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Job Title:Maintenance Worker (Trails)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:NWSHRO-14-34

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$20.11 to $27.07 / Per Hour


Thursday, March 06, 2014 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours


Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Carbonado, WA View Map
Enumclaw, WA View Map
Longmire, WA View Map
Marblemount, WA View Map
Packwood, WA View Map
More Locations  (2)


United States Citizens


Q - Nonsensitive




Become a member of the National Park Service team and support the mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present, and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens and nationals.
Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks may be filling summer seasonal Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-05 and WG-4749-07 positions assisting permanent staff by performing a wide range of trail maintenance and construction tasks. Positions available are:

•up to 18 WG-5 positions and 6 WG-7 positions may be filled throughout Mount Rainier National Park.
•up to 2 WG-5 positions and 1 WG-7 position may be filled throughout North Cascades National Park
•up to 10 WG-5 positions may be filled at Olympic National Park

These are temporary positions/appointments nto to exceed 6 months (1,039 hours) worked in a service year. Approximate dates of employment vary between park sites depending on funding, weather conditons and visitation statistics. Within regulatory limitations, the length of initial appointment may be shortened or extended depending on work availability and funding.

Individual duty locations vary by park site. For addtional information on each park, visit their website:

Mount Rainier National Park: http:///
North Cascades National Park:
Olympic National Park:

For information about work season, government housing availability, and rate of pay, please see the “Duties” section of this announcement.

More positions may be filled than indicated in this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the date of issuance of the certificate. 


Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select "Print Preview" at the right hand side of this screen.


  • 25% or Greater
  • may be up to 16 days per month depending on park


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Favorably adjudicated background investigation
  • Valid state-issued driver's license required


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Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-05 positions: You will perform trail maintenance, construction, and repair.  Tasks include clearing trails of wind falls, limbs, rocks, landslides, and other debris: digging or cleaning culverts and ditches for drainage purposes, clearing brush, tread work on native soil, gravel and asphalt trails.  Assists or leads trail crews on bridge building, tread, brushing, drainage and trail clearing projects.  Constructs or repairs bridges, food boxes, ramps, corrals, outbuildings and pit toilets.  Assists in or performs masonry work.  Paints or stains boxes, corrals, pit toilets and bridges.  May assist in maintenance of historic structures.  Assists Packer; manties and prepares loads, saddles and transports stock.  Services and repairs chain saws, brushing saws, gas rock drills and breakers, and generators.  Repairs tents, hand tools, lanterns, stoves; sharpens axes, pulaskis, shovels and clippers.  Responsible for inventory updates and issuance of trails equipment, parts and materials.
Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-07 positions: You will perform all of the duties of the WG-05 position plus provide technical support and expertise in specialized trail and historic preservation skills.  Provides daily guidance and direction to field crews completing trail and building maintenance/construction in the backcountry of Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks.

All work involves living and working in remote backcountry regions of the parks.  Work involves long distance hiking, often with heavy backpacks, and long hours of hard physical labor to perform trail maintenance and construction tasks.  Trail workers often carry loads weighing up to 50 pounds and may be required to hike up to 20 miles per day over steep and/or rough terrain.

Physical Effort: Heavy physical exertion is frequently required, lifting and using hand and power tools in trail work. Examples of typical strenuous activity, include frequently lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 100 pounds, carrying and rolling rocks and logs, moving rocks of several tons with rock bars, using hammers to crush or shape rocks, and using shovels extensively; frequently walks up to 20 miles daily; and must not have potential emergency medical problems that could complicate work in remote areas for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions: You must have the ability to live and work effectively in isolated backcountry areas in close contact with small numbers of people. You must live and work out-of-doors on projects including mountainous terrain up to 14,000 feet in elevation in all extremes of weather. Trail work is dusty and hazardous conditions may exist when moving rock, working in and around rock slide areas, working around explosives, falling and bucking trees, and working around machinery.

Mount Rainier National Park: Up to 18 WG-05 positions and up to 6 WG-07 positions may be filled from this announcement.  Employment is expected to last from May through September 2014.  Weekend, holiday, and/or evening work may be required for all positions.  The rate of pay is $20.11-$27.07 per hour depending on the step and duty location.  Duty stations for these positions are located throughout Mount Rainier NP and include: Carbon River (Carbonado, WA), Ohanapecosh (Packwood, WA), White River (Enumclaw, WA) and Longmire, WA.  Government housing may be available.
North Cascades National Park: Up to 2 WG-05 positions and 1 WG-07 position may be filled from this announcement.  Employment is expected to last from May through October 2014.  Weekend, holiday, and/or evening work may be required for all positions. The rate of pay is $20.11-$27.07 per hour depending on the step and duty station.  Duty stations for these positions are located throughout North Cascades NP and include: Marblemount and Stehekin, WA.  Government housing is not available.
Olympic National Park: Up to 10 WG-05 positions may be filled from this announcement.  Employment is expected to last from April through October 2014.  Weekend, holiday, and/or evening work may be required for all positions.  The rate of pay is $20.11-$23.47 per hour depending on the step.  The duty station for these positions is Park Headquarters in Port Angeles, WA.  Government housing is not available.
For more information on the positions, please contact:

  • Mount Rainier NP: Jim Ziolkowski, Trails Supervisor, 360-569-6631
  • North Cascades NP: Don Mann, Trails Supervisor, 360-854-7281
  • Olympic NP: Larry Lack, Trails Supervisor, 360-565-3178


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private sector or public sector. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

In addition to meeting the qualifying experience specified below, applicants to the Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-05/07 positions must also possess the following selective factor to be considered for this position: A valid, state-issued driver's license. (Screen-Out)

Candidates must be physically fit and meet the qualification standard for this position found in the Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations (Handbook X-118c) located at: A specific length of time and experience is not required. Qualification requirement emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time. You must meet the 2 point level on the screen out factor and an average of level 2 on all factors listed. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to do the work of a:
Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-05 without more than normal supervision (Screen-out).  Examples of qualifying experience include, under normal supervision, completion of at least one season (4 months) of trail and backcountry camp maintenance and construction work on backcountry trails for a professional trail crew (National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, State Conservation Corps, etc.) and lifting at least 50 pounds.
Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-07 without more than normal supervision (Screen-out).  Examples of qualifying experience include all of the following: independently leading a crew performing sub-journey level trade work in masonry or carpentry applicable to trail maintenance and repair (e.g. estimating time and materials and planning logistics); using chainsaws to buck windfall timber over three feet in diameter; using ‘Leave no Trace’ camping techniques while living in remote areas for at least 8 days with up to 6 people; performing trail work using a variety of hand and power tools; carrying materials up to 100 pounds.  Leading a crew in the construction of at least one bridge over 40 feet in length.  Hiking up to 15 miles in a day.

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

  • Ability to do the work of a Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-05 without more than normal supervision (Screen-out Element)
  • Ability to do the work of a Maintenance Worker (Trails) WG-4749-07 without more than normal supervision (Screen-out Element)
  • Valid state-issued driver's License Status (Screen Out)
  • Technical Practices: Perform trail construction work
  • Technical Practices: Perform trail maintenance work
  • Use and maintain tools, measuring instruments and equipment
  • Work Practices: Camp and work safely in remote wilderness areas with a small group of co-workers
  • Lead work groups or individuals in a variety of trails-related job tasks (WG-7 only)

Basis for rating: Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories:  1) Best Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and excels in most requirements of the position; 2) Well Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and meets most requirements of the position; 3) Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.  Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

Five registers of eligible candidates may be issued for this announcement:
Maintenance Worker (Trails), WG-4749-05 and WG-4749-07 at Mount Rainier NP
Maintenance Worker (Trails), WG-4749-05 and WG-4749-07 at North Cascades NP
Maintenance Worker (Trails), WG-4749-05 at Olympic NP

You may request consideration at one or more parks by selecting one or more duty locations when completing the Occupational Questionnaire.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP.   In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.  See the Office of Personnel Management's VetGuide for more information about Veteran's Preference:


Conditions of Employment
Background Investigation:
You will be required to complete a background investigation with favorable adjudication prior to entry on duty.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.
Driver’s License:  You must operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties.  A valid state driver license is required for this position.  As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record.  You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.  Your employment, after tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license. 
Uniform: Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks require that you properly wear a National Park Service uniform.  A uniform allowance will be provided to offset some of these costs.
Entry into Canada: You must be able to enter Canada in order to travel to work locations within North Cascades NP.  A Passport or Enhanced Drivers License will be required if selected for positions at North Cascades NP, duty location Hozomeen.


Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your on-line resume, your answers to the knowledge, skills, and abilities questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as a part of this announcement.  You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the KSAs required for this position.


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You will earn annual vacation leave if your appointment is for greater than 90 days. You will earn sick leave.  You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. For more information on benefits, please visit:


1. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Additional information on the qualification requirements for these positions is outlined in the Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations. (Handbook X-118C) located on OPM's web site at
2. You can request consideration under a non-competitive authority if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking on your application and attach evidence of your eligibility as a supporting document.
3. The Staffing Branch for the Northwest Servicing Human Resources Office may not solicit applicants for additional or missing information/documents.  Please ensure that your application packet is complete prior to submittal.
4. Career Transition Assistance Plan and Interagency (CTAP/ICTAP): If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
5. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a legible copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to receive consideration.

To begin, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.  Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  Click the "Submit My Answers" button to submit your application package.   It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the "Application Status" link and then select the more information link for this position.  The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Occupational Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1066149.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire items.  The Vacancy ID is 1066149. 
3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. 

If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to

Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Other forms or additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained at, or by calling (478) 757-3000 or RDD (478) 744-2299.

Note: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number (1066149) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.


1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume or application form.  Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information.  If you need assistance, you may find additional information at:
3. Veterans preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent that shows honorable discharge, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate (if applicable).  See Other Information section for more details.
4. CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable).  See Other Information section for more details.
5. Miscellaneous documentation (i.e. Schedule A letter if applicable, documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment.)


MORA Human Resources
Phone: (360)569-6528
Agency Information:
Please do not mail
application materials, WA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  All qualified applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of this announcement.

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Carbonado, WA View Map
Enumclaw, WA View Map
Longmire, WA View Map
Marblemount, WA View Map
Packwood, WA View Map
Port Angeles, WA View Map
Stehekin, WA View Map

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