Forestry Technician (Recreation-Snow Ranger)

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Carson City, NV, USA
  • Aug 20, 2018
Temporary Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Forestry Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description


PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season.

These positions are temporary, have 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. 

These positions are located within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Incumbent provides technical support to the unit recreation and snow ranger program. Snow Rangers monitor winter recreation activities from December through April on- National Forest Lands.    

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Cody Nicholes at (775)884-8122 or

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

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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Performs winter patrols of wilderness boundaries and crucial winter wildlife closures by snowmobile, skis, ATV, or snow shoes to ensure compliance with winter recreation regulations.

Plans, schedules, and accomplishes the day-to-day operations and maintenance tasks for recreation activities in general forest areas, trails, and in designated wilderness according to approved plans.

Provides daily user counts and maintains data base of information to be included in year-end reports. Monitors use and user impacts, and reports findings.

Monitors the condition and use of trails and oversees the construction and maintenance of winter trails.  

May perform law enforcement/Forest Protection Officer responsibilities using all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), and snowmobiles to patrol unit roads and trails. Provides and supports Forest Law Enforcement efforts in enforcing rules and regulations. Issues violations for misdemeanor or infraction of code of federal regulations. Documents, reports, and files incident reports.

Collects, compiles, and summarizes avalanche data and observations. Provides reports to the Avalanche Center. Provides assistance in presenting the education program for employees and the public about avalanches.

As requested, provides support to search and rescue operations. Search and rescue operations may be for incidents such as avalanches, lost public, snowmobile accidents/fatalities, occurring on National Forest Lands. Incumbent may be required to administer first aid or CPR.

Provides recreation opportunity, resource management practice, and current condition information to Forest visitors.   Explains Forest Service rules and regulations. Provides specific information and winter education to the public for winter time activities on the unit.

NOTE: Incumbent must meet the Minimum Level I American Avalanche Association or equivalent certification. In addition, First Aid and CPR certification is required to perform duties. A valid driver’s license is required to drive motor vehicles.

Use of snowshoes, skis, ATV’s, and snowmobiles is required, with the ability to safely move and reposition snowmobiles in deep snow, load/unload snowmobiles from trailers, etc.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$16 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 05.