The US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station will soon be hiring people to conduct inventories to help understand the environmental impacts of roads. Field crews will conduct detailed GPS-based road inventories using the GRAIP (Geomorphic Roads Analysis and Inventory Package) road inventory system. The work will be conducted from a vehicle and on foot. Crews will be based in California and Idaho.
Type of Positions: Crew members. The two-person crews will work closely together all summer collecting data on forest roads. Some crews will work in one or two watershed areas with ample recreation opportunities in evenings and days off, and other crews will have the privilege of visiting many national forests throughout the greater western U.S. from Montana to California. We are hiring for three crews.
Locations: There will be one crew working in the Sierra Nevada mountains, around Lower Bear River Reservoir with a duty station of Pioneer, CA. This crew is likely to camp out of tents or trailers all summer. One crew will work in the west-central mountains of Idaho, with a duty station of Council, ID, and will also camp in tents or trailers all summer. These crews will be collecting standard GRAIP data (see the website).
The third crew will travel all summer, camping in tents in nearly all locations. Possible work locations range from Montana to California to Oregon to Idaho to Washington. This crew will begin and end each work hitch at their duty station in Boise, ID and drive a work vehicle to and from that hitch’s work location. This crew will experience a diversity of work assignments, including regular GRAIP data collection, and some work which will include heavy lifting (up to 80-90 lbs infrequently).
Salary: Positions will be filled at the GS-4 ($13.68/hr) and GS-5 ($15.31/hr) levels depending on experience.
Work Schedule and Employment Period: Full-time, 10 hours per day, 8 consecutive days per two-week hitch (8 days on, 6 off). Work will begin in Boise with a two-week training course in mid- to late-May 2015 and continue at each project area through August, September or October.
Qualifications: Course work in geomorphology, hydrology, geology, earth science, forestry, GIS, physical geography, or engineering is preferred. Field work experience, GPS, and GIS experience are highly desirable. Candidates should be organized, self-motivated, and have an excellent driving record. A current state driver’s license is required. Successful candidates will be physically fit and have the capacity to enjoy long field days and the peaceful solitude of nights in the woods.
How to Apply: Applications and resumes will be submitted through USAJobs. We are currently taking inquiries and will begin the application process in March, 2015. Applicants who contact us prior to then will be notified when the USAJobs announcements are posted.
For more information and to learn how to apply, contact Richard Cissel at email@example.com. Please include a phone number and the dates you would be available (start and end).
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