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.

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

These positions are located in Region Five: Eldorado National Forest: Placerville,CA. This position is located on a Forest Service unit and is assigned a variety of moderately complex and recurring technical duties, individually or as a crew member or leader, in support of soil resources. For information regarding this position please contact Eric Nicita at 530-621-5290 or at

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).

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.


Performs a variety of routine and moderately complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to the soil resource. Assignments support field projects and program planning activities. Evaluates soil physical and chemical conditions in the field based on established protocols. Conducts routine laboratory procedures in the processing of soil samples. Organizes and tracks field data and equipment. Drafts data summaries, and ensures quality control of entered data. Provides leadership to subordinate crew members and may assist with development of soil survey mapping. Assists in layout of field experiments, pilot projects, and specific soils projects. Assists in determining validity of survey or evaluation techniques. Suggests improvements of methods and techniques. Is fully responsible for compliance with safety rules and regulations.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No