The Northern Research Station will soon advertise for a GS-460-11/12 research position with the National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS;, a project of the Forest Inventory and Analysis program (FIA; This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity and to determine interest in the position. It is expected that this position will be officially advertised in September 2014 with an anticipated reporting date in early 2015. The position is a full-time permanent, research position.

The successful candidate will be a member of the NWOS and Family Forest Research Center (FFRC; teams with responsibilities related to:

  • The implementation and analysis of the NWOS, including development of techniques for improving the NWOS.
  • Planning and conducting research pertaining to the attitudes and behaviors of private, particularly family, forest ownerships, the factors that influence these ownerships, and the impacts of the decisions of these ownerships on forest and socio-economic systems.
  • As a member of the FFRC, the scientist participates in the generation of new research ideas, seeks funding for research products, and helps implement the projects.
  • As part of her/his FIA responsibilities, the researcher will analyze FIA forest resource data for one or more states covered by the work unit.

About the Program: The Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis (NRS-FIA) work unit is one of four units that, combined, make up the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program ( The Forest Inventory and Analysis program is charged with designing, implementing, and analyzing surveys of the nation’s forest resources and it has been doing so since the 1930s. The Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis work unit is tasked with these charges for 24 states – the area of the Northern Research Station plus the 4 plains states.

As the social compliment to its biophysical forest inventories, FIA conducts the NWOS. The Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis work unit is charged with conducting the NWOS for the entire nation. On an annual basis, approximately 6,000 private forest ownerships from across the United States are asked to participate in the NWOS. This information is used to help determine:

  • Who owns the forests of the United States;
  • Why they own it;
  • How they have used it; and
  • What they intend to do with it.

Analogous to the rest of the FIA results, the NWOS provides many often-cited basic statistics about private forest owners and provides a rich dataset for answering many questions related to private forest owners, particularly family or non-industrial private forest owners.


DUTY STATION: This position will be located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information regarding duties for the position, please contact Brett Butler by email ( or phone (413-545-1387).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the enclosed Outreach Notice Form and send it to or FAX it to 413-545-1860.

The vacancy announcements will appear on the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS Web site:

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REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Northern Research Station
Amherst, MA
National Woodland Owner Survey
GS 460-11/12

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form and send it by e-mail to (include “NWOS Research Position Outreach” on the subject line of your message). The permanent position will be advertised on the OPM USA Jobs Web site in September 2014.