This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the DHA for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

About the Position: Serves as a natural resource management staff specialist responsible for fish and wildlife management, soil, forest and range conservation, water quality, environmental stewardship, park administration, public relations, public safety, and other related fields.


  • Completes assignments for project operations for natural resources, recreation, and dam safety
  • Manages projects and habitat supporting fish, forest, and wildlife resources, including the protection and preservation of threatened and endangered species.
  • Evaluates request for use of Government property in compliance with the Land Use Review Process.
  • Develops both short and long-range forest management plans.
  • Participates in natural resources management activities such as gathering data to be used in the development and updating of Operational Management Plans and Master Plans
  • Provides visitor assistance through citation authority during peak visitation and to prevent misuse of natural resources by the public.
  • Works with the project manager, maintenance staff, and contractor representatives to develop new operations and maintenance techniques to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the natural resources conservation programs


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Approximately 50% of the time is spent working outside in all types of weather
  • Work is subject to hazards associated with working in and around wooded areas, lakes and rivers.
  • Safe work practices are an integral part of this position. Must know, comply with, and promote prescribed safety rules and regulations.
  • Position requires a pre-employment and periodic physical examination and/or evaluation under the District Medical Surveillance Program, and may require the use of personal protective clothing or equipment
  • Must wear prescribed uniform as identified in Regulation ER 1130-2-
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. Is regularly required to patrol park with one or more passengers.
  • Must possess or have the ability to acquire and maintain a Corps of Engineers boat operator’s license within 2 years.
  • Must complete Park Ranger training requirements (including Visitor Assistance Training, CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, unarmed self-defense) within one year.
  • Must possess or be able to acquire Title 36 Citation Authority within one year.
  • Position requires night work, weekends and/or holidays depending on the needs of the project.
  • May be required to work in adverse weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind, etc.)
  • Occasional overnight travel required for training, conferences and rotational assignment less than 10% of the time.
  • During emergencies, may be called on short notice.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to a two (2) year probationary period unless the appointee has previously met the requirements as described in 5 CFR Part 315 regulations.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Education Requirement

  • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.