The Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) Will Soon be Filling Support Services Specialist on the Winn Ranger District

The Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) will soon be filling a Support Services Specialist on the Winn Ranger District, located in beautiful Winnfield, Louisiana. The salary for this position ranges from $40,262 to 58,158. If interested, please respond by March 11, 2022. Those that express interest will be notified when the position is advertised on www.usajobs.gov.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

The SSS position is located on the Winn Ranger District, Winnfield, LA, and will serve under the supervision of the District Ranger.

This position provides administrative support and oversight in a variety of functions on the unit including: assists with planning and monitoring of annual operating budgets at the district and forest level, planning and implementing in areas such as purchasing and contracting for supplies, equipment and services through open market purchase by blanket arrangement or field purchase order using a VISA credit card; human resources and personnel support. This position also plans/performs general property management support services, such as property inventory and maintenance and/or disposal of equipment. Other responsibilities include staying apprised of agency procedures and policies affecting the administrative functions, training and informing others in administrative functions and policies, correspondence management, maintenance of unit resource files, oversight and performance of visitor information services, and maintenance of office supply stock. This position supervises one Office Automation Assistant. One Resource Clerk that is supervised by the Forest Service Representative assists the Admin Team, as needed as well. This position generally manages the overall office setting and provides direction in administrative services in an environment where programs and priorities are constantly evolving. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills are important in a candidate for this position.

This position also performs as one of the Kisatchie National Forest’s Budget Resource Team with the budget and work planning process. The incumbent will also be required to perform other duties as assigned, and may support fire management activities or other collateral duties.

ABOUT THE FOREST AND DISTRICT:

The Kisatchie National Forest is Louisiana’s only National Forest and was established in June 1930. It is comprised of over 600,000 acres and is located in central and northern Louisiana and is divided into five Ranger Districts. The Supervisor’s Office is located in Pineville at the Alexandria Forestry Center and is one of the unique locations where the National Forest System, Forest Health, and Research are located together at one integrated facility. The Kisatchie is a diverse forest with bayous, prairies, bottomland hardwoods and upland pine forest types. The terrain across the forest is flat to gently rolling hills, with maximum elevations of approximately 400 feet MSL. The weather is temperate; summers are hot and humid and the winters are cool and mild. Temperature ranges include a few days in the 20’s during the winter months, but usually remain in the mid 30 to 40-degree range, while the summer months may be in excess of 95 degrees with high humidity. The average annual rainfall is approximately 45 inches per year.
The Winn Ranger District consists of approximately 165,000 acres in Winn, Grant, and Natchitoches Parishes located near Winnfield, Louisiana. The District has an active timber sale program of approximately 40,000 CCF per year, a prescribe burning program of about 25,000 acres per year, and an active wildlife program which is involved in the restoration of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The District shares management of the National Catahoula Wildlife Management Preserve with the Catahoula RD. The Recreation program includes both developed and primitive campgrounds, horse and hiking trails, and canoeing on the Saline Bayou National Wild & Scenic River.

For more information about the Kisatchie National Forest and the Winn Ranger District visit the Forest web site at: www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/.

ABOUT THE FOREST AND DISTRICT:

The city of Winnfield is located approximately 45 miles north of the Pineville/Alexandria metro area (Pop. 50,000) and 35 miles east of Natchitoches (Pop. 18,000) which is the oldest settlement in Louisiana.
Winnfield has a population of approximately 4,500 with an estimated 14,000 living in Winn Parish which is known for its interesting political history and local festivals. It is a full-service community with a library, local newspaper, hospital, several doctors, dentist, pharmacies, ambulance service, two banks, and numerous churches of varying denominations. There are three grocery stores, a Super Wal-Mart, and several motels/bed & breakfast, restaurants, and fast food establishments. The city is served by its own fire department while a volunteer fire department services the parish.

There is a parish-wide school system with schools located in outlying communities as well as Winnfield. Numerous school activities are available in various academic clubs, band and athletics. There a four (4) universities within an hour’s drive of Winnfield. The Central Louisiana Technical College has a branch location in Winnfield.

Local Dixie Youth Softball, Little League Baseball, and adult softball are sponsored during the summer months with Youth football and basketball scheduled during the fall and winter months by the city recreation department. Outdoor opportunities include hiking, boating and water skiing, camping, canoeing, and horseback riding. Louisiana is known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise”, and the surrounding area has an abundance of hunting and fishing opportunities. Numerous festivals may be found most any time of the year including the Louisiana Forest Festival and Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials in Winnfield, the Louisiana Pecan Festival in Colfax, and the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Additional information can be found at web site: http://www.cityofwinnfield.com.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Brad Cooper, Winn District Ranger, at 318-628-4664, or by email at bradley.cooper@usda.gov.

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