Job Overview


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our 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. For more information about the National Park Service, click Grand Teton National Park.

This vacancy is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.  

Term Employment- - Subject-to-Furlough is a work schedule that can be used for term employment when the project or the nature of the work does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis.  The employee will work or be in a pay status at least 13 pay periods and generally not more than 24 pay periods in any service year.  When the employee’s services will not be required at certain times due to operations needs and/or weather conditions, the employee will generally be in a non-work and non-pay status.  

Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years maximum without further competition.

AREA INFORMATION: Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway preserve a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the sage-covered valley, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Park headquarters is located in Moose, Wyoming which is approximately 12 miles north of Jackson.  Jackson is a small, outdoor recreation focused, thriving community of 10,000 year round residents. The town caters to four million tourists every summer, has an excellent hospital and medical community, a well-respected public school system, private schools, multiple grocery stores, excellent restaurants, and seasonal music and art festivals. Outdoor activities are available year round and include easy access to three ski resorts (Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee), back-country and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, backpacking, horseback riding, boating, rafting, kayaking, hunting, cycling, mountain biking, and world class fly fishing, climbing, and mountaineering. The climate can be as extreme as the activities that are available. Winter temperatures range between lows of 20 degrees below zero to highs of 30 degrees. Summer temperatures are comfortable, with highs between 65 - 80 degrees. Government housing may be available.


This position serves as a biological science technician crew leader for an interagency crew that monitors prescribed fire and mechanical fuels treatments. The Lead Fire Effects Monitor coordinates with fire and resource management personnel to develop and implement vegetation and fuels data collection plans for treatments and unplanned fires in conifer forests, aspen, sagebrush, and riparian vegetation.   He or she hires, trains, and supervises seasonal employees and leads field work in rugged terrain and remote areas to collect vegetation and fuels data, such as tree and shrub densities, fuel loading, herbaceous cover (by species), and burn severity.  GIS (Geographic Information System) and hard copy maps, GPS (Global Position System) units, and compasses are used to locate plots. Monitoring data is organized in hard copy folders and on the computer.  It is entered into specialized computer programs by the Lead Monitor or subordinates for statistical analysis.  The incumbent is expected to assist in data analysis and interpretation, summary reports, and oral presentations of monitoring results.   

This employee also serves as a red-carded wildland firefighter who collects fire behavior and weather data and participates in arduous duty fire suppression, mapping, and prescribed fire holding and ignitions.  He or she ensures the fireline preparedness of self and subordinates, and organizes equipment and crew work schedules for both monitoring activities and fire operations.

The Lead Fire Effects Monitor must safely operate four wheel drive pickup trucks on a regular basis, as well as portable pumps, chain saws, and other fire equipment.  The employee must promote safety in the workplace at all times by encouraging situational awareness and use of personal protective equipment.

Physical Demands: In addition to working in an office/laboratory setting, the work involves walking, running, climbing and backpacking with a load over rough terrain, sometimes for extended periods; lifting moderately heavy items; bending and stooping for long periods; and working under occasionally inclement (i.e., cold, hot, snow, wind) weather conditions.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an office, laboratory and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, biting insects, wild animals, high pollen levels, dermatitis-causing plants and poisonous snakes. Incumbent may be required to fly in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, and may be required to work in actual fire situations, which can be hazardous.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be expected.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • May be paid.