Range Aid

Department Of Agriculture Helena , MT 59624

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is located within a National Forest. The incumbent performs a variety of recurring routine tasks in range management, as a crew member or individual worker.

Due to technical difficulties affecting applicants' ability to submit applications, this announcement is being extending for an additional 5 days.

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Counts livestock as they are entering or exiting allotments. Counts livestock on range allotments.

Inspects allotments before and after grazing season to document vegetation utilization. Document and report unpermitted livestock on Forest Service Lands. Document and report permit violations to superiors. Assists in roundup in case of unauthorized livestock use. Provides identification tags to permittees and oversees attachments to livestock.

Inspects conditions of boundary and drift fences and water developments. Checks progress of fence construction by permittees, and salt and feed locations.

Serves as a crew member on range improvement construction and revegetation projects that include construction of fences, cattle guards, water developments, repairing fences, prescribed burning, seeding and fertilization.

Assists in range analysis duties by driving stakes, stretching tapes and recording plants identified by higher grade employee.

Learns to identify range plants and soil types common to local area; receives assignments which provide basic understanding in the use of aerial photos.

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


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0455 Range Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US 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.


No Additional Requirement.


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-03: (6) Six months of general experience.

General Experience is defined as: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding and tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; Cleaned tools and equipment; Worked in a greenhouse or nursery moving, watering, and tending plants and performing other general labor; Worked on a landscape or construction crew; Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position.-OR

Completed an intensive, specialized course of study of less than one year at a technical school or through a military training program that included at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. (Programs of this type normally require completion of up to 40 hours per week of instruction rather than the usual 20 hours per week, are of at least three months duration, and are specific to the work in the position.)

  • OR

Successful completion of 1 year of study above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.

  • 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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Range Aid

Department Of Agriculture