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Forest Service Public Affairs Specialist in Flagstaff, Arizona

Summary This position is located on the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff, AZ. This position serves as the Public Affairs Specialist. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Brady Smith, 928-527-3490, brady.smith@usda.gov. Responsibilities Stay abreast of technology trends and integrates new capabilities to engage underserved communities, and communities that are disconnected from the outdoors, to garner inclusiveness and a deeper public understanding of the natural resources. Articulate prohibited activities derived from federal law, policy, and the National Forest plans to increase awareness and to enhance education. Monitor Forest user trends and makes recommendations to improve program effectiveness. Develop training materials and programs and provide direction and training in implementation and use of visitor outreach materials. Develop creative content that communicates agency policies, programs, and actions to educate and enhance public awareness. Present materials that explain technical and scientific information in such a way that makes it understandable to many different audiences. Coordinate development and implementation of a variety of visitor outreach projects related to natural resources. Oversee development and implementation of technologically enhanced public information campaign through collaboration and coordination with internal and external stakeholders. Ensure information program delivery is conveyed using a variety of media, networking tools; mobile technologies; digital technologies; and structured multicultural education tools. Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with specialists from various technical and scientific disciplines to ensure information is consistent with Forest goals and objectives. 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 have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Prepared and presented speeches for special interests groups, schools, and the general public; Answered routine requests for information about the agency and its programs; Presented programs to groups on agency programs and activities; Assisted in developing written materials, feature stories, news releases and magazine articles to disseminate agency activities for internal and external use; Organized and coordinated print and broadcast news and information media interviews with key agency officials; Reviewed print, broadcast, and internet media to analyze public awareness and attitudes regarding agency and activities; Advised management on the probable public reaction to specific proposals, policies and actions; OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.. 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. TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Education Additional Information THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP), USDA REEMPLOYMENT PRIORITY LIST (RPL), AND INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES who meet the eligibility requirements for priority consideration. The following link provides information for determining if you meet these criteria: Career Transition Guidelines. VEOA candidates may also apply. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Government Housing is not available. 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/

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