The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will soon be filling a permanent position for a Procurement Technician at the Supervisor’s Office with a duty station of Springerville, Arizona. This position offers a challenging career opportunity for an individual seeking experience on a busy and complex forest.


TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN THE PERMANENT POSITION: Please fill out the attached outreach response form and send to Joe Vieth, Supervisory Administrative Management Specialist, by COB January 10, 2014.


Provides clerical and technical support to Contract Specialists on tasks such as soliciting offers; conducting discussions with contractors; evaluating quotes, bids, and proposals; compiling necessary data or reports on contractor performance; and awarding, administering and closing out contracts. The employee receives procurement requests for services and work which are covered under established fixed price, time and materials and other delivery order contracts.  Reviews requests for accuracy and completeness and assures that requested work or services fall within the scope of the contract.  Resolves or clarifies requirements with technical personnel as required.  Maintains contents of solicitation and contract folders, with oversight.  Reviews and assures contracts comply with governing procurement regulations, policies and procedures.  Assists in the administration of on-going contracts by performing follow-up or expediting deliveries.  Monitors progress and takes necessary action to identify problems or deviations.  Brings unusual situations or problems to the attention of contract specialists.  Prepares invoice transmittals to submit for payment.  Prepares routine contract files for closeout upon completion of contracts in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations and agency policy.  Reviews files for completeness, and follows up on unfinished documents in order to complete and close out the files.  Makes purchases under the Micro-Purchase threshold via a government purchase card.  Manages the facility warehouse and mailroom.  Performs other duties as assigned.


The Apache and the Sitgreaves National Forests were administratively combined in 1974 and are now managed as one unit from the Forest Supervisor’s Office. The forest is 2,110,000 acres in size and is located in east-central Arizona along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. The forest covers portions of Coconino, Navajo, Apache, and Greenlee counties; borders the Coconino, Tonto, and Gila National Forests; and borders the White Mountain Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations.

The Apache-Sitgreaves has 34 lakes and reservoirs and more than 1080 miles of perennial rivers and streams – more than can be found in any other Arizona National Forest. The White Mountains contain the headwaters of several Arizona Rivers including the Black, the Little Colorado, and the San Francisco. The forest ranges in elevation from 3500 feet near Clifton to nearly 11,500 feet on Mount Baldy. The congressionally proclaimed Mount Baldy, Escudilla, and Bear Wallow wilderness areas and the Blue Range Primitive Area make the forest one of America’s premier backcountry Forests.

The management concerns on the Apache-Sitgreaves include the health and restoration of the forest, watersheds, and ecosystems, and providing a sustainable recreation program.  Over one-quarter of the forest (538,000 acres) was burned by the 2011 Wallow Fire. The highest priority work is associated with rehabilitation of the burned area, reducing the dangers associated with wildfire in the urban interface, forest restoration, and Forest Plan Revision implementation (Forest Plan scheduled to be completed in mid-2014). There will be continued opportunities to work with forest leadership as they incorporate restoration and recovery into the forest-wide program of work.

There are a total of 96 active allotments covering the majority of the forest. Fish and wildlife habitats in and around allotments for federally-listed species include Mexican spotted owl, Mexican wolf, Southwestern willow flycatcher, Chiricahua leopard frog, and numerous fish species including the Apache trout, Gila trout and loach minnow.


Springerville is located in East-Central Arizona on U.S. 60 and State Highways 180-191, approximately 220 miles Northeast of Phoenix and sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet. It was originally established in 1879. Combined with a mild climate and proximity to a wealth of outdoor recreation year round, ranging from hunting and fishing to winter skiing, Springerville is a haven for recreational enthusiasts in Arizona and New Mexico.  The towns of Springerville and Eagar are contiguous and make up the area referred to as Round Valley. A variety of industries shape the economic profile. In the early days, cattle and sheep ranching were principal economic activities, but these have gradually been augmented by tourism, agriculture, construction, forestry, and retail sales in support of the 6,000 local residents.

Springerville and Eagar offer a range of facilities to their residents, including a library, hospital, museum, and numerous athletic facilities as well as a campus for Northland Pioneer College. Sunrise Ski area, located on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, is 30 minutes away. Springerville is also home to Casa Malpais, a nationally recognized archeological ruin.  There are several local restaurants offering a variety of food and drink.  Recently opened is the XA Saloon and Dance Hall, a traditional country western saloon frequented by John Wayne in older times.

There are two supermarkets and a variety of convenience stores located in the Round Valley.  There is also one drug store, one Alco (mini Wal-Mart style) store, automotive parts stores and several specialty stores located in the Round Valley area. Shopping in Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low 45 miles away includes Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Home Depot, larger grocery stores, clothing and shoe stores, and many other specialty stores.  There are two banks located in Eagar and one bank in Springerville.  There are seven motels ranging from Best Western to local owned.





Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests:

Apache County Chamber of Commerce:

Town of Springerville:

Town of Eagar:

Town of Pinetop-Lakeside:

Town of Show Low:




Procurement Technician GS-1106-5/6 (Permanent Position)

Springerville, AZ

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Joe Vieth, Supervisory Administrative Management Specialist (928) 333- 6261.

Please return your completed outreach form by COB January 10, 2014 to Joe Vieth by email at

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