Idaho Panhandle National Forests - Coeur d’Alene Nursery
GS-0437-11 Horticulturist Bareroot Production
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) is seeking qualified applicants to fill a Horticulturist position responsible for overseeing the production of bare root seedlings for reforestation and the production of native forb, grass and shrub seed for restoration projects in Region 1.
The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform interested prospective applicants of these opportunities. To express interest in the position, please complete the Outreach Response Form at the end of this document and return to Aram Eramian at firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on July 25, 2016. For more information about this position, please contact Aram Eramian at (208) 765-7372.
About the Position
The position is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and will serve as a professional Horticulturist at the Coeur d’Alene Nursery. The Nursery provides conifer seedlings, native shrubs, forbs seedlings and grass seed for reforestation and restoration projects on federal lands in the Idaho and Montana. The incumbent will be responsible for managing all field operations of a bare root nursery to ensure the production of high quality seedlings meeting Regional standards. Major duties include developing sowing plans for seedling production, monitoring crop development, coordinating field preparation and maintenance, monitoring crops for insects and diseases and developing control strategies, and supervising up 9 employees engaged in the daily work activities. The work environment can range from cold and wet to hot and dry. Applicants will be exposed to dirt and dust much like conditions in other agricultural settings.
No Government housing is available but the Coeur d’Alene area has a variety of housing options.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must apply online at http://www.usajobs.gov . All prospective candidates who reply to this outreach will be notified when the position is advertised. See attached document for Outreach Notice Response Form.
ABOUT THE COEUR D’ALENE COMMUNITY
The Coeur d’Alene Nursery is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a full-service community of over 40,000 people. Approximately 130,000 people live in Kootenai County. Located on the northern shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, the city is 100 miles south of the Canadian border, 33 miles east of Spokane, Washington, and an hour’s drive from the Montana state line. There are four distinct seasons, with summer average highs and lows of 82 degrees and 51 degrees; and average winter temperatures of 38 degrees and 26 degrees, with consistent amounts of snowfall.
Higher education opportunities are available. North Idaho College (NIC) is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and 30 miles to the west of Coeur d'Alene, in Spokane, Washington, several colleges provide higher education opportunities. Moscow, Idaho is 80 miles south of Coeur d'Alene, and is the home of the University of Idaho. Washington State University is located just eight miles west of Moscow in Pullman, Washington, and Gonzaga University is located 33 miles away in Spokane. NIC, U of I, and other universities offer adult education classes in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls.
Health care services include a full service hospital, physicians, dentist, chiropractors, optometrists, physical therapist, and mental health services at the Kootenai Medical Center. There is both an active professional and volunteer EMT program within the Coeur d'Alene communities. There are nursing homes and retirement centers within the community.
There is a modern library with excellent reference and checkout books, and access to other libraries for patron-requested books. A local museum and historical society chronicle the area's history.
There are several high schools in the area. There are many grade schools, middle schools and opportunities for private schooling in the area as well as in Spokane. Community day care and caregivers in private homes are readily available.
Numerous banks as well as credit unions provide financial services to area residents. Professional and volunteer fire departments provide emergency services to the local communities.
A county-owned airstrip for private, charter planes, and emergency medical transportation are located ten miles north of Coeur d'Alene in Hayden, Idaho. Spokane International Airport is located just 40 miles west of Coeur d'Alene.
Many professional, service, and special interest organizations offer area residents opportunities for personal growth and community service.
Numerous churches of many denominations serve the community.
This area is often called "lake country" and Lake Coeur d'Alene is a center for recreation, as are the readily available National Forest lands. Recreational opportunities are numerous, including summer activities of camping, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, motorcycle riding, golfing, boating and water skiing, and fishing. During the winter months, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are popular. There are four winter ski resorts within easy drive of Coeur d'Alene, Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, and Lookout Pass. The area contains several hundred miles of fishable streams and numerous lakes.
The city provides opportunities for organized youth sports such as Little League baseball and softball programs, soccer club, AAU basketball as well as City run recreational sports programs. A paved biking, jogging and walking trail runs along Coeur d'Alene Lake and extends 23 miles to Spokane, Washington. There are numerous theaters, bowling alleys, playhouses, and community sponsored events.
The standard cost of living in the Coeur d'Alene area is moderate. The median sale price of a home in 2010 was $175,000. Rentals average around $500-$1100 per month.
ABOUT THE IDAHO PANHANDLE NATIONAL FORESTS
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/ comprise about 2.5 million acres of public lands which lie within "the panhandle" of north Idaho and extend into eastern Washington and western Montana.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are an aggregation of the Coeur d'Alene and portions of the Kaniksu and St. Joe National Forests. There are eight local points of contact including the Supervisor's Office, six district offices and the Coeur d'Alene Nursery. The Forest is within nine counties in three states: Boundary, Bonner, Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone, Latah and Clearwater Counties in Idaho; Lincoln County in Montana; and Pend Oreille County in Washington.
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