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 13-01120004-3612G-DC. 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.

The Helena National Forest will be filling one permanent full time GS-0462-5/6/7 Forestry Technician (Wilderness/Trails) with a duty station of Lincoln, Montana.The incumbent performs a variety of work in support of the unit’s trails, wilderness, and recreation programs.

For further information about the position please contact Mike Mullin at (406) 362-7010 or


Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Responsible for developing and carrying out operating plans for wilderness maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects based on approved direction in land management plans. Formulates and implements wilderness project work plans in accordance with agency policy.

Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interprets findings to make recommendations to wilderness management objectives and policies, and suggests alternative methods for meeting objectives and/or policies. Defines inventory and monitoring data needed to assess wilderness conditions. Initiates public contacts in the field to enhance the user's wilderness experience and protect the wilderness resource through dispersal of information.

Incumbent records condition surveys, visitor use, develops project plans and cost estimates, makes recommendations for improvements. Trains and supervise crews in wilderness and trails construction and re-vegetation techniques. Recruits and trains volunteers. Acts as liaison with community organizations and interest groups in order to stimulate interest and utilization of recreation facilities. Participates in the identification and planning for future trail construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and restoration projects. Recommends the location of a variety of facilities, and records diverse information about the characteristics of the area.

Ensures the maintenance of wilderness areas. Implements wilderness, and/or trail and bridge construction and reconstruction projects. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of wilderness projects and non wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction.

Performs independently or as a leader of a small project crew in trail maintenance and construction. Monitors and inspects contracted work meets the provisions of the contract. Participates in performing final inspection and developing the final inspection reports.

Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned pack and saddle stock and for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used in transport of livestock. Provides education in proper livestock minimum impact use techniques, safety procedures, and packing and saddle stock use to back country user groups, individuals and other agency personnel.

Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Conducts investigations, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations.

Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO). Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under Special-Use authorization. Assists with the enforcement of Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) restrictions, including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs and enforcement of restrictions.