USDA Forest Service

Position  Guidence Counselor
Requirements  QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Basic Requirements: Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the position to be filled in one or a combination of the areas described below. At least one course must have been from (1) or (2) below. For guidance counselor positions, a college or university-sponsored practicum in counseling is also required. 1. Tests and measurement: Study of the selection, evaluation, administration, scoring, interpretation, and uses of group and individual aptitude, proficiency, interest, and other tests. 2. Adult education: Study of the adult as a learner, teaching-learning theories for adults, models and procedures for planning, designing, managing, and evaluating adult learning activities. 3. Educational program administration: Study of the foundation and methods in organizing for adult and continuing education programs. 4. Curriculum development or design: Study of the principles and techniques for development of curricula for adult or vocational education programs. 5. Teaching methods: Study of teaching strategies and learning styles of the adult learner. 6. Guidance and counseling: Study of the purposes and methods in counseling and guidance, the role of the counselor in various settings, approaches to counseling, and the uses of tests in the counseling situation. 7. Career planning: Study of career development, learning activities, systems, approaches, program coordination, use of educational and community resources, and vocational counseling systems. 8. Occupational information: Study of theories of occupational choice and vocational development and their application to the guidance process. Identification and utilization of various types of occupational information and resources. In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Counseling participants in establishing education and occupational goals; assessing individual capabilities and education needs to develop educational and vocational training plans; providing information and planning services concerning available options, resources, and methods for meeting educational and vocational goals.
Responsibilities  Conducts initial counseling sessions, individual social history interviews, and needs assessment inventories with new students. Counsels participants in establishing career goals, available educational and training opportunities, and making appropriate plans. Interprets test results to determine interest areas and strengths and weaknesses of student aptitudes. Maintains a professional and timely counseling file on each student assigned. Monitors the quality and effectiveness of the educational, vocational, and residential training components based on established and defined measures, and advises managers and staff members of findings. Conducts group counseling in structured group sessions
Contact: Melissa Backus
Pine Knot, KY
Phone Number 606-354-4262 
Email mbackus@fs.fed.us 
Other Information For information on how to apply, please download the attached .pdf file. 
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