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6/17/13 4:10 PM


Information Assistant, GS-1001-5/6/7
USDA National Agroforestry Center, Lincoln, NE

U.S. Forest Service,
Research& Development (R&D) Deputy Area
USDA National Agroforestry Center
Lincoln, Nebraska

This position will be advertised under the Recent Graduates Program, one of the new Pathways programs and also concurrently as a Merit Promotion opportunity. The vacancy announcements for this position and other US Forest Service positions are expected open sometime in July 2013. The Pathways vacancy announcement will only be open for a very brief period (e.g., 5 days). Therefore, eligible applicants are encouraged to complete their USA Jobs profile prior as soon as possible to help ensure they will be able submit their application by the due date. See page 3 for more information about the Recent Graduates Program and applying for jobs on USAJobs.

About the Position: The position is in the USDA National Agroforestry Center, a Washington Office unit in Lincoln, NE. The mission of the USDA National Agroforestry Center, NAC, is to accelerate the development and application of agroforestry technologies to attain more economically, environmentally, and social sustainable ecosystems in agricultural and rural-urban interface environments nationwide. The Center serves as a catalyst to form partnerships, promote cooperation, and leverage resources.
Duties include assisting with drafting and editing content for web, presentations, briefing papers, and promotional materials. Provides technical input on the format and quality of images, pictures and graphics used in delivery of NAC’s Technology Transfer and Science Delivery products.
Assists in creating images for electronic presentations such as PowerPoint, Prezi, posters and other visual aids as needed by NAC scientists and technology transfer specialists, administrators and NAC partners. Uses existing digital images, photographic slide transparencies, scanned images and when needed takes new photographs for communication materials.

Assists the NAC Technology Transfer (TT) Program Leader in the developing NAC promotional and marketing plans and materials. Assistance may include, but is not limited to identifying audiences, communication medium, standards for consistency, designing of graphics, letterheads, logos etc. to create and support a recognizable and consistent message for target audiences.

Assists with developing and maintaining web site information for the NAC. In general, the web content will be selected by the NAC TT Program Leader with input from the incumbent. Assists with updating the NAC web site with new and current materials such as blog postings, event calendar, partner links, publication order page, etc. Coordinates with and serves as the NAC point of contact with the host web server provider.

Performs other duties as assigned.
For more information about the USDA National Agroforestry Center, see the following web site:

Salary Range: $31,315 to $50,431, depending on the selected applicant’s qualifications.

Qualifications Required: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply, and meet the Office of Personnel Management qualification standards for the position. In addition to basic qualifications, applications may be screened for several of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which may include: Written and Oral communication, Interpersonal Relations, Management Functions, and Media Resources.

Information On Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (pop. 250,000) was recently ranked 10th by Money Magazine as one of the nation's most desirable cities in which to live. Housing cost, low crime rate, clean water and air, abundant medical care, and strong local government all contribute to its high livability . Lincoln’s health care costs are among the lowest in the nation according to a Milliman & Robertson, Inc. survey and has 4 hospitals, 300 physicians, and 130 dentists serving the community. For bigger city attractions, Lincoln is only an hour drive from Omaha, (Nebraska's largest city, area pop. 750,000), 3 hours from Kansas City, and a day's drive to Chicago and Denver. United, and Delta/Northwest, provide direct connections from Lincoln Municipal Airport to Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. Being Nebraska's capital, Lincoln offers abundant amenities for its size. One of the premier offerings is in the field of education. The University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, and Southeast Community College are located here as well as several professional and technical schools. Lincoln Public Schools are considered among the best in the country. The city and county maintain numerous parks, lakes, and golf courses, among other recreation facilities. Major employers include federal and state agencies, banks, insurance companies, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals firms, and manufacturing (e.g., Burlington Northern, Li-Cor, and Kawasaki).

Qualified and interested candidates should contact Richard Straight (Ph: 402/437-5178 ext 4024; e-mail: or Kirsten Stuart (Ph: 402/437-5178 ext 4010; to find out more about the position. When this position is advertised, the announcements will be posted on the internet: (

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