Forest Service / Seasonal Trail Positions

The condition of the MDHT is a concern of the members and directors. Over the past few years we have seen a deterioration of the trail. With a limited maintenance crew and the help of some members and volunteers it, for the most part, continues to be useable.
During the past years the MDHTA Board of Directors have been meeting with the Forest Service. The trail maintenance has been and continues to be one of the main topics of discussion. The next meeting is scheduled for February 2016.
The Forest Service has had a problem of retaining a maintenance crew for the MDHT. They have stated that it is due to the oil boom in western North Dakota and lack of affordable housing, thus the availability of applicants and workers have been greatly reduced. The Forest Service is presently seeking applications February 3 – 9 for the 2016 season:
● BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE AID/FORESTRY AID/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (RECREATION) These positions are responsible for general site maintenance & visitor contact, including but not limited to cleaning restrooms, collecting trash, mowing & weed whacking, weed spraying, installing & posting signs, talking with visitors, enforcing rules. Typical work days are Monday through Friday. Limited overnight travel, weekend and/or holiday work may be required. Pay depends on experience; you must apply for each grade/pay level you wish to be considered for. A valid driver’s license is required. These positions will be filled as soon as possible, so apply at USAJOBS.GOV now! For more information on applying please contact Rob Schilling
● BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE AID/FORESTRY AID/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (TRAILS) Up to four trail crew positions will be filled. The trail crew is responsible for constructing & maintaining all of the trails on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands including the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail. Typically, the crew works Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. Some overnight travel/camping will be required. Pay depends on experience; you must apply for each grade/pay level you wish to be considered for. These positions will be filled as soon as possible, so apply at USAJOBS.GOV now! For more information on applying please contact Greg Morel, Trails Manager, Forest Service 701-227-7854 or gsmorel@fs.fed.us.
The Board is very concerned about the maintenance of the MDHT system. We will ask the Forest Service for a full crew of 8 to 10 seasonal workers. We are also asking all MDHTA members to help by getting the word out about the Trail Crew for 2016. We feel it is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking for summer employment. If housing is a concern, let’s be creative by using Dickinson, is there a friend or relative available? A full crew would get our MDHT System back to its Glory Days.
We are also asking your assistance to report areas of the trail that need to be repaired. Please document the problem/s on our website (comments section), and location (nearest mile marker) or GPS coordinates.  – submitted by Rod Mitzel MDHTA, VP

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