Nez Perce National Forest (Idaho) hiring Trails Supervisor

February 8, 2010

Deadline: February 26, 2010

GS-0462-6/7 Forestry Technician (Trails Supervisor)
The Nez Perce National Forest will be advertising for a permanent, seasonal GS-0462-06/07 Forestry Technician position on the West Zone. This is a pre-announcement. The position will be advertised at a later date on USA Jobs and AVUE. Anyone interested in further information should obtain the Outreach Response Form from or contact David Hepler at 208-983-4018 before February 26, 2010.
The position is responsible for the oversight, direction, and support of trail operations and programs on 2 Forest Service Ranger Districts collectively known as the West Zone. Assignments will include planning a program of work, preparing budgets, recruitment of temporary work force, training, contract inspection, and accomplishment reporting.
• Responsible for annually developing and implementing the West Zone trails program of work. Ensures that all projects and work comply with applicable agency rules and federal laws. Submits applicable projects to resource specialists for compliance review.
• Recruits, fills, and trains the West Zone temporary trail crew.
• Conducts technical training of the trail crew in trail and bridge construction, reconstruction, and maintenance techniques as well as training on safety practices and use of tools.
• Oversees the care and use of riding and pack animals.
• Plans and coordinates trail and trailhead related volunteer projects.
• Plans equipment needs and purchases supplies.
• Performs duties of inspector on trail contracts. May be certified as Contract Officers Representative (COR).
• Assists in development of cost estimates and preparation of project work plans for out-year trail maintenance, construction and reconstruction projects.

Working Conditions
The Salmon River canyon breaklands are extremely steep and rugged. Many trails are characterized by substantial elevation changes in short distances. Extensive walking and carrying heavy loads can be expected. Extensive driving on steep mountain roads can also be expected. Summers are generally very hot and dry with temperatures up to 110 degrees along the Salmon River. The mountain climate is tempered by higher elevations. Winter sees annual snowfalls in the mountains of several feet that persist into early summer.
Administratively the Clearwater and Salmon River Ranger Districts are referred to as the West Zone. The Clearwater Ranger District office is in Grangeville and is also the office for the Nez Perce National Forest Supervisors Office. The Salmon River Ranger District office is located at Slate Creek Ranger Station near White Bird. Temporary employee housing, the trail crew shop, and stock pasture are located at Slate Creek Ranger Station. The West Zone trail program is responsible for oversight of 778 miles of trail. Annual trail maintenance is performed by force account crew, private contractor, High Mountain Trail Machine Association, Idaho Pathfinders Club, Back Country Horsemen (North Central Idaho and Twin Rivers), and various conservation corps.
The West Zone comprises an area of approximately 600,000 acres. Elevations range from less than 2,000’ along the Salmon and South Fork of the Clearwater Rivers to 8,345’ on Gospel Peak. The West Zone contains half of the 200,000 acre Gospel-Hump Wilderness Area, a very popular local destination for horseback riding, mule packing, deer and elk hunting, and fishing in subalpine lakes. The Salmon River through the Frank Church Wilderness is among the most well known and highly sought after whitewater rafting trips in the US. The Salmon River corridor access from Vinegar Creek is managed by the West Zone and includes annual maintenance of the Salmon River trail, oversight of the Slate Creek river patrol, and administration of special use permits on the river. Recreational trails such as the Milner Trail, the Hump Trail, Centennial trail (old State wagon road) and the Freedom trail were wagon roads to the 19th century gold mining towns of Florence, Warren, and Buffalo Hump. The ruins of Old and New Florence town sites are popular summer auto touring destinations. In the winter 100 miles of roads are groomed for snowmobiling and 13 miles of trail are groomed for Nordic skiing.
The Salmon River and Clearwater Districts administer programs in virtually all resource areas with specialists in fields including botany, wildlife, fisheries, hydrology, archaeology, silviculture, range management, timber management, fire management, noxious weed treatment, and recreation. The West Zone employs a staff of 42 permanent employees and 35 – 40 temporary employees in the summer.

The Slate Creek Ranger Station is adjacent to Highway 95 and is located 8 miles south of White Bird (population 150), 24 miles south of Grangeville (population 3,300), and 26 miles north of Riggins (population 400). Because of the steep, rocky nature of the canyon breaklands, homes and farms are sparsely located along highway 95 which parallels the Salmon River between Riggins and White Bird. The inland seasport cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington are located 100 miles north on Highway 95. The combined population of the communities is 40,000, so opportunities for shopping are plentiful. Located at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers the elevation of the cities is approximately 740 feet, and the climate is mild in the winter and hot in the summer.

Government housing is not available. Inexpensive rentals are readily available within a 30 minute drive of Slate Creek Ranger Station. Rental rates for a 2 bedroom apartment in Grangeville are between $400 to $600 per month and slightly higher in Riggins. Houses for sale are abundant in Grangeville with prices for a 2-3 bedroom house ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. Between Riggins and White Bird on Highway 95 rentals and real estate for sale do exist, but are scarce, expensive, and vary in quality.
Grades K-12 are available in Grangeville and Riggins. Lewis and Clark State College is located in Lewiston. Walla Walla Community College is 102 miles away, University of Idaho is 130 miles away, and Washington State University is 140 miles away.
Syringa Hospital and Clinic in Grangeville is the closest full service medical facility. Family physicians, optometrists, dentists, chiropractors, veterinarians, physical therapists, and mental health professionals are all located in Grangeville. Hospitals and medical specialists are available in Lewiston, Clarkston, Boise, Missoula, MT, and Spokane, WA.
Most denominations are located in Grangeville. About 18 churches are located in town.

Hunting and fishing are easily the most popular outdoor pursuits in North Central Idaho. But river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, and all types of motorized recreation activities are also available and popular. In the winter cross country skiing is available 7 miles from Grangeville. Downhill ski areas can be found in Grangeville, Cottonwood (40 miles), and McCall (67 miles).
David Hepler 208-983-4018

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