The incumbent will be the Program Manager for Ecological Restoration and Invasive Plant Management, under the direction of the Chief of the Vegetation Management Branch of the Resources Management and Science Division. The incumbent will serve as the Parks’ senior and principal advisor on the development and management of a complex, science-based ecological restoration and invasive plant management program. Duties of the position will focus on using scientifically sound expertise in invasive plants, botany, and plant/forest ecology in order to understand the impacts of human use, climate change, and other internal/external threats to park vegetation resources and to design appropriate restoration actions to mitigate these threats.


The incumbent will use this expertise to:

  • Develop and implement long-range plans for the inventory, monitoring, evaluation, documentation, conservation, research, and interpretation of vegetation resources across a wide range of elevations, including, but not limited to, alpine/subalpine/montane meadow, coniferous forest, riparian, and chaparral/oak woodland communities.
  • Implement effective ecologically-based restoration practices that include reestablishing degraded ecological processes through development of management goals and objectives, design of restoration actions based on these goals and objectives, and implementation of effectiveness monitoring to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Effectively communicate in order to foster teamwork, internal relationships, and external partnerships that promote park restoration priorities and landscape scale conservation.
  • Supervise and manage a complex program, comprised of one permanent, three term and 10 seasonal ecologists, biologists, and biological science technicians, with an overall annual budget of up to 0.5-1.0 million dollars. Supervision responsibilities will also include individual and groups of volunteers totaling several hundreds of hours annually..


  • This is a positive education position. You must meet the education requirement listed here. You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts/documentation that show how you meet the below requirements. If you do not submit proof your will be found not qualified. You must have of the following Basic Qualification Requirements for the Ecologist 0408 series:
  • Successful completion a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s, or higher degree, in the major field of study in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. You must include transcripts.
  • To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
  • EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
  • -OR-
  • EDUCATION: Successful completion of 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, such as ecology, restoration ecology, fire ecology, rangeland ecology, wildlife ecology, or other directly-related subject matter. You must include transcripts.
  • -OR-
  • Successful completion of a combination of graduate education and specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. For example, six months of the specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) and 45 semester hours directly related graduate level education (50% of the education requirement). You must include transcripts.