DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Shenandoah National Park
Open & closing dates
02/04/2019 to 02/08/2019
Pay scale & grade
$17.17 to $19.98 per hour
Temporary – Not to exceed 1039 hours
13 vacancies in the following location:
The purpose of these positions is to perform heavy physical labor in the maintenance and construction of trails.
Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.
The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is April through October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April 14, 2019
Performs routine trail maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of graded foot and horse trails. Work includes building, repairing, and maintaining erosion control structures, retaining walls, and tread surface and reblazing of trails; park boundary line maintenance, removal of vegetation growth and fallen rock and tree obstructions from trails. The trails may include ADA accessible trails with special surfaces, trails in high visitor use areas, foot and horse use trails in remote backcountry areas and trails in designated Wilderness areas.
Trail work is performed with a variety of hand tools including shovels, picks, swing blades (grass whip), McLeods, pulaskis, rock bars, cross-cut saws, wheelbarrows, grip hoist, etc. and small power equipment such as chainsaws, weed trimmers, rock drills and jack hammers.
The position requires frequent strenuous activity. Selectees are required to hike up to 12 miles per day over steep, rough and uneven mountainous terrain into backcountry worksites while carrying work tools. At least ninety percent of work is performed in an outdoor setting.
Positions are assigned to the Backcountry, Wilderness and Trails Branch in the Division of Natural and Cultural Resources at Shenandoah National Park. Work assignments will be throughout the Park and will be determined by work projects and agency needs. Park Headquarters complex is located approximately 4 miles from Luray, Virginia; a small rural community located in the Shenandoah Valley with a population of about 4800 with all usual facilities and services. Nearby local towns include Harrisonburg, 33 miles; Winchester, 44 miles; and Charlottesville, 66 miles. Temperatures range from zero to mid-nineties, average maximum is 83 degrees with high humidity and average minimum is 26 degrees with snow and ice.
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