New job Survey Technician in Alaska

Survey Technician

Company : US Department of Agriculture
Salary : $16.89 an hour
Location : Alaska

Full Description



This position is with the Tongass National Forest, Supervisor's Office in Petersburg, Alaska.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact George Bisset at

The salary of the position will be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).


  • Serves as a skilled member of a land survey crew.
  • Uses simple hand instruments such as hand levels and compasses to collect land survey data. Uses compass and tape to conduct simple traverse surveys.
  • Makes rough estimates of yardage to be excavated for small land areas or determines approximate locations to be mapped.
  • Records and measures areas through use of manual and electronic recording and measuring devices. Works with higher level specialists and will be trained in surveying techniques.
  • Work will occur where cell phone communication may not be available during the day.
  • Work is performed in wet and cold rainy conditions and requires carrying up to 50lbs off trail in the woods while hiking several miles a day.
  • The position requires driving and riding in vehicles and boats for long periods of time. Camping for several consecutive nights may be required in addition to some weekend and holiday work.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0817 Survey Technical

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
    • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable)


    You must meet the ANILCA eligibility requirements to be referred for this position.

    Eligibility Requirements: You must have lived and or worked in or near the geographic boundaries of the Petersburg, Alaska and have special knowledge or expertise concerning the natural and cultural resources in the Tongass National Forest, Petersburg area to participate in survey activities.

    Your responses to the questions in the assessment for this announcement must clearly show that you meet the eligibility requirements.


    Education is not considered for eligibility requirements.

    Additional information

    This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and may be extended without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or lack of funds.

    The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs.

    If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

    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.

    If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    This is not a bargaining unit position.

    Government housing may be available.

    Federal affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on your responses to the questions in the assessment to determine whether or not you are eligible for appointment under the ANILCA authority.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
    • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD-214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This announcement is to fill this excepted service position under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) hiring authority, Public Law 96-487. You must have lived or worked in or near the geographic boundaries of the Tongass National Forest in Petersburg, Alaska and have special knowledge or expertise concerning the cultural and/or natural resources of the Petersburg, Alaska area to meet eligibility requirements.

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