedite the hiring process by eliminating veterans’ preference, rating and ranking, as well as the typical selection procedures.

Public notice is required, meaning to use a DHA, a vacancy announcement must be posted on OPM’s USAJOBS job listing board and open to the public. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be selected.


Resources for Federal Careers

  • Information on Natural Resource Specialists positions at the Department of Interior:
  • Soil Scientist (0470 series) qualifications for all federal positions


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