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Southern Regional Office

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Atlanta, Georgia

Outreach Liaison, Biological Scientist, GS-401-12

Position Description:

This position is located in the Cooperative Forestry Unit of State and Private Forestry. The incumbent performs natural resources program coordination and liaison functions and serves as a Region-wide technical resource for forestry issues focused on outreach to limited resource and historically underserved communities and individuals.

The incumbent represents the agency on large inter-agency projects, meetings, and activities and in the public arena; plans and arranges meetings and participates in negotiations; and maintains contact and cooperates with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services; federal, state, and local agencies; non-government organizations (NGO’s) and tribal governments to partner and coordinate cooperative natural resources management projects specific to limited resource and historically underserved communities and individuals. The incumbent ensures adequate technical guidance is provided on natural resources projects and in the development of programs and plans to ensure that such activities are consistent and compatible with agency direction and mission. The incumbent maintains liaison with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and other public groups, including colleges and conservation organizations. Make presentations at public conservation meetings and conducts tours of management areas for public groups as required.

Describe aspects of natural resources management. Serves as a technical resource on a broad range of activities, such as identifying opportunities for integrating development assistance principles with forestry programs; participating in the formation of policies and guidelines to further forestry activities in the region especially among limited resource and historically underserved individuals and communities; assisting to develop strategies; representing established Forest Service priorities and perspectives; and, coordinating program development, implementation, and performance monitoring plans with key partners. Participate in assessing gaps in applied research; and in interacting with various groups on forestry issues, including NGOs; federal, state, and local agencies; universities, and industrial and non-industrial private forest landowners and associations; and Congressional staff.

Assist in formulating, coordinating, and managing strategy, policies, concepts, procedures, guidelines, and models for establishing outreach programs. Analyzes constraints to development and recommends courses. Conducts program reviews and assists in the determination of baseline information. Reviews proposed activities for conceptual soundness, technical feasibility, and budget. Assist in developing issue papers and in convening and follow-up meetings so that final activity approval is expedited.

Draft talking points, briefing memoranda, and other documents relating forestry strategy, objectives, and accomplishments in the region. Serve as a liaison with counterparts in other USDA FS Regions, to develop agency-wide policies, strategies, performance indicators, assessments, and evaluations of programs. Establish working relationships with other agencies and organizations to inform them of USDA FS strategies in the forestry, outreach, and civil rights, and to learn of their assessments and program objectives. Represent the Agency on task forces, at conferences, and in meetings.

Assist with assessments of outreach efforts, assisting in the development of appropriate strategies, and in the development of related strategic objectives and supporting documentation. Advise the Director on the implications of assessment conclusions and on the design and implementation of ongoing and future sectorial activities. As appropriate, leads review of strategies submitted by program managers, state outreach staffs, and other objective teams working in the community.

Duty Station Specifics:

The duty station is the Southern Regional Office, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30309

Community Information:

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Contact Information :

We encourage you to express your interest in the position by completing the attached Outreach Response Form. Depending on outreach results, the position may be advertised government wide. The vacancy announcement should be issued within the next few weeks. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact John Dondero at 404-347-7200.

Please use the Outreach Response Form below and send your response to Donna Brooks at donnabrooks@fs.fed.us by May 28, 2012.

Outreach Notices Response Form

Respond to Donna Brooks

By May 28, 2012

Title of Outreach Position: __Outreach Liaison for State and Private Forestry_______

Series and Grade of Outreach Position: ___GS-401-12____ ________
Unit Name of Outreach Notice: _Cooperative Forestry______ _________
Outreach Position Location: __Atlanta, Georgia _

Name: ____________________ ___________________________________________

Current Agency/Region/Forest/District: _____ _______________________________

Current Position Title: ___________________ _______________________________

Current Series and Grade: ________________ ________________________________

E-mail Address: __________ ______________________________________________

Telephone Number: ___________________ _________________________________

Brief statement of how you think your experience/education meets the duties and basic qualifications of the outreach position.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________

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