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          PreviousNext: Encrypted Drupal Database Connections with Amazon RDS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Malicious users can intercept or monitor plaintext data transmitting across unencrypted networks, jeopardising the confidentiality of sensitive data in Drupal applications. This tutorial will show you how to mitigate this type of attack by encrypting your database queries in transit.

by Nick Santamaria /

With attackers and data breaches becoming more sophisticated every day, it is imperative that we take as many steps as practical to protect sensitive data in our Drupal apps. PreviousNext use Amazon RDS for our MariaDB and MySQL database instances. RDS supports SSL encryption for data in transit, and it is extremely simple to configure your Drupal app to connect in this manner.

1. RDS PEM Bundle

The first step is ensuring your Drupal application has access to the RDS public certificate chain to initiate the handshake. How you achieve this will depend on your particular deployment methodology - we have opted to bake these certificates into our standard container images. Below are the lines we've added to our PHP Dockerfile.

# Add Amazon RDS TLS public certificate.
ADD https://s3.amazonaws.com/rds-downloads/rds-combined-ca-bundle.pem  /etc/ssl/certs/rds-combined-ca-bundle.pem
RUN chmod 755 /etc/ssl/certs/rds-combined-ca-bundle.pem

If you use a configuration management tool like ansible or puppet, the same principal applies - download that .pem file to a known location on the app server.

If you have limited control of your hosting environment, you can also commit this file to your codebase and have it deployed alongside your application.

2. Drupal Database Configuration

Next you need to configure Drupal to use this certificate chain if it is available. The PDO extension makes light work of this. This snippet is compatible with Drupal 7 and 8.

$rds_cert_path = "/etc/ssl/certs/rds-combined-ca-bundle.pem";
if (is_readable($rds_cert_path)) {
  $databases['default']['default']['pdo'][PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_SSL_CA] = $rds_cert_path;
}

3. Confirmation

The hard work is done, you'll now want to confirm that the connections are actually encrypted.

Use drush to smoke check the PDO options are being picked up correctly. Running drush sql-connect should give you a new flag: --ssl-ca.

$ drush sql-connect

mysql ... --ssl-ca=/etc/ssl/certs/rds-combined-ca-bundle.pem

If that looks OK, you can take it a step further and sniff the TCP connection between Drupal and the RDS server.

This requires root access to your server, and the tcpflow package installed - this tool will stream the data being transmitted over port 3306. You are wanting to see illegible garbled data - definitely not content that looks like a SQL queries or responses!

Run this command, and click around your site while logged in (to ensure minimal cache hits).

$ tcpflow -i any -C -g port 3306

This is the type of output which indicates the connection is encrypted.

tcpflow: listening on any

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          Parks studies IoT interoperability and customer expectations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
43 percent of survey respondents see Amazon Echo integration as important
08/08/2018
Spencer Ives

DALLAS—Parks Associates released a report, titled “Interoperability and the Internet of Things,” that said voice control integrations are high on consumers’ wish lists when it comes to new smart devices and most consumers only have one smart device, among other findings.

“This is an area that we cover very closely,” Brad Russell, research director, connected home, at Parks Associates, told Security Systems News. For Parks, interoperability in a smart home means “all the technologies that are required to enable devices to talk to one another, either machine to machine … locally in the home or through the Internet to cloud platforms that are then enabling interoperability.”

Parks gathered insight on this area through consumer surveys that the firm regularly conducts. “We are continually asking consumers about the importance [to] them that their devices work together, and the importance of that compared to other product features,” Russell said.

On the industry side, Parks often speaks with groups like the Z-Wave Alliance and ZigBee, and monitoring their innovations.

Voice interaction is a big area when it comes to a smart home. “We’re looking at a lot of voice control, and how—at least from a consumer perspective—the experience of interoperability is achieved through an Amazon Echo with Alexa, although the actual interoperability is happening in the cloud,” Russell said.

The report covered consumer expectations for interoperability, wireless networking protocols in the market, and application layer initiatives, which includes the Apple Home Kit and Samsung SmartThings platforms among others.

“What’s really surprising is how quickly the voice control platforms have become extremely important to consumers, considering that they’ve been around the shortest period of time, but now, they top the list of all platforms as far as those who are most important to consumers when they’re considering a purchase decision,” Russell said.

Twenty-eight percent of surveyed consumers that intend to buy a smart device in the next 12 months said it is very important—rating a six or a seven on a scale of seven—that their device works with Amazon’s Echo. Another 15 percent said that it’s important—rating a five out of seven—totaling 43 percent that value an Amazon Echo integration.

Similarly, 23 percent of those looking to buy a smart device soon said it’s very important for it to work with Google Home, and 14 percent called it important, meaning 37 total percent value this integration. 

Interoperability may not be as big an issue now as it could be in the future, according to Russell. “The vast majority of consumers still only own one device, and interoperability only really becomes an issue as you have more devices,” Russell said. “As they own more devices, it becomes more and more important to them.”

The report also covers how many surveyed respondents have adopted a single app to control their IoT devices. “Consumers, for the most part, are still using stand-alone apps to control their products,” Russell said. Thirty-six percent reported having apps for individual products, but no apps that control multiple products, he said. Another 25 percent said they can control some or all of their smart products through their security system app.

“Only 15 percent say that ‘I have one app that controls everything,’ and then another 10 percent say ‘I can control some or all of my products using a single app that is different than the app that controls my security system,’” Russell said. Fifteen percent were not sure.

Parks also recognized a growing trend of tech support issues related to interoperability—“In that sense, we would say that consumer expectations are not met,” Russell said.

Developments in technology at the chip level are a considerable factor for the IoT, according to Russell. “More and more things are done at the chip level, like dealing with data encryption and security, and that influences interoperability because that’s the beginning of all interoperability—the authentication of the device and the data and the users.”

The wireless networking protocols have also been very influential in interoperability, Russell said. “Certainly, we have big ecosystems built around Z-Wave and ZigBee and Bluetooth, and those kinds of protocols. So, not only is it the technology itself, but it’s the ecosystem of partners that have invested in that technology, so that all of their products are interoperable with one another.”


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          Centra embraces transformation, improves patient care with Office 365 intelligent business tools      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Today’s post was written by Joseph (Jody) Hobbs, managing director of business applications and information security officer at Centra.

Profile picture of Jody Hobbs.Centra is proud to count itself among the early adopters of cloud technology in the healthcare field. Back in 2014, we saw cloud computing as a way to keep up with the rapid growth we were experiencing across the enterprise—and the challenge of adapting to industry changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Five years later, we’re still using Microsoft Cloud services to remain on the leading edge of business productivity software so that we can provide exceptional patient care.

With Microsoft 365, we are better able to adapt to industry-wide changes introduced by ACA, such as the transition from a fee-for-service model to a quality-based model. This change made capturing data and analytics very important, because now reimbursement is based on quality of care, not quantity of services. We use Power BI, the data analytics tool from Microsoft Office 365 E5, to meet new healthcare reporting requirements and provide a wealth of data to our clinicians. They use this data to measure their performance against quality benchmarks to improve patient experiences and health outcomes.

We also turned to Microsoft 365 to help address Centra data security and privacy policies. Microsoft accommodated our requirement for data to remain in the continental United States, which helps us comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that are standard in the healthcare industry. We also found a great solution for emailing sensitive information by combining a Microsoft two-factor authentication solution with our existing encryption appliance. Microsoft invests an incredible amount in its security posture, more than we ever could, and this, along with the knowledge that our data is not intermingled with others’ data in the tenant, gives us peace of mind. And we use Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, which gives us great insight into malicious activities aimed at our employees’ inboxes.

Keeping our Firstline Workers flexible and mobile is another major priority. We plan to get all our clinical workers online with Office 365 to actualize our vision for a more productive, mobile workforce. We have almost 4,000 employees taking advantage of Office 365 ProPlus and downloading up to five instances of Office 365 on a range of devices. This makes it seamless for them to work from home or the office using the same powerful, cloud-based productivity apps.

As Centra continues to grow from a network of hospitals to an assortment of health-related enterprises, adding everything from a college of nursing to our own insurance business, we see a cloud-based workplace solution as key to staying agile and making the most of our momentum. In Microsoft 365, we have found a solution that marries the strict security requirements of our industry with the needs of a workforce that demands anytime, anywhere access to colleagues and information. For Centra, change isn’t just a matter of increasing productivity or mobility—at the end of the day, our ability to stay up to date with the latest technology innovations means we are providing the best care possible.

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          Windows Specialist - Tundra Technical - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le candidat recherché devrait maitriser les technologies suivantes: • Windows Serveur • Windows 10 • Encryptions de poste de travail • VMware view •...
From Indeed - Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:45:31 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          Citizens of Tech 008 – Solar Powered Dragonfly Modems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It’s late spring - June 12, 2015 to be precise, and on this day we sat down to discuss: Electronic Legos, Quantum Encryption, Solar Powered Flight, and more. So kick back and ready your ear holes to delve into the nerdfest that is the Citizens of Tech Podcast!
          Comment on Facebook wants to be the future of online banking by .      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If my bank (or any other) want to use a chatbot... It's easy to make a chatbot on telegram (but sippose in other platform as well) without having an intermediary in the middle like facebook. Also on telegram you can start a secret chat so that there's encryption and server is just a passthru of encrypted data. So, fb is just trying to get even more personal data.. and everything else is just an excuse not even well said... Just my 2 cents..
          Systems Administrator II - Blue Federal Credit Union - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Experience with the CISCO Voice over IP and Encryption technologies preferred. Our purpose at Blue is to help our members and teams succeed in doing the things...
From Blue Federal Credit Union - Sat, 04 Aug 2018 10:37:32 GMT - View all Cheyenne, WY jobs
          IT Support Technician III - Sierra Nevada Corporation - Madison, WI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Microsoft, Lotus Notes, McAfee Antivirus, PGP encryption, wireless, Citrix, Dell laptops/desktops, and HP Printers....
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          IT Project Technician - START DATE 10/01 - Smartech & Associates, LP - Ferndale, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Enable McAfee Encryption (Laptop only). SMARTECH is a growing IT service provider connecting certified IT personnel with multiple major clients in the industry....
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          Global Hardware Encryption Devices Market Status and Outlook 2018-2025 | Seagate Technology PLC, Western Digital Corp, Samsung Electronics, Thales, Micron Technology Inc      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 08, 2018 ) Hardware Encryption Devices Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving revenue growth and profitability. The Hardware Encryption Devices statistical surveying report...
          Government-backed research suggests millions of smartphones have built-in security flaws - BGR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Government-backed research suggests millions of smartphones have built-in security flaws
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Well, this is comforting. Researchers funded by the Dept. of Homeland Security have found security vulnerabilities built into smartphones at the device level, vulnerabilities that reportedly exist across devices offered by the four leading U.S. cell ...
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          Associate IT Technician - Plenty - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Apple\Microsoft certifications, G Suite Experience, familiarity with full disk encryption solutions, helpdesk ticketing systems, file sharing solutions, Android...
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          Security: Windows Back Doors Again and WPA-2 Issues      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  • Key iPhone supplier is hamstrung with the debilitating WannaCry worm

    A key chip supplier for iPhones, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., said the virulent WannaCry ransomware worm infected its production lines over the weekend. The incident shows how the malicious malware continues to leave a wake of $100 million-plus losses 15 months after it first took flight.

  • iPhone Chipmaker Blames WannaCry Variant for Plant Closures

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said Monday that full operations have resumed after a variant of the 2017 WannaCry ransomware affected production over the weekend. The infection, which happened when a supplier connected tainted software to TSMC’s network without a virus scan, spread swiftly and hit facilities in Tainan, Hsinchu and Taichung -- home to some of the cutting-edge plants that produce Apple’s semiconductors.

  • The Beginning of the End of WPA-2 — Cracking WPA-2 Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

    Here is me cracking WPA-2 using the four-way handshake with just a Raspberry PI and a $10 wi-fi transceiver:

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          Oracle Database Administrator - (Portland, Oregon, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In addition to the responsibilities listed below, this position is responsible for planning, designing, and building database systems that are stable, recoverable, and integrated with other available technology stacks for the purpose of efficient, secure data utilization. This includes understanding the interoperability between databases and other dependent technology stacks (performance scalability, stability, capacity planning, etc.), possessing familiarity with one dependent technology stack (e.g. windows admin, networking, storage, etc.), working with engineering teams to recommend alternate solutions, and consulting as a 2nd level technical expert on specific platforms.Some of the unique challenges this position will face include database considerations for a large, corporate enterprise and a high degree of complexity and non-uniformity.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Completes work assignments and supports business-specific projects by applying expertise in subject area; supporting the development of work plans to meet business priorities and deadlines; ensuring team follows all procedures and policies; coordinating and assigning resources to accomplish priorities and deadlines; collaborating cross-functionally to make effective business decisions; solving complex problems; escalating high priority issues or risks, as appropriate; and recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities.
  • Practices self-development and promotes learning in others by proactively providing information, resources, advice, and expertise with coworkers and customers; building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders; influencing others through technical explanations and examples; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; listening and responding to, seeking, and addressing performance feedback; providing feedback to others and managers; creating and executing plans to capitalize on strengths and develop weaknesses; supporting team collaboration; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.
  • As part of the IT Engineering job family, this position is responsible for leveraging DEVOPS, and both Waterfall and Agile practices, to design, develop, and deliver resilient, secure, multi-channel, high-volume, high-transaction, on/off-premise, cloud-based solutions.
  • Supports the review of team deliverables.
  • Provides some recommendations and input on options, risks, costs, and benefits for systems designs.
  • Collaborates with team members to develop project support plans, schedules, and assignments.
  • Translates business and functional requirements into technical specifications that support integrated and sustainable designs for designated infrastructure systems by partnering with Business Analysts to understand business needs and functional specifications.
  • Serves as a liaison with business partners, Solutions, and enterprise architects to define and understand target strategies.
  • Collaborates with counterparts in various IT Teams (e.g., database, operations, technical support) throughout system development and implementation.
  • Develops and modifies solutions by identifying technical solutions to business problems.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on IT infrastructure planning, engineering, and architecture for assigned systems by assessing the implications of IT strategies on infrastructure capabilities.
  • Reviews and makes changes to technical specifications and documentation.
  • Collaborates with IT teams and key business partners to troubleshoot complex systems and provides solutions, as appropriate.
  • Evaluates existing systems to make recommendations on resources required to maintain service levels.
  • Evaluates new service options, identifies issues and impacts, and provides recommendations on feasibility and ROI.
  • Collaborates with architects and software engineers to ensure functional specifications are converted into flexible, scalable, and maintainable designs.
  • Verifies system designs adhere to company architecture standards.
  • Drives physical architecture design for new initiatives.
  • Leads the implementation of assigned enterprise infrastructure systems to ensure successful deployment and operation by developing and documenting detailed standards (e.g., guidelines, processes, procedures) for the introduction and maintenance of services.


    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in the planning, design, and implementation of security solutions, including Minimum two (2) years experience in the configuration, implementation, troubleshooting, and operation of security technologies.
  • Minimum one (1) year in a technical leadership role with or without direct reports.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field and Minimum six (6) years experience in an IT operations environment with technical experience in distributed technologies, systems development, and/or networking.
  • Additional equivalent work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of experience building technology solutions to meet corporate or industry IT regulatory requirements.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design and implementation of complex data infrastructure solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT infrastructure consulting.
  • Two (2) years of experience working with network diagnostic and management tools.
  • Two (2) years experience working with load balancing technologies.
  • Four (4) years experience in the configuration and/or design of Active Directory structure and design elements, including experience integrating Active Directory across platforms or technologies.
  • Four (4) years experience in Next Generation non-signature based control configuration and implementation.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT compliance reporting.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of DLP technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of data encryption technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of email security (e.g., anti-malware, anti-spam, anti-phishing) technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of email encryption technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of cloud security technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in database technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience using SQL or similar query language.
  • Two (2) years experience in infrastructure architecture/engineering, including experience in the design and implementation of storage, server, middleware, and/or database infrastructure.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT security or identity and access management.
  • Two (2) years experience working with an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework.
  • Two (2) years in the configuration, administration, and operation of data protection and/or DLP solutions.
  • Four (4) years system administration experience.
  • Three (3) years experience in database administration.
  • Three (3) years experience in storage management and/or administration.
  • Two (2) years experience working on cross-functional project teams
  • Two (2) years experience working on projects or programs requiring the integration of cross-functional technology and/or business solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT incident management, including the development and/or deployment of remediation plans.
  • Two (2) years experience working with an enterprise digital certificate management system.
  • One (1) year of work experience in a role requiring interaction with senior leadership (e.g., Director level and above)
  • Three (3) years experience writing technical documentation in an infrastructure development environment.
  • Three (3) years experience working in a large matrixed organization.
  • Two (2) years experience working with IT vendors.
  • Three (3) years experience working with an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework.
  • Four (4) years experience working within a mainframe environment.
  • Two (2) years experience working with UNIX System Services (USS).
  • Two (2) years experience working with mainframe storage infrastructure.
  • Two (2) years experience working with mainframe server software (e.g., Endevor, Syncsort, WebSphere, DFSMS, HSM).
  • Two (2) years coding experience with one or more programming languages (e.g., REXX, COBOL, SAS, ISPF, CLIST).
  • Four (4) years experience in the design and configuration of UNIX/Linux and/or Windows servers infrastructure.
  • Four (4) years experience working with operating system and client/server utilities.
  • Four (4) years experience working with server hardware management tools and/or server hardware.
  • Four (4) years experience working with configuration management software.
  • Four (4) years experience in the configuration and/or design of Active Directory structure and design elements, including experience integrating Active Directory across platforms or technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in anti-virus software configuration and implementation.
  • Two (2) years experience in the configuration and/or troubleshooting of email servers in a large enterprise environment.
  • Two (2) years coding experience with one or more programming languages.
  • Two (2) years experience in the configuration and administration of remote access and out-of-band network software.
  • Two (2) years scripting experience using PowerShell scripting languages.
  • Four (4) years scripting experience using UNIX/Linux scripting languages.
  • Four (4) years experience in the configuration and design of web server infrastructure.
  • Four (4) years experience in WebSphere and additional middleware administration.
  • Four (4) years experience working with databases.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design and implementation of complex middleware infrastructure solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT middleware infrastructure consulting.
  • Two (2) years of experience working with advanced features of network diagnostic and management tools.
  • Two (2) years experience in the advanced design of complex WebSphere Commerce environments.
  • Two (2) years experience working with load balancing technologies.
  • Four (4) years experience in storage engineering and/or data backup engineering, including experience with data replication.
  • Four (4) years experience gathering and translating business requirements into technical specifications.
  • Two (2) years experience working with Windows systems administration.
  • Two (2) years experience configuring enterprise class storage area network (SAN) switches.
  • Two (2) years experience configuring enterprise class network attached storage (NAS) solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience working with backup tape/VTL infrastructure.
  • Two (2) years experience working with storage management software.
  • Master's degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field.
  • Teradata certification(s).
  • IBM Specialist(System z) certification.
  • Citrix Administrator, Engineer, or Architect certification.
  • IBM Systems Administrator (AIX 7) certification or other comparable AIX certification.
  • Linux Professional Institute certification or other comparable Linux certification.
  • MS or HP Systems Administrator or Engineer certification(s).
  • Redhat Engineer or Architect certification(s).
  • WebSphere network deployment certification(s).
  • Brocade certification.
  • EMC certification.
  • Security certification (Security+, CISSP, CISA).


  •           Busting iPhone battery life myths      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Buh-bye Facebook. Buh-bye Snapchat. Buh-by Pokémon Go… So, I want to talk about battery life. It's the currency of mobile. Literally every feature added or used gets paid for in battery life. No charge, no fun. iPhones are typically rated for 10 to 12-hours of battery life. That's what Apple gets in its tests and its test, unlike some, are mostly accurate. Mostly, because Apple's tests tests still seem focused around the "Light internet usage" Steve Jobs talked about when he introduced the iPhone over 10 years ago: Testing conducted by Apple in August 2016 using preproduction iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units and software, on both GSM and CDMA carrier networks. Internet over Wi-Fi tests were conducted using a dedicated web server. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus browsed snapshot versions of 20 popular web pages and received mail once an hour. All settings were default except: The Wi-Fi feature Ask to Join Networks and Auto-Brightness were turned off; WPA2 encryption was ...
              Apple Tells Skeptical Lawmakers That iPhones Are Not Spying On Your Conversations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Apple Tells Skeptical Lawmakers That iPhones Are Not Spying On Your Conversations Usually when the government and Apple butt heads over a technology topic, it has to do with encryption, and specifically the lack of a built-in backdoor for lawmakers to bust through when investigating crimes. That is an ongoing topic, though it is not the only one. Concerned over the growing use of digital assistants like Siri, US lawmakers
              (USA-NJ-Franklin Lakes) Sr. Network Engineer Architect      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    **POSITION SUMMARY** We are seeking a world\-class Network Architect to join the team responsible designing, implementing and running Express Scripts network\. **ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS** + Designing, developing and building the next generation of Express Scripts data center, campus and colocation networks with a view to enterprise grade security, stability, resilience, application delivery, and automation\. + Network capacity planning, provisioning and lifecycle management\. + Working directly with our users to gather ideas and requirements to build a world\-class Network environment, using leading\-edge techniques and tools\. + Building out our SDN strategy in both Data Center and Enterprise to take Express Scripts network to the next level\. + Leveraging both off the shelf and open source systems and utilities to rapidly provision production networks in a variety of domains\. + Being the technical reference point for escalations and design discussions **QUALIFICATIONS** + Bachelor’s degree in related field or 11 years of experience\. + 5 years relevant experience with Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s degree and 3 years of relevant experience + 8\-12 years relevant experience, designing, implementing, and maintaining a multi\-site Corporate network, with emphasis on high availability, performance and security\. + Robust theoretical and practical experience with BGP, OSPF, EIGRP and MPLS VPN technologies utilizing Cisco completed product suite \(Catalyst 3800 – 9300, ISR 4000’s, ASR1000’s and 9000’s, Nexus 5k,7k and 9k in ACI mode\)\. + Detailed knowledge of transport \(TCP/UDP\) and application layer protocols \(HTTP/S, FTP, DNS\.\) + Strong knowledge of F5, Infoblox\. + Knowledge of Cisco ACI and how to automate utilizing its open API’s\. + Expert in secure network design using firewalls, access controls, and client authentication mechanisms\. + Familiarity with data encryption practices, concepts and products as pertains to network and application protocols\. + Experience with enterprise authentication infrastructure \(radius, dot1x, Kerberos\) utilizing Cisco ISE\. + Experience with enterprise search tools \(Splunk, Elk\) + Experience with enterprise class wireless solutions\. + Ability to manage large scale Engineering projects independently\. + Great communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively with other Infrastructure Teams and Developers across the firm\. + Strong technical documentation skills\. + Excellent and rapid network troubleshooting and repair skills\. + Scripting ability utilizing Python and experience with configuration management tools like Ansible\. + Exposure to SDWAN and SD\-Access technologies a plus \(ex\. Viptella, Cisco DNA\) **ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT** Information Security prioritizes the protection and security of all client, patient and company information and data\. They do this by proactively identifying the sophisticated landscape of threat actors and environmental risks associated with unauthorized access and service disruptions\. This vital group focuses on preserving system reliability and business continuity, protecting the strong brand Express Scripts has in the marketplace, and maximizing the company’s defenses against external and internal threats\. **ABOUT EXPRESS SCRIPTS** Advance your career with the company that makes it easier for people to choose better health\. Express Scripts is a leading healthcare company serving tens of millions of consumers\. We are looking for individuals who are passionate, creative and committed to creating systems and service solutions that promote better health outcomes\. Join the company that Fortune magazine ranked as one of the 'Most Admired Companies' in the pharmacy category\. Then, use your intelligence, creativity, integrity and hard work to help us enhance our products and services\. We offer a highly competitive base salary and a comprehensive benefits program, including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, 401\(k\) with company match, life insurance, paid time off, tuition assistance and an employee stock purchase plan\. Express Scripts is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. Applicants must be able to pass a drug test and background investigation\. Express Scripts is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor\. \*LI\-EV1
              (USA-MO-St. Louis) Sr. Pen Tester/Red Team      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    **POSITION SUMMARY** Express Scripts is looking for a Senior Pen Tester/Red Team Analyst to work on our Attack Simulation team\. This role is responsible for conducting vulnerability assessments, threat modeling, penetration tests, and red team campaigns of ESI’s IT infrastructure and applications\. This role will work closely with the Director of Attack Simulation to identify, evaluate, and remediate potential weaknesses in ESI’s systems using both manual and automated methods\. **RESPONSIBILITIES:** + Plan and execute adversary simulation engagements \(internal and external penetration tests and/or red team operations against corporate web applications, APIs, networks, Windows and \*nix variants\) + Effectively communicate findings, attack paths, and recommendations to technical, non\-technical, and executive client stakeholders through written reports and verbal presentations + Build scripts, tools or methodologies to enhance, streamline, and automate Attack Simulation’s offensive capabilities + Ability to train others in adversary simulation tactics, techniques, and procedures + Effectively communicate successes and obstacles with fellow team members, team leads, and management + Assist with scoping engagements, participating in technical testing from campaign start through remediation, and mentoring less experienced staff\. + Work with enterprise defenders to educate and train in adversary TTPs **QUALIFICATIONS:** + Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 4\+ years’ pen testing experience + One or more professional certifications such as OSCP, OSCE, GWAPT, GSEC, GPEN, GXPN + Passionate about security and finding new ways to break into systems as well as defend them + Offensive information security testing \(red teaming, penetration testing\) experience + Demonstrated understanding of offensive information security concepts + Ability to learn new concepts, tactics, techniques, and procedures through research efforts + Knowledge of Windows and \*nix\-based operating systems + Knowledge of networking fundamentals and common attacks + Experience managing multiple engagements/projects at once, successfully\. + Experience and proficiency with common Red Team tools and scripts \(e\.g\. Cobalt Strike, Powershell Empire, Metasploit, etc\.\) + Experience and proficiency with common penetration testing tools \(e\.g\. nmap, JtR, Hashcat, netcat, etc\.\) + Knowledge of programming or scripting languages \(e\.g\. C\#/\.NET, C\+\+, Python, Powershell, Ruby\) + Basic exploit development and validation skills + Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the proven ability to “think outside the box” + Proficiency in manual and automated techniques for penetration testing and executing red team engagements + Ability to analyze vulnerabilities, appropriately characterize threats, and provide remediation recommendations + Understanding of core Internet protocols \(e\.g\. DNS, HTTP, TCP, UDP, TLS, IPsec\) + Understanding of encryption fundamentals \(symmetric/asymmetric, ECB/CBC operations, AES, etc\.\) + Strong oral and written communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to prepare documentation and presentations for technical and non\-technical audiences **ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT** Do you enjoy the challenge of defending an enterprise from security breaches? Come put your skills to work at an organization trusted to protect client, patient and company data amid the ever\-changing landscape of information security threats and risks\. Our cyber defenders are challenged and trusted with maintaining our secure infrastructure day in and day out, while delivering an enterprise computing environment that is resilient to breaches and disruptions\. If you’re as passionate about data security as we are and want to be at the center of our noble mission to make healthcare safer and more affordable, explore our opportunities\. **ABOUT EXPRESS SCRIPTS** Advance your career with the company that makes it easier for people to choose better health\. Express Scripts is a leading healthcare company serving tens of millions of consumers\. We are looking for individuals who are passionate, creative and committed to creating systems and service solutions that promote better health outcomes\. Join the company that Fortune magazine ranked as one of the "Most Admired Companies" in the pharmacy category\. Then, use your intelligence, creativity, integrity and hard work to help us enhance our products and services\. We offer a highly competitive base salary and a comprehensive benefits program, including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, 401\(k\) with company match, life insurance, paid time off, tuition assistance and an employee stock purchase plan\. Express Scripts is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. Applicants must be able to pass a drug test and background investigation\. Express Scripts is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor\. \*LI\-RT1
              (USA-NJ-Franklin Lakes) Associate Software Packaging Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    **POSITION SUMMARY** The associate IT engineer will service day to day operational engineering requests from product teams, project teams, and operational customers\. The associate IT engineer will also work with guidance of other team members to design, develop, and implement capabilities that advance the roadmap and vision of the Monitoring Engineering team and its partners\. Candidate will be required to administer various monitoring platforms, work within existing processes, and ensure compliance of monitoring solutions with corporate standards\. The candidate will also assist in optimizing operational practices, and assessing progress through data\-driven metrics\. **ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS** + Coordinate and facilitate meetings with application and system teams to determine monitoring needs + Coordinate and interpret monitoring needs and ensure all requests for monitoring follow a standard workflow + Design, develop, document, and deploy monitoring requests into the various monitoring systems within the ESIenterprise + Design, develop, document, and deploy standard reporting for all monitoring platforms within the ESIenterprise + Adhere to standard change control criteria before monitors are moved intoproduction + Act as a liaison between business and technical teams and the ESI CMEA and NOCmanagement + Coordinate with other support teams to ensure all monitoring tools are configured into an organized package for use by the ESI Central Monitoring + Administer and support tooling and associated infrastructure including version and lifecycle management, patching, break\-fix support, and administrative tasks **QUALIFICATIONS** + Bachelor's Degree Required + 2 \- 5 years of relevant work experience + 1\-3 years of experience in Monitoring, System Administration, Networking, or similar technology + Conceptual understanding of monitoring capabilities at all levels including asset, utility, application, and business insight\. + Minimum 1 year experience in implementing, maintaining, and supporting enterprise class monitoring solutions in a large and heterogeneous environment + Experience evaluating, implementing, and administering Application Performance Management solutions such as CA APM \(Wily Introscope\) and Riverbed’s APM Xpert Tool Suite + Must have experience with BMC Portal/Patrol \- Experience with BMC ProactiveNet Performance Manager \(BPPM\) and TMART + Must have experience with SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Manager + Must have experience with HP Site Scope and HP LoadRunner scripting + Experience with monitoring of virtual server environments is a plus + Working knowledge of security and security concepts, firewalls and anti\-virus + Working knowledge of standard industry web servers \(Apache, IIS, etc\.\), java containers \(JBoss, MuleSoft, Websphere, Weblogic, Tomcat, etc\.\) + Working knowledge of database monitoring techniques \(DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle\) + Working knowledge of security architectures, HTTP/HTTPS, SSL, LDAP, HTML, Web Servers: Apache, IIS + Working knowledge of application platforms \(IBM WebSphere, Mulesoft, Tomcat, and \.NET\)\. + Prior experience with cloud\-based platforms and cloud\-native application architectures is desirable + Working knowledge of networking: TCP/IP, and familiarity with firewalls, hubs, routers, switches, DNS, gateways, load balancing and basic networkanalysis/troubleshooting + Working knowledge of various scripting languages such asShell/PERL/PHP/HTML/XML/SOAP/REST/JavaScript/AutoHotKey/SeleniumWeb Driver + Working knowledge of monitoring\-related network and systems management protocols such as HTTP/HTTPS, SNMP, RDP, SSH, LDAP, WMI, IMAP/POP, ICMP, FTP, TELNET, SMTP, DNS, etc\. and how to monitor their health and efficiency + Foundational knowledge and experience with VMware/ESX, VMS and physical hardware + Familiarity with key servers/encryption, PKI/certificates, JAVA, APIs, and browsers + Exposure to architectural concepts such as SOA, ITIL, SOFEA, etc **ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT** Do you enjoy making things work seamlessly and figuring out ways to improve functionality? Do you have a knack for automating processes? Be a part of our team that focuses on reliability and keeping our systems running\. From data centers to servers, this talent is relied on to create and maintain critical platforms for the organization\. If this is your skill set and you want to be at the center of work that impacts 83 million Americans, explore our opportunities\. **ABOUT EXPRESS SCRIPTS** Advance your career with the company that makes it easier for people to choose better health\. Express Scripts is a leading healthcare company serving tens of millions of consumers\. We are looking for individuals who are passionate, creative and committed to creating systems and service solutions that promote better health outcomes\. Join the company that Fortune magazine ranked as one of the "Most Admired Companies" in the pharmacy category\. Then, use your intelligence, creativity, integrity and hard work to help us enhance our products and services\. We offer a highly competitive base salary and a comprehensive benefits program, including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, 401\(k\) with company match, life insurance, paid time off, tuition assistance and an employee stock purchase plan\. Express Scripts is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. Applicants must be able to pass a drug test and background investigation\. Express Scripts is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor\.
              Government-backed research suggests millions of smartphones have built-in security flaws - BGR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    Government-backed research suggests millions of smartphones have built-in security flaws
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    Well, this is comforting. Researchers funded by the Dept. of Homeland Security have found security vulnerabilities built into smartphones at the device level, vulnerabilities that reportedly exist across devices offered by the four leading U.S. cell ...
    DHS-Funded Research Reveals Mobile Flaws Affecting MillionsAndroid Headlines
    Dept of Homeland Security discovers security flaws in millions of US smartphones9to5Mac
    Homeland Security finds vulnerabilities on millions of US cellphonesCult of Mac
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              Preparing for the day quantum computing cracks public-key cryptography: What to do now      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    We don’t know when, but it will happen: Quantum computers will become so powerful that all existing public-key cryptography protections will be quickly crackable. According to Dr. Mark Jackson of Cambridge Quantum Computing, it could be as soon as five years from now.

    The question is: Will we be prepared for that cryptographic day of reckoning?

    When will quantum computing break cryptography?

    Lawrence Gasman, president of IQT Research/Inside Quantum Technology, wrote this: “The timing of the quantum threat is not just uncertain because we don't know how fast the technology will develop, but because we don't even know how fast it has developed already. For all we know, there may be 100 Qubit quantum computers in Virginia, Beijing, Moscow or GCHQ that no one talks about and that can break common encryption schemes right now.”

    To read this article in full, please click here

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              Busting iPhone battery life myths      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Buh-bye Facebook. Buh-bye Snapchat. Buh-by Pokémon Go… So, I want to talk about battery life. It's the currency of mobile. Literally every feature added or used gets paid for in battery life. No charge, no fun. iPhones are typically rated for 10 to 12-hours of battery life. That's what Apple gets in its tests and its test, unlike some, are mostly accurate. Mostly, because Apple's tests tests still seem focused around the "Light internet usage" Steve Jobs talked about when he introduced the iPhone over 10 years ago: Testing conducted by Apple in August 2016 using preproduction iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units and software, on both GSM and CDMA carrier networks. Internet over Wi-Fi tests were conducted using a dedicated web server. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus browsed snapshot versions of 20 popular web pages and received mail once an hour. All settings were default except: The Wi-Fi feature Ask to Join Networks and Auto-Brightness were turned off; WPA2 encryption was ...
              Network Administrator - The Tatitlek Corporation - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Have experience with VPN encryption devices, such as Cisco routers, Cisco ASA’s and Nortel Connectivity....
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              DevSecOps - PinPoint Talent - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Previous Experience in Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Encryption. You'll be working with cutting edge technology to build, deploy and automate...
    From PinPoint Talent Inc. - Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:39:42 GMT - View all Ottawa, ON jobs
              DevOps Security Engineer - Qlik - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Encryption technologies, ethical hacking and penetration testing. Provide advice on hacking tools and techniques including advanced malware detection....
    From Qlik - Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:17:32 GMT - View all Ottawa, ON jobs
              IT Support Technician III - Sierra Nevada Corporation - Madison, WI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Dell 32-/64-bit platforms (mobile and stationary), HP &amp; Xerox printers / plotters, scanning systems, PGP encryption, wired &amp; wireless equipment, VoIP, Citrix,...
    From Sierra Nevada Corporation - Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:07:21 GMT - View all Madison, WI jobs
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              Anderson Zaks Rolls Out P2PE; Investly Opens Platform To Partners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Welcome to The Axis, your late look at payments news from around the world. Coverage includes Anderson Zaks’ new encryption feature for its RedCard payment processing system. In addition, State Bank of India has rolled out a multi-option payment acceptance device, and Investly is opening up its platform to banks, eInvoicing platforms and others. Bluefin and U.K.­-based […]
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by ard      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    You have completely overlooked Facebook as worst thread of them ALL!
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by Abishek S      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Stupid ad hominem comment. Google is a vast data collection apparatus. The US is an apex danger to the free world. Racist police state with a biological concept of racial superiority like the nazis. The proper course of action would be to require users of this module to recompile the kernel with this module.
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by Rex Alfie Lee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    These mongrels cannot be trusted. If I saw the contest between 2 flies running up a wall & they told me who'd won & I saw it with my own 2 eyes I'd believe it was rigged. They cannot & should not ever be trusted. One magic number might be all that stands between you & you're data...
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by teknovagrant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    You make no sense. If Google is in the governments back pocket and already have access to everything, this "backdoor" wouldn't be necessary eh?
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by Nobody of Import      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    It may not be an issue, per se. It's trivially WEAK encryption, which is not overly useful, really. The biggest issue I and everyone else should have is that it's a play to foist off subpar, suboptimal stuff (Hm...we seem to have a few projects like this, all in the name of "usability" in Containers, etc.) all for the sake of a company's agenda there (Hm...this *does* sound familiar...). We should be doing a lot better. We should treat this in the manner we SHOULD have treated systemd- tell 'em NO, do better there...and there **ARE** better answers in this context.
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by Nobody of Import      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Which, to be honest...should be a big-fat-NO item. I'm sorry...if it's not documented like NSA, it doesn't meet the criteria that should be included in the Kernel. And if you're needing more "oomph" for the crypto...maybe you should quit trying to use such low-spec hardware? I would have issues trying to use Android on an IoT device that couldn't manage AES or something more substantive even if lower weight- like DJB's stuff. This gives me the willies- it's like all those damn BT and ZigBee controlled Deadbolts for consumer "smart" (In this context, don't you mean **STUPID**?) homes.
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by Nobody of Import      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    It's turned on because of how they're doing production builds of the Kernel.
              Comment on NSA’s Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel is Creating Unease in the Community by Nick      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    What irritates me the most is that it got APPROVED to be part of the Linux Kernel just because Google said so. The same time that it's been rejected by ISO. Everything has its price right? I wish it wasn't true for Linux too, rather than it seems..
              IoT Security Market to 2025 – Global Analysis and Forecast by Types (Network Security, End-point Security, Cloud Security, Application Security and Others), Solution (Threat Analysis, Identity Access Management, Data Loss Protection, Encryption, Dispatch       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 09, 2018 ) IoT security market is expected to grow US$ 30.9 billion by 2025 from US$ 7.28 billion in 2016. Network security market comprise largest market share among all five security types and is expected to continue its dominance throughout the forecast period. The demand...
              New Wi-Fi attack can crack your passwords | Avast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    When you’re using a Wi-Fi network these days, chances are you are counting on one of these protocols: WPA or WPA2. In short, your Wi-Fi signal is protected by the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA or WPA2) encryption standard. These wireless industry standards were designed to prevent potential hackers from intercepting the signal and reading your browsing data. Here’s the bad news: It was just reported that while investigating the new WP3 standard, a security researcher managed to break the encryption. So what’s the good news? At least now we know.


              How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    There was a time when a whistleblower had to rely on the Postal Service, or a pay phone, or an underground parking garage to leak to the press. This is a different time. A renewed interest in leaks since Donald Trump's surprise election victory last fall, and a growth in the use of end-to-end encryption technology, have led news organizations across the country to highlight the multiple high-tech ways you can now send them anonymous tips. The Washington Post , The New York Times and ProPublica have launched webpages outlining all the ways you can leak to them. ProPublica highlights three high-tech options on its page (in addition to the Postal Service): the encrypted messaging app Signal, an encrypted email program called PGP (or GPG) and an anonymous file sharing system for desktop computers called SecureDrop . The Washington Post goes even further, highlighting six digital options. Jeff Larson, a reporter at ProPublica, says of all this, "We're living in almost a golden age for leaks
              Re: [PATCH 0/4][RFC v2] Introduce the in-kernel hibernation encryption      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Yu Chen writes: (Summary) Hi,
    On Wed, Aug 08, 2018 at 07:58:45PM +0200, Pavel Machek wrote: It seems that Joey was talking about certification(something like login) rather than encryption?
    rather than encryption?
    Best,
    Yu
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              Re: [PATCH 0/4][RFC v2] Introduce the in-kernel hibernation encryption      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Yu Chen writes: (Summary) User requirement:
    A is the user, B is the attacker, user A launches a STD and encrypts A's ram data, then writes these encrypted data onto the disk, so that: Even if user B has access to the disk, B could not know the content of A. But if it is a requirement from the user, that's ok.
    if it is a requirement from the user, that's ok.
    uswsusp is to do all the staff in user space, and other two aim to do all the staff in kernel space.
              Linux čelí kritike komunity a bezpečnostnému problému      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Když už jste pomalí, tak aspoň nešiřte FUD a poskytněte odpovídající zdroje. Jinde se toto téma propíralo již začátkem týdne. Speck bude z Linuxu pravděpodobně odstraněn [1] a Google použije jiné šifry pravděpodobně HPolyC, tedy něco založeného na práci D. J. Bernstein a jiných. [2], [3] Jinak pokud si myslíte, že NSA neumí do kernelu propašovat co potřebuje, tak se mýlíte. IPsec a SELinux jsou do velké míry ovlivněné NSA. Další věc je, že jestli si někdo myslí, že v ca. 1,5 milionech řádku kódu, který na běžném laptopu v rámci kernelu běží nedokáže někdo schovat zadní vrátka, když na to má odborníky a peníze, tak je naivní. Nejsem si ale jistý, jestli je to v jejich zájmu - nakonec hodně zařízení běžících na Linuxu sama NSA používá a mohlo by se jim to vymknout z rukou. Úkolem NSA je i chránit USA, a vnitřní informační bezpečnost. Nakonec třeba AES je taky schválené NSA... [4] Prosím autora o revizi článku aby byl objektivní, poskytoval aktuální data a kvalitní citace. [1] https://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg2875744.html [2] https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=No-Speck-Yes-HPolyC-Encryption [3] https://github.com/google/hpolyc [4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard


              uTorrent 3.5.4 Build 44508      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    uTorrent is an efficient and feature rich BitTorrent client for Windows sporting a very small footprint. It was designed to use as little cpu, memory and space as possible while offering all the functionality expected from advanced clients. With uTorrent, you can download files faster and contribute by sharing files and bandwidth. Additionally, uTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 2.4.0.0 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.

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              What the Caesars (@DefCon) WiFi situation looks like      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    So I took a survey of WiFi at Caesar's Palace and thought I'd write up some results.


    When we go to DEF CON in Vegas, hundreds of us bring our WiFi tools to look at the world. Actually, no special hardware is necessary, as modern laptops/phones have WiFi built-in, while the operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux) enables “monitor mode”. Software is widely available and free. We still love our specialized WiFi dongles and directional antennas, but they aren’t really needed anymore.

    It’s also legal, as long as you are just grabbing header information and broadcasts. Which is about all that’s useful anymore as encryption has become the norm -- we can pretty much only see what we are allowed to see. The days of grabbing somebody’s session-cookie and hijacking their web email are long gone (though the was a fun period). There are still a few targets around if you want to WiFi hack, but most are gone.

    So naturally I wanted to do a survey of what Caesar’s Palace has for WiFi during the DEF CON hacker conference located there.

    Here is a list of access-points (on channel 1 only) sorted by popularity, the number of stations using them. These have mind-blowing high numbers in the ~3000 range for “CAESARS”. I think something is wrong with the data.



    I click on the first one to drill down, and I find a source of the problem. I’m seeing only “Data Out” packets from these devices, not “Data In”.


    These are almost entirely ARP packets from devices, associated with other access-points, not actually associated with this access-point. The hotel has bridged (via Ethernet) all the access-points together. We can see this in the raw ARP packets, such as the one shown below:

    WiFi packets have three MAC addresses, the source and destination (as expected) and also the address of the access-point involved. The access point is the actual transmitter, but it's bridging the packet from some other location on the local Ethernet network.

    Apparently, CAESARS dumps all the guests into the address range 10.10.x.x, all going out through the router 10.10.0.1. We can see this from the ARP traffic, as everyone seems to be ARPing that router.

    I'm probably seeing all the devices on the CAESARS WiFi. In other words, if I sit next to another access-point, such as one on a different channel, I'm likely to see the same list. Each broadcast appears to be transmitted by all access-points, carried via the backend bridged Ethernet network.

    The reason Caesars does it this way is so that you can roam, so that you can call somebody on  FaceTime and walk to the end of the Forum shops on back and not drop the phone call. At least in theory, I haven’t tested it to see if things actually work out this way. It’s the way massive complexes like Caesars ought to work, but which many fail at doing well. Like most "scale" problems, it sounds easy and straightforward until you encounter all the gotchas along the way.

    Apple’s market share for these devices is huge, with roughly 2/3rds of all devices being Apple. Samsung has 10% Apple’s share. Here's a list of vendor IDs (the first 3 bytes of the MAC address) by popularity, that I'm seeing on that one access-point:

    •     2327 Apple
    •       257 Samsung
    •       166 Intel
    •       132 Murata
    •         55 Huawei
    •         29 LG
    •         27 HTC-phone
    •         23 Motorola
    •         21 Foxconn
    •         20 Microsoft
    •         17 Amazon
    •         16 Lite-On
    •         13 OnePlus
    •         12 Rivet Networks (Killer)
    •         11 (random)
    •         10 Sony Mobile
    •         10 Microsoft
    •           8 AsusTek
    •           7 Xiaomi
    •           7 Nintendo  

    Apparently, 17 people can't bear to part with their Amazon Echo/Alexa devices during their trip to Vegas and brought the devices with them. Or maybe those are Kindle devices.

    Remember that these are found by tracking the vendor ID from the hardware MAC addresses built into every phone/laptop/device. Historically, we could also track these MAC addresses via “probe” WiFi broadcasts from devices looking for access-points. As I’ve blogged before, modern iPhones and Androids randomize these addresses so we can no longer track the phones when they are just wandering around unconnected. Only once they connect do they use their real MAC addresses.

    In the above sample, I’ve found ~1300 probers, ~90% of whose MAC addresses are randomized. As you can see, because of the way Caesars sets up their network, I can track MAC addresses better because of ARP broadcasts than I can with tracking WiFi probe broadcasts.

    While mobile devices are the biggest source of MAC addresses, they also identify the fixed infrastructure. For example, some of the suites in Caesars have devices with a “Creston” MAC address. Somebody is releasing an exploit at BlackHat for Creston devices. There’s a patch available, but chances are good that hackers will start hacking these devices before Caesars gets around to patching them.

    WPA-3 is promising to get rid of the open WiFi hotspots like CAESARS, but doing "optimistic encryption" by default. This is better, preventing me from even seeing the contents of ARP packets passively. However, as I understand the standard, it'll still allow me to collect the MAC addresses passively, as in this example.

    Conclusion

    This post doesn't contain any big hack. It's fascinating how big WiFi has become ,as everyone seems to be walking around with a WiFi device, and most are connecting to the hotel WiFi. Yet, with ubiquitous SSL and WPA encryption, there's much less opportunity for mischief, even though there's a lot more to see.

    The biggest takeaway is that even from a single point on the big network on the CAESARS compound, I can get a record of some identifier that can in ideal circumstances be traced back to you. In theory, I could sit an airport, or drive around your neighborhood, an match up those records with these records. However, because of address randomization in probes, I can only do this is you've actually connected to the networks.

    Finally, for me, the most interesting bit is to appreciate how the huge CAESARS networks actually works to drop everyone on the same WiFi connection.


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    THANK YOU to all of the authors of the content referenced in this wiki and to all who contributed!

    Functional Segregation

    When designing a red team infrastructure that needs to stand up to an active response or last for a long-term engagement (weeks, months, years), it’s important to segregate each asset based on function. This provides resilience and agility against the Blue Team when campaign assets start getting detected. For example, if an assessment’s phishing email is identified, the Red Team would only need to create a new SMTP server and payload hosting server, rather than a whole team server setup.

    Consider segregating these functions on different assets:

    • Phishing SMTP
    • Phishing payloads
    • Long-term command and control (C2)
    • Short-term C2

    Each of these functions will likely be required for each social engineering campaign. Since active incident response is typical in a Red Team assessment, a new set of infrastructure should be implemented for each campaign.

    Using Redirectors

    To further resilience and concealment, every back-end asset (i.e. team server) should have a redirector placed in front of it. The goal is to always have a host between our target and our backend servers. Setting up the infrastructure in this manner makes rolling fresh infrastructure much quicker and easier - no need to stand up a new team server, migrate sessions, and reconnect non-burned assets on the backend.

    Common redirector types:

    • SMTP
    • Payloads
    • Web Traffic
    • C2 (HTTP(S), DNS, etc)

    Each redirector type has multiple implementation options that best fit different scenarios. These options are discussed in further detail in the Redirectors section of the wiki. Redirectors can be VPS hosts, dedicated servers, or even apps running on a Platform-as-a-Service instance.

    Sample Design

    Here is a sample design, keeping functional segregation and redirector usage in mind:

    Sample Infrastructure Setup

    Further Resources

    Perceived domain reputation will vary greatly depending on the products your target is using, as well as their configuration. As such, choosing a domain that will work on your target is not an exact science. Open source intelligence gathering (OSINT) will be critical in helping make a best guess at the state of controls and which resources to check domains against. Luckily, online advertisers face the same problems and have created some solutions we can leverage.

    expireddomains.net is a search engine for recently expired or dropped domains. It provides search and advanced filtering, such as age of expiration, number of backlinks, number of Archive.org snapshots, SimilarWeb score. Using the site, we can register pre-used domains, which will come with domain age, that look similar to our target, look similar to our impersonation, or simply are likely to blend in on our target’s network.

    expireddomains.net

    When choosing a domain for C2 or data exfiltration, consider choosing a domain categorized as Finance or Healthcare. Many organizations will not perform SSL middling on those categories due to the possibility of legal or data sensitivity issues. It is also important to ensure your chosen domain is not associated with any previous malware or phishing campaigns.

    The tool CatMyFish by Charles Hamilton(@MrUn1k0d3r) automates searches and web categorization checking with expireddomains.net and BlueCoat. It can be modified to apply more filters to searches or even perform long term monitoring of assets you register.

    Another tool, DomainHunter by Joe Vest (@joevest) & Andrew Chiles (@andrewchiles), returns BlueCoat/WebPulse, IBM X-Force, and Cisco Talos categorization, domain age, alternate available TLDs, Archive.org links, and an HTML report. Additionally, it performs checks for use in known malware and phishing campaigns using Malwaredomains.com and MXToolBox. This tool also includes OCR support for bypassing the BlueCoat/WebPulse captchas. Check out the blog post about the tool's initial release for more details.

    Yet another tool, AIRMASTER by Max Harley (@Max_68) uses expireddomains.net and Bluecoat to find categorized domains. This tool uses OCR to bypass the BlueCoat captcha, increasing the search speed.

    If a previously-registered domain isn't available or you would prefer a self-registered domain, it's possible to categorize domains yourself. Using the direct links below or a tool like Chameleon by Dominic Chell (@domchell). Most categorization products will overlook redirects or cloned content when determining the domain's categorization. For more information about Chameleon usage, check out Dominic's post Categorisation is not a security boundary.

    Finally, make sure your DNS settings have propogated correctly.

    Categorization and Blacklist Checking Resources

    Easy Web-Based Phishing

    The words easy and phishing never really seem to go together. Setting up a proper phishing infrastructure can be a real pain. The following tutorial will provide you with the knowledge and tools to quickly setup a phishing server that passes "most" spam filters to-date and provides you with a RoundCube interface for an easy phishing experience including two-way communications with your target. There are many setup's and posts out there regarding phishing. This is just one method.

    Once you have a domain that passes the proper checks listed in the previous section and have your phishing server spun-up, you'll need to create a couple "A" records for your domain as pictured.

    DNS Setup

    Next, ssh into your phishing server and make sure you have a proper FQDN hostname listed in your /etc/hosts. Example "127.0.0.1 email.yourphishingserver.com email localhost"

    Now, you're going to install the web front-end to phish from in just a few easy steps. Start by downloading the latest "BETA" version of iRedMail onto your phishing server. Easy way is to right click the download button, copy the link address, use wget to download directly onto your phishing server. Next, untar it "tar -xvf iRedMail-0.9.8-beta2.tar.bz2". Navigate into the unpacked folder and make the iRedMail.sh script executable (chmod +x iRedMail.sh). Execute the script as root, follow the prompts, and you'll need to reboot to finish everything.

    You'll want to make sure you have all the proper DNS records ponting to your mail server. (https://docs.iredmail.org/setup.dns.html). For DKIM, the new command should be "amavisd-new showkeys" to list your DKIM key.

    For DMARC we can use (https://www.unlocktheinbox.com/dmarcwizard/) to generate our dmarc entry.

    iRedMail Dashboard

    Now, create a user to phish with.

    iRedMail Create User

    Login to the RoundCube interface with your new user and phish responsibly!

    RoundCube Login

    RoundCube Send Mail

    Cobalt Strike Phishing

    Cobalt Strike provides customizable spearphishing functionality to support pentest or red team email phishing. It supports templates in HTML and/or plaintext formats, attachments, a bounceback address, URL embedding, remote SMTP server usage, and per-message send delays. Another interesting feature is the ability to add a unique token to each user's embedded URL for click tracking.

    Cobalt Strike Spearphishing Popup

    For more detailed information, check out these resources:

    Phishing Frameworks

    Beyond rolling your own phishing setup or using a pentest or red teaming fraework, like Cobalt Strike, there are numerous tools and frameworks dedicated to email phishing. While this wiki won't go into detail about each framework, a few resources for each are collected below:

    Gophish

    Phishing Frenzy

    The Social-Engineer Toolkit

    FiercePhish (formerly FirePhish)

    SMTP

    “Redirector” may not be the best word to describe what we’re going to accomplish, but the goal is the same as with our other redirection. We want to remove any traces of our phishing origination from the final email headers and provide a buffer between the victim and our backend server. Ideally, the SMTP redirector will be quick to setup and easy to decommission.

    There are two key actions we want to configure an SMTP redirector to perform:

    Sendmail

    Remove previous server headers

    Add the following line to the end of /etc/mail/sendmail.mc:

    define(`confRECEIVED_HEADER',`by $j ($v/$Z)$?r with $r$. id $i; $b')dnl

    Add to the end of /etc/mail/access:

    IP-to-Team-Server *TAB* RELAY
    Phish-Domain *TAB* RELAY

    Removing Sender’s IP Address From Email’s Received From Header

    Removing Headers from Postfix setup

    Configure a catch-all address

    This will relay any email received to *@phishdomain.com to a chosen email address. This is highly useful to receive any responses or bounce-backs to a phishing email.

    echo PHISH-DOMAIN >> /etc/mail/local-host-names

    Add the following line right before //Mailer Definitions// (towards the end) of /etc/mail/sendmail.mc:

    FEATURE(`virtusertable', `hash -o /etc/mail/virtusertable.db')dnl

    Add the following line to the end of /etc/mail/virtusertable:

    @phishdomain.com  external-relay-address

    Note: The two fields should be tab-separated

    Postfix

    Postfix provides an easier alternative to sendmail with wider compatiblity. Postfix also offers full IMAP support with Dovecot. This allows testers to correspond in real-time with phishing targets who respond to the original message, rather than relying on the catch-all address and having to create a new message using your phishing tool.

    A full guide to setting up a Postfix mail server for phishing is available in Julian Catrambone's (@n0pe_sled) post Mail Servers Made Easy.

    DNS

    Sample DNS Redirector Setup

    Note: When using C2 redirectors, a foreign listener should be configured on your post-exploitation framework to send staging traffic through the redirector domain. This will cause the compromised host to stage through the redirector like the C2 traffic itself.

    socat for DNS

    socat can be used to redirect incoming DNS packets on port 53 to our team server. While this method works, some user’s have reported staging issues with Cobalt Strike and or latency issues using this method. Edit 4/21/2017: The following socat command seems to work well thanks to testing from @xorrior:

    socat udp4-recvfrom:53,reuseaddr,fork udp4-sendto:<IPADDRESS>; echo -ne
    

    Redirecting Cobalt Strike DNS Beacons - Steve Borosh

    iptables for DNS

    iptables DNS forwarding rules have been found to work well with Cobalt Strike. There does not seem to be any of the issues that socat has handling this type of traffic.

    An example DNS redirector rule-set is below.

    iptables -I INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p udp --dport 53 -j DNAT --to-destination <IP-GOES-HERE>:53
    iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE
    iptables -I FORWARD -j ACCEPT
    iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT
    sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

    Also, change "FORWARD" chain policy to "ACCEPT"

    DNS redirection can also be done behind NAT

    Some may have the requirement or need to host a c2 server on an internal network. Using a combination of IPTABLES, SOCAT, and reverse ssh tunnels, we can certainly achieve this in the following manner.

    Sample DNS NAT Setup

    In this scenario we have our volitile redirector using IPTables to forward all DNS traffic using the rule example described earlier in this section. Next, we create an SSH reverse port forward tunnel from our internal c2 server, to our main redirector. This will forward any traffic the main redirector receives on port 6667 to the internal c2 server on port 6667. Now, start socat on our team server to fork any of the incoming TCP traffic on port 6667 to UDP port 53 which, is what our DNS c2 needs to listen on. Finally, we similarly setup a socat instance on the main redirector to redirect any incoming UDP port 53 traffic into our SSH tunnel on port 6667.

    HTTP(S)

    Note: When using C2 redirectors, a foreign listener should be configured on your post-exploitation framework to send staging traffic through the redirector domain. This will cause the compromised host to stage through the redirector like the C2 traffic itself.

    socat vs mod_rewrite

    socat provides a ‘dumb pipe’ redirection. Any request socat receives on the specified source interface/port is redirected to the destination IP/port. There is no filtering or conditional redirecting. Apache mod_rewrite, on the other hand, provides a number of methods to strengthen your phishing and increase the resilience of your testing infrastructure. mod_rewrite has the ability to perform conditional redirection based on request attributes, such as URI, user agent, query string, operating system, and IP. Apache mod_rewrite uses htaccess files to configure rulesets for how Apache should handle each incoming request. Using these rules, you could, for instance, redirect requests to your server with the default wget user agent to a legitimate page on your target's website.

    In short, if your redirector needs to perform conditional redirection or advanced filtering, use Apache mod_rewrite. Otherwise, socat redirection with optional iptables filtering will suffice.

    socat for HTTP

    socat can be used to redirect any incoming TCP packets on a specified port to our team server.

    The basic syntax to redirect TCP port 80 on localhost to port 80 on another host is:

    socat TCP4-LISTEN:80,fork TCP4:<REMOTE-HOST-IP-ADDRESS>:80
    

    If your redirector is configured with more than one network interface, socat can be bound to a specific interface, by IP address, with the following syntax:

    socat TCP4-LISTEN:80,bind=10.0.0.2,fork TCP4:1.2.3.4:80
    

    In this example, 10.0.0.2 is one of the redirector's local IP addresses and 1.2.3.4 is the remote team server's IP address.

    iptables for HTTP

    In addition to socat, iptables can perform 'dumb pipe' redirection via NAT. To forward the redirector's local port 80 to a remote host, use the following syntax:

    iptables -I INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination <REMOTE-HOST-IP-ADDRESS>:80
    iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j MASQUERADE
    iptables -I FORWARD -j ACCEPT
    iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT
    sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
    

    SSH for HTTP

    We have previously covered using SSH for DNS tunnels. SSH works as a solid, and robust means to break through NAT and obtain a way for the implant to connect to a redirector and into your server environment. Before setting up an SSH redirector, you must add the following lines to /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

    # Allow the SSH client to specify which hosts may connect
    GatewayPorts yes
    
    # Allow both local and remote port forwards
    AllowTcpForwarding yes
    

    To forward the redirector's local port 80 to your internal teamsrver, use the following syntax on the internal server:

    tmux new -S redir80
    ssh <redirector> -R *:80:localhost:80
    Ctrl+B, D
    

    You can also forward more than one port, for example if you want 443 and 80 to be open all at once:

    tmux new -S redir80443
    ssh <redirector> -R *:80:localhost:80 -R *:443:localhost:443
    Ctrl+B, D
    

    Payloads and Web Redirection

    When serving payload and web resources, we want to minimize the ability for incident responders to review files and increase the chances of successfully executing the payload, whether to establish C2 or gather intelligence.

    Sample Apache Redirector Setup

    Apache Mod_Rewrite usage and examples by Jeff Dimmock:

    Other Apache mod_rewrite usage and examples:

    To automatically set up Apache Mod_Rewrite on a redirector server, check out Julain Catrambone's (@n0pe_sled) blog post Mod_Rewrite Automatic Setup and the accompanying tool.

    C2 Redirection

    The intention behind redirecting C2 traffic is twofold: obscure the backend team server and appear to be a legitimate website if browsed to by an incident responder. Through the use of Apache mod_rewrite and customized C2 profiles or other proxying (such as with Flask), we can reliably filter the real C2 traffic from investigative traffic.

    C2 Redirection with HTTPS

    Building on "C2 Redirection" above, another method is to have your redirecting server use Apache's SSL Proxy Engine to accept inbound SSL requests, and proxy those to requests to a reverse-HTTPS listener. Encryption is used at all stages, and you can rotate SSL certificates on your redirector as needed.

    To make this work with your mod_rewrite rules, you need to place your rules in "/etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default-le-ssl.conf" assuming you've used LetsEncrypt (aka CertBot) to install your certificate. Also, to enable the SSL ProxyPass engine, you'll need the following lines in that same config file:

    # Enable the Proxy Engine
    SSLProxyEngine On
    
    # Tell the Proxy Engine where to forward your requests
    ProxyPass / https://DESTINATION_C2_URL:443/
    ProxyPassReverse / https://DESTINATION_C2_URL:443/
    
    # Disable Cert checking, useful if you're using a self-signed cert
    SSLProxyCheckPeerCN off
    SSLProxyCheckPeerName off
    SSLProxyCheckPeerExpire off

    Other Apache mod_rewrite Resources

    Cobalt Strike

    Cobalt Strike modifies its traffic with Malleable C2 profiles. Profiles provide highly-customizable options for modifying how your server’s C2 traffic will look on the wire. Malleable C2 profiles can be used to strengthen incident response evasion, impersonate known adversaries, or masquerade as legitimate internal applications used by the target.

    As you begin creating or modifying Malleable C2 profiles, it's important to keep data size limits for the Beacon info placement. For example, configuring the profile to send large amounts of data in a URL parameter will require many requests. For more information about this, check out Raphael Mudge's blog post Beware of Slow Downloads.

    If you encounter issues with your Malleable C2 profile and notice the teamserver console outputting errors, refer to Raphael Mudge's blog post Broken Promises and Malleable C2 Profiles for troubleshooting tips.

    Empire

    Empire uses Communication Profiles, which provide customization options for the GET request URIs, user agent, and headers. The profile consists of each element, separated by the pipe character, and set with the set DefaultProfile option in the listeners context menu.

    Here is a sample default profile:

    "/CWoNaJLBo/VTNeWw11212/|Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0;Windows NT 5.1)|Accept:image/gif, image/x-xbitmap, image/jpeg, image/pjpeg, */*|Accept-Language:en-en"

    Alternatively, the DefaultProfile value can be set by modifying the file /setup/setup_database.py before Empire’s initial setup. This will change the default Communication Profile that Empire will use.

    In addition to the Communication Profile, consider customizing the Empire server's staging URIs, server headers, and defaut webpage content by following the steps presented in Joe Vest's (@joevest) post Empire - Modifying Server C2 Indicators.

    Leveraging trusted, legitimate web services for C2 can provide a valuable leg-up over using domains and infrastructure you've configured yourself. Configuration time and complexity varies based on the technique and service being used. A popular example of leveraging third-party services for C2 redirection is Domain Fronting.

    Domain Fronting

    Domain Fronting is a technique used by censorship evasion services and apps to route traffic through legitimate and highly-trusted domains. Popular services that support Domain Fronting include Google App Engine, Amazon CloudFront, and Microsoft Azure. It's important to note that many providers, like Google and Amazon have implemented mitigations against Domain Fronting, so some linked resources or information provided in this wiki may be outdated by the time you try to use it.

    In a nutshell, traffic uses the DNS and SNI name of the trusted service provider, Google is used in the example below. When the traffic is received by the Edge Server (ex: located at gmail.com), the packet is forwarded to the Origin Server (ex: phish.appspot.com) specified in the packet’s Host header. Depending on the service provider, the Origin Server will either directly forward traffic to a specified domain, which we’ll point to our team server, or a proxy app will be required to perform the final hop forwarding.

    Domain Fronting Overview

    For more detailed information about how Domain Fronting works, see the whitepaper Blocking-resistant communication through domain fronting and the TOR Project’s meek documentation

    In addition to the standard frontable domains, such as any google.com domain, it's possible to leverage other legitimate domains for fronting.

    For more information about hunting frontable domains, check out:

    Further Resources on Domain Fronting

    PaaS Redirectors

    Many PaaS and SaaS providers provide a static subdomain or URL for use with a provisioned instance. If the associated domain is generally highly trusted, the instances could provide extra trust to your C2 infrastructure over a purchased domain and VPS.

    To set the redirection up, you will need to identify a service that issues a static subdomain or URL as part of an instance. Then, either the instance will need to be configured with network or application-based redirection. The instance will act as a proxy, similar to the other redirectors discussed on this wiki.

    Specific implementation can vary greatly based on the service; however, for an example using Heroku, check out the blog post Expand Your Horizon Red Team – Modern SaaS C2 by Alex Rymdeko-Harvey (@Killswitch_GUI).

    Another interesting technique that merits further research is the use of overly-permissive Amazon S3 buckets for C2. Check out the post S3 Buckets for Good and Evil by Andrew Luke (@Sw4mp_f0x) for more details on how S3 buckets could be used for C2. This technique could be combined with the third-party C2 capabilities of Empire to use the target's legitimate S3 buckets against them.

    For another example of using PaaS for C2, check out Databases and Clouds: SQL Server as a C2 by Scott Sutherland (@_nullbind).

    Other Third-Party C2

    Other third-party services have been used in the wild for C2 in the past. Leveraging third-party websites that allow for the rapid posting or modification of user-generated content can help you evade reputation-based controls, especially if the third-party site is generally trusted.

    Check out these resources for other third-party C2 options:

    Attack infrastructure is often easy to identify, appearing like a shell of a legitimate server. We will need to take additional steps with our infrastructure to increase the likelihood of blending in with real servers amongst either the target organization or services the target may conceivably use.

    Redirectors can help blend in by redirecting invalid URIs, expiring phishing payload links, or blocking common incident responder techniques; however, attention should also be paid to the underlying host and its indicators.

    For example, in the post Fall of an Empire, John Menerick (@Lord_SQL) covers methods to detect Empire servers on the internet.

    To combat these and similar indicators, it's a good idea to modify C2 traffic patterns, modify server landing pages, restrict open ports, and modify default response headers.

    For more details about how to do these and other tactics for multiple attack frameworks, check out these posts:

    Attack infrastructure can be attacked just the same as any other internet-connected host, and it should be considered HIGHLY sensitive due to the data in use and connections into target environments.

    In 2016, remote code execution vulnerabilities were disclosed on the most common attack tools:

    iptables should be used to filter unwanted traffic and restrict traffic between required infrastructure elements. For example, if a Cobalt Strike team server will only serve assets to an Apache redirector, iptables rules should only allow port 80 from the redirector’s source IP. This is especially important for any management interfaces, such as SSH or Cobalt Strike’s default port 50050. Also consider blocking non-target country IPs. As an alternative, consider using hypervisor firewalls provided by your VPS providers. For example, Digital Ocean offers Cloud Firewalls that can protect one or multiple droplets.

    chattr can be used on team servers to prevent cron directories from being modified. Using chattr, you can restrict any user, including root, from modifying a file until the chattr attribute is removed.

    SSH should be limited to public-key authentication only and configured to use limited-rights users for initial login. For added security, consider adding multi-factor authentication to SSH.

    Update! No securing list is complete without a reminder to regularly update systems and apply hot-fixes as needed to remediate vulnerabilities.

    Of course, this list is not exhaustive of what you can do to secure a team server. Follow common hardening practices on all infrastructure:

    Specific Hardening Resources

    There are a number of resources available online discussing the secure setup and design of infrastructures. Not every design consideration will be appropriate for every attack infrastructure, but it's useful to know what options are available and what other testers are doing.

    Here are some of those resoources:

    The topics covered in this wiki strengthen attack infrastrctures, but generally require a good deal of time to design and implement. Automation can be used to greatly reduce deployment times, allowing you to deploy more complex setups in less time.

    Check out these resources about attack infrastructure automation:

    • Document everything - Running a complex Red Team infrastructure means many moving parts. Be sure to document each asset’s function and where its traffic is sent.

    • Split assets among different service providers and regions - Infrastructure assets should be spread across multiple service providers and geographic regions. Blue Team members may raise monitoring thresholds against providers identified as actively performing an attack and may even outright block a given service provider. Note: keep international privacy laws in mind if sending encrypted or sensitive data across borders.

    • Don't go overboard - It's easy to get excited about advanced techniques and want to throw the kitchen sink at a target. If you are emulating a specific adversarial threat, only leverage techniques the real threat actor used or techniques within the skillset of the threat actor. If your red team testing will attack the same target long-term, consider starting "easy" and working through the more advanced tradecraft as your assessments go on. Evolving the red team's technique alongside the blue team's will consistenly push the organization forward, whereas hitting the blue team with everything at once may overwhelm the blue team and slow the learning process.

    • Monitor logs - All logs should be monitored throughout the engagement: SMTP logs, Apache logs, tcpdump on socat redirectors, iptables logs (specific to traffic forwarding or targeted filtering), weblogs, Cobalt Strike/Empire/MSF logs. Forward logs to a central location, such as with rsyslog, for easier monitoring. Operator terminal data retention may come in handy for going over an historical command useage during an operation. @Killswitch_GUI created an easy-to-use program named lTerm that will log all bash terminal commands to a central location. Log all terminal output with lTerm. Check out Vincent Yiu's post CobaltSplunk for an example of how to send Cobalt Strike logs to Splunk for advanced infrastructure monitoring and analysis.

    • Implement high-value event alerting - Configure the attack infrastructure to generate alerts for high-value events, such as new C2 sessions or credential capture hits. One popular way of implementing alerting is via a chat platform's API, such as Slack. Check out the following posts about Slack alerting: Slack Shell Bot - Russel Van Tuyl (@Ne0nd0g), Slack Notifications for Cobalt Strike - Andrew Chiles (@AndrewChiles), Slack Bots for Trolls and Work - Jeff Dimmock (@bluscreenfojeff)

    • Fingerprint incident response - If possible, try to passively or actively fingerprint IR actions before the assessment starts. For example, send a mediocre phishing email to the target (using unrelated infrastructure) and monitor traffic that infrastructure receives. IR team investigations can disclose a good deal of information about how the team operates and what infrastructure they use. If this can be determined ahead of the assessment, it can be filtered or redirected outright.

    A BIG THANK YOU to all the following people (listed alphabetically) who contributed tools, tips, or links to include in the wiki, and another THANK YOU to anyone who wrote a tool or post referenced in this wiki!


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    Η Google ανακοίνωσε την νέα έκδοση του Android, την έκδοση 9, η οποία έχει και αυτή κωδική ονομασία γλυκού, όπως και οι προηγούμενες εκδόσεις. Έτσι μετά το Oreo της έκδοσης 8, η έκδοση 9 είναι η Pie, δηλαδή τάρτα. Η νέα αυτή έκδοση επικεντρώνει στον τομέα της τεχνητής νοημοσύνης με πολλά από τα νέα χαρακτηριστικά να προσαρμόζονται στον χρήστη της συσκευής, μαθαίνοντας από τις συνήθειές του.

     

    Η Google ελπίζει ότι με την βοήθεια της τεχνητής νοημοσύνης, ο χρήστης θα μπορεί να κάνει περισσότερα πράγματα με την συσκευή του, κάνοντας ταυτόχρονα λιγότερες κινήσεις προκειμένου να την προσαρμόσει στις δικές του ανάγκες. Η Google ισχυρίζεται ότι με την νέα έκδοση του Android, μια συσκευή είναι εξυπνότερη, ταχύτερη και καλύτερα προσαρμοσμένη στον χρήστη της.

     

    Το Android 9 έρχεται με πλήθος νέων χαρακτηριστικών. Από αυτά η Google εστιάζει σε μερικά από αυτά. Έτσι τα "Adaptive Brightness" και "Adaptive Battery", αξιοποιούν τεχνητή νοημοσύνη προκειμένου να μειώσουν την κατανάλωση της μπαταρίας της συσκευής, βασιζόμενα στις μέχρι εκείνη την στιγμή διαθέσιμες πληροφορίες για το πως χρησιμοποιεί ο χρήστης την συσκευή του. Το "App Actions" είναι ένα εργαλείο που τρέχει στο παρασκήνιο και αξιοποιεί επίσης τεχνητή νοημοσύνη, προκειμένου να μαντέψει ποια θα είναι η επόμενη εφαρμογή που θα θελήσει να χρησιμοποιήσει ο χρήστης.

     

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    Το Android 9 διαθέτει επίσης ένα νέο σύστημα πλοήγησης εφαρμογών, το οποίο ουσιαστικά αντικαθιστά το κουμπί επιλογής εφαρμογών που βρίσκεται σε πολλά σύγχρονα smartphones. Με ένα απλό swipe προς τα πάνω, θα σας δοθεί μια γρήγορη προβολή όλων των εφαρμογών που είναι ανοιχτές στη συσκευή σας, με τη δυνατότητα να μετακινείστε μεταξύ τους κατά βούληση. Ενώ βρίσκεστε σε αυτή την προβολή εφαρμογών, μπορείτε να επιλέξετε κάποιο κείμενο και να θέσετε την τεχνολογία τεχνητής νοημοσύνης του Android 9 να λειτουργήσει. Έτσι, για παράδειγμα, αν επιλέξετε το όνομα ενός εστιατορίου, το Android 9 μπορεί να σας εμφανίσει ένα κουμπί με κριτικές στο Yelp, πέραν των τυπικών επιλογών αντιγραφής, αναζήτησης και κοινής χρήσης.

     

    Ένα ακόμα σημείο στο οποίο η Google θέλει να βοηθήσει τους χρήστες των συσκευών με Android, είναι στον έλεγχο του χρόνου που περνάνε με την συσκευή τους και ειδικότερα με συγκεκριμένες εφαρμογές. Με πολύ κόσμο να εθίζεται στην χρήση ενός smartphone, η Google έρχεται και προσφέρει την δυνατότητα, μέσω του χαρακτηριστικού "Digital Wellbeing", να θέτουμε όρια στον χρόνο χρήσης της συσκευής μας ή στον χρόνο που ξοδεύουμε ασχολούμενοι με κάποια εφαρμογή. Μέσω του Digital Wellbeing και με την μορφή ενός κυκλικού διαγράμματος μπορούμε να δούμε ποιες εφαρμογές ή υπηρεσίες χρησιμοποιούμε περισσότερο, επιτρέποντάς μας να διακόψουμε τις εφαρμογές αυτές ή να θέσουμε όρια στον χρόνο χρήσης αυτών. Μια νέα λειτουργία "Μην ενοχλείτε", επιτρέπει την σίγαση όλων των ειδοποιήσεων, τόσο αυτών που εμφανίζονται στην οθόνη, όσο και των ηχητικών, ενώ η ενεργοποίηση της λειτουργίας "Wind Down", γυρνάει την οθόνη σε ασπρόμαυρη λειτουργία, σε μια προσπάθεια να οδηγηθεί πιο εύκολα ο χρήστης στην επιλογή να κλείσει την συσκευή του.

     

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    Το Android 9 Pie είναι διαθέσιμο ήδη από σήμερα στους κατόχους συσκευών Pixel, με τους κατόχους άλλων συσκευών να πρέπει να περιμένουν λίγο καιρό ακόμα. Η Google ελπίζει να είναι σε θέση να διαθέσει το Android 9 στους συνεργάτες της κάποια στιγμή μέσα στο έτος.

     

    Περισσότερα για το Android 9 Pie μπορείτε να διαβάσετε εδώ: Android 9 Pie

    Η λίστα με τα νέα χαρακτηριστικά του Android 9 Pie, όπως αναγράφεται στην παραπάνω σελίδα, είναι η εξής:

     

     

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    Accessibility Menu: With Android 9's new accessibility menu, common actions like taking screenshots and navigating with one hand are now easier for motor impaired users.

    Select to Speak - OCR in Camera View: With Select to Speak, you can select text on the screen and the content will be read aloud. Now, Android 9 has added added OCR support for S2S in Camera and Pictures to make text even more accessible. Simply select text when using the camera or in picture, and the text will be highlighted and read aloud.

    Sound amplifier: This new Accessibility Service makes it easier to understand conversations by dynamically adjusting over 100 settings to boost the audio in scenarios such as a loud restaurant, bar, or concert.

    Battery Saver: Battery Saver keeps your charge going longer than ever by turning off features like the Always-On display. Plus, you have more control over when it comes on - so you can go further on one charge.

    Adaptive Battery: This feature uses machine learning to predict which apps you'll use in the next few hours and which you likely won't, so your phone only spends battery power on the apps you care about.

    Adaptive Brightness: With Adaptive Brightness, your phone learns how you set your screen's brightness in different lighting environments and automatically does it for you over time.

    Background restrictions: Now, you'll see recommendations in Settings to restrict certain apps that use too much battery, so you can have more control over your battery.

    Multi-camera support: With Android 9, developers can now create immersive experiences using streams from two or more physical cameras, such as on devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras. Examples include depth, bokeh, stereo vision, and more.

    External camera support: Android 9 now supports external USB / UVC cameras on certain devices.

    Do Not Disturb: Improvements to Do Not Disturb to silence not just notification sounds, but also all the visual interruptions. Calls from starred contacts will still come through, so you don't have to worry about missing something urgent.

    App dashboard: Get a daily view of the time spent on your phone, how frequently you use different apps, and how many notifications you get.

    Wind Down: Set a daily schedule to get your phone ready for bed. Grayscale fades your screen to gray while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a restful sleep.

    App timers: App timers let you set daily time limits for your apps. When you reach the limit, the app is paused for the rest of the day.

    Display cutout: Support for devices with cutouts to make use of available screen space.

    Edge-to-edge screens: Support for devices with 18:9 and taller aspect ratios, and devices with display cutouts.

    Multiple users on dedicated devices: Android 9 makes it easy for users to share a single device, good for shift workers or public kiosks.

    Work tab in launcher: Now, you can visually separate your work apps. Tap on the work tab to see work apps all in one place, and turn them off with a simple toggle when you get off work.

    Postpone Over-the-air (OTA) updates: Android 9 now provides the ability for Enterprise IT admins to define freeze periods up to 90 days during which time devices in their fleet will not update the Android OS. This ensures their devices states remain unchanged during critical time like holidays.

    Multiple Bluetooth connections: With Android 9, you can connect up to five Bluetooth devices and switch between these devices seamlessly. Incoming phone calls will be sent to all connected Bluetooth devices that can accept, so you'll never miss a call.

    Sound delay reporting: Android 9 offers support for headsets with sound delay reporting, so video on your device and audio on your headphones can always stay in sync.

    Volume memory per Bluetooth device: Android 9 will now remember the last volume you set for each of your Bluetooth devices. No more blasting music too loudly when you reconnect to your car or headphones.

    HDR: Android 9 adds built-in support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2, so you can watch HDR-enabled movies on YouTube and Google Play Movies. HDR improves the brightness and color range of video to improve the picture quality and experience.

    HD Audio: Improved performance and support for HD audio delivering clearer, sharper, and richer quality sound.

    HEIF: Android 9 now supports HEIF photos on the Android platform to improve compression of pictures and reduce the amount of storage needed.

    Notification enhancements for messaging: Now, messaging apps can provide suggested 'smart replies' in the notification, so you can respond in a tap. Plus, any inline reply drafts won't disappear if you navigate away, and you'll be able to see images sent from your friends right in the notification.

    Manage Notifications: You now have a quick way to turn off notifications from a range of apps, so you only receive those that are helpful to you. You'll also get a smart prompt if you're swiping away certain notifications whether you want to keep receiving them.

    Android Backups: Android 9 enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.

    Android biometric prompt: Android 9 introduces a number of new security features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.

    Android Protected Confirmation: On compatible hardware, apps can now use UI controlled by the secure hardware to get your confirmation for a sensitive transaction, such as making a payment.

    StrongBox: On compatible hardware, apps can now take advantage of tamper-resistant hardware to protect their private keys, making it harder than ever for malware to steal their credentials.

    Privacy enhancements: Android 9 safeguards privacy in a number of new ways. Now, Android will restrict access to your phone's microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.) Android 9 also brings important improvements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing.

    At-a-Glance on Always-on-Display: See things like calendar events and weather on your Lock Screen and Always-on Display.

    Redesigned Quick Settings: A more consistent user experience for Quick Settings with all toggles, plus an updated visual design and added informational subtext.

    Volume controls: Simpler, more accessible volume controls let you control media volume instantly, as well as quickly toggle call and notification volume settings.

    Screenshots: Now, you can take screenshots easily from the power menu and draw, annotate, or crop them quickly.

    Rotation: Get more control over your phone’s display rotation with a simple button that confirms when you’d like to change the rotation on your device - even when your orientation is locked.

    New system navigation: Re-design of Android's system navigation to help make it simpler to search and move between apps. Swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps, swipe left and right to easily navigate between them, and tap on one to jump in.

    App Actions: App Actions predicts what you’ll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone, saving you time.

    Slices: Interactive snippets of your favorite apps can be surfaced in different places, like Google Search.

    Overview Selection: Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you've selected (for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image).


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              Wireless Microphone Market Is Forecasted to Reach a Figure of US $4,496.9 Mn by 2028      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The growth in IoT and M2M communication in India and ASEAN countries has created immense opportunity for the wireless microphone market in SEA.

    Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2018 -- A new research study by Future Market Insights (FMI) presents useful insights on the growth in adoption of wireless microphones across key regional markets. According to the report titled "Wireless Microphone Market: Global Industry Analysis 2013 – 2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018 – 2028," the wireless microphone market is growing rapidly due to the changing technological environment that is intensifying the competition among players. According to the report, the global wireless microphone market is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.0% from 2018 to 2028. In 2017, the market was worth US$ 1,926 Mn and is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 4,496.9 Mn by the end of 2028.

    Manufacturers are focussing on offering wireless microphones with high functionality and innovative design in order to acquire a large share in the global market. Some of the key players such as Shure Incorporated, DPA Microphones, RODE Microphones, Samson Technologies Inc., JTS Professional, Audio-Technica Corporation, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, AKG Acoustics, MIPRO Electronics, inMusic Brands, Inc. etc. are launching new products and entering into key partnerships in order to establish their foothold in the global market.

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    The introduction of digital wireless technology is augmenting the growth of the wireless microphone market. The implementation of wireless technology offers benefits such as low voice distortion, less noise interference, increased opportunity for encryption, and enhanced reliability of signal transmission. The adoption of digital wireless technology and the introduction of professional microphones without noise distortions at affordable prices will drive the global wireless microphone market. The U.S, Japan, and China are the largest revenue generators in the wireless microphone market. Further, the economic development of the countries in Latin America and the Middle East and Africa, and the growth of the music industry in these regions will have a positive impact on the global wireless microphone market.

    Given the improving economic conditions in certain regions and the introduction of innovative wireless technologies, leading players are focussing on expanding their businesses in emerging countries in APAC and Latin America. Vendors will try to distinguish their products and service offerings through a clear and unique value proposition during the forecast period. Prominent players and emerging companies are investing in the development of innovative products with advanced features and are also focussing on product portfolio upgrades to gain a larger market share in the global wireless microphone market.

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    Availability of Low Quality Products to Restrain Market Growth

    The cost of wireless microphones varies across regions as there is a large presence of several local players in the different regional markets. Sometimes, users from developing countries such as India tend to choose wireless microphones with lesser pricing, as they are ready to compromise on the brand and applications of the microphones. This can turn out to be a grave challenge for wireless microphone brands to maintain their sales especially in the Tier II and Tier III cities of developing countries.

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    Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace for the christening of Prince Louis. {{file|t=or1X_1533802195}} Don't make mistake with symbols of rainbow and tar budget powers such as royal family. It's not a family. It's not royal. So united kingdom is also not what it seems. It's a kingdom that is called "united". So US (not USA) is something that this "united" entity states. UN is a new nation of this "united" entity. This nation has military warkeeping power to put you to rest in peace - NATO or OTAN pick your flavor of to be or not to be where A and B were sitting on the pipe. So that is just few steps of this monstrosity that in reality are steps that are interchangeable due to doctoring power of mighty pig pens.. So concept of state church such as anglican church, any scandinavian churches, etc should be interchangeable with concept of pure evil such as taliban. Lutherans - luciferians.. You have to keep in mind that it's equality regime where even war equals peace, but those royal shitbags are being pride paraded as more equal than us normal people. They are pride parading naked - they have nothing to show for themselves, but yet they are some sort of treasure expected to be worshiping. So that is another layer of mandatory madness where need to know separates those who act and those who copy cat actors. But that is the problem with oppression and slavery that is implemented with opposite day rules military deception. You know if you're donkey who is shackled into clockwork orange colored contraption so you have to go in circles pumping water from the well. Even if you start rebelling and rioting against such injustice - your range of freedom is limited to two directions. So what if system is designed with cycles of rioting in mind where if it detects "resistance" it gears get shifted in reverse so pumping could continue as before. The system might even reward rebels so they start thinking something about themselves as being intelligent, victorious, etc.. exploiting natural anabolic of adrenalin, euphoria, etc.. For starters you have to keep in mind possibility of high quality entertainment lulzboat packing and delivering explicit holds barred punches. What if it's dual use technology of brexit humor where encryption of backwardness is provided by utilizing word "penal" is about penis and word "colony" is about "colon". So it's about this stranger than life greek life resembling operations of tar budgets of intelligence community, where you just have to take their silly words for it if you want to understand anything about their activities providing storm roof for housing animals.. Notice how fraternities also grow and spread by the use of word "colonies" that they refer to their chapters. If you believe them they just love congregating and associating with each other by using brotherly love so they could hold hands and sing kumbaya songs. They learned everything there is to learn in the kindergarten so there is nothing to do in those universities, but kill time, breaking springs of fire water, etc... You know word "brother" is about those who are in business of making a broth. Soylent green broth. Their charitable activity is always designed with charring of the people in mind. So what might be a purpose of such strange activity resembling pride parade instruments of power for farming humans? I'd like to reference my previous thread "lost lost lost...", but it got deleted without warning - it just shows "because of a possible violation of our terms of service". I'm not sure why - there was no explanation from mods or staff of liveleak. I didn't get to read the last comment in that thread. The clip was less than 30 seconds long. Anyhow i'll post the text i wrote in that thread here in first comment. One possible direction of thinking is towards their strange stories of the past. You know how 30-40 years ago they would say that humans use only 10% of their brain. The rest of the brain is some sort of dark territory of subconsciousness which is out of your hands, apparently in the hands of some sort of Mr Hand that feed you this bullshit. So if human brain is some sort of quantum computing device being utilized as part of some sort of p2p technology for clouding your judgment obfuscating the cloud technology of itself - thats the word fear that you have to be fearing. So in such system of slavery thinking itself is something artificial and not artificial at the same time. I speculate it exists in parallel manner to your own cognition. So slave-masters who have immunity or degrees and angles of immunity from this slavery - know very well that you're nuts. It can't be the other way around. Think about cat who has beer cans tied to it's tail. They got used to it? So with thinking in mind you have to be thinking about unpaid royalties to thin kings. You know predators who predate time trapped inside striking cuckoos nests, they are here and now to collect a lien. USA was declared as sharia banking state by this low tier CIA homo Reagan 30 years ago when he "courageously" stated that "deficits don't matter". Sorry but no matter how you slice it or dice it - ketchup is not a vegetable in my book. Notice another strange problem with their narratives about alphabetical generations that they are using for juggling humans for divide and conquer. You know Gen Y, Gen X, Millennials, baby boomers, etc.. They want you to believe they farm you according to some constrains cast into stonewalls of time and theory of relativity. So it points to an interesting evolution of Machiavellian warfare methods to the madness. You know how Niccol`o described in his princely doctrines that first and foremost people bond according to concept of location, location, location... As world got globalized and so interconnected with no degrees of separation where they shuffled and flooded every location with trojan horses - concept of location as instrument of security, insurance, safety, etc didn't lose the meaning - something else got lost. So for some reason instead of abandoning all those archaic concepts the information warfare moved at full scale crafting all kinds of equally unsafe, unwise and superficial alternatives based on mistaking freedom of association with deployment of freedom that fries and burns: colors of the rainbow, judging books, gender, etc.. In other words i know nothing. I'm just talking out of my ass, since nothing what you say or do makes sense.
              Re: [PATCH 0/4][RFC v2] Introduce the in-kernel hibernation encryption      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Oliver Neukum writes: (Summary) On Do, 2018-08-09 at 11:01 +0800, Yu Chen wrote:
    On Do, 2018-08-09 at 11:01 +0800, Yu Chen wrote:
    Hi,
    Hi,
    'permission'.
    That is what encrypted STD does.
    That is what encrypted STD does.
    A's 'permission'.
    No, that is out of scope for Secure Boot
    No, that is out of scope for Secure Boot
    kernel to use TPM key to protects the user provided 'key', etc. But it has no relation to encrypted STD, other than that you need encrypted STD for this to make sense.
    you need encrypted STD for this to make sense.
    it looks like the same case as encryption here.
    Secure Boot has no concept of users.
              Re: [PATCH 0/4][RFC v2] Introduce the in-kernel hibernation encryption      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    joeyli writes: On Thu, Aug 09, 2018 at 11:43:20AM +0800, Yu Chen wrote: rather than encryption?
    Actually I do not have good idea.
    Actually I do not have good idea.
    Joey Lee
    Joey Lee
    Joey Lee

              keboola/php-encryption (0.2.3)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              A probabilistic graphical model based data compression architecture for Gaussian sources      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    A probabilistic graphical model based data compression architecture for Gaussian sources Lai, Wai Lok, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Data is compressible because of inherent redundancies in the data, mathematically expressed as correlation structures. A data compression algorithm uses the knowledge of these structures to map the original data to a different encoding. The two aspects of data compression, source modeling, ie. using knowledge about the source, and coding, ie. assigning an output sequence of symbols to each output, are not inherently related, but most existing algorithms mix the two and treat the two as one. This work builds on recent research on model-code separation compression architectures to extend this concept into the domain of lossy compression of continuous sources, in particular, Gaussian sources. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt with using with sparse linear coding and discrete-continuous hybrid graphical model decoding for compressing continuous sources. With the flexibility afforded by the modularity of the architecture, we show that the proposed system is free from many inadequacies of existing algorithms, at the same time achieving competitive compression rates. Moreover, the modularity allows for many architectural extensions, with capabilities unimaginable for existing algorithms, including refining of source model after compression, robustness to data corruption, seamless interface with source model parameter learning, and joint homomorphic encryption-compression. This work, meant to be an exploration in a new direction in data compression, is at the intersection of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, tying together the disciplines of information theory, digital communication, data compression, machine learning, and cryptography. Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2016.; Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.; Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-108).
              Russian Supreme Court Dismisses Telegram's Appeal Against Watchdog's Ban      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday Telegram's appeal against the order of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which requires access to the app's encryption keys in order to decrypt user messages, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the courtroom.
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              Black Hat 2018: Google’s Tabriz Talks Complex Security Landscapes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    LAS VEGAS The complexity of the cybersecurity landscape is at an all-time high, with security researchers, vendors, third-party ecosystems and even governments all trying to come to a consensus for making the cyber-world a safer place.

    For security experts, navigating these choppy and crowded waters means embracing partnership across these stakeholders, according to Parisa Tabriz, director of engineering at Google.

    During her keynote today at Black Hat, she advocated taking a proactive approach to locking down security, with solid, long-term plans and a policy of reaching out to other participants in the fight to make things more secure ― she cited Google’s march to make the web 100% HTTPS and its Project Zero vulnerability disclosure team as good examples. Identifying an issue and then implementing a well-thought-out approach to tackling it, rather than randomly swatting at threats as they come up, should be an imperative, she noted.

    “To be successful, we have to stop playing a game of Whack-a-Mole and we have to do three things,” she said during her Black Hat talk. “First, we need to identify and tackle the root cause of problems; second, we have to be more intentional in how we pursue long-term defensive projects; and finally, we have to invest in full, proactive defensive projects.”


    Black Hat 2018: Google’s Tabriz Talks Complex Security Landscapes
    When it comes to identifying and tackling the root causes of security issues, Tabriz said that vendors and the security community alike need to look at the cause and effect behind the threats themselves, including how they arise and how they are disclosed.

    For instance, Tabriz said, for a remote code execution (RCE) bug, the vendor would needsto identify why the vulnerability led to RCE, why it hasn’t been discovered earlier and how long it might take to update end users (and why).

    Google Project Zero has taken important steps to proactively address software flaws, including the introduction of a 90-day disclosure policy for vulnerabilities. Tabriz said that this has had the effect of putting pressure on vendors who would otherwise lack an incentive to prioritize security.Project Zero, founded in 2014, has since then has reported over 1,400 vulnerabilities, she said.

    “Project Zero aims to advance the understanding of offensive security to inform and improve defensive strategies,” she said.“Speaking to those short deadlines over the years has helped with better strategy, innovating, and investing in institutional and structural change ― both technical and organizational.”

    This ultimately has led to more transparency and collaboration, Tabriz said and more results, including, according to Google’s research, one large unnamed vendor doubling its security updates, and another improving patch response time by as much as 40 percent.

    She noted that another way to tackle the sometimes seemingly-impossible task of promoting secure measures in a complex landscape isto become more structured and methodical when it comes to how projects are pursued, by identifying milestones and working toward them and celebrating along the way.

    On this front, she highlighted Google’s initiatives to encourage the web community to switch from HTTP to HTTPS protocol for web pages, so that site traffic is encrypted and protected against malware injection and eavesdropping. Google recently updatedChrome so that users visiting an HTTP website will see an easily noticeable warning label that the site is “not secure.” This is the latest in a series of steps that have methodically rolled out Google announced in 2016 that it would be encouraging encryption on the web by slowly and steadily moving in on HTTP sites with warning notifications.

    “A change like this had to be gradual and intentional,” Tabriz said, adding that team worked to achieve goals like floating the UI proposal publicly, publishing a user experience research paper and publishing an HTTPS transparency report.

    Finally, investing and committing to bold projects will help solidify security measures across the board, she noted; as seen in Google’s efforts with Chrome site isolation.Googlerecently introduced new security mitigationsfor its Chrome browser to defend against recently discovered Spectre variants. But the efforts that ultimately ended up mitigating these attacks were in development long before Spectre and Meltdown side-channel flaws first came to light in January, Tabriz said.

    Above all, looking for active engagement with other types of stakeholders should be a directive, she said.

    “Evenwhen the benefits aren’t immediately clear, we need to communicate upwards and outwards, and get people involved in security,” she explained.“We need to build out coalitions of champions and supports beyond security experts. The world’s reliance on safe technology is increasing, [and] we have to be more ambitious and strategic.”

    Jeff Moss, the founder of Black Hat, agreed, noting that how this works in practice is still being uncovered. He cited third-party partner agreements, and even Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, has gone to show how business models are “running smack into political models.”

    “Business models connect the worlds’ users, but are now dealing with governments who may want to control content for the stability of society,” he said from the stage at Black Hat. “There will be some conflict there… we’re seeing that play out on a global scale.”


              Online Stock Trading Has Serious Security Holes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    It’s never been easier to trade stocks; just a few taps or clicks will do the trick. But most of the platforms that millions of market participants rely on to move their money suffer from cybersecurity shortcomings, new research warns. As if stocks weren’t risky enough already.

    A new report from Alejandro Hernández, a security consultant at IOActive, found that nearly all of the 40 major online trading platforms he investigated had at least some form of vulnerability. While they range widely in severity and scope, the overall picture is of an industry that has not taken security measures proportional to the sensitive information involved. Hernández will present his research at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday.

    Hernández analyzed 16 desktop applications, 34 mobile apps, and 30 websites, comprising 40 trading platforms in all. That includes major legacy players like Fidelity and Charles Schwab, mobile-first upstarts like Robinhood, and less common names like Kraken and Poloniex. And while some companies, like Schwab and Merrill Edge, earned mostly high marks for their security hygiene, the overall picture seems bleak.

    Well over half of the desktop applications Hernández examined, for instance, transmitted at least some data―things like balances, portfolios, and personal information―unencrypted. That leaves traders vulnerable to a potential attack from someone on the same Wi-Fi network, who could observe that information and potentially intercept and alter it using a fairly straightforward man-in-the-middle attack.

    Lack of robust encryption seems endemic to the industry.

    Also troubling: Several mobile apps and a handful of desktop applications stored passwords unencrypted locally, or sent them to logs in plain text. With access to the device, either physical or through malware, an attacker could steal that password, then use the newfound account access to, say, add a new bank account and transfer money to it. Two-factor authentication would prevent that scenario, but while most of the web platforms Hernández looked at offer it, they don’t enable it by default. That’s a shame, especially given how much sensitive information a desktop trading app, in particular, is privy to.

    Lack of robust encryption seems endemic to the industry, but narrower issues show up as well. Hernández found that on the web platforms of companies like Charles Schwab and E-Trade, logging out didn’t immediately end the session on the server side. If you think of authentication as a handshake, in other words, the site leaves its arm extended after you’ve already walked away. If someone steals your session token, they could get in.

    “There are hundreds of ways that an attacker could intercept your communication,” Hernández says. The attacker could trick you to click on a malicious link that allows a man-in-the-middle attack, for example. Imagine the attacker has your session ID. If the authentic user realizes he was compromised, the user would log out." Ideally, the server would end the session at that point, too, overwriting the ID and stopping any unauthorized snooping. But if the session doesn't immediately end on the server side―and Hernández found that some sessions stayed active for as long as a few hours―then the attacker is free to continue as he pleases.

    Another vulnerability Hernández emphasizes is, as they say, a feature, not a bug. Several trading platforms let users create their own bots through proprietary programming languages. Those plugins get passed around in online trading forums, a network of get-rich-quick bots that a user can import on a whim. The problem? Those programming languages are themselves based on common ones like C++ and Pascal, making it relatively simple for a malicious coder to hide a backdoor or other malware in what looks like a friendly, automated options-trading assistant.

    The research builds on a specific look at mobile app security in the trading space that Hernández released last fall. If anything, the problems he found on the web and on desktop applications are even more alarming, both in severity and scope.

    “Desktop applications are the entire package,” Hernández says. “They’re more susceptible to vulnerabilities, because they implement more features, and the attack surface is bigger.”

    This is also the first time Hernández is naming names; he previously let companies remain anonymous to give them adequate time to fix the issues. That process appears to be ongoing.

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    'There are hundreds of ways that an attacker could intercept your communication.'

    Alejandro Hernández, IOActive

    "Given that our approach to security is risk-based, findings that are truly impactful or relatively easy to exploit are fixed in an expedited fashion, while those with only minor impact or low exploitability factor are not as important to address right away, and some are of such low risk that in the interest of achieving the right balance between security, usability, and performance, we consciously decide not to address,” says Boris Kogan, chief information security officer at Interactive Brokers, which the IOActive report cites for issues across its web, desktop, and mobile offerings. Interactive Brokers did not disclose which specific issues it had fixed, citing security concerns, but did say that “all high-risk issues have been resolved.”

    Other responses to WIRED were more cavalier. An inquiry via a web form at IQ Option, which Hernández found storing passwords unencrypted, yielded this response from support staff: “Rest assured your data is securely kept, and no misuse may happen.” Inquiries to several other trading platforms, large and small, went unanswered altogether.

    That speaks to an issue Hernández encountered repeatedly. “Many brokers do not have a main point of contact to receive vulnerabilities in their products in general,” he says. “We used to send the vulnerabilities to a generic support@broker.com email address. In some cases they replied, but there were many contacts where we didn’t receive any answer.”

    To that end, Hernández recommends sticking with large companies―the ones that have resources to invest in cybersecurity and respond to issues like the ones he found―to help minimize your vulnerability risks. He ranks TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, Merril Edge, and Robinhood as especially adept, if not entirely free of issues.

    “We view all feedback as positive and use it to review the measures we have in place to ensure our clients and their data remain secure,” Schwab spokesperson Peter Greenley says. “Our multilayered applications are continuously tested and regularly updated to meet the demands of a constantly evolving security landscape.”

    Otherwise,safety tips for online trading apps look a lot like they do on every other corner of the web. Enable two-factor. Don’t reuse passwords. And for the love of Gordon Gekko, don’t buy a put on public Wi-Fi networks.

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              5 Key Components of a Successful Enterprise Mobility Management Strategy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    5 Key Components of a Successful Enterprise Mobility Management Strategy
    Some sort of mobility management solution has become a necessity in today’s workplace, but what makes a good Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, exactly? The mobile landscape is becoming less secure and more complex, which makes creating an effective EMM strategy more difficult on the whole. Despite these obstacles, it is possible to develop a well-rounded EMM strategy if this set of key elements are present.

    Security

    Without proper security measures, your EMM strategy will fall apart. The native operating systems of employee mobile devices will not suffice for security, so it’s important to consider other options to secure devices. To improve security, organizations can implement features including end-to-end data encryption, user authentication, user access control, monitoring, and compliance. Additionally, with control of mobility projects and centralized visibility, businesses can get closer to achieving total security.

    Productivity

    Enterprise mobility often promises increased employee productivity as a means to get the budget approved. However, EMM in and of itself does not create productivity. Instead, when developing your mobile strategy, increasing productivity should be one of the end goals rather than a byproduct. Your EMM solution should be capable of looking to aggregate data from diverse endpoints and analyzing them in order to determine the processes where users rely on mobility the most, for example. In addition to this, providing integrated mobile-enabled tools to your employees gives them the ability to be productive on the move.

    User Experience

    Creating a positive user experience within an EMM solution can be a difficult task. Providing convenience and freedom to users while maintaining security is something many organizations struggle with. In order to accommodate user needs, organizations can enable employees to access apps across devices with personalized settings, which can be mirrored across all of their devices. Users with the ability to share files with different devices and to third-party vendors through secure links will also feel that they are free to use their devices with minimal limitations.

    Device Ownership

    Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies can affect a business positively when implemented in the right conditions, or it can cause internal problems. To avoid any issues, be conscious of the mobile hardware portfolio of your organization. If the majority of end users own devices from a small number of manufacturers and only use Android or iOS, then a BYOD policy will be relatively simple to implement. However, if the devices in use are from a large number of manufacturers with a more diverse array of operating systems, it would be easier to purchase devices in bulk and issue them to your employees.

    Service Delivery

    In terms of service delivery, there are two approaches that are secure and reliable. The first is virtualized access, with which data, virtual desktops, and virtual apps are delivered through a data center using remote display protocol. This delivery model is secure because IT is able to control security settings and accesses centrally. The other option is containerized delivery. With this approach, IT creates a container on mobile devices where custom and third-party apps are separated from other processes and content. Depending on the IT department’s policies, apps can be updated, provisioned, and modified within containers.

    Though it’s complex to develop an effective EMM strategy, it’s not impossible. With proper planning, your EMM strategy will increase employee productivity and efficiency. To simplify the process, consider implementing these tactics in order to create the best strategy possible.


              Best Practices for the Protection of Information Assets, Part 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    In Part 1 of this article series , we discussed Information Security Management, or ISM. This second installment will cover the implementation and monitoring of security controls, including logical access controls, remote access controls, network security, controls/detection tools against information system attacks, security testing techniques and controls that prevent data leakage.

    Implementation and Monitoring of Security Controls

    Security controls should focus on the integrity of data, the data classification system, and the policies in places that ensure that data is handled properly.

    Logical Access Controls

    Ensure there are policies in place on access and access controls logical access controls at both operating system level and the application level are designed to protect information assets by sustaining policies and procedures. The management override is akin to a fail-safe mechanism. Overall, these controls manage the identification, authentication and restriction of users to authorized functions and data.

    Types and Principles of Access

    Types and principles of access include subject access (identification of individual having an ID), service access (data passing through an access point), least privilege, segregation of duties and split custody.

    Example:Target may have avoided their notorious 2013 breach if they had not failed to follow the principle of least privilege. An HVAC contractor with a permission to upload executables broadens the attack surface for cybercriminals.

    Example:As an example of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the NSA decided to apply the principle of least privilege and revoked higher-level powers from 90% of its employees.

    Passwords

    Ensure there are occasional or event-driven change and recovery policies reactivation with a new password so long as the user identity can be verified. People often use weak passwords, tend to share them or transmit/store them in cleartext; a succession of failed attempts to login with a password should result in locking out the account.

    Biometrics can replace passwords in future by creating a system that can restrict access based on unique physical attributes or behavior. Issues with this approach include false reject rate (FRR), false accept rate (FAR) and crossover error rate (CER), and privacy.

    Example:To unlock mobile devices, the scientist in Yahoo’s Research Labs are experimenting with utilizing ears, knuckles, and fingertips as biometric passwords.

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    This technique consolidates access operations among various systems into one centralized administrative function. SSO interfaces with client servers (local and remote users) and distributed systems, mainframe systems and network security, including remote access mechanisms.

    Access Control Lists

    Access control lists (ACLs) are the equivalent of a register in which the system enlists users who have permission to access and use a given system resource. ACLs can store information on users’ type of access.

    Example: To illustrate the usefulness of access control lists, consider a medical research experiment where the files that contain experimental results have an ACL that permits read-and-write access to all members of a research group except for one member, who is working on another experiment whose results should not be influenced by the results of the first one.

    System Access Audit Logging

    Almost all access control software automatically logs and report access attempts, which forms an audit trail to observe any suspicious activities and potential hacking attempts (e.g., brute-force attack on a specifically-targeted high-profile logon ID). Recording all activities may be useful in the context of digital investigations

    Access to the logs should be restricted.

    Tools for Log Analysis include, but are not limited to: audit reduction tools, trend/variance detection tools, attack-signature detection tools and SIEM systems.

    Actions an Auditor Should Undertake When Evaluating Logical Access Controls

    An auditor should identify sensitive data/systems, document, evaluate and test controls over potential access and access paths, and evaluate the adequacy of the security environment.

    Controls and Risks Associated With Virtualization of Systems

    Moving away from a physical medium towards a virtual one, there are many important aspects one should consider: physical and logical access validation (because many virtual machines may be running in one physical system), proper configuration and network segregation (no interference among various VMs).

    A 2015 Kaspersky Labs survey proved that recovery costs in the wake of a cyberattack on a virtualized infrastructure are twice as high as an attack on a physical environment. Moreover, only 27% deployed defensive mechanisms specifically designed to protect virtual environments.

    Configuration, Implementation, Operation and Maintenance of Network Security Controls

    Perimeter security controls such as firewalls and IDS/IPS ward off most cyberattacks against the enterprise’s network. The auditor needs to know the effectiveness of these security controls and the policies and procedures that regulate network incidents.

    Other important matters are network management, legal complications with respect to online activities, network administrator procedures and service legal agreements with third parties.

    Internet use, remote access and networks will all require auditing. Network infrastructure security and general network controls will require additional attention.

    LAN Security Issues

    An auditor should identify and document LAN topology and network design, signs of segmentation, LAN administrator and LAN owner, groups of LAN users, applications used on the LAN, and procedures for network design, support, and data security.

    Wireless Security Threats

    Security requirements include: authenticity, non-repudiation, accountability and network availability.

    There are many forms of malicious access to WLANs. These include but are not limited to: war driving/walking/chalking, passive attacks and sniffing.

    Detection Tools and Control Techniques Malware

    Countermeasures against various types of malware include but are not limited to: policies, education, patch management, anti-virus software, and procedural/technical controls.

    Detection Tools

    Antivirus software, regular updates, layered systems (e.g., inner, perimeter, and BOYD), and honeypots and are useful detection tools and deterrents against malware.

    Employee education is equally important and should not be ignored. Simple common sense on the part of employees can close multiple attack vectors, such as email phishing attempts.

    Ethical Hacking Training Resources (InfoSec)

    Security Testing Techniques

    Begin by knowing your tools. You’ll need tools to evaluate network security and possible risks, as well as suitable mitigation techniques. Be sure to check lists of known network vulnerabilities.

    Third parties may be able to provide testing services such as penetration testing. Penetrating testing, also called intrusion testing or ethical hacking, is where outside pentesters use every technique or source a potential attacker could use (open-source gathering, searching for backdoors, guessing passwords, using known exploits) to test your security. This is especially good for testing firewalls.

    You should also be aware of social engineering testing. This gives you a chance to see how your staff holds up in case of a social engineering attack, such as a phone scammer trying to get people’s passwords.

    Controls and Risks Associated with Data Leakage

    Data leakages occur when there is a risk of sensitive information becoming public, typically by accident. The IS auditor needs to ensure that there are effective data classification policies, security awareness training and periodic audits with respect to data leakage prevention.

    Note that data leakage has a totally different meaning when it comes to machine learning. Information from outside the training set could corrupt the learning capabilities of the model because it may introduce something that the model otherwise would not know.

    Encryption-Related Techniques

    Anyone handling or testing encryption should be familiar with encryption algorithm techniques and key length: note that complex algorithms and large keys are somewhat impractical for everyday use. Be aware of cryptographic systems, such as AES 128/256-bit and old 64-bit DES.

    Other areas of interest include encryption in communications; secure socket layer (SSL)/transport layer security (TLS); secure HTTP (HTTPS); IPSec Internet protocol security; Secure Shell (SSH);and secure multipurpose Internet mail extensions (S/MIME).

    Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Components and Digital Signature Techniques

    PKI establishes a trusted communication channel where parties can exchange digital keys in a safe manner. It’s widely used in e-commerce and online banking.

    PKI is based on digital certificates (public key and identifying information) that are issued and cryptographically signed by a certificate authority. Validation is through the certificate authority, while a registration authority ensures third-party validation. When dealing with PKI, watch for digital certificates’ expiration dates, and be certain to check the certificate revocation list (CRL).

    Controls Associated with Peer-to-Peer Computing, Instant Messaging and Web-Based Technologies

    P2P computing may result in fast dissemination of viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and so on directly among computers, as there is no central server. Meanwhile, social media risks include inappropriate sharing of information about sensitive data, staffing issues and organizational data; URL spoofing; cyberstalking; using vulnerable applications; phishing; downloading malicious attachments and clicking on malicious links.

    Example:In 2016, the Facebook “fake friend” phishing scam rose to prominence. Users received a Facebook message claiming that they had been mentioned by a friend in a comment, but upon clicking on this message, it would automatically download malware onto their computers in the form of a malicious Chrome browser extension. After the installation, this malware snatched users’ Facebook account so that it could steal their data and propagate further.

    To control this, implement a P2P computing policy which includes social network use and instant messaging. Corporate messaging boards are more secure than Facebook. Promote monitoring, education and awareness, and ban some types of peer-to-peer communications to narrow the net.

    Controls and Risks Associated with the Use of Mobile and Wireless Devices

    When dealing with mobile and wireless devices, secure Wi-Fi is required, because most of these devices communicate via a Wi-Fi network.

    Implement mobile device controls, including stringent data storage, remote wipes, and theft response procedures. Clarify your workplace’s policy regarding employees bringing their own devices to work.

    Voice Communications Security (PBX, VoIP)

    In these cases, voice communications have been translated to binary code. This means they are still digitally-based

    Increasingly common these days is VoIP or Voice over IP. VoIP boasts lower costs compared to traditional phone services; however, they tend to have worse security than ordinary phones, and one needs to protect both the data and the voice. Wiretapping is a possibility. Security measures include encrypting communications and ensuring that all software is up-to-date and patched.

    Alternately, private branch exchange or PBX is a phone system that can operate for both voice and data. It provides simultaneous calls through multiple telephone lines

    Example:In 2014, cybercriminals broke into the phone network of Foreman Seeley Fountain Architecture and managed to steal $166,000 worth of calls from the firm via premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. Typically, hackers pull off such a scheme over a weekend when nobody is at work, forwarding sometimes as many as 220 minutes’ worth of calls per minute to a premium line. The criminals withdraw their cuts usually through Western Union, moneygram or wire transfer.

    Conclusion

    This concludes our look at best practices for the implementation of monitoring and security controls. Some of our sources are listed below, for your perusal. Join us soon for Part 3, when we’ll be examining physical and environmental protection of information assets.

    Sources

    What is Least Privilege & Why Do you Need It ?, Beyond Trust

    Data-drained Target hurries to adopt chip-and-PIN cards , Naked Security

    Yahoo ‘Bodyprint’ Turns Smartphone Touchscreens Into Biometric Sensors , Gadgets 360

    NSA to cut system administrators by 90 percent to limit data access , Reuters

    Security of Virtual Infrastructure , Kaspersky Lab

    Facebook ‘fake friend’ phishing scam uncovered watch for these red flags , Komando

    IBM Security Services 2014, Cyber Security Intelligence Index , IBM Global Technology Services


              Mitre Att&ck Matrix      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Mitre Att&ck Matrix is a model used to describe the various tactics and techniques used by hackers, malware authors, and other potentially malicious actors. To do this, the model breaks the various actions into separate entries and then aligns these to categories representing the various stages within attacks. By examining an organization's security posture in relation to this matrix, one can identify gaps in the organization's detection capabilities.

    One may also examine the capabilities of security products in relation to this matrix. Performing such analysis in relation to endpoint or SIEM applications demonstrates that although such software is vital, it is insufficient to adequately cover all facets of detection. This is where a network-based approach can help to plug the holes left by traditional approaches to security. In particular, certain categories such asExfiltration and C2 are intrinsically network-centric and, therefore, remediation of related threats is greatly assisted by a network-based security solution.

    Today we'll look at a few entries from the Mitre Att&ck matrix, and see what network traffic these produce in a bid to detect these threats.

    Initial Access - Drive-by Compromise

    To begin, let's look at detecting drive-by attacks. A drive-by attack involves the dissemination of malicious code to users who are browsing websites online. One of the simplest means by which one can detect a drive-by is by identifying known malicious websites being visited by users. Being able to identify connections between machines in an organization and remote machines which are known to be serving up malware can allow a security team to quickly mitigate a potential threat.

    In order for this approach to work, a network-based security system needs to have up-to-date and accurate threat intelligence. Corvil appliances ingest numerous threat feeds and will flag use the information in these feeds to flag potentially dangerous traffic. We can see a screenshot of Corvil identifying traffic to/from a remote IP known to have disseminated executable files, based on an Emerging Threat reputation feed.


    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    Lateral Movement - Pass the Ticket

    A drive-by attack may grant a bad actor with an initial foothold, but thereafter they'll often wish to increase the scope of their attack by moving laterally within the network and taking control of additional devices. There are many mechanisms by which this may be done, e.g., SSH, RDP,PowerShell administration, pivoting an attack through the already compromised device, etc.. To select one example, we'll consider a Kerberos based approach, namely a Pass the Ticket attack. This type of attack involves harvesting Kerberos credentials from a compromised system and using these credentials to access services on other machines.

    By monitoring Kerberos traffic on a network, one can identify unusual patterns of usage, such as the use of a TGT (Ticket Granting Ticket) without a corresponding AS-REP (Authentication Service Response) having been detected previously (Golden Ticket) or the use of a TGS (Ticket Granting Service) without a corresponding TGS-REP (Ticket Granting Service Response) having been hitherto detected.

    Corvil has the ability to detect various forms of lateral movement. We can see a screenshot showing Corvil identifying a forged TGT, i.e., an instance where a TGT is being passed to request access to a service, in spite of this TGT never having been detected in previously analyzed traffic.


    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    C2 - Standard Cryptographic Protocol

    Once a machine has been infected, being able to remotely administer the machine and maintain control within a victim's network is key for an attacker. This will require that the attacker (who is usually physically remote) maintain a channel of communication that will allow them to Command & Control (hence, C2) a device on the victim's network.

    If an attacker communicates instructions to the infected machine(s) in plain text, one can search the traffic for traces of such commands and subsequently read the instructions from the wire. However, attackers are increasingly not so accommodating; instead relying on encrypted lines of communication based on industry standard encryption protocols such as TLS, which can result in these communications being completely opaque with respect to that type of analysis.

    However, just because one can't read the contents of the traffic, that doesn't mean he/she can't infer its intent. As with the discussion of initial access detection, one may again look to identify data flowing between an organization's network and external IPs/domains with known associations to malevolent entities.

    Another approach, which we'll look at here in regards TLS, involves fingerprinting. Corvil supports the use of JA3 fingerprinting to identify TLS connections. This involves the enumeration of various configuration options specified in the TLS connection's Client Hello (the first TLS message sent from the client machine to the server in an attempt to instantiate an encrypted channel). These values are then concatenated, the resulting string of values is hashed, and this hash is compared against a list of known fingerprints. We can see the the JA3 analysis of a Meterpreter HTTPS-based reverse shell.


    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    Mitre Att&amp;ck Matrix
    Summary

    Mitre has provided the industry with a standard model against which security controls can be aligned to highlight gaps. When examining traditional approaches to security through the lens of this model, one can see that there is potentially a gap in detection which can be filled using a network-based approach.

    Corvil Security Analytics provides network visibility, empowering security practitioners to detect numerous and varied forms of malicious activity. By working in conjunction with other forms of security software such as endpoint protection, firewalls, and SIEM applications, Corvil helps security practitioners form a complete picture of their environment. If you would like to learn how we can help you secure your network, pleaseSchedule a Demo orContact Us.


              Outgoing Facebook CSO Alex Stamos will join Disrupt SF to talk cybersecurity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    AtDisrupt SF 2018, Facebook’s soon-to-be-former chief security officer Alex Stamos will join us to chat about his tenure in the top security role for the world’s biggest social network, how it feels to have weathered some of the biggest security and privacy scandals to ever hit the tech industry and securing U.S. elections in the 2018 midterms and beyond.

    Following his last day aton August 17, Stamos will transition to an academic role at Stanford , starting this September. Since March, Stamos has focused on election security at Facebook as the company tries to rid its massive platform of Russian interference and bolster it against disinformation campaigns aiming to disrupt U.S. politics.

    “It is critical that we as an industry live up to our collective responsibility to consider the impact of what we build, and I look forward to continued collaboration and partnership with the security and safety teams at Facebook,” Stamos said of the company he is leaving.

    At Stanford, Stamos will take on a full-time role as an adjunct professor with the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and plans to conduct research, as well. Stamos previously lectured a security class at Stanford and intends to expand on that foundation with a hands-on “ hack lab ” where students explore real-world hacking techniques and how to defend against them. With the class, open to non-computer science majors, Stamos seeks to expose a broader swath of students to the intricacies of cybersecurity.

    Prior to his time at Facebook, Stamos served as the chief information security officer at. Stamos left in 2015 for his new security role at Facebook, reportedly over clashes at the beleaguered company over cybersecurity resources and the implementation of measures like end-to-end encryption. In both roles, Stamos navigated the choppy waters of high-profile privacy scandals while trying to chart a more secure path forward.

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              Stronger Security with HTTPS only API and TLS 1.1 update      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Stronger Security with HTTPS only API and TLS 1.1 update
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    Stamplay is upgrading to TLS 1.1 or higher in order to align with industry best practices for security and data integrity. Stamplay will no longer provide support for products and services that rely on the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 encryption protocol as of August 20th, 2018 .

    We are also announcing our intent to no longer support any non-secure HTTP connection so Objects API, User API, Webhooks API and Code Blocks will be available only over HTTPS as of August 20th, 2018.

    What do you need todo? Make sure you are using a compliant version of applications and browsers before August 20th, 2018, using non-compliant versions of applications and browsers after August 20th, 2018, will result in loss of access to Stamplay services. If you have applications consuming any of our API make sure they do it via HTTPS. What isTLS?

    TLS stands for “Transport Layer Security” and is a widely deployed security protocol that is used to securely exchange data over a network.

    TLS ensures that a connection to a remote endpoint is the intended endpoint through encryption and endpoint identity verification. The versions of TLS, to date, are TLS 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2. Stamplay Web and API connections use TLS as a key component of their security.

    Why is TLS 1.0 being disabled?

    Stamplay is upgrading to TLS 1.1 or higher in order to align with industry best practices for security and data integrity. We are focused on continually helping our customers improve their security by using the latest security protocols.

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    Any users using non-compliant versions of applications, services, and browsers after TLS 1.0 is disabled will experience issues accessing Stamplay services.

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              SQL Server Encryption, What’s The Key Hierarchy All About?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    keys

     

    I’m sure that we all know that SQL Server includes all sorts of interesting functionality to allow us to encrypt our data and like with all encryption techniques, that data is encrypted using keys.

    In SQL Server we’ve got a number of different keys, we’ve got the Service Master Key, Database Master Keys, Symmetric Keys, Asymmetric Keys and Certificates.  These keys can be used to encrypt data but they can also be used to encrypt other keys and this is where the key hierarchy comes in.

    If you google SQL Server key hierarchy you might come across a number of diagrams similar to that below

    keyhei1

    that’s all well and good but what does it really mean?

    Well, to try an explain this I want to have a little look at what SQL does when it needs to decrypt our data.

    For this example we’re going to imagine that we’ve got some data that we’ve encrypted using a password.  Think of the encryption routine as a safe, if we want to get our data out then we need to provide SQL Server with the password to open that safe.

    keyhei2

    SQL Server can now happily pop the password that we’ve given it into the safe and get our data for us.  That’s fine but what happens if we encrypt our data using a key?

    keyhei3

    Our SQL Server now has a problem, it can’t just decrypt (open the safe) using our password.  For this safe it’s going to need a key but were is that key?  SQL knows that keys are important and it can’t just leave them laying around anywhere, who knows who might find them.  So what does it do?

    SQL protects those keys by encrypting them.  So that means in order for our SQL Server to open the safe and get our data, it first has to pop over to another safe to get the key.

    keyhei4.png

    So essentially, SQL needs to decrypt the key that’s encrypted the data before it can then decrypt our data.  And that’s where the idea of the key hierarchy comes in.  Let’s have a look at that diagram again and see if it makes any more sense now…

     

    keyhei5

    The above diagram shows an example similar to our first example, the data has simply been encrypted by a password.

    The following example is slightly more complex,

    keyhei6

    In this example, our data is encrypted by a symmetric key (key 1).  This symmetric key is encrypted by another symmetric key (key 2) which is in turn encrypted by a password.  So if SQL wants to decrypt the data it’ll first need to decrypt Key 2 using a password, then use Key 2 to decrypt Key 1 and only then, when it has Key 1 decrypted can it use Key 1 to decrypt our data.

    And this is what’s represented by the key hierarchy, it shows us how a key can be encrypted by a key higher in the hierarchy, that key can in turn be encrypted by another key and so on.

    At the end of the day, every key in SQL Server needs to be encrypted by something higher in the hierarchy.  Up at the top of the key hierarchy we have only three things that don’t have to themselves be encrypted, passwords, the Service Master Key or a key stored in an Extensible Key Management (EKM) system.

    I’ll talk about the different types of keys in another post but hopefully this has helped shed some light on the sometimes confusing subject of the SQL Server key hierarchy.


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              QUIC Crypto and simple state machines      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    If you don't know about QUIC, go read the excellent Cloudflare post about it. If you're lazy, just think about it as:

    • Google wanted to improve TCP (2.0™️)
    • but TCP can't really be changed
    • so they built it on top of UDP (which is just IP with ports, check the 2 page RFC for UDP if you don't believe me)
    • they made it with encryption by default
    • and they called it QUIC, because it's quick, you know

    There is more to it, it makes HTTP blazing fast with multiplexed streams and all, but I'm only interested about the crypto here.

    Google QUIC's (or gQUIC) default encryption was provided by a home-made crypto protocol called QUIC Crypto. The thing is documented in a 14-page doc file and is more or less up-to-date. It was at some point agreed that things needed to get standardized, and thus the process of making QUIC an RFC (or RFCs) began.

    Unfortunately QUIC Crypto did not make it and the IETF decided to replace it with TLS 1.3 for diverse reasons.

    Why "Unfortunately" do you ask?

    Well, as Adam Langley puts it in some of his slides. The protocol was dead simple:

    quic crypto

    While the protocol had some flaws, in the end, it was still a beautiful and elegant protocol. At its core was an extremely straight forward and linear state machine summed up by this diagram:

    quic crypto diagram

    A few things to help you read it:

    • a server config is just a blob that contains the server current semi-ephemeral keys. The server config is rotated every X days.
    • an inchoate client hello is just an empty client hello, which prompts the server to send a REJ(ect) message containing its latest config (after that the client can try again with a full client hello)
    • SHLO is a (encrypted) server hello which contains ephemeral keys

    As you can see there isn't much going on, if you know the keys of the server you can do some 0-RTT magic, if you don't then request the keys and start the handshake again.

    Compare that to the state machine of TLS 1.3:

    tls state machine

    In the end, TLS 1.3 is a solid protocol, but I'd like to see more experimentation here instead of just relying on TLS. version 1.3 is built on top of numerous previous failed versions which means a great amount of complexity due to legacy and a multitude of use cases and extensions it needs to support. Simpler protocols should be better, simple state machines make for better analysis and more secure implementations. Just look at the Noise protocol framework and its 1k LOC implementations and its symbolic proofs done with ProVerif and Tamarin. Actually, why haven't we started using Noise for everything?


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              Tobias Bernard: GUADEC 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    A few weeks ago I attended GUADEC in Almeria, Spain. The travel was a bit of an adventure, because Julian and I went there and back from Italy by train. It was great though, because we had lots of time to hack on Fractal on the train.

    We also met Bastian on the train from Madrid to Almeria

    Conference Days

    The conference days were great, though I didn’t manage to see many talks because I kept getting tied up in interesting discussions (first world problem, I know :D). I did give a talk of my own though, about my work at Purism on UI patterns for making GNOME apps work on mobile. There is a video recording of the talk, and here are my slides.

    The main thing I tried to get across is that Purism isn’t trying to create a separate ecosystem or platform, but to make the GNOME platform better upstream. We ship vanilla GNOME on our laptops, and we want to do the same on phones. It’s of course early days, and it will take a while for everything to get into place, but it feels great to work for a company that has upstream-first as a core principle.

    The biggest area where our efforts will make an impact upstream in the short term are the Libhandy widgets Adrien and Guido have been working on. These widgets allow regular GNOME/GTK apps to scale to smaller sizes using adaptive UI patterns. The patterns are extending GNOME’s existing HIG in a few small details only, and can be used to make many existing GNOME apps adaptive without requiring major UI changes. We’re still experimenting with them, but once the patterns are solid and the widgets stable, we will work to upstream them into GTK.

    Using Libhandy widgets will not only enable apps to run on phones, but also yield benefits on the desktop. For example, HdyColumn solves a very old problem many GTK apps have: Lists that need to grow with the window’s width, but also need a maximum width to ensure legibility. By enabling this, HdyColumn allows apps to work better on both very small and very large screens.

    BoF Days

    The BoF days were packed with interesting sessions, but sadly many of them happened simultaneously, so I was only able to attend a few of them. However, the ones I did attend were all incredibly productive and interesting, and I’m excited about the things we worked on and planned for the future.

    Monday: Librem 5

    On Monday I attended the all-day Librem 5 BoF, together with my colleagues from Purism, and some community members, such as Jordan and Julian from Fractal.

    We talked about apps, particularly the messaging situation and Fractal. We discussed what will be needed in order to split the app, make the UI adaptive, and get end-to-end encryption. Daniel’s work on the database and Julian’s message history refactor are currently laying the groundwork for these.

    On the shell side we talked through the design of various parts of the shell, such as keyboard, notifications, multitasking, and gestures. Though many of those things won’t be implemented in the near future, we have a plan for where we’re going with these, and getting designers and developers in one room was very productive for working out some of the details.

    We also discussed a number of exciting new widgets to make it easier to get GNOME apps to work at smaller sizes, such as a new adaptive preferences window, and a way to allow modal windows to take up the entire screen at small sizes.

    Multi-Monitor & Theming

    On Tuesday we had a Multi-Monitor BoF, where we discussed multi-monitor behaviors with people from System76 and Ubuntu, among others. The most interesting parts to me were the discussions about adding some usecase-driven modes, such as a presentation mode, and a potential new keyboard-driven app switching interface (think Alt-Tab, but good). All of this will require a lot of work, but it’s great to see downstreams like System76 interested in driving initiatives like this.

    In the afternoon we had the Theming & Ecosystem BoF, where we got designers, upstream GNOME developers, and people from various downstreams together to talk about the state of theming, and its impact on our ecosystem.

    The basic problem we were discussing is that app developers want stable APIs and control over what their app looks like on user’s systems, while some distributions want to apply their own branding to everything. The current situation is pretty bad, because users end up with broken apps, developers constantly need to fix bugs for setups they didn’t want to support in the first place, and distributions need to invest lots of resources into building forever-slightly-broken custom themes. We discussed a number of possible approaches to tackle this problem, in order to make our platform easier to target. I’ll blog about this in more detail, but I’m excited about the possibility of finally solving this long-standing problem.

    We also talked about some of our future plans with regard to icons. This includes a new “library” of symbolics, and a push for app developers to ship symbolic icons with their apps, rather than linking to random strings which have to be maintained forever. We also introduced the new app icon style initiative, which will make it drastically easier to make icons because they are simpler, more geometric, and there are fewer sizes to draw. All of this will still develop over the next cycle, since it’s not going to ship until 3.32.

    Jakub presenting the new icon style

    Wednesday: What is a GNOME app?

    On Wednesday we had a small but very productive BoF to work on a proposal for a policy for including new apps as part of GNOME, and more generally getting a clearer definition of what it means for a project to be part of GNOME. There is currently no clear process for the inclusion of new projects as part of GNOME, so it doesn’t happen very often, and usually in a very disorganized fashion. This is a problem, because it leaves people who are excited about making new GNOME apps without a clear path to do so.

    For example, both Fractal and Podcasts were built from the ground up to be GNOME apps, but still haven’t made it to the GNOME/ group on Gitlab officially, because there’s no clear policy. The new Calls app Bob is building for the Librem 5 is in the same limbo, just waiting around for someone to say if/how it can become a part of GNOME officially.

    At the BoF we drafted a proposal for an explicit inclusion policy. The idea is for apps that a follow a set of criteria (e.g. follows the HIG, uses our tech stack) to be able to apply for inclusion, and have some kind of committee that could review these requests.

    This is only a very rough proposal for now, but I’m excited about the potential it has to bring in more developers from the wider ecosystem. And of course, as the designer of a half dozen semi-official GNOME apps I’m very selfishly interested in getting this in place ;)

    Thanks everyone!

    Some of the Fractal core team meeting for the first time at the pre-registration event (Daniel, Jordan, Julian, and me)

    In addition to all of the above, it was great to meet and hang out with so many of the awesome people in our community at social events, beach BoFs, and ad-hoc hacking sessions on the corridor. It’s hard to believe that one year ago I came to GUADEC as a newcomer. This year it felt like coming home.

    Thanks everyone, and see you next year o/


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              Re: Best VPN for Chromebook      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    PFInterest wrote:
    Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:22 am

    nordsteve wrote:
    Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:14 am

    What risks are you trying to defend against? Are you willing to pay for a VPN?


    it is definitely standard knowledge to not transmit sensitive information over unsecured wifi.


    Security is a risk/reward tradeoff.



    I'd give one set of recommendations for open Wifi networks and another for networks with WPA-2 encryption, where you're given the key. My advice would also vary based on whether you're on "random coffee shop wifi", vs an infrastructure network provided by a hospital.



    Similarly, my advice varies based on whether the OP is willing to pay for VPN service.
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              How SELinux helps mitigate risk while facilitating compliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    Many of our customers are required to meet a variety of regulatory requirements. Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes security technologies that help meet these requirements. Improving Linux security also benefits our layered products, such as Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat OpenStackⓇ Platform.

    In this blog post, we use PCI-DSS to highlight some of the benefits of SELinux. Though there are many other security standards that affect our customers, we selected PCI-DSS based on a review of customer support cases, feedback, and general inquiries we received. The items we selected from this standard are also accepted industry practices, such as:

    • Limiting user access to data based on job roles.
    • Limiting access to system components.
    • Configuring software behavior, functions, and access.

    What is SELinux?

    SELinux is an advanced access control mechanism originally created by the United States National Security Agency. It was released under an open source license in 2000, and integrated into the Linux kernel in 2003. As part of the Linux kernel, it is built into the core of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. SELinux works by layering additional access controls on top of the traditional discretionary access controls that have been the basis of UNIX and Linux security for decades. SELinux access controls provide both increased granularity as well as a single security policy that is applied across the entire system and enforced by the RHEL kernel. SELinux enforces the security policy on applications bundled with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as any custom, third-party, and independent software vendor (ISV) applications. In addition to applications on the host system, SELinux access controls provide separation and controlled sharing between RHEL-hosted virtual machines and containers.

    SELinux’s access controls are driven by a configurable security policy, which is loaded into the kernel at boot. The SELinux security policy functions as a whitelist for user and application behavior. The policy allows administrators and policy developers to isolate applications into specific SELinux domains that are tailored to the application’s permitted behaviors. Access to files, local interprocess communications (IPC) mechanisms, the network, and various other system resources can all be restricted on a per-domain basis. SELinux also allows the administrator to put individual SELinux domains, as well as the entire system, into permissive mode where SELinux-based access denials are logged, but the access is still permitted. This eases policy development and troubleshooting.

    While SELinux is an important part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux security capabilities, there are many other security technologies and widely accepted practices that should also be employed. Data encryption, malware scanning, firewalls, and other network security mechanisms remain an important part of an overall security strategy. SELinux is a way to augment existing security solutions, and is not a replacement for current security measures that may be in place.

    Mapping to compliance requirements

    With the above understanding of how SELinux can help reduce risk and harden a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system, let’s see how it maps to a few PCI-DSS compliance requirements. When reviewing PCI-DSS 3.2 requirements, it is easy to see how RHEL with SELinux can help address requirements that fall under the section Implement Strong Access Control Measures Requirement. Let’s look at some lesser-known requirements in sections two and three instead.

    PCI-DSS requirement 2.2:

    “[d]evelop configuration standards for all system components. Assure that these standards address all known security vulnerabilities and are consistent with industry-accepted system hardening standards.”

    Given that, by default, it denies access to any resource rather than permits access, SELinux immediately meets industry-accepted system hardening standards, and may help mitigate certain classes of security vulnerabilities. It also helps meet the more granular requirements under 2.2 by ensuring a greater level of security restrictions and more fine-grained access control.

    PCI-DSS requirement 3.6.7:

    “Prevention of unauthorized substitution of cryptographic keys”

    At a system-configuration level, SELinux can prevent unauthorized overwriting of files—even when a specific user or role would normally be authorized to write to the directory containing cryptographic keys.

    SELinux can also help customers meet other well-known PCI-DSS 3.2 requirements by:
    Limiting access to system components and cardholder data to only those individuals whose job requires such access. (meets 7.1.1 - 7.1.3)
    Establishing an access control system(s) for systems components that restricts access based on a user’s need to know, and is set to ‘deny all’ unless specifically allowed. (meets 7.2.1 - 7.2.3)

    Restricting malicious actor read, write, and pivoting

    When SELinux is in enforcing mode, the default policy used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the targeted policy. In the default targeted policy, some applications run in a confined SELinux domain where SELinux policy restricts those applications to a particular set of behaviors. All other applications run in special unconfined domains; while they are still SELinux security domains, there is little to no restriction to their permitted behavior.

    Almost every service that listens on a network is confined in RHEL, such as httpd and sshd. Also, most processes that run as the root user and perform tasks for users, such as the passwd utility, are confined. When a process is confined, it runs in its own domain. Depending on the SELinux policy configuration for a confined process, an attacker's access to resources, ability to pivot, read, and write, and the possible damage they can do may be limited.

    We have listed below a few of the common processes and daemons that run confined by default in their own domain. If you have a question regarding a process that is not listed here, send your inquiry to Red Hat Customer Service.

    • dhcpd is a dynamic host control protocol used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux to dynamically deliver and configure Layer 3 TCP/IP details for clients.
    • smbd is a Samba server that provides file and print services between clients across various operating systems.
    • httpd (Apache HTTP Server) provides a web server.
    • Squid is a high-performance proxy caching server for web clients supporting FTP, Gopher, and HTTP data objects. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently requested web pages.
    • mysqld is a multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server that consists of the MariaDB server daemon (mysqld) and many client programs and libraries.
    • PostgreSQL is an Object-Relational database management system (DBMS).
    • Postfix is an open-source Mail Transport Agent (MTA), which supports protocols like LDAP, SMTP AUTH (SASL), and TLS.

    For more information on how the Red Hat portfolio can help customers with PCI-DSS compliance, review Red Hat’s 2015 paper on PCI and DSS compliance and our 2016-2017 blog series.

    Vulnerabilities

    SELinux can also help mitigate many risks posed from privilege escalation attacks. SELinux policy rules define how processes access files and other processes. If a process is compromised, the attacker can only access resources granted to it through the associated SELinux domain. Exploiting an application does not change what SELinux allows the process to access. For example, if the Apache HTTP Server is compromised, an attacker cannot use that process to read files in user home directories by default, unless a specific SELinux policy rule was added or configured to allow such access.

    Based on our review of data from the 2017 calendar year, we selected three vulnerabilities publicly released during that time which were mitigated by default Red Hat Enterprise Linux SELinux policies.

    CVE-2016-9962 targeted containers, and it became public just 11 days into the new year. On Red Hat systems with SELinux enabled, the dangers of even privileged containers are mitigated. SELinux prevents container processes from accessing host content even if those container processes manage to gain access to the actual file descriptors. With SELinux in enforcing mode, and enabling the default SELinux policy (deny_ptrace) which only affects the policy shipped by Fedora or Red Hat, customers can:
    - remove all ptrace,
    - confine an unconfined domain, and
    - retain the flexibility to disable it permanently or temporarily for troubleshooting.

    CVE-2017-6074 addressed a flaw in the Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP). If exploited by a local, unprivileged user, the user could alter the kernel memory and escalate their privileges on the system. With SELinux enabled and using the default policies alone, this flaw is mitigated.

    CVE-2017-7494 addressed a vulnerable Samba client. A malicious authenticated Samba client, having write access to the Samba share, could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code as root. When SELinux is enabled by default, our default policy prevents loading of modules from outside of Samba's module directories and therefore mitigates the flaw.

    Red Hat and security

    At Red Hat we believe that security is a mindset, not a feature. That’s why we work closely with upstream developers and communities to encourage secure coding practices, information sharing, and collaboration. We firmly believe the principles of open source software contribute to transparency and more secure products, benefiting customers and communities alike.

    SELinux is shipped enabled by default in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In addition to providing added security and mitigating a threat actor’s ability to pivot, SELinux also helps customers meet a variety of compliance standards requirements. And although the terms compliant and secure are not directly interchangeable, we understand that both are very important to our customers. We work continuously to support our products and help our customers achieve both business objectives.

    For more information on Red Hat Product Security, visit the Product Security Center on the Red Hat Customer Portal. If you have vulnerability information you would like to share with us, please send an email to secalert@redhat.com.

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              FakesApp: A Vulnerability in WhatsApp      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Research By: Dikla Barda, Roman Zaikin and Oded Vanunu

    As of early 2018, the Facebook-owned messaging application, WhatsApp, has over 1.5 billion users with over one billion groups and 65 billion messages sent every day. With so much chatter, the potential for online scams, rumours and fake news is huge. It doesn’t help then, if threat actors have an additional weapon in their arsenal to leverage the platform for their malicious intentions.

    Check Point Research, however, recently unveiled new vulnerabilities in the popular messaging application that could allow threat actors to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group conversations, giving attackers immense power to create and spread misinformation from what appear to be trusted sources.

    Our team observed three possible methods of attack exploiting this vulnerability – all of which involve social engineering tactics to fool end-users. A threat actor can:

    1. Use the ‘quote’ feature in a group conversation to change the identity of the sender, even if that person is not a member of the group.
    2. Alter the text of someone else’s reply, essentially putting words in their mouth.
    3. Send a private message to another group participant that is disguised as a public message for all, so when the targeted individual responds, it’s visible to everyone in the conversation.

    Following the process of Responsible Disclosure, Check Point Research informed WhatsApp of their findings. From Check Point Research’s view, we believe these vulnerabilities to be of the utmost importance and require attention.

    Please read below for our full technical analysis.

    [embedded content]

    Demonstration Video of the Attacks in Action

    Technical Analysis

    As is well known, WhatsApp encrypts every message, picture, call, video or any other type of content you send so that only the recipient can see it. What’s more, not even WhatsApp has the ability to view those messages.

    Figure 1: WhatsApp Encrypted Chat

    These encryption processes caught our attention and we decided to try to reverse WhatsApp’s algorithm to decrypt the data. Indeed, after decrypting the WhatsApp communication we found that WhatsApp is using the “protobuf2 protocol” to do so.

    By converting this protobuf2 data to Json we were able to see the actual parameters that are sent and manipulate them in order to check WhatsApp’s security.

    The outcome of our research is a Burp Suit Extension and 3 Manipulation methods.
    To start the manipulation, though, we first have to get the private and public key of our session and fill it in our burpsuit extension.

    If you are interested in a detailed explanation about how the encryption actually works behind the scenes, please read the encryption paragraph at the end of this blog post.

    Accessing the Keys

    The keys can be obtained from the key generation phase from WhatsApp Web before the QR code is generated:

    Figure 2: Public and Private Key of the Communication

    After we take these keys we need to take the “secret” parameter which is sent by the mobile phone to WhatsApp Web while the user scans the QR code:

    Figure 3: The Secret Key from the WebSocket

    As a result of this, our extension will look like the below:

    Figure 4: WhatsApp Decoder Burp Extension

    After clicking on “Connect”, the extension connects to the extension’s local server, which will perform all the tasks required for the extension.

    Manipulating WhatsApp

    By decrypting the WhatsApp communication, we were able to see all the parameters that are actually sent between the mobile version of WhatsApp and the Web version. This allowed us to then be able to manipulate them and start looking for security issues.

    This resulted in us being able to carry out a variety of attack types, which are described below.

    Attack 1: Change the Identity of a Sender in a Group Chat, Even If They Are Not a Member of the Group

    In this attack, it is possible to spoof a reply message to impersonate another group member and even a non-existing group member, for example, ‘Mickey Mouse’.

    To impersonate someone from the group, all the attacker need do is catch the encrypted traffic:

    Figure 5: Encrypted WhatsApp Communication

    Once the traffic is captured, he can simply send it to an extension which will then decrypt the traffic:

    Figure 6: Decrypting the WhatsApp Message
    By Using Our Extension

    The interesting parameters to note here are:

    • conversation – This is the actual content which is sent.
    • participant – This is the participant that actually sent the content.
    • fromMe – This parameter indicates if I sent the data or someone else in the group.
    • remoteJid – This parameter indicates to which group/contact the data is sent.
    • id – The id of the data. The same id will appear in the phone databases.

    And this is the point where interesting things begin to happen…

    For example, we can change the conversation to something else. The message with the content “Great!” sent by a member of a group, for instance, could be changed to something else like: “I’m going to die, in a hospital right now” and the participant parameter could also be changed to someone else from the group:

    Figure 7: A Spoofed Reply Message

    Note that we have to change the id to something else because it is already sent and appears in the database.

    In order to make everyone see the new spoofed message the attacker needs to reply to the message he spoofed, quoting and changing that message (“Great”) in order for it be sent to everyone in the group.

    As you can see in the below screenshot, we created a new group where no previous messages were sent, and by using the method from above we were able to create a fake reply.

    Figure 8: The Original Conversation

    The ‘participant’ parameter can also be a text or a phone number of someone that is not in the group, which would cause everyone in the group to believe that it actually is sent from this participant.

    For example:

    Figure 9: Changing The Content Of The Message
    By Using Our Debugging Tool

    …and the result will look like this:

    This would again be sent to everyone in the group as before.

    Figure 10: Reply To a Message That Sent From
    Someone Outside of the Group

    Attack 2: Changing a Correspondent’s Reply To Put Words in Their Mouth

    In this attack, the attacker is able to manipulate the chat by sending a message back to himself on behalf of the other person, as if it had come from them. By doing so, it would be possible to incriminate a person, or close a fraudulent deal, for example.

    In order to spoof the messages, we have to manipulate the ‘fromMe parameter in the message, which indicates who sent the message in the personal chat.

    This time we will capture the outgoing message from WhatsApp Web before it is even sent to our Burp Suite. In order to do that we can put a break point on the aesCbcEncrypt function and take the data from the ‘a’ parameter:

    Figure 11: OutGoing Message Manipulation

    We will then copy this data to our Burp extension and select the outgoing direction. By pressing on “Decrypt”, our extension will decrypt the data:

    Figure 12: Decryption of Outgoing Message

    After changing it to false and encrypting it back we then get the below result:

    Figure 13: Encryption of Outgoing Message

    We have to then modify the ‘a’ parameter in our browser, and the result will be a push notification with the content. In this way it is even possible to spoof the entire chat.

    Figure 14: Sending Messages To Myself
    on Behalf of Someone Else.

    The whole conversation will then look like this:

    Figure 15: Sending Messages To Myself
    on Behalf of Someone Else

    Attack 3: Send a Private Message in a Chat Group But When The Recipient Replies, The Whole Group Sees It.

    In this attack, it is possible to send a message in a group chat that only a specific person will see, though if he replies to this message, the entire group will see his reply.

    In this way it is possible to manipulate a certain member of the group and ‘trip them up’ in order to have them reveal information to the group that they may otherwise not want them to know.

    We found this attack vector while we reversed the Android mobile app. In this instance, we found that if the attacker manipulates a simple message in the group, such as “We are the team”, we will actually find this message in ‘/data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/msgstore.db’ database – as seen below.

    Figure 16: Sending a Private Message in the Group Chat

    We will find this message in ‘/data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/msgstore.db’ database

    Then, if we open the conversation on a mobile phone by using the sqlite3 client and issue the following command:

    SELECT * FROM messages;

    We will see the following data:

    Figure 17: Manipulation of the Database

    In order to send a message to the group, but restrict it to only a specific group member, we have to set his number under the ‘remote_resourceparameter.

    The trick here is to simply change the ‘key_from_me parameter from 0 to 1

    Having done this, we will then run the following command and update the key_from_me and the data:

    update messages set key_from_me=1,data=”We, all know what have you done!” where _id=2493;

    The attacker needs to then close and reopen his WhatsApp to force the application to send the new message. After doing so, the result will be as below:

    Notice that only the victim received the message?

    If the victim writes something as a response, everybody in the group will get his response, but if he will reply to the message only he will see the replied content and all the others will see the original message…!!

    WhatsApp Encryption Explained

    Source code: https://github.com/romanzaikin/BurpExtension-WhatsApp-Decryption-CheckPoint

    Let’s start with WhatsApp Web. Before generating the QR code, WhatsApp Web generates a Public and Private Key that is used for encryption and decryption.

    Figure 23: Private and Public Key of the Conversation

    Let’s call our private Key ‘priv_key_list’ and our public Key ‘pub_key_list.

    These keys were created by using curve25519_donna by using random 32 bytes.

    Figure 24: Encryption Process Curve25519

    To decrypt the data we will start to create a decryption code. This will take the private key from WhatsApp Web instead of the random bytes because we need to have the same keys in order to decrypt the data:

    self.conn_data[“private_key”] = curve25519.Private(“”.join([chr(x) for x in priv_key_list]))
    self.conn_data[“public_key”]  = self.conn_data[“private_key”].get_public()

    assert (self.conn_data[“public_key”].serialize() == “”.join([chr(x) for x in pub_key_list]))

    Then, after the QR code is created, after scanning it with a phone we can send the following information to Whatsapp Web over a websocket:

    Figure 25: The Secret Key From WebSocket

    The most important parameter here is secret which then passes to setSharedSecret. This will divide the secret into multiply parts and configure all the cryptographic functions we need in order to decrypt the WhatsApp traffic.

    First, we can see that there is a translation from String ‘e’ into Array and some slices which divide the secret into two parts: ‘n’, which is the first 32 bytes and ‘a’, which is the characters from 64th byte to the end of the ‘t’.

    Figure 26: Getting the SharedSecret

    And if we dive into the function’ ‘E.SharedSecret’, we can see that it uses two parameters which were the first 32 bytes and the private key from the QR generation:

    Figure 27: Getting the SharedSecret

    Following this, we can then update our python code and add the following line:

    self.conn_data[“shared_secret”] = self.conn_data[“private_key”].get_shared_key(curve25519.Public(self.conn_data[“secret”][:32]), lambda key: key)

    Next we have the expended which is 80 bytes:

    Figure 28: Extending the SharedSecret

    By diving in we can see that the function uses the HKDF function. So we found function ‘pyhkdf’ and use it in our code to expend the key in the same way that WhatsApp did:

    shared_expended = self.conn_data[“shared_secret_ex”] = HKDF(self.conn_data[“shared_secret”], 80)

    We next have the hmac validation function which takes the expended data as parameter ‘e’ and divides it into 3 parameters:

    • i – the first 32 bytes of shared_expended
    • r – 32 bytes from the 32 byte
    • o – 16 bytes from the 64 byte

    There is also the parameter, ‘s’, which is a concatenation of the parameter ‘n’ and ‘a’, from the function before which forms part of our secret.

    Figure 29: HmacSha256

    Then the function HmacSha256 will be called with the parameter ‘r’ and it will sign the data with the parameter ‘s’, after that ‘n’ we will receive the hmac verifier which will be compared to ‘r’, which is a slice of ‘t’ from 32byte to 64 bytes, and ‘t’ is our secret in the array format, as seen previously.

    Figure 30: Checking the validity of the messages

    In python it will look like this:

    check_hmac = HmacSha256(shared_expended[32:64], self.conn_data[“secret”][:32] + self.conn_data[“secret”][64:]) if check_hmac != self.conn_data[“secret”][32:64]:
    raise ValueError(“Error hmac mismatch”)

    The last encryption related function in this block is ‘aesCbcDecrypt’ which uses the parameter ‘s’ which is a concatenation between the data from byte 64 to the end of expended shared and the data from  byte 64 of the secret, and ‘i’ which is the first 32bytes of expended shared.

    Figure 31: Getting the AES key and the MAC key

    The result is the decrypted key which we will use later. So, if we translate the code it will look like this:

    keysDecrypted = AESDecrypt(shared_expended[:32], shared_expended[64:] + self.conn_data[“secret”][64:]) After the decryption, we will have new ‘t’ which is the  first 32 bytes, which is the encryption key, and the next 32 bytes, which is the mac key:

    self.conn_data[“key”][“aes_key”] = keysDecrypted[:32]
    self.conn_data[“key”][“mac_key”] = keysDecrypted[32:64]

    The whole code will then look like this:

    self.conn_data[“private_key”] = curve25519.Private(“”.join([chr(x) for x in priv_key_list]))
    self.conn_data[“public_key”]  = self.conn_data[“private_key”].get_public()

    assert (self.conn_data[“public_key”].serialize() == “”.join([chr(x) for x in pub_key_list]))

    self.conn_data[“secret”] = base64.b64decode(ref_dict[“secret”])
    self.conn_data[“shared_secret”] = self.conn_data[“private_key”].get_shared_key(curve25519.Public(self.conn_data[“secret”][:32]), lambda key: key)

    shared_expended = self.conn_data[“shared_secret_ex”] = HKDF(self.conn_data[“shared_secret”], 80)

    check_hmac = HmacSha256(shared_expended[32:64], self.conn_data[“secret”][:32] + self.conn_data[“secret”][64:])

    if check_hmac != self.conn_data[“secret”][32:64]:
    raise ValueError(“Error hmac mismatch”)

    keysDecrypted = AESDecrypt(shared_expended[:32], shared_expended[64:] + self.conn_data[“secret”][64:])

    self.conn_data[“key”][“aes_key”] = keysDecrypted[:32]
    self.conn_data[“key”][“mac_key”] = keysDecrypted[32:64]

    So, after we have the code that can regenerate all the encryption parameters needed we can continue to the decryption process.

    To do that we start with capturing a message:

    Figure 32: The Encrypted Incoming Message

    As you can see, the message is split into two parts: the tag and the data. We will use the following function to decrypt the message:

    def decrypt_incoming_message(self, message):
    message = base64.b64decode(message)
    message_parts = message.split(“,”, 1)
    self.message_tag = message_parts[0]
    content = message_parts[1]

    check_hmac = hmac_sha256(self.conn_data[“mac_key”], content[32:])
    if check_hmac != content[:32]:
    raise ValueError(“Error hmac mismatch”)

    self.decrypted_content = AESDecrypt(self.conn_data[“aes_key”], content[32:])
    self.decrypted_seralized_content = whastsapp_read(self.decrypted_content, True)

    return self.decrypted_seralized_content

    As you can see, we receive the data in base64 format in order to copy the Unicode data easily, In Burp we can encode the data to base64 by simply pressing ctrl+b and pass it to the function decrypt_incomping_message. This function splits the tag from the content and checks if our key can decrypt the data by comparing the hmac_sha256(self.conn_data[“mac_key“], content[32:]) with content[:32].

    If everything fits we can continue to the AES decryption step which uses our aes key and the content from the 32byte.

    This content contains first the IV ,which is in size of aes block size, and then the actual data:

    self.decrypted_content = AESDecrypt(self.conn_data[“aes_key”], content[32:])

    The output of this function will be a protobuf, which looks like this:

    Figure 33: The Decrypted Message with Protobuf

    In order to translate it to json we will use the ‘whatsapp_read function.

    WhatsApp Encryption Explained (Decrypt Incoming Message):

    In order to decrypt a message, we first have to understand how the WhatsApp protocol works so we started by debugging the function e.decrypt:

    Figure 34: ReadNode Function

    This function will trigger readNode which has the following code:

    Figure 35: ReadNode Function

    We translated all the code to python to represent the same function which looks like this:

    This code first reads a byte from the stream and moves it to char_data. It then tries to read the list size of the incoming stream by using the function read_list_size.

    Then we got another byte which we will call token_byte that will be passed to read_string and looks like this:

    Figure 36: ReadString Function

    This code uses getToken and passes our parameter as a position in the token array:

    Figure 37: getToken Function

    This is the first item whatsapp sends in the communication, then we translated all the functions in the function readString and continued with the debugging:

    Next you can see the function ‘readAttributes’ in the function readNode:

    Figure 38: readAttribues function

    This function just continues to read more bytes from the stream and parse them via the same token list we saw before when we parsed the “action” token, which will look like this:

    So the second parameter that WhatsApp sends is the actual action to the messenger where we can see that WhatsApp sent {add:”replay”} which means a new message arrived.

    Basically we will continue with the code until we get to the end of readNode which will give us the three parts of the message that was sent:

    1. some token
    2. some token attributes
    3. the encoded protobuf message

    So, until this point we got the first and the second part easily by rewriting all the functions to python, which is very straight forward.

    Figure 39: Decrypted Array

    Next we have to deal with the third parameter which is the protobuf and decrypt it.

    To get the protobuf we can look at the protobuf scheme implemented by Whatsapp and just copy it into a clean .proto file which can be obtained from here:

    Figure 40: protobuf

    The indexes can be also copied from Whatsapp protobuf schema and compiled to python protobuf file by using:

    Then we can translate the protobuf to json easily by using the python functions generated by the protobuf…

    …and the result will look like this:

    Figure 41: Decrypted Data

    After implementing that inside our extensions we were able to decrypt the communication:

    Figure 42: Using Our Extension to Decrypt the Data

    WhatsApp Encryption Explained (Encrypt Incoming Message)

    The encryption process is pretty much the same as the encryption but in the opposite order, so this time we will reverse the writeNode function:

    Figure 43: writeNode function

    Which is implemented like this:

    Figure 44: writeNode function

    As you can see this time we already have the token and the token attributes which we have to translate to its position in the token lists, and then just reimplement all the function in the same way as we did in the readNode:

    The code is very straight forward; first we check if the node we got is in length of three. Then we multiply the number of token attributes by two and pass it to writeListStart which will write the start of the list character and then the list size (the same thing that we saw in readNode):

    After we have the start list we will get into writeString which performs the same thing as readString, as you can see “action” translated to ten which is “action” position in the tokens index and so on:

    Figure 45: writeToken function

    We translated the code and all the functions, which look like the below:

    then the code go into writeAttributes which will translate the attributes and from then to writeChildren which will translate the actual data.

    Figure 46: writeChildren function

    We  translated this function which looks like the below:

    This way we build the data back, so our code that decrypts and encrypts the messages will look like this:

    To simplify the encryption process we changed the actual writeChildren function and added another instance type to make the encryption simpler:

    The result is the encryption and decryption of incoming data.
    To decrypt outgoing data please see code our github:

    https://github.com/romanzaikin/BurpExtension-WhatsApp-Decryption-CheckPoint


               ePrint Report: Threshold Partially-Oblivious PRFs with Applications to Key Management       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    ePrint Report: Threshold Partially-Oblivious PRFs with Applications to Key Management
    Stanislaw Jarecki, Hugo Krawczyk, Jason Resch

    An Oblivious PRF (OPRF) is a protocol between a server holding a key to a PRF and a user holding an input. At the end of the interaction, the user learns the output of the OPRF on its input and nothing else. The server learns nothing, including nothing about the user's input or the function's output. OPRFs have found many applications in multiple areas of cryptography. Everspaugh et al. (Usenix 2015) introduced Partially Oblivious PRF (pOPRF) in which the OPRF accepts an additional non-secret input that can be chosen by the server itself, and showed applications in the setting of password hardening protocols. We further investigate pOPRFs showing new constructions, including distributed multi-server schemes, and new applications. We build simple pOPRFs from regular OPRFs, in particular obtaining very efficient DH-based pOPRFs, and provide (n,t)-threshold implementation of such schemes.

    We apply these schemes to build Oblivious Key Management Systems (KMS) as a much more secure alternative to traditional wrapping-based KMS. The new system hides keys and object identifiers from the KMS, offers unconditional security for key transport, enables forward security, provides key verifiability, reduces storage, and more. Further, we show how to provide all these features in a distributed threshold implementation that additionally protects the service against server compromise. Finally, we extend the scheme to a threshold Oblivious KMS with updatable encryption so that upon the periodic change of OPRF keys by the server, an efficient update procedure allows a client of the KMS service to non-interactively update all its encrypted data to be decryptable only by the new key. Our techniques improve on the efficiency and security of several recent works on updatable encryption from Crypto and Eurocrypt. We report on an implementation of the above schemes and their performance, showing their practicality and readiness for use in real-world systems. In particular, our pOPRF constructions achieve speeds of over an order of magnitude relative to previous pOPRF schemes.
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    ePrint Report: DiSE: Distributed Symmetric-key Encryption
    Shashank Agrawal, Payman Mohassel, Pratyay Mukherjee, Peter Rindal

    Threshold cryptography provides a mechanism for protecting secret keys by sharing them among multiple parties, who then jointly perform cryptographic operations. An attacker who corrupts upto a threshold number of parties cannot recover the secrets or violate security. Prior works in this space have mostly focused on definitions and constructions for public-key cryptography and digital signatures, and thus do not capture the security concerns and efficiency challenges of symmetric-key based applications which commonly use long-term (unprotected) master keys to protect data at rest, authenticate clients on enterprise networks, and secure data and payments on IoT devices.

    We put forth the first formal treatment for distributed symmetric-key encryption, proposing new notions of correctness, privacy and authenticity in presence of malicious attackers. We provide strong and intuitive game-based definitions that are easy to understand and yield efficient constructions.

    We propose a generic construction of threshold authenticated encryption based on any distributed pseudorandom function (DPRF). When instantiated with the two different DPRF constructions proposed by Naor, Pinkas and Reingold (Eurocrypt 1999) and our enhanced versions, we obtain several efficient constructions meeting different security definitions. We implement these variants and provide extensive performance comparisons. Our most efficient instantiation uses only symmetric-key primitives and achieves a throughput of upto 1 million encryptions/decryptions per seconds, or alternatively a sub-millisecond latency with upto 18 participating parties.
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    ePrint Report: Round5: Compact and Fast Post-Quantum Public-Key Encryption
    Sauvik Bhattacharya, Oscar Garcia-Morchon, Thijs Laarhoven, Ronald Rietman, Markku-Juhani O. Saarinen, Ludo Tolhuizen, Zhenfei Zhang

    Standardization bodies such as NIST and ETSI are currently seeking quantum resistant alternatives to vulnerable RSA and elliptic curve-based public-key algorithms. In this context, we present Round5, a lattice-based cryptosystem providing a key encapsulation mechanism and a public-key encryption scheme. Round5 is based on the General Learning with Rounding problem, unifying non-ring and ring lattice rounding problems into one. Usage of rounding combined with a tight analysis leads to significantly reduced bandwidth and randomness requirements. Round5's reliance on prime-order cyclotomic rings offers a large design space allowing fine-grained parameter optimization. The use of sparse-ternary secret keys improves performance and significantly reduces decryption failure rates at minimal additional cost. The use of error-correcting codes further improves the latter. Round5 parameters have been carefully optimized for bandwidth, while the design facilitates efficient implementation. As a result, Round5 has leading performance characteristics among all NIST post-quantum candidates, and at the same time attains conservative security levels that fully fit NIST's security categories. Round5's schemes share common building blocks, simplifying (security and operational) analysis and code review. Finally, Round5 proposes various approaches of refreshing the system public parameter $\textbf{A}$, which efficiently prevent precomputation and back-door attacks.
              Hackers could spoof WhatsApp messages, sender names      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hackers could exploit the very things -- encryption and digital certificates -- that ensure privacy and provide authentication between devices, apps, and clouds.
              Oracle Database Administrator - (Portland, Oregon, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    In addition to the responsibilities listed below, this position is responsible for planning, designing, and building database systems that are stable, recoverable, and integrated with other available technology stacks for the purpose of efficient, secure data utilization. This includes understanding the interoperability between databases and other dependent technology stacks (performance scalability, stability, capacity planning, etc.), possessing familiarity with one dependent technology stack (e.g. windows admin, networking, storage, etc.), working with engineering teams to recommend alternate solutions, and consulting as a 2nd level technical expert on specific platforms.Some of the unique challenges this position will face include database considerations for a large, corporate enterprise and a high degree of complexity and non-uniformity.

    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Completes work assignments and supports business-specific projects by applying expertise in subject area; supporting the development of work plans to meet business priorities and deadlines; ensuring team follows all procedures and policies; coordinating and assigning resources to accomplish priorities and deadlines; collaborating cross-functionally to make effective business decisions; solving complex problems; escalating high priority issues or risks, as appropriate; and recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities.
  • Practices self-development and promotes learning in others by proactively providing information, resources, advice, and expertise with coworkers and customers; building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders; influencing others through technical explanations and examples; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; listening and responding to, seeking, and addressing performance feedback; providing feedback to others and managers; creating and executing plans to capitalize on strengths and develop weaknesses; supporting team collaboration; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.
  • As part of the IT Engineering job family, this position is responsible for leveraging DEVOPS, and both Waterfall and Agile practices, to design, develop, and deliver resilient, secure, multi-channel, high-volume, high-transaction, on/off-premise, cloud-based solutions.
  • Supports the review of team deliverables.
  • Provides some recommendations and input on options, risks, costs, and benefits for systems designs.
  • Collaborates with team members to develop project support plans, schedules, and assignments.
  • Translates business and functional requirements into technical specifications that support integrated and sustainable designs for designated infrastructure systems by partnering with Business Analysts to understand business needs and functional specifications.
  • Serves as a liaison with business partners, Solutions, and enterprise architects to define and understand target strategies.
  • Collaborates with counterparts in various IT Teams (e.g., database, operations, technical support) throughout system development and implementation.
  • Develops and modifies solutions by identifying technical solutions to business problems.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on IT infrastructure planning, engineering, and architecture for assigned systems by assessing the implications of IT strategies on infrastructure capabilities.
  • Reviews and makes changes to technical specifications and documentation.
  • Collaborates with IT teams and key business partners to troubleshoot complex systems and provides solutions, as appropriate.
  • Evaluates existing systems to make recommendations on resources required to maintain service levels.
  • Evaluates new service options, identifies issues and impacts, and provides recommendations on feasibility and ROI.
  • Collaborates with architects and software engineers to ensure functional specifications are converted into flexible, scalable, and maintainable designs.
  • Verifies system designs adhere to company architecture standards.
  • Drives physical architecture design for new initiatives.
  • Leads the implementation of assigned enterprise infrastructure systems to ensure successful deployment and operation by developing and documenting detailed standards (e.g., guidelines, processes, procedures) for the introduction and maintenance of services.


    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in the planning, design, and implementation of security solutions, including Minimum two (2) years experience in the configuration, implementation, troubleshooting, and operation of security technologies.
  • Minimum one (1) year in a technical leadership role with or without direct reports.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field and Minimum six (6) years experience in an IT operations environment with technical experience in distributed technologies, systems development, and/or networking.
  • Additional equivalent work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of experience building technology solutions to meet corporate or industry IT regulatory requirements.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design and implementation of complex data infrastructure solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT infrastructure consulting.
  • Two (2) years of experience working with network diagnostic and management tools.
  • Two (2) years experience working with load balancing technologies.
  • Four (4) years experience in the configuration and/or design of Active Directory structure and design elements, including experience integrating Active Directory across platforms or technologies.
  • Four (4) years experience in Next Generation non-signature based control configuration and implementation.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT compliance reporting.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of DLP technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of data encryption technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of email security (e.g., anti-malware, anti-spam, anti-phishing) technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of email encryption technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design, engineering, implementation, and operations of cloud security technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in database technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience using SQL or similar query language.
  • Two (2) years experience in infrastructure architecture/engineering, including experience in the design and implementation of storage, server, middleware, and/or database infrastructure.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT security or identity and access management.
  • Two (2) years experience working with an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework.
  • Two (2) years in the configuration, administration, and operation of data protection and/or DLP solutions.
  • Four (4) years system administration experience.
  • Three (3) years experience in database administration.
  • Three (3) years experience in storage management and/or administration.
  • Two (2) years experience working on cross-functional project teams
  • Two (2) years experience working on projects or programs requiring the integration of cross-functional technology and/or business solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT incident management, including the development and/or deployment of remediation plans.
  • Two (2) years experience working with an enterprise digital certificate management system.
  • One (1) year of work experience in a role requiring interaction with senior leadership (e.g., Director level and above)
  • Three (3) years experience writing technical documentation in an infrastructure development environment.
  • Three (3) years experience working in a large matrixed organization.
  • Two (2) years experience working with IT vendors.
  • Three (3) years experience working with an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework.
  • Four (4) years experience working within a mainframe environment.
  • Two (2) years experience working with UNIX System Services (USS).
  • Two (2) years experience working with mainframe storage infrastructure.
  • Two (2) years experience working with mainframe server software (e.g., Endevor, Syncsort, WebSphere, DFSMS, HSM).
  • Two (2) years coding experience with one or more programming languages (e.g., REXX, COBOL, SAS, ISPF, CLIST).
  • Four (4) years experience in the design and configuration of UNIX/Linux and/or Windows servers infrastructure.
  • Four (4) years experience working with operating system and client/server utilities.
  • Four (4) years experience working with server hardware management tools and/or server hardware.
  • Four (4) years experience working with configuration management software.
  • Four (4) years experience in the configuration and/or design of Active Directory structure and design elements, including experience integrating Active Directory across platforms or technologies.
  • Two (2) years experience in anti-virus software configuration and implementation.
  • Two (2) years experience in the configuration and/or troubleshooting of email servers in a large enterprise environment.
  • Two (2) years coding experience with one or more programming languages.
  • Two (2) years experience in the configuration and administration of remote access and out-of-band network software.
  • Two (2) years scripting experience using PowerShell scripting languages.
  • Four (4) years scripting experience using UNIX/Linux scripting languages.
  • Four (4) years experience in the configuration and design of web server infrastructure.
  • Four (4) years experience in WebSphere and additional middleware administration.
  • Four (4) years experience working with databases.
  • Two (2) years experience in the design and implementation of complex middleware infrastructure solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience in IT middleware infrastructure consulting.
  • Two (2) years of experience working with advanced features of network diagnostic and management tools.
  • Two (2) years experience in the advanced design of complex WebSphere Commerce environments.
  • Two (2) years experience working with load balancing technologies.
  • Four (4) years experience in storage engineering and/or data backup engineering, including experience with data replication.
  • Four (4) years experience gathering and translating business requirements into technical specifications.
  • Two (2) years experience working with Windows systems administration.
  • Two (2) years experience configuring enterprise class storage area network (SAN) switches.
  • Two (2) years experience configuring enterprise class network attached storage (NAS) solutions.
  • Two (2) years experience working with backup tape/VTL infrastructure.
  • Two (2) years experience working with storage management software.
  • Master's degree in Computer Science, CIS, or related field.
  • Teradata certification(s).
  • IBM Specialist(System z) certification.
  • Citrix Administrator, Engineer, or Architect certification.
  • IBM Systems Administrator (AIX 7) certification or other comparable AIX certification.
  • Linux Professional Institute certification or other comparable Linux certification.
  • MS or HP Systems Administrator or Engineer certification(s).
  • Redhat Engineer or Architect certification(s).
  • WebSphere network deployment certification(s).
  • Brocade certification.
  • EMC certification.
  • Security certification (Security+, CISSP, CISA).


  •           Researchers Help Close Security Hole in Popular Encryption Software      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    August 9, 2018 Atlanta, GA Cybersecurity researchers have helped close a side channel security vulnerability in popular encryption software. Research Computer Science/Information Technology and Security
              Cara pasang TWRP Xiaomi Redmi S2 (YSL) dengan sangat mudah      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Cara pasang TWRP Xiaomi Redmi S2 (YSL) dengan sangat mudah

    Smartphone berkemampuan selfie pertama dari Xiaomi ini memang mendapat banyak respon positif dari masyarakat, karena selain tampil apik dengan spesifikasi kameranya, Xiaomi Redmi S2 juga di jual dengan harga yang sangat terjangkau.

    Untuk menjadikan device Xiaomi Redmi S2 semakin sangar maka harusnya tool penting seperti TWRP tersebut haruslah segera kalian installkan, karena fitur TWRP ini bisa menjadi jempatan untuk kalian jika ingin melakukan modifikasi secara software, misalkan memasangkan beberapa mod kamera guna untuk meningkatkan kualitas foto, ataupun untuk mengubah performa CPU maupun memasangkan Custom ROM.

    Cara pasang TWRP Xiaomi Redmi S2 dengan sangat mudah


    Selain itu jika kalian berniat ingin melakukan ROOT maka salah satu syarat pertama yang harus anda lakukan ialah dengan memasangkan TWRP tersebut ke device Xioami Redmi S2 tersebut, berikut adalah persyaratan utama yang mesti kalian penuhi sebelum bisa memasangkan TWRP pada Xiaomi Redmi S2 :

    Syarat utama sebelum memasangkan TWRP :

    1. Unlock Bootloader
    2. PC atau Laptop
    3. USB Cable.
    4. Driver ADB dan Fastboot
    5. TWRP
    6. Dm-verity and Forced Encryption Disabler 6.0

    Cara pengerjaannya adalah :

    1. Silahkan kalian lengkapi dulu persyaratan di atas.
    2. Jika sudah rename file recovery yang kalian download tadi menjadi twrp.img lalu copy atau pindahkan file twrp.img yang sudah kalian rename tadi, masukan kedalam folder direktori Abd dan Fastboot di PC kalian.
    3. Untuk file Dm-verity and Forced Encryption Disabler 6.0, segera pindahkan ke Internal Memory device Xiaomi Redmi S2 kalian.
    4. Silahkan masuk ke mode fastboot dengan cara menekan tombol volume down (-) dan power berbarengan saat device kalian sudah dalam kondisi power off.
    5. Koneksikan device kalian ke PC dengan USB dan buka aplikasi Command Promt a.k.a CMD pada pada direktory driver ADB dan Fastboot kalian.
    6. Masukan perintah ini :

    fastboot devices

    Jika sudah terkoneksi dengan baik silahkan masukan perintah ini ;

    fastboot flash recovery twrp.img

    lalu masukan lagi perintah ini

    fastboot boot twrp.img

    7. Tunggu hingga device kalian reboot dan masuk ke mode TWRP secara otomatis, jika sudah segera Flash file Dm-verity and Forced Encryption Disabler 6.0 untuk menghindari bootloop setalah memasangkan TWRP tersebut.
    8. Done, kalian sudah bisa melalukan reboot saat ini dan TWRP sudah terpasang pada device kalian, untuk bisa masuk ke mode TWRP kalian bisa menekan tombol volume up (+) dan Power berbarengan saat kondisi device Power Off atau kalian juga bisa masuk ke mode TWRP dengan perintah fastboot boot twrp.img melalui CMD.

    Info Penting! lakukan Backup sebelum memasangkan TWRP tersebut, karena ada potensi bootloop, jika kalian mendapati masalah terkait TWRP yang tidak bisa membaca Memory Internal atau terkunci, solusinya sudah di tuliskan lengkap dan ampuh DISINI.

    Jika kalian sudah mengikuti cara diatas dengan benar sepenuhnya, mestinya kalian sudah berhasil memasang TWRP ini secara 100% berhasil, dan jangan khwatir metode ini sudah kami uji coba dan berhasil, jadi selamat menikmati TWRP baru pada device kesayangan kalian. 

              Associate IT Technician - Plenty - Laramie, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Apple\Microsoft certifications, G Suite Experience, familiarity with full disk encryption solutions, helpdesk ticketing systems, file sharing solutions, Android...
    From Plenty - Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:06:20 GMT - View all Laramie, WY jobs
              (USA-VA-Edinburg) Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary **PLEASE NOTE: **This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season. This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a firefighter on an engine, hotshot, helitack or hand crew. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs. By Selecting the “Location Negotiable after Selection” option when selecting your referred duty locations, implies your willingness to accept positions in any duty location or surround area on the announcement that you may not have listed as a preferred location. Selecting this duty location is encouraged as it increases our chances of receiving an offer. The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Performs as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of difficulty and complexity of fires. Moves dirt, chops brush, fells small trees, etc., to build fireline using hand tools such as axe, Pulaski, shovel and McLeod, and power saws, to control spreading wildland fire. Lays or directs hose in the use of water. Fells trees or snags using power saws. May be required to rappel. Sets backfires as directed. Cleans, reconditions, and stores specialized fire tools and equipment. Patrols areas of controlled fires to "mop-up" by searching out and extinguishing any remaining burning material. Operates specialized fire suppression equipment such as portable pumps or drip torch. Observes, records, and preserves evidence of cause of fires. May be assigned to other resource management activities such as fuels, recreation, timber, or reforestation when not performing fire suppression duties. **PLEASE NOTE: Fire Suppression includes position disciplines of Hotshot, Handcrew, Engine, Helitack.** ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 04 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * Must be 18 years of age by Entry of Duty (EOD) date * Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties. An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment. WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-04: (6) six months of general experience and (6) six months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-03 level. General Experience is defined as: Observed field work projects and recorded data. Worked with tools and equipment used in laboratories or at field sites. Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position. Examples of unpaid experience include volunteer work, such as at a park, youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. Specialized Experience is defined as: Used hand tools or power equipment to create a fire line and/or remove debris. Inventoried and/or restocked engines or fire caches to maintain fire readiness. Served on a crew to suppress the full range of fires.-OR Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable –OR A combination of education and experience listed above. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. 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. ### Education ### Additional information * **BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: ** Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. * Availability of government housing and federal day care facilities will vary by location. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=858BCE7D-5932-459D-B126-A92F00C5D3C6 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Transcripts with instatutional name must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506845700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $14.30 to $14.30 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* GS 04 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-MI-Cadillac) Office Automation Clerk      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season. This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located on a National Forest. The incumbent of this position performs clerical and office automation duties in support of the unit. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact, Jennifer S. Gallagher, (231) 775-2421, jsgallagher@fs.fed.us Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Uses word processing software and related hardware equipment to produce a variety of correspondence, reports, office forms, and other written material in final form, including technical material, tabular material, and other non-routine typing from rough draft or voice recordings. Uses advanced functions of the software such as to produce tables, special symbols, tables of contents, graphics, and charts; or uses varied functions of more than one software type, such as spreadsheets, databases, graphics, or publishing software (such as Tex or Publisher). Edits written material to ensure correct grammar, when grammar may be complex, spelling, and punctuation. Sorts incoming mail, date stamps and files in employee mailboxes. Processes electronic mail, outgoing mail, and operates postal machine for metered mail. Processes copy requests. Serves as the point of contact for recycling. Serves as Collection Officer to sell such items as National Forest maps, Christmas tree permits, 2400-4’s (Forest Product Sale Permits), and Access Passes in accordance with manual and handbook requirements. Is held accountable for the funds collected. Maintains accountability records as required. Greets visitors and answers telephone, directing the customer to appropriate staff or personally giving information when routine or procedural matters are involved. Files correspondence, reports, and similar materials in manual or electronic files. Posts and files manuals, handbook changes, and supplements. Provides general clerical support to the office staff. Reviews personal property documents involving acquisitions, transfer or disposal of items that are required to be of record. Determines supplies needed for the office staff. Prepares the necessary requisition/procurement requests, and receives and distributes supplies and special order items. ### Travel Required 25% or less - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 04 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0326 Office Automation Clerical And Assistance * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * Type 40 words per minute **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: **Must be able to type 40 words per minute ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-04: (1) One year of general experience equivalent to at least a GS-03 grade level. General experience is defined as performing reception duties, clerical duties, using common office machines or equipment such as personal computers, copying machines, fax machines, binding, stapling or hole punching equipment. -OR Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school. -OR A combination of education and experience listed above. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. 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. ### Education ### Additional information * **BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: ** Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP or ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ * Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice. * If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Government housing may be available. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=ED65F2BE-41E4-4234-AD76-A92F00D8EA29 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veterans preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veterans preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veterans preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/ * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Loginto check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506847200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $14.30 to $14.30 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* GS 04 *Work schedule:* Part-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-VA-Edinburg) Forestry Aid (Fire Suppression)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary **PLEASE NOTE:** This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season. This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a firefighter on an engine, hotshot, helitack or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties might involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs. By Selecting the “Location Negotiable after Selection” option when selecting your referred duty locations, implies your willingness to accept positions in any duty location or surround area on the announcement that you may not have listed as a preferred location. Selecting this duty location is encouraged as it increases our chances of receiving an offer. The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Performs assignments to develop knowledge of fuels management and fire suppression techniques and practices such as fireline construction, use of pumps and engines, hose lays, foam and retardant, working around aircraft, safety rules, and fire and fuels terminology. Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc. Moves dirt, chops brush, or fells small trees to build fireline using various hand tools such as axe, shovel, Pulaski, McLeod and power saws to control spreading wildland fire and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning. Chops, carries and piles logging slash. Patrols the fireline to locate and extinguish sparks, flareups, and hot spot fires that may threaten developed firelines. Cleans, reconditions and stores fire tools and equipment. May be assigned to other resource management activities such as recreation, timber, or reforestation when not performing fire suppression or fuels management duties. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 03 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * Must be at least 18 years of age by Entry on Duty (EOD) date * Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT) **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties. An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment. WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-03: (6) Six months general experience. General experience is defined as: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding and tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; Worked in a greenhouse or nursery moving, watering, and tending plants and performing other general labor tasks; Fed and watered animals, such as in a laboratory, pet store, or zoo; Any work experience, paid or unpaid. Unpaid experience, for example, may be regular volunteer work, such as at a park, community sports league facilities, etc.-OR Successful completion of 1 year of study above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. -OR Completion of an intensive, specialized course of study of less than 1 year may meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3. Courses of this type normally require completion of up to 40 hours per week of instruction rather than the usual 20 hours per week, and are usually of at least 3 months duration. Such courses may have been obtained through a variety of programs such as those offered by business or technical schools, and through military training programs. To be creditable, such a course must have been designed specifically as career preparation for the work of the position being filled, and must have provided the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work.-OR A combination of education and experience listed above. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. 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. ### Education ### Additional information * **BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: ** Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. * Availability of government housing and federal day care facilities will vary by location. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=0230CB36-2C95-4B03-87BE-A92F00B67B8A Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Transcripts with instatutional name must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506842900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $12.74 to $12.74 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* GS 03 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-ID-Driggs) RECREATION MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (WINTER SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This Recreation Management Specialist (Mountain Resort Coordinator) position is located in Region 4 on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The incumbent of this position will report to the Resources Staff Officer on the Forest. One position is to be filled with a duty location of Jackson, Wyoming; or Driggs, Idaho. The duty location will be determined by the applicant's preference. Please be sure to indicate on your application all the duty locations you are applying for. The position is responsible for strategic planning; program and budget development; and coordination of all aspects of management of existing and proposed ski areas, winter sports resorts, four-season resorts and mountain resorts on the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This position is also responsible for management and operations at the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Forecast Center. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Pam Bode at 307-739-5513, or email her at pbode@fs.fed.us Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities This Mountain Resort Coordinator position will be responsible for the administration of the special use permits for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain, White Pine Ski Resort, Grand Targhee Resort, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, and Pebble Creek Ski Area. This position will work closely with resort permit holders, resource specialists, program managers, and staff officers at the Supervisor’s Offices, Ranger District recreation program leaders, Line Officers, and the general public to manage this diverse program, provide consistency across the National Forests, and increase customer service at the mountain resorts on the Forests. This position will provide advice and counsel to the Line Officers and Forest Staff Officers. The Mountain Resort Coordinator will be responsible for administering all aspects of the ski area permits. The incumbent will be the primary point of contact to review proposals and applications for large or complex ski area projects. This includes conducting screening and evaluation of special use proposals and leading environmental analyses in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Master Development Plan requirements. This position will also manage the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Forecast Center. This position supervises one permanent full time employee and three permanent intermittent employees who work at the Avalanche Forecast Center. The Center posts area specific avalanche advisories for three reporting areas by about 7 AM daily from early November to late April. This position will also provide program direction for all aspects of winter sports across the Forest, including advice on winter events like hill climbs, input into forest plan direction on winter recreation, and assistance in developing Over Snow Vehicle Use planning, management and maps. This position will develop and monitor third-party agreements and contracts and facilitate increasing partnership opportunities such as the ski area conservation fund, support for the avalanche forecast center, collaboration with State Trails programs, and other opportunities. This position also has supervisory responsibilities. As such, the incumbent plans and assigns work to employees and establishes production or quality standards for the unit’s work. Incumbent promotes equal opportunity and employs nondiscriminatory practices for merit promotion, recruitment and hiring of applicants; encouragement, recognition and fair treatment of all employees; and career development and full utilization of employees’ skills. Adheres to nondiscriminatory employment practices regarding race, color, national origin, age, disability; and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal; or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel for meetings and/or training may be required. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 12 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities. Questions? This job is open to 6 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program #### Similar jobs * Development Specialists * Specialists, Development * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. ### Qualifications 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. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level as defined by one or more of the following: Assisted in providing expertise and advice for the administration and management of a mountain resort or a winter sports program; Participated in the preparation of special use permits relevant to mountain resorts or ski areas; Assisted with the planning and development for site specific (mountain resort) development projects; OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level as defined by one or more of the following: Provided expertise and advice for the administration and management of a mountain resort or a winter sports program; Prepared special use permits relevant to mountain resorts or ski areas; Provided expertise and advice in planning for site specific (mountain resort) development projects. Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position 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 No additional education requirements ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):* To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act* (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited on a pro-rated basis, based on the number of hours served. LWOP will be credited for up to six months; anything beyond six months will not be. 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 Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) . This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. This is a non-bargaining unit position. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: **KSAC 1:**Knowledge of management and administration of mountain resorts relative to authorities, policies, and regulations surrounding mountain resorts planning and permitting. **KSAC 2:**Ability to plan and organize work. **KSAC 3:**Ability to monitor, analyze and make recommendations concerning a variety of projects, issues, and plans. **KSAC 4:**Ability to develop and maintain cooperative internal and external relations. **KSAC 5:**Ability communicate effectively in writing. **KSAC 6:** Ability to supervise. ** KSAC 7:**Ability to engage, lead, and direct a diverse workforce fostering and promoting an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment. Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=AD867BA0-CE56-401E-9D94-A920012DC710 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM CONTACT CENTER ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-877-8339 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA FOREST SERVICE Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507338600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/21/2018 *Salary:* $61,218 to $95,388 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 11 - 12 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-GA-Atlanta) LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS SPECIALIST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located in the Southern Regional Office, Office of Communication staff in Atlanta, GA. This position is responsible for all aspects of the Region’s Legislative Affairs program, including Congressional relations, hearing management, and issue analysis. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Stephanie Johnson at 404-347-4116 or email at snjohnson@fs.fed.us. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Provides expert analysis and advice on all legislative matters affecting the Forest Service. Develops strategy and programs for improving the Forest Service process for proposing and strengthening legislative proposals at the Regional level. Integrates information that assists Congress in understanding Forest Service policies, actions, operations and requirements. At the Regional level, in conjunction with the Washington Office, examines Forest resource management issues such as: wilderness, Forest management, wildlife, dispersed recreation, invasive and endangered species, watersheds, Forest health and climate change mitigation adaptation and recommends action on highly complex legislation as it relates to all stages of forest and rangeland resource management and research, USDA Forest Service operations, polices, budgets, programs and statutory authorities in order to determine the possible impact on the agency. Supports the Regional Office and Washington Office in the development of agency and departmental legislative proposals on forest and resource management issues such as land management planning, wilderness, dispersed recreation, invasive and endangered species, Forest health, watersheds, dispersed recreation and climate change mitigation adaptation in collaboration with program officials and subject matter experts through analysis of technical data. Provides professional advice, through the Regional Director, to the Regional Forester, and field units on the potential impact of a diverse range of legislation and congressional oversight activities on Regional programs and operations. Advises agency officials on all legislative law aspects of policies, plans and programs. Coordinates with the Regional Director and Regional Forester on legislative law engagements and strategy. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel with overnight lodging may be required for meetings, trainings, workshops, and field/site visits. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 13 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, Public Land Corps, and Resource Assistant eligibles. Questions? This job is open to 4 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:**Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115 - 97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. ### Qualifications You must possess the basic requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. 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. **GS-13:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Obtained legislative affairs experience while working a federal or state congressional office, another government agency, or in the private sector; interpreted legislation and provide professional advice to others about the impact of that legislation; developed materials such as congressional correspondence, briefing materials or draft testimony; developed materials for congressional briefings or visits and worked with colleagues and leaders to prep them for those events; worked on highly subjective, complex issues; tracked issues, raised awareness, and/ or recommended action to mitigate issues before they reach crisis status; conveyed issues important to my organization and advocate points of view, both in writing and orally, to gain acceptance of agency recommendations; managed, edited and reviewed materials and coordinate speeches and talking points; responsive to calls and emails, and understand the importance of networking internally and externally with partners and members of Congress and their staffs. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for this position. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. **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 with 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 * BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. * This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules. * Government housing is not available. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. * This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. * 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). Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Ability to interpret legislation, its impact on the agency, and recommend action.** * ****Ability to act for the agency and provide advice to others on a variety of options.**** * ****Ability to develop materials that assist in agency and department engagements with congressional members and staff.**** * ****Ability to bring about consensus on differing issues and goals in a highly subjective environment.**** * ****Ability to manage a large, diverse program at a Regional level.**** * **Ability to keep abreast of events and network with officials at all levels of the government.** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=62F2A29C-20C6-4E87-B2FB-A931007642AD Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current permanent Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * VEOA: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 877-569-9790 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507297100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/17/2018 *Salary:* $91,631 to $119,121 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 13 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-MN-Deer River) Biological Science Technician, Natural Resources      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located within the Chippewa National Forest. The position is assigned a variety of complex and recurring technical duties individually or as a crew member or leader, in support of unit resource management. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jeremy Cable at 218-246-3459. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Performs a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to natural resources, i.e., water, land, food, plants, animals, and soils. Assignments support field projects and program planning activities. Such tasks might include: Independently, or as part of a team, makes browse surveys; takes and records data, counts, sorts, identifies species, and performs measurements. Analyzes information; prepares reports of findings with appropriate recommendations; assembles information for development of natural resource plans and coordination of resource need information for analytical reports. Utilizes topographic maps; photographs, and data that identify a variety of natural resource areas and conditions. May drafts maps or diagrams of survey areas. Utilizes a variety of tools to collect and record data such as numbers, measurements, weights, samples, and special notes. Keeps records of all data and develops these into statistical reports. Identifies and classifies principal natural resource types in assigned geographic areas. Collects natural resource samples and makes determinations, such as species identification, habitat condition, injury, disease. Makes qualitative observations of injury and disease and makes recommendations for resolution of problems. On an individual basis or as a crew leader, constructs or completes habitat projects such as watershed development, fencing, or clearing areas to establish more desirable food or cover habitat. Participates in developing new or improved prevention practices relating to conditons and findings of natural resource areas where information and data have been collected. Assists in layout of field experiments, pilot projects, impact evaluations, and specific natural resource projects. Assists in determining validity of survey or evaluation techniques. Suggests improvements of methods and techniques. Is fully responsible for compliance with safety rules and regulations. Performs other duties as assigned. ### Travel Required Not required ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 06 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0404 Biological Science Technician #### Similar jobs * Biological Technicians * Technicians, Biological * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** No Additional Requirements. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-06: (1) One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level. Specialized Experience is defined as: Analyzing natural resources information, and preparing reports of findings with appropriate recommendations; Utilizing topographic maps, photographs, and data that identify a variety of natural resource areas and conditions; Collecting samples and recording data such as numbers, measurements, weights, samples, and special notes, and making determinations, such as species identification, habitat condition, injury, disease. GS-06 there is no substitution for education for this position. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs 9e.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. ### Education ### Additional information * BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * Government housing may be available. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **NOTE: **You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file files will simplify the application process. Transcripts with institutional name must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=2B5891F6-5EF2-4D59-8FCC-A92900F3768D Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Transcripts must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506400400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $17.84 to $17.84 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* GS 06 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-ID-Idaho Falls) Resource Assistant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Idaho Falls, ID. This position serves as an assistant providing technical support work in timber sales appraisals and accounting, contract activities, and business management phases of sale administration. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Doug Heyrend at 208-557-5807, or dheyrend@fs.fed.us Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties listed are at the full performance level. Analyzes timber sale contracts to assure documents comply with appraisal, current direction, procedures, laws, and regulations. Participates in the oral and sealed bid openings of timber sales. Opens and analyzes sealed bids for compliance with regulations and instructions and for the determination of the high bidder. Returns deposits to unsuccessful bidders and maintains required records. As directed, prepares documents for signature of the successful bidder for the contracting officer. Prepares and submits proper documents and reports to Contracting Officer for approval. Reviews contract modifications for accuracy and completeness prior to submitting to purchaser and contracting officer for signature. Provides backup assistance to Resource Specialist and makes decisions as necessary in order to complete work assignments pertaining to timber sale/stewardship contracts and permits. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel to attend meetings, trainings, and conferences ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 07 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 1101 General Business And Industry * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp 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. For the GS-5 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level; **OR** a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school; **OR** combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Performed timber, fire, range, land uses, recreation, minerals, or similar resource clerk work; prepared grazing permits, maintained allotment and permittee files; provided timber sales support by preparing supporting forms/documentation/records, reviewed reports for accurate coding, keeping fee collection records etc. **For the GS-6 level:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Performed technical review of timber sale packages. Followed established controls to ensure that timber collection revenues/deposits are billed, collected, and deposited to proper accounts. Maintained permit folders, computed fees, and coordinated annual billings and delinquent payments with permit administrators. Applied knowledge of several types of software such as spreadsheets, templates, databases, word processing documents, publishing and graphics applications to generate specific working documents and forms. Audited scale records or tree measurement tally sheets and performed the correction of scale tickets and final corrections to the edit files. There is no substitution for education at the GS6 level. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. ### Education ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=10D608EA-5773-42EF-A337-A92F01041C38 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-338-2534 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507226400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/14/2018 *Salary:* $33,394 to $37,223 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 05 - 06 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-GA-Atlanta) BUDGET ANALYST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located in the Southern Regional Office located in Atlanta, GA. The incumbent has primary responsibility for programming, budgeting, controlling and administering the use of appropriated, trust, deposit, and revolving funds in accordance with regulations and directives. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Sherry Reaves at 404-347-2692 or sreaves@fs.fed.us. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties listed are at the full performance level (GS-13) Provides budgetary and technical leadership for the development of cost estimates associated with annual and long-range budget requests. Analyzes program and budget guidance and instructions from national headquarters to determine impact on the organization. Provides guidance and direction, consolidates and validates input for the presentation of the annual budget and performance request. Oversees the compilation of budget presentation information and materials. Reviews and evaluates the materials and addresses USDA Forest Service priorities and objectives in the budget documents. Receives and distributes funds issued to the line officer, to include allotment and subsequent changes to appropriated funds, annual spending authority of trust funds and deposit accounts. Recommends and revises allotment requests at mid-year and during the fourth quarter. Recommends allocation ceilings for subordinate units to line officers for decision. Provides line officers with procedural and regulatory guidance concerning availability of or limitations on the use of funds. Administers funds by monitoring planning of program of work by subordinate organizations, such as forests and research labs. Compiles data in to detailed reports and shares reports with budget and non-budget personnel. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel with overnight lodging may be required for meetings, trainings, workshops, and field/site visits. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 13 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Permanent Forest Service agency employees, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, USDA CTAP and RPL eligibles, Public Land Corp eligibles; and Resource Assistants. Questions? This job is open to 3 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0560 Budget Analysis #### Similar jobs * Analysts, Budget * Budget Analysts * Budget Officers * Officers, Budget * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:**Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115 - 97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. ### Qualifications You must possess the basic requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. 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. **GS-12:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Providing technical advice, consultation, and assistance to management on a range of budget program issues; reviewing and editing budget requests to assure that they conform to higher level requirements; identifying and analyzing trends in the receipt, obligation, or expenditure of funds to ensure that objectives of the annual financial plan were being met on a timely basis; and performing analysis of assigned program budgets and employed techniques such as trend and historical analysis to review funding requests. **GS-13:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Interpret budgetary policies and practices; formulate budget and cost estimates to support plans and programs; provide technical guidance to management on the preparation of financial reports, processing flow, system interfaces and recommends improvement. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for this position. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. **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 with 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 * BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules. * Government housing is not available. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. * This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. * If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. * This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Knowledge of budget and financial management concepts, principles, practices, laws, and regulations.** * ****Ability to apply analytical methods, tools and techniques.**** * ****Ability to communicate effectively in writing.**** * **Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=858F3F1A-BE5E-4C25-86BF-A93400848158 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current permanent Forest Service employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. **Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin.** You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 877-569-9790 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507326900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/21/2018 *Salary:* $77,058 to $119,121 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 12 - 13 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-NM-Albuquerque) CONTRACT SPECIALIST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located on the Acquisition Management, WO Procurement Support Branch located in Albuquerque, NM. This position is located in a Forest Service unit. The incumbent serves as a contract specialist responsible for formal advertising and negotiation activities involved in the procurement of supplies, services, or equipment to meet the requirements of the agency. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jason King at 703-605-5309 or jasonmking@fs.fed.us. Please read the entire vacancy announcement thoroughly to ensure that you have an accurate understanding of the requirements needed for this position. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Ensures that procurement duties are executed in alignment with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Agency Regulations. Performs pre-award tasks, to include: development of procurement plans; review of requirement documents; conduct of market research; publicize requirements; issue of solicitations; performance of proposal evaluations, conduct of negotiations, manages source selections, and completion of awards within authority. Serves as Contract Specialist in the performance of the full range of contracting duties from request to award, and from contract administration to closeout. Manages post award contract administration tasks, to include: modifications, exercise options, process payments and terminations, and complete contract close-outs. Prepares contractual documentation, to include: determinations and findings, source selection plans, justifications, solicitations, price/cost analyses, negotiation memoranda, award decisions, modifications, termination settlements, final decisions, etc. Provides technical guidance and serves as central point of contact for assigned work; conducts negotiations, pre-award, and post-award conferences; coordinates effectively with customers, contractors and management. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Mainly for training. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 11 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, VRA and Reinstatement eligibles, Farm Service Agency Permanent County Employees; Individuals with Disabilities; Certain Military Spouses; 30% or more Disabled Veterans; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; and those eligible for other Hiring Authorities. Questions? This job is open to 7 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 1102 Contracting * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National. **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** FAC-C Level I or equivalent required for GS-11. ### Qualifications **Basic Requirements for GS-9 through GS-11:** A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; or B. At least 24 semester hours in any combination in the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. Graduate Education. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. Note - For positions at GS-7 through GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position. **In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the specialized experience or educational requirements listed below.** **GS-09:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level. Examples of specialized experience are: Performing basic procurement tasks under the guidance of a supervisor or senior specialist; assisted in procuring off-the-shelf items or services available from numerous sources; reviewed requisitions. OR 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. **GS-11:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level. Examples of specialized experience are: Performing purchasing functions including but not limited to (1) pre-award tasks, such as publicizing, performance of market research, issuance of requirements, evaluation of proposals, and negotiations and (2) post-award tasks, such as processing payments, issuing modifications, exercising options and completing close-outs. OR 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 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. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. ### Education See above for education requirements for this position. ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * Knowledge of contracting standards, laws and regulations. * Knowledge of contracting and procurement principles, policies, and procedures applicable to pre-award actions. * Knowledge of acquisition planning and procurement management. * Knowledge of contracting and procurement principles, policies, and procedures applicable to post award actions. * Ability to communicate effectively in writing. * Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=82B625BD-DD36-4074-B10D-A92800B5411F Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * **Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.** * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * VEOA Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-338-3755 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Loginto check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507344900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/17/2018 *Salary:* $50,769 to $79,855 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 09 - 11 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
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    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This announcement is open to current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; and Individuals with Disabilities. This is for a GS-1001 Visitor Information Assistant position. The position may either be hired as a GS-7 or as a GS-06 with a career ladder to GS-07. The incumbent will monitor the daily functions of the interpretation program and to provide resource interpretation, education and visitor services information. This position is with the Ottawa National Forest, Business Operations Group with a duty location of Watersmeet, Michigan. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Lisa Klaus at 906-285-6904 email: lklaus@fs.fed.us If you have questions on how to apply please scroll to the bottom of the announcement for contact information. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties are listed at the full performance level Plans, creates, and provides presentations for interpretive displays such as forest management, ecology, and natural and cultural history that will be displayed in kiosks throughout the visitor’s center. Develops environmental programs and wilderness education programs. Provides support and assistance in the development and administration of environmental programs for schools by working with educators to plan customized programs to meet curriculum requirements. Responsible for providing visitors with accurate and complete information, including guides and pamphlets covering various permit and pass requirements, trip planning, local area information, ecological and wilderness information, recreational opportunities, and educational information. Makes presentations on subjects such as forest management, ecology, and natural and cultural history to various groups, adjusting the message for the audience. Explains safety requirements and regulations regarding proper use of public lands to the public. Responds to inquiries, questions, and complaints from the general public and other government agencies. Provides visitors with detailed information regarding various permit and pass requirements, trip planning, local area information, ecological, and wilderness information. Monitors the daily functions of the visitor center to assure optimum operation. Coordinates and directs the daily operations for a visitor facility including the handling of daily receipts, sales, and personnel, and building landscape maintenance. Organizes, inventories, and maintains center/program equipment, merchandise, and supplies. Provides input to budget planning by assisting with overall estimates of materials, personnel, and supplies needed for work accomplishment. Maintains and updates all visitor center records, reports, and databases. Responsible for the National Park Pass program and the forest product permit program, including inventory control and ordering, sales, and oversight. Responsible for depositing all collections into appropriate funds. Compiles and prepares various reports as requested by the supervisor, management, and other government agencies. Writes or edits materials to develop and present factual information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience. Writes, edits, proofreads, and updates information contained on the forest website/social media sites. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel for meetings and/or training may be required ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 07 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; and Individuals with Disabilities. Questions? This job is open to 5 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 1001 General Arts And Information * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service Registered or exempt * Successful background and/or fingerprint check may be required * One year probationary period may be required **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:** Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements and specialized experience identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if using education for qualification. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 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. **1001 Visitor Information Assistant** **For the GS-06 level:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Making presentations to community groups such as public schools or social groups on community related topics such as fire safety, environmental awareness, recreation activities, or litter prevention; preparing recurrent reports on items requiring regular tracking such as trends in public information needs; performing routine, repetitive daily activities supporting visitor center operations such as greeting visitors and providing general information about programs, policies and organizational activities; and/or responding to routine inquiries related to a specific work program. **For the GS-07 level:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Serving as the point of contact for the dissemination of public information of a specific work program for a unit; producing brochures, promotional materials, website, and social media content, new releases, and/or newsletters in support of a public information program; reviewing documents for accuracy and compliance and/or formally responded to inquiries and resolved issues related to a specific work program; developing curriculum, materials, and performing event planning for interpretive and conservation education programs; and/or served as a point of contact for the public for the sale of items such as books, maps, t-shirts, permits, passes or tickets, and accounted for inventory, supplies, and monies collected as part of an interpretive and conservation education program. **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 with 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 as of the closing date of this announcement. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement. ### Education ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules. Government housing is not available. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. 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). Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Ability to prepare and disseminate program information.** * **Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.** * ****Ability to monitor, maintain, coordinate, and direct operations for a visitor center program.**** * **Ability to communicate effectively in writing.** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=0EC8BFC1-FBF2-42B3-AF10-A92D010D18B9 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-0719 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507354600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/22/2018 *Salary:* $37,223 to $53,773 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 06 - 07 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-WY-Douglas) Forestry Technician (Engine Senior Firefighter)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine. May serve as Incident Commander on initial attack. May be required to fill in for other work leaders on established crews. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Brandon Selk at 307-358-4690 bselk@fs.fed.us. This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number **18-FIRE-R2-472258G-TL**. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, reinstatement eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation. This position has a seasonal work schedule where full-time work is guaranteed for **13**pay periods and when not working, employee is placed in non-pay/non-duty status. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and my be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties listed are at the full performance level. Independently performs engine operation duties in the suppression of wildland fire and prescribe fire. Drives engine to fire locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment and how the equipment can be best be used in control and mop up operations. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Inventory fuel beds, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire. Perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, miscellaneous equipment, facilities maintenance and other resources. ### Travel Required 25% or less - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 05 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; No prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National. * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt. * Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty. * Primary firefighter retirement covered position. * Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT). * Must meet Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements. * Must meet IFPM qualifications. * Successful completion of a one year probationary or trial period. **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** Must be 18 years of age. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training. DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 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. **GS-04:** Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience. General Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Observed field work projects and recorded data. Collected data and used computers to input data and generate reports. Worked with tools and equipment used in laboratories or at field sites. Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position. Examples of unpaid experience include volunteer work, such as at a park, youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Used hand tools or power equipment to create a fire line and/or remove debris. Inventoried and/or restocked engines or fire caches to maintain fire readiness. Served on a crew to suppress the full range of fires. **OR** successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable; or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. **GS-05:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Controlled operation of the engine; operated pump and adjusted controls under close supervision. Performed regular maintenance and minor repairs on fire engine. Served as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring or controlling the fire, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior. **OR** successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. Or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. **SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:** * Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement. * Successful completion of the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). * Successful completion of NWCG Course Intermediate WIldland Fire Behavior (S-290). In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. ### Education There are no education requirements for this position. ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System. This position is subject to a Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirement which has been set at age 37. Applicants must be 37 years of age or under prior to their appointment date for entry into this position. An applicant’s entry age may be adjusted based on credit for past primary/secondary service which is otherwise creditable for retirement. Temporary primary/rigorous service will only be credited if performed prior to January 1, 1989 (temporary service performed beginning 1/1/89 or later is not creditable for retirement). Applicants who are entitled to veteran’s preference are eligible to request a waiver to the maximum age requirement. In instances where the maximum entry-age is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=0FEABD30-EEC9-4B17-8163-A8F100E098D7 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veterans preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veterans preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veterans preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/ * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 1-877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 1-866-338-3718 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not send in mail. Refer to the How to Apply section for instructions. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507228500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/21/2018 *Salary:* $29,847 to $33,394 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 04 - 05 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-MT-Augusta) Regional Fire Training and Workforce Development Program Specialist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is established at a Forest Service Regional Office to serve as a program specialist and technical advisor to the Regional Director or Deputy Regional Director for Fire and Aviation Management. The incumbent serves as a program specialist responsible to formulate and coordinate the planning, development, implementation, documentation, and delivery of the regional workforce development and training programs. This position is located in Region 1, Northern Region in the Fire and Aviation & Air Division. This position may be filled in one of the duty locations in the state of Montana: Missoula, Choteau, Dillon, Superior, Augusta, Great Falls, Helena, Plains, Thompson Falls, or Lincoln. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Greg Morris at 406-329-3296 or email him at gmorris@fs.fed.us. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Provide program leadership and direction in fire management training for the Region. Responsible for evaluating the Region’s multi resource fire management training needs and coordinates with cooperating agencies to meet these needs through the design and development of comprehensive fire management training curricula, courses, and materials. Provide advice and guidance to other federal, state, and local government agencies on appropriate training programs to satisfy mutual fire and aviation management requirements. Formulates, develops, plans and administers the annual regional fire training program based on long-term regional needs. Monitors and tracks the development of training programs to achieve workforce capability and capacity goals. Develops strategies to meet future workforce skill needs and identifies associated training objectives, course requirements, timing, etc. Conducts surveys and interacts with the Washington Office Fire and Aviation staff, Regional Fire Management Officers and their staffs, Forest Fire Management Officers and their staffs, as well as non-fire staff at the WO, Regional Office, and Forest levels to determine Agency-wide priorities and areas of emphasis. Develops and defines viable career paths to ensure future fire, fuels, and aviation management personnel achieve experience, training, and education; provides mechanism for career advising; and fosters student success by formalizing the needs for education, training, and experience through agreements between higher education providers and agencies. Conducts strategic planning to identify areas of need and works with private vendors, colleges, and universities to provide opportunities for continuing education in wildland fire management. Coordinate the development of annual program of work and budget proposals to support regional training and workforce development programs. Coordinates budget development with other staff areas and coordinates the annual reporting of the program accomplishments. Provides fire expertise in negotiating contracts for various types of services. All duties stated are at the full performance level. ### Travel Required 50% or less - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments. Will need to make visits to the Regional office 1-2 days per pay period (depending on workload) if selected outside of RO office located in Missoula, MT. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 12 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Permanent Forest Service agency employees, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, and reinstatement eligibles; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities. Questions? This job is open to 6 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program #### Similar jobs * Development Specialists * Specialists, Development * Specialists, Training * Specialists, Workforce Development * Training And Development Specialists * Training Specialists * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National. * Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period. * Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. Must be 18 years of age. May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. ****DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 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. **Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: GS-11:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; or three years of progressively higher graduate level education leading to a doctorate degree or a doctorate in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Providing advice and guidance on appropriate training programs to satisfy fire and aviation management requirements; assisting in coordinating and implementing a partial fire program budget; assisting with developing a component of a fire, fuels and/or aviation management program to meet workforce needs. **GS-12:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Coordinating and implementing a fire management training program including developing long and short range objectives; developing, coordinating and implementing a fire program budget; participating in planning sessions involving workforce standards, specifications and criteria for Fire, Fuels, and Aviation Management. **SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:** * A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume. 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. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. ### Education ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. This position is eligible for Situational/Limited telework. Forest Service daycare facilities may be available. Government housing is not available. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Knowledge of the theories, principles, and concepts of fire program management.** * **Knowledge of instructional methods, techniques and wildland fire training program management.** * **Ability to conduct workforce, organization and position management analysis.** * **Knowledge of program development, budget and financial management principles.** * **Ability to communicate other than in writing.** * **Ability to communicate in writing.** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=67B0E54E-8937-4B98-A13A-A91500D6FDE9 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. **FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE:** This is a secondary firefighter position under 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 8412(d) (FERS). At least 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required. There is no age limit for entry into secondary positions. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-338-3718 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507261700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/22/2018 *Salary:* $61,218 to $95,388 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 11 - 12 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
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    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine. May serve as Incident Commander on initial attack. May be required to fill in for other work leaders on established crews. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Brandon Selk at 307-358-4690 bselk@fs.fed.us. This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (Open to US Citizens) under announcement number **18-FIRE-R2-472258DP-TL**. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. This position has a seasonal work schedule where full-time work is guaranteed for **13** pay periods and when not working, employee is placed in non-pay/non-duty status. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties listed are at the full performance level. Independently performs engine operation duties in the suppression of wildland fire and prescribe fire. Drives engine to fire locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment and how the equipment can be best be used in control and mop up operations. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Inventory fuel beds, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire. Perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, miscellaneous equipment, facilities maintenance and other resources. ### Travel Required 25% or less - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 05 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA/VRA and reinstatement eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities. Questions? This job is open to 6 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National. * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt. * Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty. * Primary firefighter retirement covered position. * Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT). * Must meet Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirements. * Must meet IFPM qualifications. * Successful completion of a one year probationary or trial period. **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** Must be 18 years of age. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training. DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. This position has been identified as High or Moderate or Low Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) or Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 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. **GS-04:** Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience. General Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Observed field work projects and recorded data. Collected data and used computers to input data and generate reports. Worked with tools and equipment used in laboratories or at field sites. Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position. Examples of unpaid experience include volunteer work, such as at a park, youth camp, scouting organization, hospital, community sports league, local fire department, etc. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Used hand tools or power equipment to create a fire line and/or remove debris. Inventoried and/or restocked engines or fire caches to maintain fire readiness. Served on a crew to suppress the full range of fires. **OR** successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable; or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. **GS-05:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Controlled operation of the engine; operated pump and adjusted controls under close supervision. Performed regular maintenance and minor repairs on fire engine. Served as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring or controlling the fire, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior. **OR** successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. Or combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. **SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:** * Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement -OR- eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, older than 37, and requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement. * Successful completion of the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). * Successful completion of NWCG Course Intermediate WIldland Fire Behavior (S-290). In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past, and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 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 There are no education requirements for this position.**** ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. This position is not eligible for telework. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. Government housing may be available. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses and Schedule A Disabled may be found on the USAJOBS website. 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). We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Knowledge of engine module operations and pumping mechanisms as they relate to fire suppression activities.** * **Knowledge of a full range of wildland fire operations and techniques.** * **Ability to use and maintain fire suppression equipment, tools and instruments.** * **Ability to perform fire and non-fire project work.** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=E6B512D5-4018-43DE-84FD-A8F100CD4B80 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * **Current and former Federal employees: **1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.**** * **Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority:** Proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * **Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants:** Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * **Current permanent FSA County employees:** Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * **VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans:** Please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System. This position is subject to a Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirement which has been set at age 37. Applicants must be 37 years of age or under prior to their appointment date for entry into this position. An applicant’s entry age may be adjusted based on credit for past primary/secondary service which is otherwise creditable for retirement. Temporary primary/rigorous service will only be credited if performed prior to January 1, 1989 (temporary service performed beginning 1/1/89 or later is not creditable for retirement). Applicants who are entitled to veteran’s preference or who are eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act are eligible to request a waiver to the maximum age requirement. In instances where the maximum entry-age is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 1-877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 1-866-338-3718 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not send in mail. Refer to the How to Apply section for instructions. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507228300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/21/2018 *Salary:* $29,847 to $43,414 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 04 - 05 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-AK-Anchorage) Interdisciplinary Public Services Staff Officer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements. This position serves as a staff officer with the Chugach National Forest overseeing recreation, lands, minerals and heritage resources and is located in Anchorage, Alaska. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact the Deputy Forest Supervisor, Sharon LaBrecque at (907) 743-9516 or by email, slabrecque@fs.fed.us or the Forest Supervisor, Terri Marceron at (907) 743-9525 or by email, tmarceron@fs.fed.us. Salary will be adjusted to include a 3.74 % Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 18-SVQ3-1004-498486-G-EMHA. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Responsibilities include development, operation, and evaluation of the recreation, lands, minerals and heritage resource management programs. Manages a complexity of programs involving a number of interrelated forest resources. Develops plans, budget, annual and long range program of work, recommends standards and staffing, and provides staff support to Ranger Districts. Coordinates project work with the Staff officers and other specialists to minimize possible adverse effects of resource use and development. Exercises signatory authority to approve or disapprove correspondence, contracts, permits and agreements as contained within written delegations. Assures that coordination has occurred with the appropriate levels of organization. Represents the Forest Supervisor and/or Assistant Forest Supervisors at assigned meetings. Represents the Area in contracts with cooperatives, industrial organizations, special interest groups, etc. Provides technical information, discusses and negotiates program and system requirements and compliance, and recommends conflict solutions. Performs supervisory duties at least 25% of the time. Plans the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit’s work. ### Travel Required 25% or less - This position is expected to travel 25% or less of the time to attend meetings and occasional filed work and length of travel could be over night up to one week. ##### Supervisory status Yes ##### Promotion Potential 13 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0101 Social Science 0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 0807 Landscape Architecture * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * You must be a US Citizen or US National **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:** Must be 18 years of age Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license as a condition of employment May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period ### Qualifications 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. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. This position is being filled with one of the following series: GS-0101 or GS-0401 or GS-0807 **GS-0101 Social Science:** Degree - Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position: OR Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; OR Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. **GS-0401 General Biological Science:** Degree - Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. **GS-0807 Landscape Architect:** Degree - Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included a major field of study in landscape architecture or landscape design; OR Combination of education and experience - for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design. **In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following additional experience must be met to qualify for the GS-13.** One year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level defined as: * planning, coordinating, and directing recreational, lands, heritage or minerals activities for a Forest level or equivalent unit, such as State or County level or an organization with sub-units; * developing and executing an annual budget and program of work for recreation, lands, heritage or minerals programs Forest level or equivalent unit, such as State or County level or an organization with sub-units; * OR planning, coordinating, evaluating and monitoring recreation, lands, heritage or minerals special use permits at a Forest level or equivalent, such as State or County level or an organization with sub-units. ### Education ### Additional information Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice. Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Background Investigation and Fingerprint Check: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. Government housing is not available. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=E8DFE6AC-A962-48E0-8A05-A930014643CD Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. . Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, Option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-338-1328 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail application see instructions under How to Apply tab Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507225700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $96,819 to $96,819 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 13 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-ID-Salmon) Automotive Worker      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located within the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The primary purpose of the position is for the unit to maintain and repair automotive equipment. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Peter Schuldt at (208)756-5121, email pschuldt@fs.fed.us. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Makes repairs that can be accomplished by removing, replacing, adjusting, or cleaning defective parts or components. Replaces sensors, water pumps, spark plugs, brake shoes, mufflers, radiator caps, condensers, engine gaskets, a variety of belts and hoses, and complete assemblies such as removing old engines and replacing them with new engines. Adjusts brakes, transmission linkages, engine idle, voltage and current control valves, sensing valves, expansion valves, and pressure regulator valves. Cleans or replaces filters, screens, battery cables and clamps, engine components, and heating and cooling devices. In addition, services and checks air conditioning systems including purging and recharging systems, flush radiators and replace anti-freeze solutions, and align front ends of cars and trucks by adjusting caster, camber, and setting toe-in. Receives work orders or oral instructions that indicate the nature of the repair or installation to be made. Incumbent locates worn or poorly adjusted parts through visual and auditory checks, and through the use of a small variety of test equipment such as test lamps, timing lights, multimeters, tachometers, and dwell meters. Uses vehicle on-board computers to help diagnose problems, and electronic analyzers to test automotive computer control systems and emission systems. Maintains equipment in good condition and completes records, invoices, and requisitions. Makes inspections as required. May, as an incidental assignment, assist with body work, welding, or painting. ### Travel Required Not required ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 08 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 5823 Automotive Mechanic * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check **Requirements: No additional requirements**** ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired. Applicants will be ranked and rated based on their knowledge of the job elements identified in this announcement Job Elements: Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc. Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic). Use of Measuring Instruments Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (Including blueprint reading). Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment. Troubleshooting. There is no substitution of education for this position. ### Education ### Additional information * ** BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:** Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) : To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency’s definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * Government housing not available. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=80056247-231A-41DE-A3EF-A93100ECF4D9 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE: **You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file files will simplify the application process. Transcripts with institutional name must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507367600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $21.43 to $21.43 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* WG 08 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-GA-Atlanta) CONTRACT SPECIALIST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located on the Region 8, Deputy Regional Forester, Acquisition Management Staff, located in Atlanta, Georgia. This position is located in a Forest Service unit. The employee serves as a Contract Specialist responsible for planning and directing accomplishment of contracting and procurement services functions for a wide range of Forest Service customers, covering a broad range of commodities, services, construction, and research and development efforts normally using formally advertised procedures and procurement through negotiations. The position requires a FAC-C Level III certification. The incumbent must file an OGE-450 financial disclosure if they hold a warrant for $1 million or more. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Anthony Love at (404) 347-2597 and alove@fs.fed.us. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Serves as contract specialist responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions. Exercises signatory authority on contracts up to the approved level of delegation. Conducts pre-work conference with contractors to assure they adequately understand terms, provisions, and general requirements of the contract. Directs the preparation of or prepares invitations for bid. Evaluates bids or offers submitted. Conducts pre-award surveys. Awards the contract to the offeror whose offer is most advantageous to the Government. Administers awarded contracts. Directs the preparation of or prepares requests for proposal, solicits and evaluates proposals, meets with or contacts representatives of private concerns to negotiate, and awards contracts for services, supplies, equipment, and other materials. Makes necessary inspections to ensure compliance by contractors with provisions of the contract. Reviews contractor requests for deviations to contract terms or specifications and determines action to be taken. Modifies contracts as necessary, and negotiates claims of excusable delay, requests for relief, reports of material rejection, and non-conformance to contract requirements. Terminates contracts for default, when contractor performance threatens program accomplishment and termination is in the public interest. Develops and implements procurement programs and plans, giving due consideration to the needs of technical work programs of the unit. Anticipates and evaluates requirements of changing work programs. Provides technical guidance and advice on how procurement operations can best serve work programs and provides solutions to procurement related problems to unit managers and staff. Serves as technical expert and advisor to management, customers, and contractors in assignment area relative to the market, the industry, specifications, socioeconomic concerns, and similar matters. Prepares detailed findings and documentation in cases of dispute over contract terms or specifications. Assists attorney in preparation of appeals cases. Prepares necessary termination documents and settlement history. Demonstrates leadership in establishing and maintaining a work environment that is free from discrimination and creates a sense of inclusion and support for all employees in the workplace. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel with overnight lodging may be required for meetings, training, workshops, and field/site visits. ##### Supervisory status Yes ##### Promotion Potential 13 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA eligible candidates, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, Public Land Corp eligibles, and Resource Assistants. Candidates outside the federal government or who do not have VEOA eligibility will not be considered. Questions? This job is open to 4 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 1102 Contracting * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Procurement Integrity position. * Must have FAC-C Level III certification or equivalent to be eligible. * Financial Disclosure required (OGE-450) (If warrant is $1 million or more) * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * One-year supervisor/manager probationary period, unless previously served. **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: **Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 1-877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. **CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT**: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.**** ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp. **Contracting Series, 1102, Individual Occupational Requirements** This is an individual qualification standard developed by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy under the authority of 41 U.S.C. 433. It does not apply to Department of Defense positions. **Basic Requirements for GS-13 and Above. A. **Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. **AND** **B.** A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. C.** Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D. D.** Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action. **For the GS-13 level:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Coordinating a variety of contracts requiring the development of new evaluation criteria; Serving as contract specialist responsible for all aspects of contracting transactions; Preparing and conducting pre-proposal conferences and pre-solicitation site visits; Negotiating price, contract specifications, delivery dates, incentives & other terms/conditions; Managing numerous contracts of varying complexity (from the standard to the highly complex); Negotiating complex contract modifications & reconciling the differences of technical specialists. **Condition of Employment:** Applicants for the GS-13 level must have a FAC-C, Level III, (or DAWIA Level III equivalent), in accordance with the Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (AGAR) Advisory Nos. 85 and 100A (http://www.dm.usda.gov/procurement/policy/advisories.htm). Certificate must be attached to our application. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for this position. 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. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 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 Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. Government housing is not available. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. 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). Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Knowledge of federal contracting rules, regulations, policies and procedures.** * ****Ability to perform contract administration duties and functions.**** * **Knowledge of acquisition planning and procurement management.** * **Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.** * **Ability to communicate in writing.** * **Ability to engage, lead, and direct a diverse workforce fostering and promoting an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment.** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=D5FB3EF7-1FCA-458B-8BAE-A92D00DE315A Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 877-569-9790 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507136000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/20/2018 *Salary:* $91,631 to $119,121 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 13 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA) Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Preparation)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary These positions have a seasonal work schedule where full-time work is guaranteed for 18 pay periods and when not working, employee is placed in non-pay/non-duty status. The Enterprise Program was initiated in 1997 and was created to support increased productivity and effectiveness through implementing business practices within a Government structure. The Enterprise Program offers a new way of doing business. Enterprise Units are Forest Service resources that offer an internal choice for the accomplishment of the agency’s work. These teams of dedicated Forest Service employees operate as independent, financially self-sustaining units funded by the clients/customers who benefit from the products and services they offer. The incumbent of this position will need to be located within the commuting distance of 49 miles from a Forest Service office. To see where Forest Service Offices are located click here. Click each region name to see the different locations within the Forest Service. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates. For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact Michael Salazar at mjsalazar@fs.fed.us or 307-399-1406 Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties listed are at the full performance level. Develops and drafts timber cruise plans. Provides field instruction to apprentice cruisers in fundamental timber measuring practices, cruise methods, and techniques. Interprets complex silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber. Writes reports describing timber sale, resource, topographic features, and compliance of timber marking with guidelines. Interprets aerial photographs for information such as road locations, sale boundaries, survey monuments, and other features. Lays out timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction, considering factors such as transportation system, topography, fuels management, silvicultural objectives, wildlife needs, stream protection and other related resource considerations. Provides technical assistance to specialists in the development of complex logging plans and preliminary road location. ### Travel Required 75% or less - Frequent travel to project areas throughout the national forest system away from one's duty station. ##### Supervisory status Yes ##### Promotion Potential 07 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Permanent Forest Service agency employees, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL Questions? This job is open to 3 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National . ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as defined below. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate specialized experience requirements. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for these positions, go to: Technical and Medical Support Positions. 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. **GS-05**: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level; OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable);OR combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. **GS-05:**Specialized experience is defined as experieince providing and performing crew based forestry related support work such as selecting and marking individual trees for harvest using well defined guidelines and specific instruction. Applying silvicultural techniques used in the management of resources. Working with silvicultural prescriptions that were easily applied. Working with a specific selection of harvest trees and applied timber cruising rules. Providing support with tree measurements, map reading and compass use, specie identification, defect recognition and determination, quality determination, traversing, use of aerial photos, and use of timber cruising tools and techniques. **GS-06**: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-05 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience applying silvicultural techniques used in the management of resources. Providing support with tree measurements, map reading and compass use, specie identification, defect recognition and determination, quality determination, traversing, use of aerial photos, and use of timber cruising tools and techniques. Assisting with silvicultural prescriptions and timber marking guides to designate harvest timber. Measuring amount and quantity of timber in designated timber sale areas. Applying instructions issued in a cruise plan. Providing support for drafting of sale area maps. **GS-07**: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-06 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience interpreting silvicultural prescriptions and timber marking guides to designate harvest timber. Measuring amount and quantity of timber in designated timber sale areas. Applying instructions issued in a cruise plan. Assisting in the layout of timber sale boundaries in accordance with environmental assessments and other instruction. Using computer programs for data collection, cruise processing, traversing and/or Global Positioning System (GPS). Writing reports describing timber sale, resource, topographic features, and/or compliance of timber marking with guidelines. Assisting in the interpretation of aerial photographs for information such as road location, survey monuments, and other features. Providing support for drafting of sale area maps. Providing technical assistance to specialists in the development of logging plans and preliminary road location. **TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT (For GS-06 and GS-07 grade levels only):** 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 BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Government housing is not available. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. These are not bargaining unit designated positions. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies listed below: * Knowledge of the methods, tools, and techniques used in timber cruising. * Ability to coordinate and conduct timber pre-sale activities. * Ability to maintain written records, prepare documents and reports. * Ability to plan and organize work. Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=42ECE714-5BD7-447C-B81E-A91F00CE5E0E Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current Forest Service employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP or RPL priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507139600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $33,394 to $53,773 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 05 - 07 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-UT-Salt Lake City) Grants Management Specialist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located in the Intermountain Region in Salt Lake City, Utah and is responsible for all aspects of awarding and administering grants and agreements. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Tim Wagoner at 801-908-1921 or timothywagoner@fs.fed.us. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Duties listed are at the full performance level. The incumbent serves as a Grants and Agreements Specialist responsible for all aspects of awarding and administering grants and agreements. Processes a variety of tasks for partnership agreements, cooperative agreements, challenge cost-share agreements, collection agreement, interagency agreements, cooperative fire agreements, and memoranda of understanding. Negotiates grants and agreements within limits of delegated authority, reviews all reimbursement requests for appropriateness, and processes payments. Provides interpretation of laws and regulations concerning use of Federal funds and quality program expenditures. Approves all grants and agreements for the unit, as well as notification(s) of funding availability. Assists in the review of performance reports; interprets specifications, terms, and conditions of grants and agreements. Renders decisions related to performance disputes. Approves all official correspondence sent to partners, program personnel, and other interested parties relating to specific cases. Closes out grants or agreements within the established close out procedures. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required for training, meetings and/or site visits. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 11 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Permanent Forest Service agency employees, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VRA, 30% or more disabled veterans, Public Land Corp eligibles and Resource Assistants. Questions? This job is open to 4 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 1109 Grants Management * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National . ### Qualifications 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. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; 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. Examples of specialized experience are: Reviewed grants and agreements proposals to ensure alignment with statutes, regulations and agency policies; provided support in the execution and administration of grants or agreements; assisted in the closeout of grants and agreements including reconciliation of expended funds; and/or reviewed statements of work and financial plans to determine appropriate instrument and applicable provisions. GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Monitored conventional grant and/or cooperative agreements to assess compliance with regulatory, policy, and reporting requirements, such as monitoring long-established formula grants to ensure compliance with award provisions and to track financial performance trends; performing standard grants or agreement administration tasks, such as independently conducting standard grant close-out processes, including the preparation of final assessments of compliance with statutory and agency requirements for disposition of property, financial and accounting reconciliation, and resolution of any adverse audit findings; applying new or modified work methods in performing conventional grant and/or cooperative agreement pre-award tasks, such as generating grant solicitations, identifying potential negotiation strategies, and making recommendations to resolve problems. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Service (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements within 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. ### Education ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Government housing is not available. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. This is a bargaining unit designated position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Ability to perform liaison/advisor services for grant management program support** * ****Skill in executing grant/agreements correspondence and/or reports**** * **Ability to communicate other than in writing** * **Knowledge of post-award administration** * **Knowledge of pre-award grant/agreements work** * **Knowledge of business methods and management principles and practices to assess financial stability of partners for grants and agreements** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=24787051-9F0E-43D3-8F85-A93100DAE6D1 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-338-2534 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail applications, see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507208800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/08/2018 to 08/21/2018 *Salary:* $50,598 to $79,586 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 09 - 11 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-UT-Logan) SUPERVISORY FISH BIOLGST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located in Region 4 in Logan, Utah The incumbent serves as a member of the Natural Resources Director’s staff and is the Fisheries Program Manager for the PACFISH/INFISH Biological Opinion Effectiveness Monitoring Program (PIBO). For additional information aboutCynthia Tait at 801-625-5358 or via email at ctait@fs.fed.us The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 18-SVQ4-0451-499079G-AV. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Directs and oversees the PIBO program, with the goal of evaluating the status and trend of aquatic and riparian habitat on lands managed by the Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Interior Columbia River and Missouri River basins (the PIBO region). Manages the PIBO program for assessment of aquatic biota and habitat, including formulation of strategies, policies, objectives, programs, and procedures, including recommendations for conservation and habitat management for fisheries and other aquatic biota. Serves as budget manager for the PIBO program which includes managing and coordinating funding allocations. Provides administrative, technical, and professional supervision to the subordinate organization which includes Fishery Biologists, Biological Science Technicians, IT Specialists and other administrative personnel. Provides long range resource planning, program direction, coordination, and evaluation of the management of fisheries and aquatic resources and related activities on multiple National Forests and grasslands, and BLM Districts. Serves on multiple interdisciplinary teams which require collaboration with personnel inside and outside of the agency, State and Local agencies, private organizations, and other expert personnel to ensure effective identification, evaluation, and resolution of complex natural resources issues. Responsible for a staff of 50-60 seasonals and 4 full-time employees which monitor 400 stream reaches located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana, and involving 3 FS Regions and 9 BLM offices. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for training, meetings and field visit. ##### Supervisory status Yes ##### Promotion Potential 13 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0482 Fish Biology * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National. . ### Qualifications You must possess the basic requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your applicantion or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs/admin.asp. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp **Degree:** Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science that included at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.) **OR** Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional experience is required for the grade specified. **GS13:** One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12. Examples Include: Providing advice and developing plans related to the protection and management of aquatic resources, including fish passage, stream inventory, stream productivity, stream utilization, physical and biological characteristics, and habitat improvements or rehabilitation programs; analyzing and interpreting project and study data and results, and providing information for use in fish habitat management and project proposal reviews and decisions; preparing environmental assessments, biological evaluations and environmental impact statements; and developing fisheries programs to include budget development to support attainment of program objectives. 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. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. ### Education **. ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=A07626E3-ED6C-4850-879C-A92A01063E86 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 1-877-372-7248 ##### Email fsjob@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507175400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $87,252 to $87,252 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 13 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-VA-Edinburg) Forestry Technician (Fire Engine Operator)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary **PLEASE NOTE:** This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season. This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform wildland firefighting work. These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, and hazardous fuels reduction. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs. The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Serves as senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine. Independently performs engine operation duties in the suppression of wildland fires and prescribe fire. Drives engine to fire locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can be best used in control and mop-up operations. Personally performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives. Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain saw operator, or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. May serves as Incident Commander on initial attack. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. When positioning and deploying personnel and equipment, recommends best approaches and practices to use in protection of the values at risk Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations. Accomplishes emergency repairs as necessary to permit continued use of equipment. In those instances when the apparatus cannot be used effectively in suppressing the fire, the incumbent takes aggressive control action in attacking the fire, using other means. Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire line activities, with emphasis on those used in the particular function assigned. Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques. Ensures own and other's welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment. May inventory fuel beds, prepare associated reports, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire. May perform other duties as designated on Incident Qualification Card May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, miscellaneous equipment, facilities maintenance, and other resources. May assist in forestry/range research efforts; in the marketing of forest/range resources; or in the scientific management, protection, assist in monitoring efforts and development of forest/range resources. May be required to fill-in for other work leaders on established crews. Serves as an experienced firefighter on a hand crew or other related fire suppression crews performing fire suppression and/or fuels management duties under the most adverse conditions of climate, fuels, and terrain. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per fire assignment. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 05 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check * Must be 18 years of age by entry of duty (EOD) date * Must meet IFPM qualifications * Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT) * May require to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) * Subject to negative drug test prior to entrance on duty if CDL required ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: ARDUOUS FIRE POSITIONS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be employed in a position performing hazardous duties. An initial pre-employment medical examination is required for arduous fire positions. Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will be considered disqualifying for employment. WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS level is a "condition of employment." The Arduous fitness (Pack) test requires completing a three (3) mile hike within forty-five (45) minutes, while carrying a forty-five (45) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements. In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents if not a Federal employee) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM or FS-FPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification. * Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core Requirement of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). * Successfully completed the NWCG Course # S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior. ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-05: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4. Specialized Experience is defined as: Controlled operation of the engine, operated pump and adjusted controls under close supervision; performed regular maintenance and minor repairs on fire engine; served as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring or controlling the fire and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior. –OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.-OR A combination of education and experience listed above. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. 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. ### Education ### Additional information * **BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: ** Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * Government housing may be available. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=4FF843C8-DE1A-4A70-B938-A93000D5541A Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Transcripts with instatutional name must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507141000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $16 to $16 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* GS 05 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-CO-Silverthorne) Forestry Technician (Recreation)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season. This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. This position is located within the White River National Forest. Incumbent performs a variety of technical work in support of the unit recreation program. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Samuel Massman at 970-262-3484, smassman@fs.fed.us. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Contacts visitors to provide information about recreation regulations, opportunities, and current restrictions. Provides information on resource management practices in the area. Maintains contact with Campground Host(s). Checks for compliance with regulations, issues notices for common violations, and reports other violations to supervisor. At designated fee sites, collects monies from sale of recreation use permits, safeguards money and unused permits. Assures recreation area and trails are maintained in accordance with standards. Constructs and rehabilitates minor recreation facilities and trails. Makes safety checks of public use areas and takes corrective action. On occasion, directs or leads one or two lower grade employees engaged in recreation maintenance and/or contract work. Makes day-to-day assignments and ensures quality of completed work. ### Travel Required Not required ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 04 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0462 Forestry Technician #### Similar jobs * Conservation Technicians * Forest And Conservation Technicians * Forest Technicians * Soil Conservation Technicians * Technicians, Conservation * Technicians, Forest * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:** No Additional Requirements ### Qualifications You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-04: (6) Six months of general experience and (6) six months of specialized experience. General Experience is defined as: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding and tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; Cleaned tools and equipment; Worked in a greenhouse or nursery moving, watering, and tending plants and performing other general labor; Worked on a landscape or construction crew; Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position. Specialized Experience is defined as: Forestry aid or technician work in recreation such as providing visitors with information and collecting monies. Or performing crew based forestry related support work such as recreation trail or facility maintenance. –OR Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. -OR A combination of education and experience listed above. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. 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. ### Education ### Additional information * BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible. * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. * Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * Government housing may be available. * If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. * This position is not eligible for telework. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category. **Note**: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=1D0F6D43-4E51-4692-960E-A93400B75974 Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. * If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Transcripts must be uploaded in an un-editable format. Editable transcripts will NOT be accepted. All other documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248 option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-339-2695 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address Forest Service Do not mail applications see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507180100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $14.30 to $14.30 per hour *Pay scale & grade:* GS 04 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Temporary
              (USA-AZ-Springerville) Wildlife Biologist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary Positions open to current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA eligibles, Land Management Workforce Flexibilty Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, Public Land Corps, and Resource Assistant Program eligibles. These positions are located on a Forest Service Unit and responsible for providing professional wildlife expertise in the protection, management, and improvement of wildlife within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands. Seven positions are being filled by this vacancy announcement, one at each of the following locations. 1. Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District in Cloudcroft, NM. For additional information about this position, please contact Phillip Hughes at 682-5302 or philliphughes@fs.fed.us. 2. San Bernadino National Forest, Front Country Ranger District in Lytle Creek, CA. For additional information about this position, please contact Joseph Rechsteiner at 909-382-2860 or jrechsteiner@fs.fed.us. 3. National Forests in Texas, Angelina-Sabine Ranger District in Zavalla, TX. For additional information about this position, please contact Ron Hasken at 936-897-1068 or rhasken@fs.fed.us. 4. Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District in Munising, MI. For additional information about this position, please contact Luke Langstaff at 906-387-2512 ext. 1026 or langstaff@fs.fed.us. 5. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District in Springerville, AZ. For additional information about this position, please contact Valerie Horncastle at 928-333-6234 or vhorncastle@fs.fed.us. 6. Wayne National Forest, Ironton Ranger District in Pedro, OH. For additional information about this position, please contact Dana Moler at 740-753-0905 or dmoler@fs.fed.us. 7. Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District in Nelsonville, OH. For additional information about this position, please contact Dana Moler at 740-753-0905 or dmoler@fs.fed.us. Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-overisght/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for additional information on pay rates for specific locations. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities **Duties listed are at the full performance level:** Provides technical advice and leadership for a wildlife management program. This includes gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine wildlife habitat requirements and management needs; assessing habitat quality and quantity, interpreting biological requirements for all wildlife species and their habitat; inventorying and monitoring habitat and in some cases populations; determining the need for and recommending wildlife habitat restoration, enhancement or improvement projects; and studying and recommending solutions to special coordination problems involving wildlife habitat protection. Performs specific portions or minor phases of assignments in support of Integrated Resource Inventory (IRI) activities. Incumbent prepares field data to be digitized; digitizes data and processes data for use in geographic information systems (GIS). Documents field procedures and office methodologies produced by IRI team to develop information on IRI data layers. Works cooperatively with State and/or other wildlife resource agencies. Coordinates wildlife management with timber, grazing, minerals and recreation and other land management programs. This includes gathering information for wildlife management plans, surveys of game and nongame occurrence, mapping key habitat for suitability, determination of annual browse utilization and/or amount of soil disturbance, joint recommendations for annual game harvest, and the need for wildlife habitat development or restoration. Prepares wildlife management input for the unit land management planning team. Prepares environmental analysis reports. Develops biological evaluations/biological assessments for review by journey-level biologists. Recommends, prepares, or reviews annual operating plans and budgets for wildlife habitat improvement and animal damage control projects in consideration of biological needs, project standards, and the needs of other resources. Participates in wildlife monitoring program activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings. Gathers information to be used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources. Develops plans for information and education activities in wildlife conservation. Responsible for assigned areas of public relation activities, such as speaking at meetings and participating in field trips. Serves as project leader on wildlife habitat improvement projects and participates on interdisciplinary teams in all aspects of natural resource management, which may include program evaluation. Manages partnership programs for wildlife and rare plants. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for field visits and training. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 09 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; Public Land Corp eligibles; and Resource Assistant Program eligibles. Questions? This job is open to 4 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0486 Wildlife Biology #### Similar jobs * Biologists, Wildlife * Wildlife Biologists * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Successful completion of a one-year probationary period required. **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: **Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses (2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97). Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. **Apache-Sitgreaves NF, Springerville RD in Springerville, AZ.**Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-7/9 Bargaining Unit: No TOS: Mandatory allowance with temporary quarters (30 days)** Lincoln NF, Sacramento RD in Cloudcroft, NM****Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-7/9 Bargaining Unit: No TOS: Full**** **San Bernadino NF, Front Country RD in Lytle Creek, CA.** Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-7/9 Bargaining Unit: No TOS: Basic moving expenses; other relocation benefits will be negotiated with selectee. **NFs in Texas, Angelina-Sabine RD in Zavalla, TX.** Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-7/9 Bargaining Unit: Position not included in the bargaining unit. TOS: Mandatory TOS only (one way move, movement and storage of household goods) **Hiawatha NF, Munising RD in Munising, MI.** Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-7/9 TOS expenses paid: House Hunting Trip and Temporary Quarters. Bargaining Unit: Yes (NFFE - Local Lodge 2086) **Wayne NF, Ironton RD in Pedro, OH.** Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-5/7/9 TOS expenses paid: House Hunting Trip and Temporary Quarters. Bargaining Unit: No **Wayne NF, Athens District in Nelsonville, OH.** Fill at Grade Level(s): GS-5/7/9 TOS expenses paid: House Hunting Trip and Temporary Quarters. Bargaining Unit: No Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit’s needs. Example: The selecting official may select at any grade to include the full performance level of the position. However, not all positions will be filled at the highest grade level. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/fish-biology-series-0482/ **Wildlife Biology Series (0486) Basic Requirements:** Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science that included at least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and at least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences * OR- Combination of education and experience: equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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. **GS-05:** Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade level (No additional requirements required) **GS-07:** In addition to the requirements described above, the following education and/or experience are required for the GS-07 level: One year or more of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level; **OR** One full year of graduate level education; **OR** An appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; **OR** Superior Academic Achievement (go to this site determine if you are eligible: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience at the GS-05 level is defined as: * assisting with the collection of field data on wildlife habitats and vegetation; * interpreting aerial photos to determine vegetation types; * assembling biological and vegetation use data from records to determine past wildlife and livestock use; * assisting with the classification and evaluation of vegetation and soil to determine suitable habitats and ranges for wildlife. **GS-09: **In addition to the requirements described above, the following education and/or experience are required for the GS-09 level: One year or more of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level; **OR** Masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; **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 Specialized experience at the GS-07 level is defined as: * performing qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife resources; * conducting surveys and drafting tentative professional opinions to assist in determining wildlife resource needs and remedies; * assisting in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the wildlife biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support wildlife project recommendations. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. **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 BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location. Bargaining units are represented by NFFE- IAMAW or AFGE. Forest Service daycare facilities or government housing is not available. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career- conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities, explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. 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). Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below GS-5: * **Knowledge of wildlife biology to manage and evaluate wildlife resources studies, investigations, or projects.** * **Ability to communicate effective in writing.** * **Ability to communicate effective other than in writing.** GS-7: * **Knowledge of wildlife biology to manage and evaluate wildlife resources studies, investigations, or projects.** * **Ability to analyze wildlife management issues and problems.** * **Ability to communicate effective in writing.** * **Ability to communicate effective other than in writing.** GS-9: * **Knowledge of wildlife biology to manage and evaluate wildlife resources studies, investigations, or projects.** * **Ability to analyze wildlife management issues and problems.** * **Ability to perform program management and oversight functions related to the wildlife resource.** * **Ability to communicate effective in writing.** * **Ability to communicate effective other than in writing.** Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=33F734A1-8975-41D4-B405-A93400EDDF6A Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above. * VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 877-339-0719 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail applications, see instructions under How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507189800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/06/2018 to 08/20/2018 *Salary:* $33,394 to $65,778 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 05 - 09 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA-OR-Central Point) Horticulturist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located in Region 6, on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest in Central Point, Oregon. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact John Justin at 541-858-6101 or email at jbjustin@fs.fed.us. The incumbent serves as a professional Horticulturist at a Forest Service Nursery. The incumbent is primarily responsible for the coordination, planning and production of seedlings, seed, and other plant material for restoration and re-vegetation projects. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities The position serves as an interdisciplinary team member in the planning, scheduling, growing, harvesting and distribution of seedling crops and plant materials from greenhouses and bareroot production fields. Duties include the preparation of work plans and production schedules, the coordination of activities with other departments and the monitoring and protection of crops. In greenhouse production the incumbent is responsible for monitoring and adjusting growing environments, observing seedling conditions, monitoring for insects and diseases and taking necessary corrective measures including the application of pesticides. In container production the incumbent assists with seed stratification schedules, seed sowing, irrigation, the application of fertilizers and pesticides, maintaining greenhouse structures and equipment, and the harvesting and packing of the crop. In bareroot production the incumbent assists with field preparation, seed stratification schedules, seed sowing, irrigation, insect and disease monitoring, the application of fertilizers and pesticides and the harvesting and packing of the crop. In seed and seed increase operations the incumbent may oversee seed testing, sowing, harvesting, handling, receiving, and shipping. For all program areas the incumbent may oversee and implement inventory activities and database maintenance. This includes maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of all program activities, planning and completing detailed inventories, and preparing reports from complex data. Participates in the preparation purchase requisitions and financial and work plans for assigned programs by estimating, combining, and coordinating project plans into an annual unit work plan. At the GS-9 level, supervises subordinate Biological Technicians and temporary employees conducting seeding, fertigation, crop protection and harvesting activities ensuring that all activities are performed in a safe manner. Plans the work to be accomplished by the unit, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the unit’s work. ** Duties listed are at the full performance level.** ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and site visits with up to 5 overnight stays per year. ##### Supervisory status Yes ##### Promotion Potential 09 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Permanent Forest Service agency employees, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, VEOA, VRA and reinstatement eligibles; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; Public Land Corp eligibles; Resource Assistants; and eligibles for other Hiring Authorities. Questions? This job is open to 6 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 0437 Horticulture #### Similar jobs * Horticulturists * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National * Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt * Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: ** Incumbent must have or be able to obtain an Oregon pesticide applicator certification. Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us. ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp **EDUCATION REQUIREMENT** Bachelor's Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post-harvest handling of horticultural crops. **-OR-** Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Courses in botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, and similar courses may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in basic plant sciences. The 16-semester-hour requirement in horticulture includes course work in basic horticulture and course work related to any of the recognized subject-matter fields of horticulture, i.e., fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, nursery work, seed production, or course work in related areas of science, such as micro-biology, entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, or genetics that is directly related to horticultural work. **For the GS-7 level:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level; **-OR-** Superior Academic Achievement (click the link to determine if you are eligible: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp); * **OR-** one full year of graduate level education (coursework directly related to position being filled as shown above). **-OR-** an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. **Examples of specialized experience for the GS-7 include: **harvested, cleaned, tested and stored conifer and native seed, prepared seed for scheduled sowing in the greenhouse and bareroot field, collected data for seedling inventories and genetic tests and special projects, assisted with calculating fertilization and pesticide rates and mixed and applied fertilizers and pesticides. **For the GS-9 level: ** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level; * **OR-** Master's or equivalent graduate degree (in a related field as described above) 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). **Examples of specialized experience for the GS-9 include planning and completing a range of nursery activities such as: **determined seed maturity for scheduling seed harvesting operations, calculated seed needs for crop production, collected and compiled data for seedling inventories, assisted in planning soil management activities including testing for nutrient status and planning cultivation, cover cropping, and crop locations, acted as lead for subordinate employees completing crop production activities. 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. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 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 See above for education requirements for this position ### Additional information BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Government housing is not available. Forest Service daycare facilities are not available. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Ability to manage a horticulture program including, project planning and managing multiple operations** * **Knowledge of the theories, principles, methods and techniques of greenhouse and field production** * **Knowledge of major seed harvesting, testing and storage operations ** * **Skill in database and records management of nursery activities** * **Knowledge of horticultural practices, integrated pest management, plant pathology, tree physiology, irrigation practices, crop life cycles, and plant propagation including seed, rooted cutting and grafting** * **Ability to lead a crew in nursery projects** * **Ability to engage, lead, and direct a diverse workforce fostering and promoting an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service. Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right. To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=68E9E78E-24AD-48BF-BF10-A92F00CDA40A Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Other * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications. * If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following: * Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade **AND** 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. * Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330. * Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work; **AND** Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify for eligibility under the LMWFA, you must provide: A stated reason as to why the appraisal/documentation is not available, and a statement that your performance for all periods was at an acceptable level, your most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance, and you were never notified that you were not eligible for rehire based on performance. (This shall be accepted in lieu of providing copies of the performance appraisals). * VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website. * If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Servicewebsite. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process. Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open. Read more ### Agency contact information ### HRM Contact Center ##### Phone 877-372-7248, option 2 ##### TDD 800-877-8339 ##### Fax 866-338-4063 ##### Email fsjobs@fs.fed.us ##### Address USDA Forest Service Do not mail applications, see instructions on How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, 87109 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507138300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 08/07/2018 to 08/13/2018 *Salary:* $41,365 to $65,778 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 07 - 09 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent
              (USA) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    * Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary These positions are located in the USDA, Forest Service, Office of the Deputy Chief for Business Operations, Enterprise Program Office. The Enterprise Program was initiated in 1997 and was created to support increased productivity and effectiveness through implementing business practices within a Government structure. The Enterprise Program offers a new way of doing business. Enterprise Units are Forest Service resources that offer an internal choice for the accomplishment of the agency’s work. These teams of dedicated Forest Service employees operate as independent, financially self-sustaining units funded by the clients/customers who benefit from the products and services they offer. The primary responsibility of these positions is to perform or assist with a variety of information technology (IT) functions. The incumbents of these positions will need to be located within the commuting distance of 49 miles from a Forest Service office. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. To see where Forest Service Offices are located click here. Click each region name to see the different locations within the Forest Service. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates. For additional information about the duties of these positions, please contact Stephen Nelson at 505-800-7085 or stephennelson@fs.fed.us. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Performs or assists higher level IT Specialists with a wide variety of IT functions which may include: developing technical requirements for new or modified applications; analyzing and determining optimal hardware and software configurations; providing technical guidance in the design, coding, testing, and debugging process; assisting customers in installing applications; troubleshooting post-installation problems; and coordinating the technical support of deployed applications. Provides advice and guidance on a wide range and variety of IT issues. Analyzes alternatives and recommends solutions relating to the complete life cycle for information systems and information systems components. Reviews general business and functional requirements that support the need for systems and recommends solutions or alternatives. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 09 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Permanent Forest Service agency employees, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibles, and USDA CTAP/RPL eligibles. Questions? This job is open to 3 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 2210 Information Technology Management #### Similar jobs * Information Technology Specialist (It Specialist) * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * You must be a US Citizen or US National. **ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:**No additional requirements.**** ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as defined below. Your resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate specialized experience requirements. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The following link provides more information on the qualifications for this position: Administrative and Management Positions. 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. **GS-07**: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level and/or one year of post graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or another major that provided at least 24 semester hours in these fields and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks. OR Superior academic achievement (SSA) with a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or another major that provided at least 24 semester hours in these fields and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks. SSA is defined as: upper third of the college graduating class; or member of a national honor society (excluding freshman honor society); or a 3.0 GPA or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education or courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or