Ecosystem Services Specialist

Ecosystem Services Specialist GS-0401-12, Cooperative Forestry, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Washington D.C.


The Washington Office will soon be advertising for the position of Ecosystem Services Specialist for the Ecosystem Services and Markets unit of the Cooperative Forestry staff.  This permanent, full-time position located in the Nation’s capital, is open to all federal  employees, or those with re-instatement rights, who qualify for a GS-12 position in the 401 series.   A separate announcement will also be posted for non-federal applicants.

Ecosystem Services Specialist

This position is located in the Cooperative Forestry Staff in the Forest Service headquarters office in Washington, DC. This position supports the Assistant Director in coordinating the ecosystem services and market program. This includes but is not limited to, cross-function and cross-staff coordination (WO & Regions) and coordination with Research, USDA Office of Environmental Markets, and multiple national NGOs. In particular, this position provides focus in climate change mitigation and adaptation on forest lands and activities supporting potential carbon market access by private forest landowners.

  • Works across the Forest Service, with other federal agencies and with non-federal national conservation organizations to promote the role of forests in providing vital ecosystem services and in the development of emerging markets for these services. 
  • Provides guidance on technical and policy issues related to quantification and valuation of ecosystem services (with particular attention to carbon sequestration, water quality and supply, biodiversity, and other services) and on the development and support of market-based approaches to conservation. 
  • Coordinates ecosystem service related projects and tracks early demonstrations whose results have the potential to inform further policy and program development.
  • Analyzes and compiles information related to ecosystem services and markets, transfers existing and new science findings, and prepares materials, workshops, and presentations for education and information sharing.
  • Builds and maintains networks and alliances among ecosystem services partners, facilitates networking among a community of practice, and creates links between scientists, decision-makers, and land managers.

Further Information

To express interest in this position or to receive further details concerning this position, please contact Al Todd, Assistant Director, Cooperative Forestry or by phone at (202) 205-8528.