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    These are TEMPORARY positions, not-to-exceed 1039 hours of work in a service year.  The appointment will provide full-time, 40 hours per week employment.  Appointments may be terminated at any time, may be extended, or work schedules may be changed to part-time depending on funding and work availability. It is anticipated 2-4 positions will be filled from this announcement.

    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 approximately 4 miles from Luray, Virginia; a small rural community located in the Shenandoah Valley with a population of about 4800 with all usual facilities and services. Nearby local towns include Harrisonburg, 33 miles; Winchester, 44 miles; and Charlottesville, 66 miles. Temperatures range from zero to mid-nineties, average maximum is 83 degrees with high humidity and average minimum is 26 degrees with snow and ice.  Visit Shenandoah National Park for additional Park information.


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    Performs routine trail maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of graded foot and horse trails. 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 trails may include ADA accessible trails with special surfaces, trails 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, 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 gas and diesel vehicles for transportation of crews to and from worksites; typical vehicles include pickup trucks, utility body trucks, light mower and utility tractors, all-terrain vehicles, and small towed equipment or trailers.

    Working Conditions: Works outdoors approximately 90% of the time in temperatures from 0 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, often with high humidity in the summer months. Some work is performed during inclement weather. Work requires crossing streams on wet and slippery rocks, at times with swift running water. The work environment provides considerable exposure to potential insect activity, bee stings, snakebite, ticks, poison ivy, etc. Uses power equipment which makes excessive noise, vibration, and exhaust fumes. Trail work is hazardous in nature while falling and bucking trees, lifting and moving rocks and logs, etc.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


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    United States Citizens

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    3502 Laboring

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