OUTREACH NOTICE

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OUTREACH NOTICE

Fish Biologist

GS‐0482‐11 (2 positions)

Permanent Full‐Time

Salmon‐Challis National Forest

Intermountain Region

U.S. Forest Service

Please respond by 4:30 PM MST on December 5, 2016

The Salmon‐Challis National Forest will soon be advertising and filling two permanent full‐time GS‐11 Fish

Biologist positions (GS‐0482‐11). This notification is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming

opportunity and to determine interest in the position.

Position: Fish Biologist (GS‐0482‐11)

Duty Station:

1 position on the North Zone located in either Salmon, North Fork, or Leadore, Idaho

1 position on the South Zone located in either Challis or Mackay, Idaho

Tour of Duty: Permanent, Full Time

Housing: Government quarters are not available.

Position Overview: If you are looking for a highly rewarding and career advancing opportunity the Salmon‐

Challis National Forest is seeking to hire two permanent full‐time fish biologists in the near future. One position

will be with the North Zone Fish Program and one position will be with the South Zone Fish Program The North

Zone Fish Program is responsible for Forest Service related fish management activities on the northern portion

of the Salmon‐Challis National Forest. This area covers approximately 1.4 million acres and includes the Salmon‐

Cobalt, North Fork, and Leadore ranger districts. The South Zone Fish Program is responsible for Forest Service

related fish management activities on the southern portion of the Salmon‐Challis National Forest. This area

covers approximately 2.7 million acres and includes the Challis‐Yankee Fork, Lost River, and Middle Fork ranger

districts. We are looking for individuals that have:










An excellent work ethic

Strong interpersonal skills

Outstanding oral and written communication abilities

A solid foundation in fish ecology, fish habitat management, and habitat restoration

An ability to work well with others

Excellent problem‐solving skills and enjoy a challenge

The ability to cope well with changing direction, multiple priorities, and a fast‐paced work environment

The ability to work well with diverse groups of people

Experience in other Forest Service programs such as range, diversions, timber‐vegetation, prescribed

fire, wildfire, roads, recreation, special uses, and minerals

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An understanding of federal and state laws, rules, and policies relating to fish

Duties: These positions will have the following responsibilities:









Serve as a co‐lead with another fish biologist in planning, coordinating, and implementing all activities

related to the fish program on the respective zone

Develop and implement plans to protect, and where necessary restore, the health, diversity, and

productivity of fish resources

Provide advice to line officers, project leaders, program leaders, and others on fish related issues

Participate in NEPA teams and complete NEPA related analysis and documents including specialist

reports, biological assessments for fish species listed under the Endangered Species Act, and biological

evaluations for species listed as sensitive by the Forest Service

Lead the design and/or implementation of evaluation, monitoring, restoration, and other fish related

work

Assist with the development of current and out‐year programs and budgets

Promotes understanding and cooperation between the Forest Service and other organizations

Potentially supervise employees

Transfer of Station: TOS may be authorized for this position. This will be determined based on the outreach

responses received.

Contact Information: Interested applicants or those desiring further information about the position on the

north zone may contact Dan Garcia, North Zone Fish Program Manager at 208‐756‐5237 or dgarcia@fs.fed.us.

Interested applicants or those desiring further information about the position on the south zone may contact

Bart Gamett, South Zone Fish Program Manager at 208‐588‐3420 or bgamett@fs.fed.us.

To Respond to this outreach:



Fill out the appropriate attached response form for the position or positions you are interested in and

return it to the person indicated on the form

Attach a brief resume

Responses are due by 4:30 PM MST on December 5, 2016

Information received as a result of this outreach will assist the Forest in determining the type of vacancy

announcement to be used (merit and/or demo) and the potential duty stations.

All persons who respond to this outreach will be notified via email of the vacancy announcement number and

closing date when it becomes available. The vacancy announcement for this position, when open, will be posted

at the USA Jobs website, the U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employment information, at

https://www.usajobs.gov/.

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About the Area

The Forest

The Salmon‐Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east‐central Idaho. The Forest is bordered by

the Bitterroot Range of the North Central Rockies on the east and includes over 1.3 million acres of the Frank

Church‐‐River of No Return Wilderness to the west. Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude

and breathtaking scenery. The Forest also contains Mt. Borah, Idaho's tallest peak and the Wild & Scenic Salmon

River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing,

white‐water rafting and many other popular recreational pursuits. The Forest features diverse, rough

topography, geologic conditions, and miles of streams with anadromous fish spawning habitat creating a highly

complex land management situation. The Forest Supervisor Office is located in Salmon, Idaho. There are

currently six administrative units on the Forest: Salmon‐Cobalt, North Fork, Leadore, Challis‐Yankee Fork, Lost

River, and Middle Fork, Ranger Districts. For more information on the Forest, visit the website

www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc.

Salmon, Idaho

The Salmon‐Cobalt Ranger District office is located in Salmon, Idaho. Salmon is the heart of the Salmon River

Valley, surrounded by three mountain ranges, situated at the junction of Idaho State Highway 28 and U.S.

Highway 93, and at the forks of the Lemhi and Salmon Rivers. The town has a population of about 3,100 and is

the seat of Lemhi County which has a population of 8,000. The main industries are ranching, mining, timber and

recreation. Salmon is known as the "White Water Capital of the World" serving as the hub of personal and

outfitter, jet boat and rafting river activities. At 4,000 feet elevation, the surrounding terrain varies greatly from

rolling, arid hills to steep, forested slopes.

Climate: Salmon enjoys a dry, warm climate during the summer and fall months with daily highs averaging

between 75 to 95 degrees, and nightly lows from 45 to 60 degrees. The climate in winter is ideal for snow sports,

the lowest temperatures averaging from 14 to 25 degrees with occasional sub‐zero readings.

Shopping and Services: Salmon is a self‐contained community with a full variety of shopping, business, medical,

and professional services. In addition to basic services, there are a variety of specialty shops and art galleries.

Salmon also has nursing and residential care facilities, hospice, Child Development Center and a spectrum of

social services. Most service clubs and associations are represented. The public library offers computer and

other services and there are two internet access providers. Local media includes a radio station, satellite and

cable TV and the weekly Recorder‐Herald newspaper.

Medical: The City of Salmon has a local 30‐bed community hospital affiliated with the major hospital of

Missoula, Montana, and provides Life‐Flight helicopter, EMT, Search and Rescue units, physicians, dentists,

optometrists, and also specialist affiliations with the Western Montana Medical Clinic.

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Schools: A good variety of pre‐schools and day‐care centers are available in addition to the elementary, junior

and senior high schools. The schools offer numerous extra‐curricular activities and sports, and strive for quality

education with creative, athletic, and scholastic achievements. Adult education classes are also offered yearly.

Transportation: Cart Bus Transportation is provided for seniors and other citizens, in‐city as well as to larger,

distant communities. Taxi service is available. The Salmon Valley Airport provides scheduled commuter flights

and charter services, is equipped with an instrument landing system and can accommodate executive jets and

other small aircraft. Major commercial airports are located within 160 miles.

Housing: There are five motels in Salmon and various bed and breakfast accommodations in the surrounding

vicinity. Housing prices range from approximately $100,000 to over $200,000. Monthly rental for a typical threebedroom

home runs around $700. Several real estate offices are available, some with national affiliations. There

are also mobile home parks and two in‐city campgrounds.

Churches: Salmon has an active church community with fourteen churches representing a large variety of

denominations.

Entertainment and Activities: A wide assortment of entertainment is provided by various organizations

throughout the year. The Salmon Arts Council provides high‐quality artistic events for the community presenting

a wide range of performers in music, theater, and dance, visual art shows and sales, artist workshops, artist‐in

education residences and other programs for the local schools. Other celebrations include Fourth of July Salmon

River Days, Lil' Britches Rodeo, Lemhi County Fair and Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Salmon also has

numerous restaurants, a movie theater, and a fitness center. Recreation facilities include a nine‐hole golf course,

tennis courts, bowling alley, baseball diamonds and an outdoor community swimming pool.

Recreation in Salmon Area: The Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, federally protected as

Wild and Scenic Rivers, are renowned for white‐water rafting, kayaking, floating and jet boating. Outfitter and

guide services are offered and both Salmon and Challis serve as gateways to the Frank Church‐River of No

Return Wilderness, encompassing 2.4 million acres, the largest contiguous wilderness in the United States

outside of Alaska. The primitive mountain area provides spectacular and abundant hunting (white‐tailed and

mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bear, moose, and cougar). Many species of game birds and also

waterfowl can be found. There are spring and fall steelhead fishing seasons and a general trout fishing season.

Miles of groomed trails and routes are prepared for cross‐country skiing and snowmobiling, Lost Trail Powder

Mountain Ski area offers down‐hill skiing only 45 minutes north of Salmon, ice fishing and other winter fun can

also be enjoyed nearby. Salmon is within 180 miles of the world‐famed Sun Valley Ski Resort. Salmon offers

hiking and wilderness walks, camping and picnicking, rock hounding, prospecting, bird watching, photography,

hot springs, back‐country air tours, guest ranches, mining ghost towns and museums, all adding to the immense

opportunity for pleasure and adventure to be had by avid sportsmen and casual outdoor enthusiasts alike.

For more information about Salmon, please visit the following websites:




www.salmonidaho.com

www.cityofsalmon.com

www.city‐data.com/city/Salmon‐Idaho.html

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North Fork, Idaho

The North Fork Ranger District office is located in North Fork, Idaho. North Fork is a small town located

approximately 22 miles north of Salmon, Idaho. Houses are available to rent and buy in North Fork however

most people live in Salmon and commute. North Fork has a gas station, a café, a community church, a motel and

several fishing/hunting/rafting outfitters.

For more information about North Fork, please visit the following website:


www.city‐data.com/real‐estate/NORTH‐FORK‐ID‐83466.html

Leadore, Idaho

The Leadore Ranger District office is located in Leadore, Idaho. Leadore has about 100 residents with an

additional population of 520 in the surrounding rural area. The economy is dependent upon the local natural

resources (cattle ranching, recreation, and tourism).

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Leadore sits in a broad valley at 6000 feet elevation; bordered on the south by the Lemhi Range and the

Beaverhead Mountains to the north. This valley is a high steppe desert with an average annual precipitation of 6

to 8 inches. Approximately 350,000 acres of National Forest Lands are administered by the Leadore District,

Salmon‐Challis National Forest.

Though a small community, Leadore has one gas station, one cafe, two churches, public library, and a lighted

airstrip. The City Park offers free camping. Leadore schools cover grades K through 12 with a student enrollment

of approximately 160.

Although services are limited in Leadore, most services are available in Salmon, Idaho Falls, Dillon, or Missoula,

which are 50, 116, 65, and 200 miles away, respectively.

The current town site of Leadore was mapped‐out in May of 1910 during construction of the (now defunct)

Gilmore & Pittsburgh Railroad. The railroad was built to support mining operations at Gilmore, approximately 24

miles southeast of Leadore, and to serve the town of Salmon. The railroad was not very successful and in 1938

the line was abandoned.

For more information about Leadore, please visit the following website:


www.city‐data.com/city/Leadore‐Idaho.html

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Challis, Idaho

The Challis‐Yankee Fork and Middle Fork ranger district offices are located in Challis, Idaho. Challis is located

along Garden Creek in the Round Valley at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The city has a population of about 1,100.

The climate of Challis is relatively cool and dry. Summer highs are typically in the 80s while winter lows are

often below 0. The average annual precipitation is about 7 inches. Challis has an elementary school, juniorsenior

high school, post office, medical clinic, numerous stores, several churches, library, and a variety of

restaurants, bars, and motels. Challis is also the county seat for Custer County. Housing and rental units are

relatively inexpensive compared with many communities. There are an incredible variety of recreational

opportunities near Challis including fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, white water rafting, waterskiing, crosscountry

and downhill skiing, and camping. While many services are available in Challis, additional services are

available in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, or Boise which are 139, 148, 162, and 190 miles away, respectively.

For more information about Challis, please visit the following websites:



http://www.city‐data.com/city/Challis‐Idaho.html

http://www.challischamber.com/

Mackay, Idaho

The Lost River Ranger District office is located in Mackay, Idaho. Mackay is located along the Big Lost River

between the Lost River and White Knob mountain ranges at an elevation of 5,900 feet. The city has a

population of about 500. The climate of Mackay is relatively cool and dry. Summer highs are typically in the 80s

while winter lows are often below 0. The average annual precipitation is about 9 inches. Mackay has an

elementary school, junior‐senior high school, post office, medical clinic, grocery store, several churches, library,

lumber store, and a variety of restaurants, bars, and motels. Housing and rental units are relatively inexpensive

compared with many communities but their availability is limited. There are an incredible variety of recreational

opportunities near Mackay including fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, rock climbing,

waterskiing, cross‐country and downhill skiing, and camping. Although services are somewhat limited in

Mackay, most services are available in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, or Pocatello, which are 85, 94, and 108 miles away,

respectively. For more information about Mackay, please visit the following websites:

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http://www.city‐data.com/city/Mackay‐Idaho.html

http://mackayidaho‐city.com/

Thank you for your interest in these positions!!!

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Outreach Response Form

Responses due by 4:30 PM MST on December 5, 2016

Fish Biologist (GS‐0482‐11)

North Zone (Duty Station at Salmon, North Fork, or Leadore, Idaho)

Salmon‐Challis National Forest

If you are interested in this opportunity and/or plan on applying for this vacancy, please return this Outreach

Response Form via email to dgarcia@fs.fed.us.

Name:

Email:

Mailing Address:

Phone Number:

If Current Federal Employee, Agency Employed With: ____USFS ____BLM ____OTHER________

If Current Federal Employee, Type of Appointment: ____Perm ____Temp ____Term

____VRA ____PWD ____Other

Current FS Employee, Region/Forest/District:

Current Series and Grade:

Current Position Title:

Please briefly describe your qualifications/interest for this position:

If you are not a current permanent (career or career conditional) employee, indicate if you are you eligible to be hired under any of

the following special authorities:

_____Person with Disabilities

_____Veterans Readjustment

_____Disabled Veterans with 30% Compensable Disability

_____Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998

_____Former Peace Corps Volunteer

_____Other ______________________________________________________

How did you learn of this vacancy? ______________________________________________

Thank you for your interest and response!

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Responses due by 4:30 PM MST on December 5, 2016

Fish Biologist, GS‐0482‐11

South Zone (Duty Station at Challis or Mackay, Idaho)

Salmon‐Challis National Forest

USDA Forest Service, Region 4‐Intermountain Region

Please complete and submit this outreach form located below to bgamett@fs.fed.us

Name:

Email:

Mailing Address:

Phone Number:

If Current Federal Employee, Agency Employed With: ____USFS ____BLM ____OTHER________

If Current Federal Employee, Type of Appointment: ____Perm ____Temp ____Term

____VRA ____PWD ____Other

Current FS Employee, Region/Forest/District:

Current Series and Grade:

Current Position Title:

Please briefly describe your qualifications/interest for this position:

If you are not a current permanent (career or career conditional) employee, indicate if you are you eligible to be hired under any of

the following special authorities:

_____Person with Disabilities

_____Veterans Readjustment

_____Disabled Veterans with 30% Compensable Disability

_____Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998

_____Former Peace Corps Volunteer

_____Other ______________________________________________________

How did you learn of this vacancy? ______________________________________________

Thank you for your interest and response!

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