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Engineering Equipment Operator

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Decatur, TX



This position is located the Southern Region, National Forests in Texas, Caddo-Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands in Decatur, TX.

This position serves as an operator of heavy equipment on Initial attack, fire, and fuels management activities located on a forest unit and is also responsible for operating this equipment in support of other natural resource projects.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jerry Anderson at 940-627-5475 or by email at

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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 18-FIRE-R8-455734G-MW . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

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The primary purpose of this position is the operation of a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities. Incumbent must have an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires. Suppression activities may be under immediate supervision, however, incumbent may be required to conduct suppression activities independently.

Operates one or more types of heavy equipment to push, pull, pile, or load materials such as sand, gravel, and earth. Clears brush, tree stumps, and rocks while constructing fire lines for suppression and prescribed fire activities. Adjusts the attachments for proper level, angle, or depth, according to the work to be done and the type of equipment used.

Work is generally done on flat or rolling terrain with simple terrain problems.

May serve in positions as qualified on wildland and prescribed fire. May perform a full range of duties for fire, roads, timber, silviculture, recreation, wilderness, or research activities.

Is required to have a good degree of mechanical ability and skill to perform preventive maintenance and minor repair of equipment.

Transports heavy equipment to job site.

Completes all agency required administrative duties.

May provide direction and instruction to personnel assigned to assist.

Performs wildlife suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Travel Required

50% or less - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Company Profile
we are a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. We have an elite wildland firefighting team and the world’s largest forestry research organization. Our experts provide technical and financial help to state and local government agencies, businesses, private landowners and work government-to-government with tribes to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands. We augment our work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help us plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces and rural areas, just to name a few. Our team also promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service: "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run." Meet the Forest Service Our Organization What we believe Our numbers Our history Strategic Plan

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