NEPA Planners- 4 positions in Montana locations

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Butte, MT, United States
  • Oct 06, 2016
Full time Environmental Impact Assessment Natural Resources

Job Description

Who May Apply
Recent Graduates from qualifying institutions having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years to apply.

The Forest Service will be attending the 2016 Society of American Foresters (SAF) national convention in Madison, Wisconsin on November 2-6, 2016, and will be accepting applications online through USAJobs and onsite during a portion of the conference event. This is a recruitment event for Pathways positions that will be available online and during the national convention. Onsite applications will be accepted at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) national convention in Madison, Wisconsin from 2 p.m. to 7p.m. on November 2nd, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 3rd. When applying onsite, please bring two complete copies of your application package. Please refer to the ‘Required Documents’ section of this vacancy announcement. If you are unable to attend the convention, please apply online via USAJOBS from October 3-7.
The link to the hiring event at the Society of American Foresters national convention can be found at: The SAF national convention will be located at the Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. Directions and parking for the Monona Terrace can be found at:

Interviews will occur onsite, but also via phone, for those applicants who can’t attend the national convention in Madison, Wisconsin. Selections will be made from the combined applicant pool of those who apply online and onsite.

If you need reasonable accommodation at the SAF national convention, please contact Nita Wornom at

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures as announcement number 17-0102-301876FS-HDR . Current permanent Forest Service employees with competitive status, applicants who are eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act and USDA CTAP/RPL eligibles may apply to both announcements. This position may be filled at the GS-09 grade level with promotion potential to the GS-11.
This is a NEPA Planner position on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and is located in one of the following locations: Philipsburg, Wisdom, Butte, or Ennis, MT. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact  Tony Scardina at 406-329-3604

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received. All applications received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the day that the 50th application is reached will be accepted and reviewed for referral. The vacancy announcement will remain open until the closing date indicated, however, only the next 50 applicants who apply after the initial cut-off number is reached will be considered for referral if the first certificate has an insufficient applicant pool. If you un-submit your application to make changes or updates, the date the application is last submitted will be used to determine if the cut-off number was met. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Participates in developing the unit program of work for all aspects or portions of the unit-planning program. Advises, coordinates, or reviews the annual operating plans and budgets.  Conducts routine environmental studies and evaluations linking a variety of resources, such as social economics, land, air, water, timber, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, and/or special management areas.

Responsible for developing the environmental analysis reports concerning resources activity.  Performs field reconnaissance, collects, and analyzes data needed for preparation of environmental documents.

May lead interdisciplinary teams carrying out routine environmental studies and evaluations to determine the consequences of various actions or events, i.e., forest planning project, on the environment. Supports team leader with work planning by tracking the progress of NEPA documents and fully supporting team members in meeting timelines.

Participates in public relations events involving speaking engagements and field trips. Advises the unit staff officers of the different levels of NEPA documentation based on information provided by the interdisciplinary teams.

Travel Required
Occasional Travel

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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level


Government- Federal


$48,968. Series & Grade GS-0401-09. Promotion Potential GS-11.