The Kaibab National Forest is seeking a Forestry Tech (Timber Sale Prep) Student Trainee in support of the Forest Timber Management Program. The position is located at the Yampa Ranger District, located in Yampa, Colorado.
To express interest in this position, please complete the attached Outreach Response Form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
by close of business Friday March 23rd, 2018. For additional information on this position or the duty location, please contact Randall Walker at
Position Title: Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep) Student Trainee / GS-0499-04
Tour of Duty: This position will be advertised through Pathways as a Student Intern (Timber Sale Prep) Indefinite position (without a Not-To-Exceed date), which allows for non-competitive conversion to a permanent employee after successful completion of education degree requirements and on the job training. While the student intern completes the degree, the work schedule will occur around their school schedule. Once the degree and job training are completed, this position will convert to a permanent fulltime GS-0460-5/7/9 Sale Prep Forester appointment with the work schedule year round.
Duty Station: Fredonia, Arizona
Housing: There is housing during the internship period.
To Apply: This position will be advertised on the USAJOBs website as a Pathways Indefinite Student Intern from March 26 to 30, 2018.
The position is the Timber Sale Preparation Technician on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, located on the north side of the Grand Canyon. The District lies on the top of the Kaibab Plateau, half an hour south of Fredonia, Arizona where the District office is located. This position will serve as an apprentice timber cruiser and tree marker, working with the district tree marking crew. The position will be responsible for performing timber sale boundary layout, marking, and cruising. Major duties consists of boundary layout, GPS, timber cruise designs, tree marking and cruising, data collection, data entry and computer data processing, and other project field work. Candidates must be able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and be comfortable hiking in wooded environments across rugged terrain while carrying a day pack and wearing hard hat and other personal protective clothing.
About the Kaibab National Forest
The Kaibab National Forest encompasses 1.6 million acres, located on both the north and south sides of Grand Canyon National Park, and is composed of two other Ranger Districts, both located on the south end of the Forest. The Supervisor’s Office is located in Williams, AZ approximately 4 hours drive time from the North Kaibab District Office. The District manages two beautiful Wilderness Areas (Saddle Mountain and Kanab Creek), and the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center. The district encompasses approximately 656,000 acres.
Elevations on the District range from about 3,000 feet to over 10,000 feet. Vegetation varies from near desert-like conditions at the lower canyon elevations to pinyon-juniper woodlands, to the ponderosa pine belt, and up to the mixed conifer forests of pine, spruce and aspen in the cooler upper elevations. Wildlife is abundant, with mule deer, a few elk, Northern Goshawk, turkey, bison, and coyote being the most common larger species.
Summer temperatures average from lows of 50°F at night to highs of 85°F during the day. Winter temperatures average from 20°F to 45°F, with snow being a common sight. The cool monsoon season in July and August brings relief from the heat, but can bring brief but often violent thunderstorms across the Forest.
The Community of Fredonia
Fredonia lies in the northernmost part of Coconino County at an elevation of 4,700 feet. Arizona Highway 89A runs through the center of town and is a highly traveled route for tourists visiting the area. We consider both Fredonia and Kanab, UT as “our communities”. Fredonia has a population of about 1,100 residents, while Kanab is larger with about 4,500 people. The communities have three schools with grades K-12, several businesses (motels, gas stations, hardware, gift shops, etc.), banks, medical facilities, supermarkets, restaurants and churches. Kanab is located about 7 miles north of Fredonia.
The towns may seem small, but the lure of more remote outdoor experiences attracts visitors to this area. To the south of Fredonia/Kanab is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, to the east is Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and to the northwest are Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. All are within a 2 hour drive.
While Kanab, Utah has many attractions for tourists, Fredonia maintains a simpler and quieter lifestyle. Cattle ranching and dry farming contribute to the economy. The town is currently working on programs aimed at future economic development. The larger communities of Page, Arizona and Saint George, Utah are approximately 1.5 hours away with additional shopping and entertainment opportunities.
Government housing is available for approximately $ 8.00 per day. Otherwise, local rental housing is generally scarce but improving. Previous short term employees have utilized a variety of temporary housing options including staying in motels, locating small rental properties, or staying at RV parks.
Randall Walker, District Ranger, at 928-643-8130.
If this opportunity interests you, please complete and return the attached outreach reply form to Randall Walker, District Ranger.