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 temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

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.

These position(s) are located in Region 4 on the Sawtooth National Forest in Ketchum and Stanley, ID.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact, Supervisor, Stewart Schiffler 208-737-3282 or

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 will be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months.

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.


Carpentry: Measures and cuts materials to required lengths and dimensions. Installs structural and trim items by nailing, bolting, mortising, doweling, and gluing. Uses a variety of common hand and power tools, and basic assembly and fastening procedures.

Painting:  Prepares surfaces, cleans brushes and equipment. Mixes and thins paints, applies prime and finish coats to surfaces. Checks items processed for obvious flaws and apply necessary preservative to surface.

Building and Grounds Maintenance:  Assists other workers with repairs to various facilities and grounds. Utilizes elementary knowledge of different skills and related tools of the trade to assist with repair to plumbing, drainage systems, roofs, carpentry projects, grounds and street repairs, flooring, and other miscellaneous tasks. Operates heavy power cleaning equipment.

Operates motor vehicles in performance of assigned duties. Loads and unloads materials and equipment. Performs vehicle maintenance in accordance with established instructions, rules and regulations.

Cleans working area upon completion of assignments, and removes waste materials from the area. Cleans and cares for tools and equipment.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Per Work Assignments

Relocation Authorized

  • No