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 National Forest performing trail construction and maintenance on any or all units on the forest. Note: This position description is to be used only for specialized trail crews whose primary purpose is to perform complex trail construction duties on a regular recurring basis. The work requires knowledge and skill in the trades of masonry, cement work, asphalt work, carpentry, and rigging techniques as they relate to trail construction and maintenance.

This position is located on Stanislaus National Forest with the Summit Ranger District located in Pinecrest, CA.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jim Bales at 209-965-3434 ext. 5372 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 US (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the Federal Wage System Scale.

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


Constructs and maintains a variety of trails ranging from primitive native surfaced trails to highly developed paved trails. Assists in the construction of major engineered features, such as bridges, raised trail ways, or small buildings. Builds or repairs trail structures requiring dry masonry (no cement) rockwork techniques, such as rock retaining walls, rip-rap steps, bridge abutments, barriers, causeways, water bars, check dams, and others. Performs basic carpentry work in maintaining or constructing handrails, curbs, bridge beams and decking, and other wood structures. Uses native materials, such as rocks and logs, or imported materials such as dimensioned lumber, steel, concrete, or asphalt in constructing various features on trails. Uses cement, asphalt, and other surfacing’s and emulsions in constructing tread surfaces, walls, curbs, and other features. Uses and maintains primitive had tools, including but not limited to: crosscut saws, pry bars, axes, Pulaski’s, McLeod’s, star drills or other hand rock drills, hand-powered winches, and various digging and brushing tools. Uses and maintains a variety of power tools, such as chainsaws, gasoline powered rock drills, jackhammers, power winches, and light power hand tools such as rotary saws and drills. Assists in the erection and use of rigging and high lines for lifting, pulling and transporting heavy materials and equipment over rugged terrain or across wide spans and gorges. With guidance, uses anchors, harnesses, cables, rope, chains, and various winches for such rigging work. Assists in blasting operations, by serving as a guard, helping to carry and prepare explosives for loading, and helping to assemble initiation equipment under direction of the Blaster in Charge. Assists in preparing loads and packing animals for delivering supplies or transporting project materials under the direction of an Animal Packer.