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 located at either the Supervisor’s Office or District units. This position functions as a technical assistant to the watershed group performing a multitude of tasks related to soil science. This position can either be a crew member, crew leader or individual worker.

For information regarding these positions and locations please contact Teresa Bowling at 509-738-7735 or at

Temporary Appointment: Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).

Positions may be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months.

Hourly wage as shown is Rest of U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement.

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.


Evaluates soil physical and chemical conditions in the field based on established protocols, conducts routine laboratory procedures in the processing of soil samples, organizes and tracks field data and equipment, drafts data summaries, ensures quality control of entered data, provides leadership to subordinate crew members and may assist with development of soil survey mapping. Is fully responsible for compliance with safety rules and regulations.