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    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.

    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 17-0922-389213G-TB (Open August 25 to September 5, 2017). Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

    This position is located on Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest with a duty location in Gorham, NH.

    This position is located on a Ranger District and acts as a Snow Ranger and a Dispersed Recreation Technician.  The position provides tecnical expertise for the unit's dispersed recreation program.  This includes the District's avalanche forecasting, search and rescue, recreation trails and backcountry programs.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Travis Pellerin at 603-466-2713 Ext 1216 or tpellerin@fs.fed.us.
    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  Avalanche field experience demonstrating the knowledge to thoroughly comprehend, analyze, and apply factors affecting snow stability and avalanche potential to reduce public risk and increase employee safety.

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    Duties listed are at the full performance level.

    Backcountry/Wilderness/Trails Program Support-50%

    Oversee and supervise trails, backcountry and wilderness seasonal personnel.  Responsible for annual backcountry/trails budget, operating plan, purchasing, hiring, and supervision of seasonal workforce.

    Act as Dispersed Recreation, Trail and Wilderness Specialist and interdisciplinary team member for the District on a variety of management issues and prescriptions that may influence such activities and areas.

    Responsible for backcountry facilities construction and maintenance including planning, organizing and implementing major construction projects at remote locations.

    Serve as project specialist for trail maintenance or construction/re-construction projects.

    Work with a variety of volunteer organizations, interested individuals and cooperators to reach the goals of the program. Manage large volunteer work parties and efforts.

    Snow Ranger Support-50%

    Serve as a Snow Ranger for an Avalanche Center, with remote patrol duties.

    Check for conditions hazardous to the public from avalanche hazards, ice falls, crevasses, and undermined snow. Determine present avalanche hazards and forecasts future hazards based on snow pit tests, field observations, and snow stability. Issue avalanche hazard advisories using field data, as well as mountain weather forecaster tools, such as weather maps, satellite imagery, and real time weather data. Use judgment to produce public avalanche and safety advisories and disseminate this information via e-mail, telephone, web site, or other social media.  

    Use experience and judgment to determine when avalanche conditions have changed or abated sufficiently to terminate the existing advisory and issue an update bulletin. Work with local, regional, and national organizations and publications as an avalanche expert to advise on avalanche related policies and articles.

    Teach avalanche safety, stability analysis and avalanche snow mechanics to a wide variety of audiences, from school children to avalanche professionals. Venues include field snow pits, and seminar settings. Stay abreast of avalanche education practices and changes in avalanche technology and snow science.

    Act as incident or scene commander, when delegated by Lead Snow Ranger, for search and rescue events when the Forest Service is responsible as the lead agency. Use climbing, Mountaineering and high angle rescue skills to render assistance to those in need.

    Assist Lead Snow Ranger in operating and supervising the Volunteer Ski Patrol.

    Perform as an Emergency Medical Technician soon after initial hiring.  Render medical aid from minor to life threatening injuries using skills at the Emergency Medical Technician Level.

    Act as a technical rescue leader for the agency and performs rope rescues on steep snow and ice terrain often under adverse weather conditions.

    Operate and maintain snowmobiles and large snowcat tractors in mountainous terrain.

    Maintain Snow Ranger/Ski Patrol portable radios and avalanche transceivers.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and meetings may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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