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    The Pacific West Region is recruiting for summer seasonal Animal Caretaker (Packer), WG-5048-7 positions in Olympic National Park intended to assist permanent staff with Animal Caretaking (Packer) field work.
    The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for this position is April - September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April, 2019.

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    Responsible for the care of up to 30 head of horses and mules. Responsible for feeding proper types and amounts of rations in both front country and back country situations - insuring they receive proper nutrition during times of heavy work and off times and insuring they are fed properly on his/her lieu days. Responsible for basic veterinary care of animals including but not limited to: worming, vaccinating, administering medication and dressing wounds. Responsible for the recognition of more serious injuries/illness and the coordination of required medical care. Responsible for performing farrier duties at regular intervals without causing injury to stock or people and ensuring stock is properly shod before heading into the backcountry. Responsible for keeping corrals and barn areas clean and in orderly condition and doing repairs and maintenance on them as needed. Responsible for safely leading strings of up to 8-head over rough mountain trails, requiring long days on the trail and spending up to seven consecutive nights camped in remote backcountry settings. Responsible for making and balancing loads of various types of equipment (chainsaws, tools, gasoline, lumber, camping gear, food, propane tanks) for transport by pack animal over rough mountain trails. Responsible for practicing minimum impact and leave-no- trace techniques while overnighting stock in backcountry Responsible for maintaining and repairing all tack, saddles, rope and pack equipment used. Responsible for safely operating motor vehicles up to and including a 5-ton tractor type vehicle to pull 8-head gooseneck stock trailer over rough narrow mountain roads and on highways. Responsible for performing trail maintenance and construction tasks or serving as crew leader for trail projects when not performing packing duties. Performs and/or leads others in the following duties: clearing trails of windfalls, limbs, brush, rocks, landslides, and other debris, digging or cleaning culverts and ditches for drainage purposes, tread work on native soil, gravel and asphalt trails, building and repairing bridges, puncheon or footlogs, operating chainsaws, rock drills, power brush cutters and augers & other power tools, using axes, pulaskis, shovels, picks, wheelbarrows & other hand tools.

    Travel Required

    76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    5048 Animal Caretaking

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