Research Natural Resource Specialist - USDA National Agroforestry Center

Post Date: 9/21/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: U.S. Forest Service Research & Development
Position/Title/Fund: Research Natural Resource Specialist - USDA National Agroforestry Center
Deadline: Outreach response due October 7th, 2022
Location: Negotiable

Forest Service Research & Development will soon be advertising a permanent full-time position at the USDA National Agroforestry Center for a Natural Resource Specialist (GS-0401-12/13). The incumbent will be responsible for a broad range of research activities with a particular emphasis on the ecosystems services provided by agroforestry systems. The National Agroforestry Center is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Center houses integrated Research and Technology Transfer programs that are jointly sponsored by Forest Service Research & Development, Forest Service State & Private Forestry, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The mission of the National Agroforestry Center is to accelerate the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners, which is realized through three major activities: 1) conducting applied research to provide science-based knowledge and tools that assist in planning, designing, and managing agroforestry systems; 2) distilling new science into practical and easy to understand products and services; and 3) delivering science into the hands of people who assist landowners to increase the adoption of agroforestry.


The Natural Resource Specialist is considered a senior subject matter expert and technical advisor. The primary purpose of the position is to provide scientific and professional guidance, leadership, coordination, and direction in the field of agroforestry. Key duties of the Natural Resource Specialist include:

  • Conduct research on the ecosystem services provided by agroforestry systems
  • Develop peer reviewed publications, research reports, briefings, and science delivery materials to be presented to diverse audiences
  • Serve as a liaison with scientists, partners, stakeholders and agency communication staff
  • Help formulate national guidance and program policies related to agroforestry
  • Develop science delivery and program materials that communicate the intent and importance of agroforestry


This position requires interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders. Candidates must demonstrate past research experience, strong written and oral communication skills, strong organization and analytical skills, an ability to work independently and initiate projects. Candidates must have completed at least a master’s degree in a natural resource field. Strong candidates will have a track record of publishing research.


The incumbent will conduct applied research in agroforestry to provide science-based knowledge and tools that assist managers and stakeholders in planning, designing, and managing agroforestry systems. The incumbent has broad latitude to identify agroforestry research topics and implement studies, and is expected to be a productive, self-directed participant in multidisciplinary team. Research studies will provide opportunities to collaborate with scientists in various organizations including government, academia, non-profits, and industry. Areas of research may include but are not limited to, ecosystem services, carbon accounting and management, quantifying ecosystem benefits related to natural resource management, inventory and monitoring of agroforestry systems, and natural resource decision support.

The position will be hired as a career ladder GS-12/GS-13 grade position. The Duty Station is negotiable.

How to Apply:

PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform the potential applicant pool of this position and to encourage responses from interested applicants. Those who respond to this Outreach Notice will be notified when the vacancy announcement for this Permanent position is posted on USAJobs.

If interested, please reply to the Outreach Notice online by October 7, 2022:

Simply click on the Respond button at the bottom of the Outreach Notice and fill in requested information.

Contact Info: Matt Smith, Research Lead National Agroforestry Center (