Forestry Aid (General)


These positions are assigned to the Shawnee National Forest and will primarily assist with the National Visitor Use Monitoring program.  The purpose of the positions is to collect recreation use information from visitors as they are leaving developed recreation sites, wilderness areas, or the general forest area.  This will primarily be done through roadside and trailhead interviews at randomly selected sampled sites on specific dates.  Information gathered in the interviews will be used to estimate the total number of visitors to the forest for one year. 


These are part-time (less than 30 hours/wk), temporary positions with an estimated average of 3 or 4 work days a week from late-March 2013 until September 30, 2013.  Work days will primarily be on weekends with some weekdays and holidays included and will be in accordance with a predetermined schedule.  Some work days may be longer than 8 hours due to travel and set-up time.  The work sites will be located across the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois with the reporting stations at either Jonesboro or Harrisburg, IL.  Transportation will be provided by the Forest Service and applicants must be able to obtain a government driver’s license.


The duties include conducting interviews with recreation users as they exit recreation areas, wilderness areas, or forest roads.  The incumbent will be required to coordinate with the appropriate district recreation manager and locate the survey site, install a traffic counter, set up the interview pull-off with signs and traffic cones, conduct voluntary traffic stops, interview users, and record data required on the interview forms.  The interviews will be conducted for a minimum of 6 hours beginning at scheduled times.  The incumbent must be appropriately dressed (uniforms will be provided) and immediately recognizable as a Forest Service employee.


Prior to leaving the site location at the end of the interview period, the incumbent will review all data forms for clarity and completeness, record the traffic count from the traffic counter at the end of the last interview, and remove the traffic signs and cones.  They return to the site at the end of a 24 hour period to record the traffic count again and remove the traffic counter.  They will periodically send completed data entry forms to the appropriate individual.  The incumbent will work independently but will keep their supervisor informed of progress of any problems that develop.

How to Apply

This position is currently posted on and applications will be processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for the USDA Forest Service. 

Job Announcement Number: TEMPOCR-0462-03-GEN-DT