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Special Uses Coordinator
Ref No.: 17-00161
Company/Department:USDA Forest Service/YCC
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 07/10/2017
Site Location: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (Roanoke, VA)
Position Description:
This 24-week program is a rigorous work and learning experience that provides exposure to the Forest Service, development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on generations to come. Participants will gain experience in special-use authorization. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • Administer a variety of special use authorizations (permits, term permits, leases, and/or easements) for a variety  of activities (such as those listed in Forest Service Handbook 2709.11, Chapter 10), including  recreation residences, linear rights-of-ways, electric power lines, gas pipelines, outfitter/guides,  campground d concessions, recreation events,  communication uses, etc. 
  • Serve as the primary contact for prospective and existing special use holders and works with them to resolve problems if they arise.  Meet with special use proponents to discuss the special use application process and inform them of possible special use terms and conditions. 
  • Evaluate simple special use proposals according to regulatory screening criteria.  Conduct financial and technical capability determinations; and to determine compliance with forest plan direction.
  • Coordinate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis pertaining to special uses.
  • Provide technical advice on the appropriate authorities and fees for issuance of special use authorizations in accordance with policy, laws, regulations, and local conditions.  Keep current on law, regulation, and policy changes that affect special use administration and notifies supervisor of important policy changes or sensitive problem areas.  Keep special use authorization holders, applicants, and concerned publics informed of Forest Service regulations, restrictions, time frames, and resource management practices.
  • Process special use authorization renewals, terminations, revocations, or suspensions as appropriate. 
  • Generate and track cost recovery and land use bills for recreation and lands special uses.
  • Query and generate Special Use Database System (SUDS) reports and user views for use in administration.  Enter data, or works with appropriate staff, to ensure Geographic Information System (GIS) data for special uses is kept current.  Maintain SUDS, ensuring special use data is entered and updated in a timely fashion so data remains reliable.
  • Ensure all special use records, paper and electronic copies, are maintained consistent with records management regulation and policy.
Participants will gain:
  • A two-year hiring authority allowing interns to apply to internal Forest Service positions.
  • Mentorship from a master performer throughout the program in an apprentice-style setting that trains them specifically for a pre-identified permanent position in the Southern Region.
  • An invitation to a Southern Region job fair to apply for full-time positions.  The timing of the job fair will coincide with the ending of the internship
Participants should:
  • Have an interest in natural resources, public service and connecting people to their public lands.
  • Be willing to move to locations in the Southeast.  For this internship, a permanent position for which the intern is highly encouraged to apply is located in Roanoke, VA.
  • Be interested in working in and fostering an inclusive work environment.
Application Deadline: May 13, 2017
Start Date: July 10, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Stipend: $12/hr
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