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Physical Science Technician (Minerals)

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Department Of Agriculture Fairplay , CO 80440

Posted 2 months ago

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These positions are located within a National Forest. The incumbent serves as a minerals technician applying various techniques and work procedures in providing technical support of the unit minerals program. The incumbent will be involved with various mineral operations that may include locatable and mineral material activities, abandoned mines, and trespass structures.

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Provides technical support in inspecting mining operations, may include locatable and mineral material operations.

Assists supervisor in ensuring that operators comply with approved plans of operations stipulations and mitigation measures.

Assist higher graded technicians in the performance of technical field support. Such as, work related mineral operations, physical safety mitigation of abandoned mines, removal of trespass structures, and inspections of gravel pit operations.

Provides technical assistance with inspections of abandoned mines; aids in identifying potential risk to public safety; assists in the mitigation of any physical hazards. Provides technical assistance to project lead and/or supervisor to ensure mining operations are carried out in accordance with approved operating plans and reports, documents, and files findings of inspections.

Provides technical support with inspections of gravel pits and aids in the compliance with permit stipulations, abandoned property, refuse, and public health and safety. Inspects both active and abandoned gravel pits.

Follows detailed instruction for demolition/disposal of unauthorized structures and abandoned property. Assists with the installation and maintenance of regulatory signs, as well as other signs associated with mineral material sites, travel management and safety.

Provides information about recreational gold panning opportunities to Forest visitors and explains the Forest Service rules and regulations when necessary.

Incumbent may access operations using all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), watercraft, and/or aircraft.

Performs other duties as assigned.

NOTE: The position requires that the incumbent possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

Supervisory status


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    1311 Physical Science Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license as a condition of employment.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-05: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4.

Specialized experience is defined as: Applied knowledge and skill in using standard procedures acquired through extended training or experience to successfully perform field work related to physical science projects; selected appropriate scientific manuals, guidelines and agency procedures to assist higher graded technicians in project completion and used scientific instruments and procedures to log and analyze data.

Basic knowledge of geologic concepts and mining practices. Additionally, general skills needed in organization, time management, word processing, spreadsheets and databases.-OR

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.

  • OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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Physical Science Technician (Minerals)

Expired Job

Department Of Agriculture