We’re hiring two Rangeland Management Specialists: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616762100?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

These positions with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will work for the Oregon State Office, with locations to be determined after selection. The incumbents will provide professional services in range management, and soil and water conservation activities while assisting in the planning of conservation practices on ranches and farms. These opportunities are open to all qualified Federal employees and those eligible under special hiring authorities. All of our job opportunities are posted on USAjobs.

Apply by October 18.


Geologist Positions open, please share link with interested individuals.

The Vale and Lakeview Districts have a vacancy announcement out for Geologists. They’re open at the 9/11 levels with a full performance level of GS-11. We’re trying to get the message out to as many people as possible, so If anyone knows someone in the Portland area that may be interested, please let them know. Vacancy announcement closes 10/19. Thanks!

 The announcement is set to open for 10 business days, from Tuesday, 05 October through Tuesday, 19 October 2021.

 Open Date: 10/05/2021

Close Date: 10/19/2021

The URL that allows you to access the job announcement directly is:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616279100



Soil Scientist (GS-0470-11) Olympic National Forest Outreach Notice: Detail/Temporary Promotion NTE 120 days AND Permanent Position

The Olympic National Forest is outreaching for both a Detail/Temporary Promotion and Permanent Soil Scientist. The position is located at the Pacific Ranger District office in Forks, Washington with Forest-wide responsibility. Due to the field-going nature of the position, this detail/temporary promotion would be primarily on-forest with some potential for remote telework.
The Olympic National Forest is uniquely situated on the Olympic Peninsula, a primarily rural area surrounded by saltwater on three sides, with the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park nestled at its center and the continuously expanding I-5 urban areas (Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett) just a short drive or ferry ride away. The unique physical and social environments
surrounding the Olympic Peninsula generate management needs that drive the way we approach our work. Driven by relationships and guided by science, the Olympic National Forest is committed to being a team-oriented, collaborative organization that nurtures a respectful, professional workplace. We value innovative ideas from different perspectives to develop thoughtful solutions to complex situations. The Olympic National Forest embraces a culture of learning, inclusion, service, and accountability. If you are interested in this position and excited about joining our team, please complete the outreach response form below and return it by October 31, 2021 to Dana Butler, Forest Hydrologist, at dana.butler2@usda.gov

The position serves as a professional Soil Scientist providing soils support to Forest and District projects via collection of soil-specific field data, participation on forest-wide interdisciplinary teams and the formulation of projects for soil and water management and restoration. This includes preparing specialist reports for NEPA documents, providing expertise on implementation issues that arise concerning the soil resource, monitoring the effectiveness of design features and mitigation measures in relation to ground disturbing activities, and overseeing the implementation of soil and water projects forest-wide. The Soil Scientist provides support to a wide variety of land management projects. Primary emphasis areas include road decommissioning, construction, and maintenance; ecosystem restoration USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer.

projects involving timber harvesting and wildlife habitat improvement; rock pit development; timber sale waivers; working directly with DNR field representatives on ongoing Good Neighbor Authority restoration projects; other work with watershed partners; and special use permitting. The Soil Scientist will implement appropriate soil disturbance monitoring protocols and maintain the Forest soils inventory information. Typical issues include maintaining soil productivity and erosion and sediment control in a temperate rain forest environment. In addition to having a strong technical proficiency, a key consideration in being selected for this position is the ability to effectively engage with fellow interdisciplinary team members and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with internal and external partners. The Soil Scientist is a member of the forest’s Watershed group and reports to the Forest Hydrologist.

Known today as the Olympic National Forest (ONF), the lands that comprise the ONF are ancestral lands of the Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Skokomish, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah people. Landscapes across the forest are wonderfully diverse, including coastal, mountainous, and saltwater fjord settings. Our program of work is as diverse as the lands we manage and the public we aim to serve. This includes watershed management protecting threatened and endangered species, timber stand restoration thinning that enhances wildlife habitat and provides benefits to local economies, sustaining a world-class recreation program, controlling invasive weeds, suppressing wildfires, engineering to support it all and communications and community engagement to share our work. Check out the Olympic National Forest web site at https://www.fs.usda.gov/olympic/ for more information about the Forest.

The duty station is Forks, Washington and primarily serves the west side of the Forest. The position is considered a Forest resource and is expected to be available to work on all areas of the Forest depending on workload. Located at the northwest corner of the forest, Forks is the location of one of the two Pacific Ranger District offices. For many years the area’s economy was fueled by the local timber industry. Tourism has become a large draw with the novel series and associated film Twilight set in the Forks community. Forks is also home to University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resource Center. Forks supports several places of worship, a community hospital and local school districts. Hunting and fishing bring many visitors to the area every year. More information about the Forks area and community can be found on the Discover Forks https://forkswa.com website.

For more information about this opportunity please contact, or Forest Hydrologist Dana Butler at
dana.butler2@usda.gov or 360-956-2280, or Natural Resource Staff Officer Robin Shoal at
robin.shoal@usda.gov or 360-956-2293.


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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