Heavy Equipment Operator - Tensas River (FW1566-LA-001)

Tallulah, LA
Tallulah, LA
33.00 Hourly
33.00  Hourly
Part-Time, Temporary
Monday - Friday, Days
Heavy Equipment Operator - Tensas River (FW1566-LA-001)
Wage/Hr:$33.00Hours/Week:16 hrs/week, est. 288 total hoursMinimum Age:55

The Fish and Wildlife Service Experienced Services Program was established to create a unique partnership to help solve the workforce issues facing government agencies. The Fish and Wildlife ESP connects experienced workers (age 55+) to the Fish and Wildlife Service to provide scientific, technical, and administrative services in support of the Fish and Wildlife Service priority multiple-use related programs and authorities. The experienced workers participating in the Program are referred to as Enrollee and are not employees of FWS or National Experienced Workforce Solutions (NEW Solutions). NEW Solutions is the ESP Non-governmental organization (NGO) responsible for administrative aspects of the Program, and the Enrollees work under Fish and Wildlife Service direction to assist the Agency staff in carrying out the Fish and Wildlife Service mission. Fish and Wildlife Service ESP Enrollees benefit from the opportunity to keep technical skills current, to access new training opportunities, to engage in gainful project-based positions, and to undertake meaningful tasks using their experience and talent to contribute to the environment, the national economy and their own financial security. Background security investigation may be required prior to start date. Location, hours and hourly pay are noted in this position description. FWS ESP positions are meant to provide temporary, project-based support. This position is currently funded for approximately 288 hours at 16 hours per week. (this is subject to change based on budget and other factors). Local applicants only or have RV. RV space provided. All work will be performed onsite at the Tensas River Wildlife Refuge in Tallulah, LA.


Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in heavy equipment operation. OR AA Degree

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Heavy Equipment Operator Training

This project?s primary purpose is to conduct road and trail maintenance, create wildlife habitat, protect resources, and improve infrastructure on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge that will provide/protect invaluable habitat resources for the refuge?s trust resources with the use of enrollee(s) professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to accomplish these goals and objectives.

  • Operate heavy equipment to: Improve roads and trails, remove vegetation for the creation of firebreaks, improve water conveyance, and manipulate fields and open areas by mowing and or disking.   90%
  • Facilities Maintenance: Uses hand and power tools to repair, replace, and maintain damaged and worn property. Performs maintenance, installation, and repair of mechanical and physical components of facilities and grounds. Conducts routine carpentry, metal work, painting, cleaning, and landscaping.   10%

  • Safety Training, Heavy Equipment Training
  • Travel Requirements: Potential travel to location for required training
  • Overnight travel: 4-5 days overnight travel for training
  • Government Vehicle Training: Online Defensive Driver training will be provided. Training may be completed on personal computers on work time.
  • Health and Safety Considerations: Heavy equipment operation can be hazardous. All enrollees will be required to complete FWS Heavy Equipment Training.
  • Required Safety Gear: Safety toe boots, work gloves, hard hat, safety vest, hearing and eye protection. Additional PPE may be required based on the needs of the project.
  • Safety Gear Use: Operating heavy equipment, tractors, mowers, gas or electric powered yard maintenance equipment, power tools, etc.
  • Physical requirements: Enrollees will be expected to work in field conditions operating heavy equipment. Exposure to high outdoor temperatures (90 ? 100 degrees F and high humidity), loud noises, and vibrations should be expected. Manual dexterity required for operation of equipment and safety checks. Lifting upwards of 50 pounds may be required.

NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions' policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.