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 on the Sierra National Forest, Prather Ca.

For additional information about he duties of this position, please contact Adam Barnett (559) 855-5360 Ext. 3325.

This is a Forestry Technician on the High Sierra Ranger District, on the Sierra National Forest. This position incumbent performs a variety of work in support of the unit wilderness/recreation program.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-05150053-5400G-VR.  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.


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. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of wilderness projects. Participates in identification and planning for future trail construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and restoration projects. Provides input to budget planning by assisting with the overall estimation of materials, personnel, and supplies needed. Prepares budget requests and adjusts program priorities to reflect the actual funding levels appropriated.

Defines inventory and monitoring data needed to assess wilderness conditions. Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interpreting findings, making recommendations, and suggesting alternative methods for meeting objectives and complying with policies. Performs trail log, condition, and prescription surveys. Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under special use authorization. Assists with enforcement of restrictions including maintenance and posting of regulatory signs. Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned pack and saddle stock.

Performs trail log, condition, and prescription surveys. Records diverse information about the characteristics of the area. Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change studies. Keeps records of visitor use levels, types, and patterns of use. Conducts investigations, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations.

Initiates public contacts in the field to enhance the user’s wilderness experience and protect the wilderness resource through dispersal of information. Develops and conducts wilderness education programs at Forest Service offices, trailheads, and in the local community. Provides public information and interpretive services. Provides liaison with community organizations and interest groups. Recruits and trains volunteers. Inspects outfitter operational areas/camps for wilderness plan/policy compliance. Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO). Provides education in proper livestock minimum impact use techniques, safety procedures, and packing and saddle stock use to backcountry user groups, individuals and other agency personnel.