Librarian, Ft. Collins, CO-->USDA Forest Service

Full-time professional librarian position with the USDA Forest Service in Fort Collins, CO. 

Entry level salary  is $50,923.

Anyone who is interested should fill out and return the Outreach Notice form below.   When officially advertised (June/July), the position will be posted on  However, we will also notify everyone who returns an Outreach form.

Carol A. Ayer
National Program Manager,
National Forest Service Library

U.S. Forest Service
240 W. Prospect Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Office: 970-498-1310
Fax: 970-498-1059
Cell: 801-866-4530<> (FS INFO: library catalog)


OPEN:     April 3, 2012                                                                   CLOSE:  June 1, 2012


The National Forest Service Library headquarters, located at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, is preparing to advertise for a permanent full-time Librarian, GS-1410-09/11 position. This position is responsible for working in a team environment to provide reference services, literature searching, original cataloging, selection of materials, serials management, and collection management.  If the position is filled at the GS-9 level, the incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to GS-11 upon successful completion of 1 year of service at the GS-9 level.

The National Forest Service Library provides scientific and technical information services for the 30,000 employees of the USDA Forest Service.  We have a permanent staff of 22 (10 professionals) with an additional 15-20 temporary positions (students, contractors, etc.).  About half of our positions are at our headquarters in Fort Collins.  We are heavily dependent on electronic delivery of services to meet the needs of our customers who are located all over the country.  We also maintain print collections in Fort Collins; Madison,Wisconsin; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

DUTY STATION:  This position will be located at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO.   Interested candidates can visit the Library website at:  Fort Collins is a full service community with a population of nearly 140,000 residents along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at 4,979 feet above sea level. Fort Collins is a diverse community offering many outdoor activities including the Cache La Poudre River which runs through town, 36,000 acres of City-owned Natural Areas for conservation and recreation, 280 miles of bike lanes and routes, and 25 miles of paved multi-use trails which are maintained year-round. Colorado State University is the city’s largest employer. For further information about Fort Collins, please go to:

At full performance level, key functions of the position include, but are not limited to:
•    Reference
Performs comprehensive reference services and literature searches on natural resources and land management issues for library customers. Conducts reference interviews to accurately assess and respond to information needs of customers. Uses knowledge of specialized information sources, database platforms, interfaces, contents, controlled vocabularies, and database costs in order to select the most appropriate, cost-effective databases to meet the customers' information needs. Identifies and uses traditional resources in order to access older materials not indexed in electronic databases. Compiles bibliographies and presents literature search results in an appropriate format. Guides customers to experts or specialized organizations when traditional resources cannot meet their information needs.
•    Original Cataloging
Performs original and descriptive cataloging of scientific and technical literature using VLTS Virtual Integrated Library System for the Library's FS INFO database. Provides thorough subject analysis and indexing. Thesauri such as CAB Thesaurus and Library of Congress Subject Headings are used for subject indexing. These indexes are enhanced with internally controlled subject headings for specialized keywords not available in the standard thesauri. Ensures records adhere to appropriate national and international standards. Interprets present and past cataloging rules and adapts procedures to local needs. Recommends additions and clarifications of to the existing authority files, both name and subject.
•    Acquisitions
Makes authoritative evaluations and recommendations on new collection items and source selection in one or more subject matter areas in all formats. Subjects include natural resources, land management, and ecology. Applies knowledge of the specialized information needs of the Forest Service in order to effectively select relevant literature for inclusion in the FS INFO database and on the current awareness publication, the Monthly Alert. Maintains the currency and usefulness of the Library's collection through acquisitions and weeding programs while remaining within budget constraints. Reviews current periodicals, publisher's catalogs and other selection literature. Chooses appropriate reference/technical printed or electronic materials for the development of the collections. Reviews holdings and disposes of out-of-date, duplicate, obsolete or non-pertinent materials. Builds depth and breadth of collection by soliciting and acquiring older materials that are relevant to the mission of the Library's customers.  Works with vendors on selection and acquisition of resources for the Library’s customers.  Troubleshoots access and connection issues for electronic resources.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements covered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard for Librarian Series, 1410. The OPM Qualification Standard is available for review at

Primary Contact:   Carol Ayer, Library Program Manager
Phone Number:      970-498-1310
E-mail address:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the attached Outreach Notice From and send to  or fax to (970-498-1059) by May 15, 2012


National Forest Service Library
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Fort Collins, CO
GS 1410-9/11

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form and send it by e-mail to  (Please include “GS-1410-9/11, Librarian Outreach” on the subject line of your message.)
Please respond no later than June 1, 2012  The permanent position will be advertised on the OPM USA Jobs website

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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.