Location: 201 14th St SW
The Washington Office will soon be advertising both government-wide and public-wide for a Legislative Specialist. This full-time position is located in the Legislative Affairs Staff in the Office of the Chief. The vacancy announcement for this position plans to open soon and more than one position may be filled.
This position offers a unique opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to gain an understanding of the relationship among Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Forest Service. This position requires strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills. The LA staff is a small, cohesive unit that requires the ability to work as a member of a highly productive team as well as independently. A heavy emphasis is placed on timely accomplishment of multiple tasks under tight deadlines. The pace of work is often intense and demanding, but the jobs are critical in meeting the overall mission of the agency.
An assignment in the LA staff is excellent career preparation for those seeking positions of higher responsibility within the Forest Service since the work provides a unique chance to work on critical issues. LA Staff are in a position to see the “big picture” and to work with agency leadership across all Deputy Areas.
Specific duties for this position include preparation for Congressional hearings (drafting and clearing testimony through the agency, Department and OMB; witness preparation; briefing book production); interacting frequently with Hill staffers to gain and share information on Forest Service natural resource issues; arranging for and participating in briefings for Members and congressional staffs on current natural resource issues; responding to inquiries from Congress, other Forest Service units, and outside organizations on Forest Service natural resource issues and possible legislative actions related to those issues; working with program staffs to develop legislative priorities and proposals and legislative drafting services; preparing and reviewing critical correspondence related to legislation; developing and maintaining positive Congressional relationships; and tracking pertinent legislation. In fulfilling these functions, LA staff works collaboratively with natural resource program staff and line officers at all levels of the Agency.
Washington D.C, capital of the United States, is the center of a major metropolitan area extending into Maryland and Virginia. The DC Metro Area is an exciting place to live and work. The city is a major tourist attraction and a cultural center. There are exceptional opportunities to visit historical places and museums and experience the diverse cultural environment of the Nation’s capital.
Washington, D.C. is a cultural as well as governmental center. It boasts a higher concentration of museums and art galleries than any other city in the nation. The District of Columbia regularly attracts performers as diverse as touring Broadway shows and major rock and jazz acts to its theaters and concert halls. DC is the home of NFL, NBA, MLS, NHL, and MLB sports teams. Some of the best schools and medical services in the Nation are found in the area.
Transportation facilities within the D.C. Metro Area include a subway and bus system that connects the city with its many suburbs. The Smithsonian Metro Subway Station is one block from the Forest Service office in the Yates Federal Building at 14th Street and Independence Avenue. Commuter rail systems in MD and VA serve the outer metro area. Public transportation subsidies are available to employees. The National Capital area is served by three airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International Airports, both located in Virginia, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland.
Located on the Potomac River between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Washington is known for its hot, humid summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and mild winters. Outdoor recreation abounds in the area, with urban parks, numerous trail networks, many lakes and waterways, two National Forests (George Washington-Jefferson and Monongahela) are within easy driving distance as well as National Parks (including Great Falls and Shenandoah)..
For further information concerning this outreach notice and Forest Service Legislative Affairs please contact:
Doug Crandall, Director, U.S. Forest Service
Legislative Affairs Staff
Phone: 202-205- 1637
Please send your outreach responses to Carl Hutchison at firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on April 15, 2014