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    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  All qualified United States citizens.  CTAP (Career Transition Assistance Program) and ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) eligibles within the local commuting area of Luray, Virginia may also apply.

    This is a TERM position/appointment not-to-exceed 13 months. Possible extensions to this appointment up to four (4) years total service may be authorized subject to agency needs and funding.  The position will work a mixed tour of duty:  full-time employment (40 hours/week) for approximately 32 weeks during late spring/summer/fall; and part-time (20 hours/week) for approximately 20 weeks during the winter and early spring.  TERM appointments do not confer competitive status and do not provide eligibility for transfer to other agencies or for reinstatement.

    Full performance level of the position is WG-07.

    POSITION LOCATION:  Positions are assigned to the Backcountry, Wilderness and Trails Branch in the Division of Natural and Cultural Resources at Shenandoah National Park .  Work assignments will be throughout the Park and will be determined by work projects and agency needs.  Park Headquarters Complex is located near the small rural community of Luray, Virginia, approximately 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The park consists of approximately 197,000 acres of land, including 80,000 acres designated as wilderness. It also contains 105 miles of Skyline Drive and 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Annual visitation is around 1.1 million, which has direct and extensive economic impact on the surrounding area (eight counties and nine municipalities). The park's natural, cultural and recreational resources are of vital interest to local and regional businesses, political leaders, conservation and outdoor recreation organizations, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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    Performs and occasionally leads others in routine and complex trail maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of graded foot and horse trails. Performs masonry work, primarily dry stone, in the construction, stabilization, and maintenance of historic and non-historic structures, mostly on the Park trail system. Performs carpentry work, primarily using heavy log and rough-sawn lumber, on trail structures such as log checks, foot-bridges, multi-use bridges, corrals, hitch rails, and boardwalks. Work includes building, repairing, and maintaining erosion control structures, retaining walls, and tread surface and reblazing of trails; park boundary line maintenance, removal of vegetation growth and fallen rock and tree obstructions from trails. The work occurs in high visitor use areas, foot and horse use trails in remote backcountry areas and trails in designated Wilderness areas. Trail work is performed with a variety of hand tools including shovels, picks, fire rakes, swing blades (grass whip), McLeods, pulaskis, rock bars, cross-cut saws, wheelbarrows, grip hoist, etc. and small power equipment such as chainsaws, weed trimmers, rock drills and jack hammers. Operates vehicles (sometimes with towed trailers) in the performance of assigned duties including transport of passengers and equipment to and from worksites.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Heavy physical effort is required in bending, lifting, and using hand and power tools in trail work. Frequently lifts and carries objects weighing over 100 pounds, must carry and roll rocks and logs, move rocks of several tons with rock bars, use hammers to crush or shape rock, and use shovel extensively. Frequently hikes up to 20 miles daily, and must be able to do so while carrying a backpack, power and/or hand tools. Prior to appointment, candidates for this position must successfully complete a pre-employment physical exam at government expense and must also successfully complete an arduous duty work capacity test which involves walking 3 miles in 45 minutes carrying a 45-pound pack.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:  Required to work outside with exposure to extreme hot and cold temperatures.  Trail work is dusty, and hazardous conditions may exist when moving rocks and logs, working in and around rockslide areas, falling and bucking trees, and working around machinery.  Injury from stinging insects, tree limbs, falling rocks, poison oak/ivy/sumac can be expected.  Soiling of clothing and skin surfaces frequently occurs.  Required to wear all personal protective safety clothing and equipment that is recommended and required by local policy and state laws.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United State Citizens; and CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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