Plumas National Forest (CA) seeks Recreation Restoration Specialist

February 1, 2010


Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District, will shortly advertise the following position:

One permanent position for fulltime employment as Recreation Specialist

GS-0401-9/11 Recreation Specialist
2010 Annual Base Salary Range of $47,448 to $74,628
This notice describes one permanent, fulltime position, available in Quincy, CA.

Description of the duties associated with this position:
Recreation Specialist

The position serves as the Storrie Fire Restoration Recreation Specialist and is responsible for the identification, improvement, and restoration of recreational and scenic values damaged during the Storrie Fire.

Duties Include:

Serves as interdisciplinary team member (with expertise in recreation resources) for planning of fire restoration activities which could include: silvicultural treatments; fuels reduction; fish, wildlife, and native plant habitat enhancement; watershed restoration; recreation and scenic improvements; road improvements; cultural resource damage mitigation; and weed abatement. Develops and implements projects to restore recreational and scenic vales in the project area, such as hiking, camping, riding, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, nature study and wildlife viewing. Recreational and scenic resources in the fire area include: backcountry recreation, Bucks Lake Wilderness, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Feather River Scenic Byway, and the North Fork Feather River. Interacts with external groups and individuals to maximize recreation and scenic value restoration. Develops projects to enhance public understanding of fire-dependent ecosystems. Carries out inventories of recreational and scenic resources affected by the fire; analyzes the data collected. Prepares written and oral reports, and makes suggestions and recommendations on a wide variety of resource restoration projects. Coordinates with recreation staff on multiple Ranger Districts and National Forests.
The mission of the Storrie Fire Restoration program is to restore and improve public values lost during the Storrie Fire of 2000. Up to $80 million dollars is available for the effort. A Ten-Year Restoration Plan exists to conclude the majority of restoration work by 2019. This position resides within the Storrie Fire Restoration Team organization, on the Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District. The position works for the Storrie Fire Restoration Team Leader, under the guidance of the Mt. Hough District Ranger. The Storrie Fire also burned on the Lassen National Forest, with which the Plumas Restoration Team is closely collaborating.

Area description:

The Plumas National Forest encompasses approximately two million acres of tree-covered mountains, filled with hundreds of high lakes and thousands of miles of clear running streams. Elevations on the forest range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet. The forest lies at the northern extent of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where they transition to the Cascade Range. From east to west, the forest spans the Sierra crest, including the high-elevation meadows and pine forests of the east side, and the lush, mixed conifer forests and deeply-incised canyons of the west. Feather Falls, the sixth highest waterfall in the United States, is in the western part of the forest. Among others, the area has been home to the Mountain Maidu and Washoe people, farmers, sheep and cattle ranchers, miners, logging communities, railroad and hydropower workers, as well as recreationists of all sorts seeking relief from summer heat and the pleasures of the mountains. Most local communities still have very strong ties to the National Forest. Snow and rain water flows off the forest into the Feather River, and provides significant irrigation and drinking water to millions of Californians, as well as hydroelectric power. The area has four seasons with warm to hot days and warm to cool nights in the summer, and periodic snowstorms in the winter. Within a half day or less drive are Lake Tahoe, Reno NV, Sacramento, Susanville, San Francisco, Redding, the northern California coast, Lake Shasta, and Lassen Volcanic National Park – each with a vast array of activities and opportunities. Popular activities within the National Forest include hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, white water rafting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and wildlife viewing.

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