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.

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. 


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.)