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 located on the Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District, Groveland, CA. For additional information about the duties of the position and/or location of this position, please contact Vern Shumway at 209-962-7825 x526 or or Dusty Vaughn at 209-962-7825 x525 or

This position performs a variety of duties in support of the unit’s river management program in the areas of fisheries, recreation, wildlife, trails and special uses.

This position serves as a Forest Protection Officer, and as such, candidates must complete a background investigation to check for criminal history. The U.S. Government is authorized to ask for this information under E.O. 10677 and section 3301, of Title 5 of the U.S. Code; and parts 5, 731, and 736 of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations.

This is a Permanent, Seasonal position with a minimum of 13 pay periods guaranteed full-time employment with the remaining pay periods (13) being in nonpay status.

This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 14-0516-5557DP-DLA. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

Additional selections may be made if another like vacancy occurs within 120 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.


Checks outfitter guides for compliance with the guide card program. Inspects outfitter operations for plan/policy compliance; takes necessary follow-up action for items of noncompliance; makes recommendations to immediate supervisor relating to wilderness special use permit administration.

Performs routine maintenance at dispersed recreation sites including site cleanup and naturalizing. Develops and monitors the logistics required for completion of river projects and non-river projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction.

Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO). Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Conducts investigations, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations.

Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned vehicles, boats and field equipment.

Operates motorized boats and paddle craft. Acts as a paddle craft trainer.

Patrols river corridors and initiates public contacts in the field to enhance the user's river experience and protect the river resource.

Conducts education programs addressing bear safety, Leave No Trace camping, river management, angler etiquette, angler conservation and wilderness philosophy. Develops and conducts river education programs in the local community.

Keeps records of visitor use levels, types and patterns. Prepares reports on visitor used patterns.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Incumbent will be required to spend 2-6 days at a time camping on the river in remote locations during the recreation season.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.