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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-01140007-2233G-BL. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

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 on the Cabinet Ranger District on the Kootenai National Forest in Region One.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gary Kedish at 406-827-0730 or email at .

This is a permanent fulltime shared Geologist position with the duty station located at Trout Creek, MT. The Cabinet RD is located on the southern end of the Kootenai National Forest and the Three Rivers RD is approximately 65 miles northeast of Trout Creek and 15 miles west of Libby, MT. The position has the responsibility to administer and process mineral operations on both the Cabinet and Three Rivers Ranger Districts. The mineral program at these districts consist of 30-40 active small scale locatable (placer and hard rock mining) as well as saleable (sand, gravel, flag stone) mineral operations. The position will work with miners on all phases of exploration, development, mining, and reclamation and will prepare the necessary environmental documentation for these projects in coordination with resource specialists on the National Forest. In addition, the position would assist the Forest Geologist with administration of the proposed Rock Creek mine and the operating Troy mine.

Incumbent administers and ensures that operators comply with approved operating plans. Reviews proposed notices of intent and proposed plans of operations related to minerals activities, and ensures permittee compliances with terms and conditions of the approved permit. Coordinates with regulatory agencies in addressing requirements of the various laws and regulations on potentially impactive proposed mineral operations. Works to keep contacts positive and lines of communication open. Answers questions from the public and participates in public meetings and briefings.

Applicants are reminded to attach all copies of transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate education. Applicants should indicate in their resume specific dates of employment and include the grade level and the series for all federal positions listed on their resume.


Duties listed are at the full performance level.

The position serves as a professional geologist performing a variety of conventional minerals and geology tasks.

  • Conducts geologic studies or investigations on a variety of projects where minerals and geology activities have an effect on development and/or management of forest resources.
  • Examines forest land and makes assessment of geologic potential.
    Inspects mineral operations for compliance with operating plans.
  • Monitors mineral leasing activities on National Forest system lands.
  • Provides input to Forest Service land management planning efforts.
  • Participates in validity examinations to determine and make recommendations about the lack of a mineral discovery or reaffirm that a mineral discovery has been made.
  • Prepares reports of findings including the collection and analysis or review of data.