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Forest Service Aviation Management Specialist in United States

Summary Location Negotiable in Region Three. See additional information for specific location details. This position is an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Natural Resource Program Manager within Fire and Aviation Management and is responsible for developing and recommending objectives, plans, policies, standards, and procedures for the Resource Management UAS Program. For additional information, please contact Jami Anzalone at 505-362-7024 or jami.anzalone@usda.gov. Responsibilities The responsibilities listed are at the full performance level. Develop new or improved methods of using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for fire and other natural resource programs. Provide aviation advice and assistance to operational staff specialists to effectively integrate the program into the management and protection activities they support. Develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures to guide and control the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program and its use in supporting natural resource management and protection activities. Develop the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program budget, working capital fund coordination, fleet management and refurbishment plans. Apply knowledge of aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) to incorporate SMS into Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) planning and operations. Collect and analyze data from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) suppliers and users of the UAS program to determine cost effectiveness and UAS responsiveness to mission requirements. Serve as a subject matter expert on interrelated cooperative projects to develop rules on the usage of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-09, you must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is defined as meeting two or more of the following: Conducting basic UAS projects or missions; and/or participating in the identification of training needs to support the UAS program; and/or collecting, consolidating, and analyzing data obtained from UAS flights to assist in management and program decisions; and/or reviewing UAS related Aviation Safety Communique (SAFECOM) reports to evaluate compliance with policy and procedures. OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR a LL.B. or J.D., if related. For the GS-11, you must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is defined as two or more of the following: assisting with technical direction for planning and executing complex Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) projects or missions; and/or serving as a training instructor for interagency, national, and regional training programs; and/or collecting and consolidating data obtained from UAS flights to provide guidance in management decisions; and/or assisting in the development of aviation management plans, policies, or programs involving UAS. OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR a LL.M., if related. For the GS-12, you must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as two or more of the following: assessing and identifying complex problems in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program operations, policies, and standards, and developing modifications that support agency resource management; and/or collecting, consolidating, and analyzing data obtained from UAS photogrammetry for short-term and long-term management and program decisions; and/or providing field training instruction of UAS aircraft use and safety procedures and making recommendations for certification of UAS pilots; and/or reviewing and analyzing safety and after-action reports to identify deficiencies in UAS program operating plans and procedures. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level. Additional Information Location Negotiable within 50 miles of a Forest Service office located only within Region Three. The selecting official will determine the duty location at the time of the job offer. The salary shown is for the Rest of the U.S. See OPM.gov for additional information on pay rates. The position is NOT Remote. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. The Forest Service may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-and-leave-flexibilities-for-recruitment-and-retention/ Positions filled from this announcement may be a bargaining or a non-bargaining unit position represented by either NFFE, AFGE or NAGE. Forest Service daycare facilities are NOT available. Government housing is NOT available. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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