Forest Technician (PO-00735562)

The Forestry Tech's major duties will include:

  • Prescribed fire preparation – construct firelines with hand tools, fall trees that threaten the fireline (S212 required
  • for sawyers) or assist FWS sawyer by swamping down trees, operate ATV/UTV (USFWS training required prior to
  • operation).
  • Prescribed fire implementation – serve as Firefighter Type 2 with FWS fire crew to ignite and hold prescribed fires.
  • Ignition may be either interior or exterior. Holding will be by foot, ATV/UTV, or engine. NOTE – ability to earn
  • firefighter type 2 certification is required. This certification requires passing the arduous pack test, i.e. carrying a 45
  • pound pack three miles in 45 minutes or less. Crew will participate in weekly physical fitness training to maintain
  • fitness level throughout burn season.
  • Red-cockaded woodpecker monitoring – verify RCW breeding season productivity using peeper camera and
  • climbing ladders. Assist with chick banding.
  • Forest inventory – measure trees, fuels and ground cover on permanent monitoring plots. Background in
  • dendrology and/or botany is helpful.
  • Assist with hunter check stations and collection of biological information during managed deer hunts.
  • Exotic plant control. This includes herbicide application. NOTE – the intern will not use restricted use herbicides,
  • and they will work under a refuge employee’s certified applicator’s license.
  • Other duties include timber marking, quail, butterfly and other wildlife monitoring, boundary line, and trail and other
  • public use area maintenance.


  • $1,100 one-time travel allowance (personal vehicle is required).
  • $300 / week living allowance
  • Shared housing provided on site
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the position.
  • Training may include: Wildland Firefighter (S-190, Intro to Wildland, S-130, Firefighter Training, ICS 100, Intro to the Incident Command System); S-212, Wildland Fire Chainsaws; CPR/First Aid; USFWS ATV/UTV operation; defensive driving; other on-the-job training.


Position ID: PO-00735562

Expected Dates: January 8, 2024 - August 18, 2024

718 Juliette Road
Round Oak, GA 31038

Training Provided: Wildland Firefighter (S-190, Intro to Wildland, S-130, Firefighter Training, ICS 100, Intro to the Incident Command System); S-212, Wildland Fire Chainsaws (possible, not definite); CPR/First Aid; USFWS ATV/UTV operation; defensive driving.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Possible involvement in environmental education and outreach. There are many opportunities to explore historical, cultural, and other natural resource sites within a 60 mile radius of the refuge.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

It's not for work; instead, it's because the closest town - and the grocery store - is 20 miles each way.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing is a three bedroom house with full kitchen located on refuge. It is located within the refuge maintenance
complex which includes other gov't housing for staff and volunteers.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association