US Forest Service Entomologist - Anchorage, Alaska

US Forest Service
Anchorage, Alaska
Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 23
Contact Name For Further Info: 
Debbie Hollen
Contact Phone Number: 
Contact Email:


Permanent Position
State and Private Forestry and
PNW Research, Alaska Region

Position Title:    Entomologist, GS-0414- 11/12/13
Tour of Duty:      Full Time                                       Duty Station: Anchorage, AK
Respond by September 13th
The Alaska Region will soon be advertising for an Entomologist, GS-0414- 11/12/13.  This is a unique opportunity since this position has dual Forest Health and Research functions.  This outreach will assist us in determining the area of consideration for advertising the permanent position.  The position is located in the State and Private Forestry (S&PF) offices in Anchorage, Alaska. 
Dual Roles:
State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection: 75% of the time
Forest Research (Pacific Northwest Research Station): 25% of the time.
Supervisory: oversees biological technicians and permanent season staff (six staff located in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau).
Firearm certified: The incumbent will also be drug tested and need to be certified to carry a firearm in bear country.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESThis position reports directly to the Deputy Director of S&PF, located in Anchorage, AK.  Key functions of the position include:
- Directs the development of all aspects of a complex major insect detection, evaluation, prevention, and suppression program such as spruce beetle, spruce budworm, gypsy moth, etc.
- Exercises scientific judgment of a high order to conceive and conduct special evaluations, collaborating with research, to generate information on insect biology, ecological relationships, parasitic effects, survey methodology, and new pest management techniques.
- Prepares plans designed to meet technical objectives, organizes assigned staff, collects field data, supervises field crews, processes and analyzes data, consults with other professionals, evaluates results, and makes recommendations.  Prepares technical reports and manuscripts.  Incumbent is responsible for technical accuracy and soundness of conclusions and recommendations.
- Provides site-specific, technical assistance concerning forest insects to land managers and written guidelines for incorporation into resource project plans.  Develops guidelines for identifying levels of damage and exercises scientific judgment of a high order in evaluating the actual or potential risks of infestations.  Where reduction of pest effects is possible, incumbent will develop effective, environmentally safe, and economically sound pest management options consistent with land management objectives.
- Organizes, plans, and conducts forest insect related training programs, presentations, and seminars, for Federal, State, and private stakeholders.  Presentations are tailored to the specific needs and objectives of the requesting group.  Summarizing complex scientific forest insect subject matter from new research in a concise and understandable manner.

  •  Develops a program of research that supports the entomological information needs of Forest Health Protection across Alaska. All study proposals and plans of work will be reviewed by the supervisor in consultation with scientists from PNW Research Station. Candidate studies can include field and laboratory investigations using retrospective, manipulative, and survey approaches. Products of the research will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and other outlets. Research progress will be shared at relevant scientific conferences and technical meetings.

Supplemental Information
Alaska Region 10
Forest Health Protection website:
For further information:  please contact the Director of State and Private Forestry for Alaska & Pacific Northwest Regions, Debbie Hollen, at  or 503-808-2340; or PNW Research Forester, Tim Harrington at or 360-753-7674
Indicate your interest in this position by filling out and returning to Debbie, the attached form along with a current resume by September 13th, 2019.