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    PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2018 Temporary Employment Hiring Season.

    This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

    This position is located at the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The mission of NWAC is to save lives and reduce the impacts of avalanches on recreation, industry and transportation in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains of Washington and northern Oregon through mountain weather and avalanche forecasting, data collection and education. The primary purpose of this position is to provide avalanche forecasts to the general public, utilizing multiple sources of information.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact: Simon Trautman at strautman@fs.fed.us or (406) 570-3615 or Mike Schlafmann mschlafmann@fs.fed.us or (425) 783-6063.

    The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit’s needs.

    Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.

    The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement.  Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates.

    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. 

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    Incumbent uses data obtained through multiple sources to update avalanche conditions and issues written and verbal avalanche forecasts for the local Avalanche Center and other system network services. Interprets and evaluates raw data which is critical to issuing accurate and regularly scheduled forecasts and emergency advisories. Inspects and performs routine user level maintenance and services on various weather equipment and instruments.

    Observes weather and atmospheric conditions, records and interprets meteorological data, transmits and reports on recorded information, and provides meteorological information and advice to the general public through the Avalanche Center. Ensures that regular field snow pack observations are conducted and appropriate data is collected to inform avalanche forecast. Uses judgment when interpreting raw avalanche data. Issues avalanche warnings when criteria are met, and terminates such avalanche warnings when expired.

    Uses accepted observation procedures as well as standard practices modified to meet the relevant conditions to provide current advisories. Performs such tasks as observing, recording, and transmitting atmospheric and weather information including air pressure, temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, cloud and ultraviolet conditions, snow stability, and analyzes and interprets weather data. Practices mountain and avalanche safety measures while collecting data in high-elevation and avalanche prone terrain.

    Maintains automated data on computer systems which contain historical mountain weather information. Uses these systems to communicate with others regarding weather data and to improve forecasting methods. Composes and issues regularly scheduled emergency weather forecasts using the computer as well as disseminates and terminates advisories.

    Provides training and guidance on avalanches and avalanche related work. On occasion, provides avalanche and mountain weather education sessions to schools, professional groups and others.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

    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.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/505494900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.