Job Overview

Summary

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 13-1108060002-1322G-MW.  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.

 

This position in located in the Southern Region (Region 8) at the Calcasieu Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest in Alexandria, LA. This position is responsible for ground management of the OHV program and assists with administration of a variety of special use permits. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Jennifer Heisey at 318-793-9427 or email at jheisey@fs.fed.us. 

 

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, and U. S. citizen may apply.  

Duties

Assists in the development and the accomplishment of the district’s OHV program within the framework of existing planning documents. Patrols OHV use areas to ensure areas are operated, used and maintained in accordance with the recreation plan and other appropriate planning documents. May prepare for review by supervisor, environmental documents for OHV projects and special use events.  Participates in the development of recreation plan for developed and dispersed recreation sites. Participates in the planning for recreation and wilderness area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with program management goals. Recommends specific requirements for use of OHVs and the proposed recreation facilities. Implements and manages the unit’s OHV recreation program, including but not limited to, identifying and conducting maintenance and reconstruction of OHV routes.  May works with others in the development of budget data for the new and developed recreation sites and trails for OHVs.  May supervises a small crew of volunteers to accomplish necessary trail maintenance, bridge construction/reconstruction, and OHV unit projects/activities. Conducts surveys, developing projects plans and cost estimates, and making recommendations for improvements.  Monitors contracted operations for compliance with contract provisions. Jointly prepares, administers and inspects OHV outfitter guide permits. Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Conducts investigation, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations. Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO).  Operates and maintains, in safe working order, assigned vehicles, motorcycles and ATV and trail maintenance equipment and specialized equipment used. Enforces Title 36 CFR requirements, or comparable and related regulations. Provides supervision and training of all personnel in preparation for operation of equipment.  Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions. Monitors, inspects, and reports on contracted operations for compliance with contract provisions. Assures that recreation fees are collected for all fee areas and that the funds are accounted for and transmitted to the appropriate unit. Enforces all regulations and rules of law. May appear before third party at hearings. Provides public information and interpretive services, including detailed information concerning recreational opportunities. Educate OHV users on potential resource damage caused by illegal use. Serves as liaison with community organizations and interest groups to stimulate interest in and utilization of forest recreation facilities.  Particiption in the preparation and administration of recreation event special use permits. Monitors permittee compliance with special use permits. Requests immediate corrective action where public health and safety are involved.  Confers with supervisor before, soliciting volunteers for recreation activities, services, or events. Provides general information to volunteers prior to their acceptance, during training, and while they perform their duties. Leads employees in the performance of their duties.  May implement and manages recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites. Responsible for taking action to correct any deficiencies within the approved operating plan. Implements corrective measures or recommendations to improve the administration of recreation programs. Responsible for gathering the necessary information for project proposals, reports, surveys, and other needs by making on-the-ground field inventories, use counts, time studies, etc. for the development of new recreation sites. Gathers necessary data and recommends a course of action or placement of facilities. Monitors and assess recreation facilities and the condition of the facilities and sites. Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interpreting findings, making recommendations, and suggesting alternative methods for meeting objectives and complying with policies.