Topic ID #37155 - posted 6/28/2016 4:06 AM

Tribal Relations Specialist, GS-13 - Milwaukee, WI

Jennifer Palmer

Tribal Relations Specialist
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 1 vacancy - Milwaukee, WI
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent
Opened Monday 6/27/2016
(1 day(s) ago)
 Closes Thursday 7/7/2016
(9 day(s) away)
Salary Range
$87,426.00 to $113,659.00 / Per Year
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Promotion Potential
Supervisory Status
Who May Apply
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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Job Overview
Job Overview
A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.
The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
This position is located in the Eastern Region, Region 9 Regional Office, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Regional Tribal Relations Specialist serves as a Special Assistant to the Regional Forester and is the Region’s senior advisor on American Indian affairs and federal Indian Law and Policy.   The Reginal Tribal Relations Specialist also serves as the Regional Forester’s ambassador to the Tribes affiliated with the Eastern Region; provides leadership and accountability for the consistent application of federal Indian Law and Policy throughout the Region; and facilitates opportunities for the Agency to fulfill the Government’s trust responsibilities and treaty obligations.
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The Tribal Relations Specialist represents the Regional Forester in the government-to-government relations between the Forest Service and the various tribes within the region, including those who have an interest in the activities of the region and its forests. As such, serves as point-of-contact for the Washington Office (WO), other Forest Service regions, American Indian Groups including Tribal Councils, Tribal Leaders, Native Corporations and officials of other federal agencies.    Facilitates communication between the Regional Forester, Forest Supervisors, American Indian Tribes/Nations, and inter-Tribal organizations in matters of natural resource management, program delivery, trust responsibility, employment opportunities, protection of sacred and cultural sites important to American Indians, access to sacred sites, and plant collection issues.
The incumbent serves as principal advisor to the Regional Forester and Forest Supervisors in the concerns, interest, and involvement of American Indian issues.
Coordinates and provides training with Forest Supervisors and externals on traditional uses of forests, American Indian customs and practices, working with Tribal Governments, and farm bill applications and sacred sites issues.
Facilitates conformance with Civil Rights Act Title VI obligations in delivery of Forest Service programs and activities. Advises Forest Supervisors and Regional Forester of barriers that may exclude American Indian groups or committees from Forest Service programs.
Serves as Regional Liaison and technical authority for developing interests, recommendations, action plans, and establishing and/or interpreting policy in matters of American Indian affairs and interests. These areas include but are not limited to Tribal Forest Protection Act (TFPA); Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); American Indian Religious Freedom Act; American Indian Self-determination and Educational Assistance Act; Cooperative Forestry Act; current Farm Bill; Executive Orders on government-to-government relationships; Archeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA); National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and sacred sites access, and how these affect NFS programs, cooperative efforts with State & Private Organizations and Forest Service research efforts.
Participates with counterparts in reviewing and drafting national policy, program processes, and design/development of programs to complement cultural differences between the American Indian Tribal Governments and the Forest Service.
Administers and interprets policy regarding the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, American Indian Self-determination and Educational Assistance Act, Executive Orders on government-to-government relationships, and sacred sites access. Responsible for monitoring the Forest Service trust responsibilities to federally recognized tribes and facilitating the development of action plans to meet those responsibilities.
Provides leadership in both national and regional forums; providing guidance and leadership for a team of field unit Tribal Liaisons and Heritage personnel.
Travel Required
Occasional Travel
Travel is required to attend meetings and training, as needed.
Relocation Authorized

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