Entomologist

When March 1, 2021 9:00 PM to March 19, 2021 10:00 PM

Where Coeur d'Alene, ID

Contact Gina Davis

Contact Phone (208) 714-1173

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GS-0414-9/11/12 Entomologist

The USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, Forest Health Protection (FHP) is conducting outreach for a full-time permanent Entomologist in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. This position is located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisors Office, Coeur d'Alene, ID. To express interest in this position, please complete the Outreach form and return it to Gina Davis at gina.davis@usda.gov by the close of business on March 19, 2021. For more information contact Gina Davis at (208) 714-1173 or gina.davis@usda.gov.

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 (e.g., target grade and service-wide, region-wide, government-wide). Responses received from this outreach notice will be relied upon to make this determination. The grade levels identified in this outreach may not be those that are eventually advertised.

The Position

The Coeur d'Alene FHP field office provides services to all Federal and Tribal lands in the Northern Region. This position serves as an entomologist, providing technical assistance and support to land managers on the identification, roles and management of forest insects. The position is part of the Regional State & Private Forestry staff directly supervised by the FHP Coeur d'Alene office Group Leader. The incumbent works closely with entomologists, plant pathologists, silviculturists, and other resource specialists. This position requires extensive overnight travel and work in field locations. The position is permanent full-time.

Major Duties for Target GS-12 Level:

· Coordinates all aspects of a complex major insect detection, evaluation, prevention, and suppression program such as mountain pine beetle, budworm, gypsy moth, etc.

· Exercises scientific judgment of a high order to conceive and conduct special evaluations, often collaborating with research, to gain additional specific knowledge concerning insect biology, ecological relationships, parasitic effects, survey methodology, or new control techniques.

· Prepares plans designed to meet technical objectives, organizes assigned staff members, collects field data, supervises seasonal field crews, processes and analyzes data, consults with other professionals, evaluates the results, and makes recommendations. Prepares technical reports and manuscripts of which incumbent is responsible for technical adequacy and soundness of conclusions and recommendations.

· Provides site-specific, technical assistance concerning forest insects to land managers. Assistance usually is documented by incumbent in written guidelines which are incorporated into various resource project plans. Develops guidelines by identifying and determining the present amount of damage caused and exercises scientific judgment of a high order in evaluating the actual or potential seriousness of the infestation. Where reduction of pest effects is desirable, incumbent develops current, effective,

environmentally safe, and economically sound pest management alternatives which are consistent with specific land management objectives.

· Organizes, plans, and conducts forest insect related training programs, presentations, or seminars, for various Federal, State, and private individuals. Presentations are tailored to the specific needs and objectives of the requesting unit and involve summarization and presentation of complex scientific forest insect subject matter for new research developments in a concise, understandable manner.

Basic Qualification Requirements

Successful completion of a course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in forest entomology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in entomology. OPM Qualification Standards

Physical Requirements

The work varies from office work, usually at a computer, to field work requiring strenuous physical exertion for extended periods including walking on uneven, steep terrain in all seasons.

How to Respond

If you are interested in this position please fill out the response form included in this outreach and email gina.davis@usda.gov no later than close of business March 19, 2021. This position will be hired through a Single Vacancy Announcement number at USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment site. Applicants who respond to this outreach will be notified when the position is advertised. The vacancy may not be advertised for several months.