Job Overview


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The position is in Region 6, located on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, in Amboy, Washington.

This position serves as the District Engineer and is responsible for the management of roads, bridges, major drainage structures, erosion control features, and an array of facilities. Key among these facilities are the Johnston Ridge Observatory and the Coldwater Science and Learning Center, which are crucial to engaging with the public on the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Tom Mulder at (360) 449-7810, or email

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-06030001-06455G-AW. 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.

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.


Develops and modifies civil engineering plans and specifications for new construction or to improve utility, quality, appropriateness, and appearance of construction.

Prepares original designs and preliminary and final layouts. Such projects may include road design, small bridges, retaining walls, major drainage structures, erosion control features, buildings, towers, equipment shops and yards, small dams and reservoirs, and recreation sites, or other comparable structures.

Evaluates design objectives, identifies economic and efficient procedures.

Develops design, coordinating with other engineers to ensure that all technical areas are covered.

Prepares or supervises preparation of special design specifications, cost estimates, and complete design package. Prepares or reviews Environmental Analysis, Environmental Impact Statements, and special reports with regard to new or improved engineering construction.

Coordinates with other resource area specialists to complete environmental documents and clearances.