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This is an excepted service position not to exceed one year, duty stationed at Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota.  Positions may be duty stationed at any of several locations within Badlands National Park.  Duty stations and housing locations may be separated by several miles.  Public transportation is not available.  

WHO MAY APPLY: APPLICANTS MUST BE CONTIGUOUS TO THE AREA:  Must have maintained a permanent and exclusive residence, contiguous (within 35 miles of park boundaries) to Badlands National Park, Interior, SD for at least the last two years AND expected to continue indefinitely.  In addition, the applicant's livelihood is dependent primarily upon employment available within the park.  Both conditions of residency and dependency must be met to be eligible for this appointment.

Area Information: Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota 75 miles east of Rapid city (population 57,000), and 30 miles from Wall., Kadoka, and Philip. Limited grocery shopping, service station, K-8 school, and post office are located in Interior, 2 miles from park headquarters. Shopping, medical and dental facilities, and schools K-12 are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip, and Rapid City. The area is a beautiful place to live and raise a family but winters can be harsh with occasional cold temperatures, high winds, and blizzard like conditions. Summers can be hot and dry with temperatures topping 100 degrees. For additional information, contact (605) 433 - 5361. 

Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation.  Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

This announcement is being advertised under excepted examining procedures and is open to all US Citizens residing contiguous to the area.

Number of Vacancies: Two positions will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.


The employee serves as a leader of a field crew working on exotic plant management projects in Badlands National Park. Specific work assignments include 1) managing exotic plants using chemical, mechanical, and biological techniques, 2) survey and inventory work, such as plant identification, map reading, data collection, and record keeping, will be done using global positioning systems (GPS), computers, and cameras, and 3) assisting in vegetation restoration projects. Restoration includes planting and caring for native trees, shrubs, and grasses. The employee will be required to mix, load, and apply herbicides. The employee will be responsible for installing, calibrating, operating, and maintaining resource management equipment such as backpack sprayers and all-terrain vehicles. Following instructions and standardized procedures, the employee collects and organizes field data and makes field observations of natural resource conditions. These data will be organized, processed, and sent to a data manager for review. While standard methods, practices, and procedures are available to reference, the employee is frequently required to use judgment to make adjustments. The employee will evaluate observed natural resource conditions and problems and make preliminary determinations on the cause of problems and provide information to higher-level specialists for analysis along with suggestions for protection, mitigation, etc. The employee will provide leadership to other employees and respond to changing conditions without on-site direction. The use of standard pesticide application methods and standard safety equipment will be required. Operation of on-and off-road vehicles is a job requirement. Training for many activities may be acquired on-the-job including an ATV rider course and First aid/CPR. The employee must obtain a South Dakota Commercial Applicator License to do this job. The required examination for the license may be taken on work time. An employee must pass the exam within 30 days of his or her start date. This is a summer seasonal position expected to last from mid-May through mid-August. Normal work shifts will be Monday-Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some weekend and evening work and travel is required. Work involves walking, climbing, and hiking while carrying a 3-gallon backpack sprayer through rough terrain, sometimes for extended periods of time; lifting moderately heavy items; bending and stooping for long periods; and working under occasionally inclement (cold, hot, rain, wind) weather. The employee will provide logistical support and area orientation to contract or cooperating scientists within the scope of his or her knowledge and authority; and will provide advice, assistance, and training for new employees and volunteers. The Employee will be stationed at Badlands National Park and may travel to other national park units to assist in exotic plant management.  Transportation, lodging, and per diem allowance for meals will be provided while in travel status.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to five nights per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No