Vacancy Announcement

The Government wide Vacancy Announcement number and link is below:
MERIT: 13-06040001-08379G-CO (opens 5/31 – closes 6/10)

The Demo Vacancy Announcement number and link is below:
DEMO: 13-06040001-8379DP-CAO (open 5/31 closes 6/5)

PFT-GS-1315 7/9
North Zone Hydrologist
Region 6, Malheur National Forest, Prairie City Ranger District

The Malheur National Forest, Prairie City Ranger District, is filling (1) PFT – GS-1315 7/9 North Zone Hydrologist position with a duty station in Prairie City, OR.

MERIT: 13-06040001-08379G-CO (opens 5/31 – closes 6/10)
DEMO: 13-06040001-8379DP-CAO (open 5/31 closes 6/5)

For those interested who are not, or never have been, a career or career-conditional federal employee including military applicants, you will need to apply to the announcement number ending with “DP”).

Applicants need to indicate Prairie City, Oregon as one of their geographic locations to be considered for these positions. To ensure consideration, you need to apply for this position by the close dates.

The vacancy announcement for this position is posted at the USA Jobs website, the U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employment information:

The Position:
 Serves as a Zoned Hydrologist for two Ranger Districts on the Malheur National Forest, with the work performed on the Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts. Most work will be based in Prairie City Ranger District.
 Provides assistance in collecting and/or analyzing hydrological data such as water quality, streamflow, and sediment
 Locates, quantifies, and maps the channel network, riparian and aquatic habitats, Rosgen or Montgomery-Buffington channel types, erosional processes, vertical and horizontal controls on fluvial geomorphic processes, wetland obligate plant communities, etc.
 Participates as a member of a high performance Interdisciplinary (IDT) team and works constructively with IDT members.
 Writes complex specialist reports (NEPA) for forest and range management projects with limited oversight.
 Participates in Watershed resource data storage and retrieval needs, including maintenance of the Watershed databases and GIS.
 Participates in interdisciplinary team for Riparian/Range Inventory and Monitoring. Riparian inventory to include Proper Functioning Condition. Riparian monitoring includes Multiple Indicator Monitoring, surveyed cross section, longitudinal profiles and substrate sampling.
 May serve as a work leader to temporary employees.
 Completes road condition surveys or GRAIP studies to identify maintenance, stormproofing and decommissioning opportunities.
 Assists with developing Watershed Restoration Action Plans, identifies, designs and implements Essential Projects

FOREST OVERVIEW: The Malheur National Forest encompasses nearly a million and a half acres of wilderness, rangeland, and general forest in the majestic Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. It sustains a diversity of vegetation ranging from juniper-sagebrush woodlands and bunchgrass grasslands to high elevation alpine forests of subalpine fir and whitebark pine. Extensive tracts of ponderosa pine, western larch, Douglas-fir, grand fir and lodgepole forests occur between the juniper/grassland foothills and alpine peaks. Elevations range from 4000 feet to 9038 feet atop beautiful Strawberry Mountain. The majority of the Forest lies in Grant and Harney counties, with portions in Baker and Malheur counties. State Highway 395 bisects the Forest north-to-south, and State Highway 26 from east-to-west. The Forest has 3 ranger districts at this time; Blue Mountain Ranger District and Prairie City Ranger District in the north, and the Emigrant Creek Ranger District to the south.

The Forest is located at the interface between the Great Basin and the Columbia Plateau cultural areas and contains significant cultural resources related to both cultures. It has one of the highest site densities in the Pacific Northwest with over 5,000 archaeological and historic sites documented to date. The dominant prehistoric sites are obsidian lithic scatters associated with the thirteen distinct obsidian sources located on the Forest. Historic sites associated with gold mining, ranching, railroad logging and Forest Service administration are also present. The Forest has an active and well supported Passport In Time volunteer program with a dedicated pool of regular volunteers.

ABOUT THE AREA: John Day and Prairie City: At the base of the beautiful Strawberry Mountain Range, lies the town of Prairie City (est. Pop. 1000). It has one elementary, junior high and high school, a dental office, several restaurants and coffee shops, Historic Hotel Prairie, an antique store, a drug and merchantile, Bed and Breakfasts, and the historical Sumpter Valley Railroad Museum. The surrounding countryside is a combination of forested mountains, high desert plateaus, and rolling prairie. Both communities, Prairie City and John Day, lie at the head of the John Day River Valley, the last major undammed tributary of the Columbia River. The area offers unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities including hunting (elk, deer, upland birds), fishing, hiking, mountain biking/cycling, camping, beautiful scenery, winter sports such as cross country and back country skiing, snow shoeing or snowmobiling. It offers wide open, uncrowded spaces for those seeking peace and solitude.
The upper John Day River Valley is home to the majority of the 8000 residents of Grant County. John Day/Canyon City constitutes the primary population “center” (est. Pop. 2500) and county seat. It is a full service community with a hospital, medical and dental offices, elementary, junior high and high school, restaurants, motels, grocery and drug store, Bed and Breakfasts, city swimming pool and historical museums. There is a County airport with a local flying club, fairgrounds, 4-H opportunities, soccer, baseball, and softball leagues.
The closest urban centers include Baker City, Oregon (1 ¼ hours northeast), La Grande, Oregon (2 hours northeast), Bend, Oregon (3 hours west), Boise, Idaho (3 hours east) and Pendleton, Oregon (3 hours north).

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