Job Vacancy Los Padres National Forest GS-1035-9/11 Assistant Public Affairs Officer

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    Los Padres National Forest is seeking potential candidates for a Forest Public Affairs Specialist (Forest Assistant Public Affairs Officer) position.

    The Assistant Public Affairs Officer (APAO) performs a wide variety of activities in planning and implementing a comprehensive public affairs program. The APAO works with the Forest Public Affairs Officer to identify communication needs and develop appropriate strategies to engage a variety of stakeholders in Forest programs and activities. The APAO serves as the Forest’s Initial Attack PIO and responds to media requests related to incidents. The APAO assists the PAO in developing and implementing communications strategies for major fires and other emergencies.

    Essential skills for the APAO include a strong customer service ethic, excellent writing and speaking abilities, personal initiative, a cooperative problem-solving focus, strong listening and interpersonal skills, and knowledge of fire and natural resource management and policy.

    The Assistant Public Affairs Officer is on-call for forest emergencies and other urgent needs at all times throughout the year. The position frequently requires working evenings and weekends, as well as long shifts during fire emergencies.

    About the Los Padres National Forest: The Los Padres NF encompasses more than 1.76 million acres extending from the Big Sur Coast in Monterey County southward to the Ventura/Los Angeles county line. The forest provides a wide variety of recreation opportunities for visitors from coastal communities, the San Joaquin Valley, the San Francisco Bay area, and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The forest includes ten congressionally designated wilderness areas, habitat for many threatened and endangered species, and land for a variety of multiple uses including minerals, grazing and power infrastructure. Forest managers face many complex resource management challenges associated with extensive wildland-urban interface and urban pressures.

    About the Goleta/Santa Barbara Community: The headquarters for Los Padres National Forest is in the community of Goleta, in Santa Barbara County, California. For more information on local community characteristics, please visit these websites:, and

    How to Apply: This position will be advertised through USAJOBS with the application process occurring in AVUE, our automated application system at the GS-1035-9/11 level. If you have not done so already you should go to AVUE and create a profile. Once this is completed go to the main menu and click to create a job search profile. There you can enter the series and grade for this position. Be sure to indicate Goleta as a location choice on your application when you apply through the vacancy announcement.

    Here are the links for both USAJOBS and AVUE.




    If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Andrew Madsen, Forest Public Affairs Officer, Los Padres National Forest, 805-961-5759, FAX 805-961-5729 or email: [email protected]

    To respond to the Outreach Notice, please complete the attached form and e-mail it to [email protected] or mail it to:

    Andrew Madsen, Forest Public Affairs Officer

    Los Padres National Forest

    6755 Hollister Ave. Suite 150

    Goleta, CA 93117

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