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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (Recreation)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service
Job Announcement Number:  14-09220002-4107D-TB

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,907.00 to $38,790.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to Friday, December 27, 2013
Full-Time - Term
1 vacancy - Gorham, NH   View Map
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.


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.

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.

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years. 

Term employment does not confer competitive (permanent) status and does not entitle the Term employee to noncompetitive appointment to permanent jobs.

Seasonal schedule 13/13: The incumbent will be guaranteed 13 pay periods of full-time work, however, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in non-pay / non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

This position is on the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest with a duty location in Gorham, NH.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Jacob Lubera at 603-466-2713 Ext 224 or

The incumbent of this position provides technical expertise for a unit's dispersed recreation program and serves as a qualified snow ranger. 


  • Must be a US citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.


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Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Administers a forest recreation area with responsibility for developing and carrying out operating plans for the use, improvement, and maintenance of an area with several major snow uses and facilities. Acts as liaison with community organizations and interest groups to stimulate interest and use of recreation facilities. Recruits and trains volunteers, develops work projects, and coordinates activities with other forest personnel. Surveys sites designated for snow recreation use on the Forest. Inspects recreation areas for compliance with the plan for the use of the area.

Serves as a Snow Ranger for an Avalanche Center, with remote patrol duties.

Checks for conditions hazardous to the public from avalanche, ice falls, crevasses, and undercut snow areas.

Determines present avalanche hazards and forecasts future hazards based on snow pit tests, field observations, and snow stability. Issues avalanche hazard notices using field data, as well as mountain weather resources, weather maps, satellite imagery, and real-time weather data. Uses judgment to produce public avalanche and safety advisories and disseminates this information via website, telephone, physical postings, or other social media. In pursuit of public safety, these must be produced as timely documents issued immediately with a change in avalanche conditions in pursuit of public safety.

Determines when avalanche conditions have changed or abated sufficiently to terminate the existing advisory and issue an update bulletin.

Teaches avalanche safety, stability analysis, and avalanche snow mechanics to a wide variety of audiences, from school children to avalanche professionals. Venues include field snow pits and seminar settings. Stays abreast of avalanche education practices and changes in avalanche technology and snow science.

Works with local, regional, and national organizations and publications as an avalanche expert to advise policies and articles.

Acts as incident or scene commander, when delegated by Lead Snow Ranger, for search and rescue events when the Forest Service is responsible as the lead agency.

Applies techniques from technical high-angle snow and ice rescue procedures using mountaineering and ice climbing skills at a NEI 3+ level.

Renders medical aid from minor to life-threatening injuries using skills at the Emergency Medical Technician Level.

Performs as an Emergency Medical Technician soon after initial hiring.

Acts as first responder to medical emergencies.

Acts as a technical rescue leader for the agency and performs rope rescues on steep snow and ice terrain often under adverse weather conditions. Responsible for technical rescue equipment maintenance, selection, and replacement. This includes numerous mountain axes, ice tools, ice screws, rock nuts, rock pitons, helmets, slings and cords, ascenders, pulleys, harnesses, snow pickets and flukes, and numerous dynamic and static ropes. Maintains log to determine retirement date for equipment listed above.

Operates and maintains snowmobiles and large tractors in mountainous terrain.

Assists Lead Snow Ranger in operating and supervising the Volunteer Ski Patrol.

Maintains Snow Ranger/Ski Patrol portable radios and avalanche transceivers. This includes maintenance, inventory, identification of repair needs, and purchases of radio supplies (batteries, chargers/cyclers, antennas, etc.)


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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position.

Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience are:

Planned and accomplished daily operations and maintenance tasks for recreation activities in general areas, trails and in designated wilderness areas; provided oversight on the construction and maintenance of winter trails; monitored the condition and use of trails and dispatched to provide assistance to incidents occurring during winter operations on public lands.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level;

one full year (18 semester hours) of successfully completed graduate level education if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position;

and/or combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Examples of specialized experience are:

Accomplished daily operations and maintenance tasks associated with a public recreation program; developed and disseminated information to ensure public safety; presented factual information to varied groups to enhance program benefits and safety and assisted in search and rescue operations in hazardous conditions.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.


May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 


You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

 Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: .


Relocation expenses are not authorized.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  

Bargaining Unit Status:   Not available at this location.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. 
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


Phone: 877-372-7248
Fax: 866-339-0719
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
United States
Fax: 866-339-0719


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

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