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Job Title: Engineering Equipment Operator Helper

Department: Department of Agriculture – Modoc National Forest Service

Location: Alturas, California

Salary: $19.98/hr

About the Modoc National Forest Service: The Modoc National Forest is a stunning expanse of natural beauty nestled in the northeastern corner of California. With diverse landscapes ranging from pine forests to high desert, it offers a unique environment for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The Forest Service is committed to the preservation and sustainable management of this precious resource, ensuring its enjoyment for generations to come.

Job Description: The Modoc National Forest Service is seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as an Engineering Equipment Operator Helper. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals in a dynamic outdoor environment, contributing to essential operations within the forest.


  • Assist Engineering Equipment Operators in the operation and maintenance of various heavy equipment, including bulldozers, graders, and excavators.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks on equipment, such as lubricating, cleaning, and minor repairs, under the guidance of experienced operators.
  • Help to ensure the safe and efficient operation of machinery, adhering to established safety protocols and procedures.
  • Assist with the transportation of equipment to job sites and the set-up and breakdown of work areas as needed.
  • Support forestry and land management projects, including road maintenance, trail construction, and wildfire mitigation efforts.
  • Collaborate with team members to accomplish project goals in a timely and effective manner, fostering a culture of teamwork and camaraderie.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Basic knowledge of heavy equipment operation and maintenance preferred.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a fast-paced outdoor environment.
  • Physical stamina and strength to perform manual labor and lift heavy objects as required.
  • Excellent communication skills and a positive attitude.


  • Competitive salary of $19.98/hr.
  • Opportunities for training and professional development.
  • Access to federal employee benefits, including health insurance and retirement plans.
  • Enjoyment of the natural beauty of the Modoc National Forest and surrounding areas.
  • Opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to conservation and land management efforts.

How to Apply: 

You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (MST), Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be returned to Human Resources no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order for it to be entered into the system prior to the closing date.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Agency Contact to request this.

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Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 19.98