USDA- Agricultural Research Service- Research Soil Scientist:

1 vacancy: GS-0470-12-14, Location: Corvallis OR; Closing date: 05/26/2020


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 ( Please indicate your interest in this position by responding using the response form below no later than EXTENDED to May 29th, 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


NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist (Direct Hire), GS-0457-5/9 – 1 vacancy in Oregon
Location: Condon, OR Closing date: July 15, 2020


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 Will Austin at


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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