RESEARCH FORESTER, GS-0460;
RESEARCH ECONOMIST, GS-0110
The Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit of the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station is recruiting for a Research Forester or Research Economist position located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Only one position will be filled. This position is targeted for the GS-13/14 grade level, with an approximate salary range of $81,823 to $125,695. This is a full-time, permanent appointment.
The mission of the Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit (SRS-FIA-4801) is “to conduct a program of research to improve the understanding of Southern forest ecosystems through inventories and analyses of the status and trends in resource conditions, use, productivity, and sustainability; and to conduct research to provide improved technology for timely and accurate resource inventories.”
The Unit is part of the National Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program, which is authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978, as amended by the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (“Farm Bill”) to make and keep current a comprehensive inventory and analysis of the present and prospective conditions of and requirements for the renewable resources of the forest and rangelands of the US. Within SRS-4801, the National Timber Products Output (TPO) Center in support of the National FIA Program is charged with increasing the efficiency, increasing the precision, expanding the scope of FIA and assessing status and trends in the use and condition of the nation’s forest resources. This group conducts relevant research that helps define, quantify, and understand the social and economic dimensions of wood and non-wood usage from US forests in order to promote sustainable forest management that meets the current and future needs of landowners, communities, and society.
The scientist is a supervisor within SRS FIA Program, and will provide direction for the National TPO Center in support of the National FIA Program. The goals of the National TPO Center are to conduct relevant research that helps define, quantify, and understand the social and economic dimensions of wood and non-wood product usage from US forests in order to promote sustainable forest management that meets the current and future needs of landowners, communities, and society. In addition, the Center will support National FIA leadership with new and emerging issues while assisting with the regional FIA TPO programs in maintaining the needs of the baseline TPO information needs.
The incumbent will be located in USDA Forest Service office space at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia and will be supervised by the Deputy Program Manager, Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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For more information about this position, please contact James T. Vogt, Deputy Program Manager, Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis, at (865) 862-2035 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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