Maintenance Worker -Tensas River (FW1566-LA-002)

Tallulah, LA
Tallulah, LA
28.00 Hourly
28.00  Hourly
Part-Time, Temporary
Monday - Friday, Days
Maintenance Worker -Tensas River (FW1566-LA-002)
Wage/Hr:$28.00Hours/Week:16 hours/week, est. 288 total hours.Minimum 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

Performs facilities maintenance, project support, landscaping, equipment operation, and other project support services for Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. May travel to other refuges, as needed.

  • Facilities Maintenance ? Uses hand and power tools to repair, replace, and maintain damaged or 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. Conducts as needed janitorial services.   40%
  • Grounds Maintenance and Project Support - Posts signs, digs trenches, plants vegetation, installs, maintains, and repairs fences and gates. Mows, trims vegetation, weed eats, and pulls weeds by hand. Treats unwanted vegetation with herbicide. Assists in maintenance of natural areas, parking areas, roadways, and trails.   35%
  • Equipment Operations - Operates gasoline, battery, electric, or diesel-powered equipment such as lawn maintenance tools, riding mowers, tractor, skid steer. Ability to operate equipment utilizing multiple attachments including, but not limited to, brush cutting, brush mastication, lifting, hauling, and shipping.   25%

  • Safety Training, Heavy Equipment Training
  • Travel Requirements: Potential travel to location for required training.
  • Overnight travel: 4-5 days for 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.