his Sunday (4/19): Spring Gathering!

Coming up this Sunday, April 19, is the annual SEFS Spring Gathering, and you are all invited!

The Spring Gathering is a wonderful tradition that brings together alumni, professors, students and staff, as well as many friends and family members. Whether you’re a first-year student or one of our longest-tenured staff members, it’s a tremendous opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and classmates—and also enjoy some great food and wine.

This year’s event will be a potluck-style barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum. We’re providing the beverages and grillables—and hopefully the same gorgeous weather we’ve had the past couple years—and you can bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share for the potluck. We’re looking forward to seeing more old friends and new faces this year, so add your name to the RSVP list today!

Please let us know if you have any questions about the afternoon, and we’ll see you Sunday!

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UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity Opening

CCDE Grand Opening
May 27-29

On Friday, May 29th the CCDE will host its inaugural conference, “Why Communication? Why Difference? Why Equity?: A Diversity Intervention for the 21st Century.” Dr. Herman Gray (Professor and Chair of Sociology, UCSC) will give the Earl and Edna Stice keynote lecture entitled, “Precarious Diversity: Media, Representation, and Inequality,” UW faculty and Ph.D. alums will speak on panels such as “Is Equity a Scholarly Responsibility?” and “Thinking With and Through Difference: Popular Representations, Race and Political Economy.”

Other opening events include an Equity and Inclusion workshop titled “What I Said and What I Meant: Cross Cultural Communication” on Wednesday, May 27th, and a screening and discussion of Bound: Africans vs. African Americans on Thursday, May 28th.

The entire schedule can be found at: UWCCDEOpening.eventbrite.com

A little bit about the CCDE:

The Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity is committed to research and innovation, dedicated to leadership development, and foundationally community-centered in our desired impact of building a
more equitable world, in which our words and imagery and attention are infused with understanding, respect, fairness, and justice. It is essential for us as humans to negotiate difference by communicating
through, within, among, and between races, genders, sexualities, classes, abilities, and more. We have a responsibility as a premier public research university to deploy our skills of scholarship,
communication, and critique to fight against the inequalities that persist in the face of our changing world. Whether we move and breathe in the margins or at the center of cultures, we live difference in
a variety of overlapping, multifaceted, and distinctly experiential ways. Questions of difference are central to the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Washington, particularly in the
Department of Communication.

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SAFS Seminar Series: April 20, 2015 with Dr. Brent Hughes

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for its Spring Seminar Series. The SAFS seminar series consists of weekly presentations by eminent academics, prospective faculty members and the School’s own faculty members. Seminars are free and open to the public.

SAFS brings you a seminar with Dr. Brent Hughes, a candidate for the estuarine/nearshore faculty search in SAFS.

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Social immediately follows

University of Washington
Fishery Sciences Building, Room 102
1122 NE Boat Street
Seattle, Washington (map)

View the full seminar schedule.

For more information, please contact SAFS Front Desk, safsdesk@uw.edu, or 206-543-4270.

Dr. Brent Hughes

Food Webs, Stability, and Functioning Nearshore and Estuarine Ecosystems in the Northeast Pacific 

A primary goal of ecology and resource management is to determine the relative effects of abiotic and biotic drivers on the functioning and stability of ecosystems. My research addresses the complex ways that these biotic and abiotic forces can interact to influence function and stability of dynamic nearshore and estuarine ecosystems, often exposed to intense anthropogenic pressure. Although most experimental and comparative studies to date have highlighted strong physical forcing in coastal systems, ecologists have been mostly limited to comparative studies for assessing the role of top predators. Here, I experimentally show that the recovery of top predators, sea otters, through the restoration of food webs can lead to enhanced functioning and stability across disparate ecosystems, such as seagrasses and salt marshes. I also demonstrate that human threats to coastal ecosystems, in the form of anthropogenic nutrient loading and subsequent eutrophication induced hypoxia, can propagate to adjacent ocean ecosystems with consequences to important ecosystem services, such as provision of biodiversity and fishery production, which in turn are mediated by climatic forcing. In this case, El Niño events across the northeast Pacific modulate hypoxic conditions and the nursery function of estuaries. Taken together, results from my research demonstrate that both top predator recovery and climate can fundamentally regulate ecosystem functioning and stability in the face of extreme anthropogenic stress, which ultimately will inform future research and conservation efforts in the northeast Pacific.

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Seeking teachers and students for the 2015 WaterWorks program

WaterWorks is a free hands on program in water science and engineering education hosted by the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The program targets Seattle-area high school science teachers and 11th-12th grade students, and consists of two week-long workshops (one for teachers and one for students) designed to introduce participants to various aspects of water supply and treatment through a mix of labs, lectures, and field trips.

The dates for this year’s workshops have been set as 8/17-8/21 for teachers, and 8/24-8/28 for students.

Flyers for this year’s workshops are attached and additional details on the program (including application forms and resources from the 2013 and 2014 workshops) are available at: http://faculty.washington.edu/doddm/Personal/WaterWorks.html

WaterWorks flyer_teachers_2015.pdf
WaterWorks flyer_students_2015.pdf

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Summer Course in Environmental Interpretation Biol 399D

Environmental Interpretation

Summer 2015, A-Term BIOL 399 D – Biology Internship

MW, 9:10 AM – 12:30 PM June 22th – July 22th, 2014 Instructor: Celese Spencer 3 Credits

$45 Course Fee
Field Trip: One required. (Two to choose from. Dates TBD.)

For students interested in science, natural history, tourism, and/or recreation.

You will learn how to:

• Combine theoretical foundations with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programs

• Promote environmental stewardship and instill a sense of wonder about the natural world

**Certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) is available through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Students who are interested in working for the National Parks Service, the US Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service as well as State and local parks departments, zoo’s, museums and anywhere the public and science interact, may want to take this course.

For non-majors, it would be approved as ‘Natural World’ for general education requirements. For the Environmental Studies major in POE, the course could count as any of the following: natural sciences/bioregional/or fieldwork under perspectives and experiences.

For more information, see the attached flyer or email Celese Spencer at celese@uw.edu

Biol399D Envir. Inter Flyer2015.pdf

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Permanent Jobs with the Forest Service – April 15th

Please see below or a number of great positions.  The links will take you to our Forest Service Outreach Database for more information on each job including contact information for the hiring manager, job duties, etc.

Unless otherwise noted, these jobs are being outreached only and are not yet advertised in USAjobs at www.usajobs.gov.  Please contact the hiring manager found at each positions weblink given below to be notified when position will be advertised.

Resource Assistant GS-5 in Helena, Montana

Duties:  Provides support with all financial aspects of the timber sale program


Customer Service Representative GS-4/5 in Hungry Horse, Montana

Duties:  Customer service at the reception desk of the District Office


Property Management Officer GS-9/11 in Missoula, Montana

Duties:  Provides program oversight for government property owned


Rangeland Management Specialist GS-7 in White Bird, Idaho

Duties:  Provides technical expertise and input in support of the range and noxious weed control programs


Wildlife Biologist GS-7/9 in Nordman, Idaho

Duties:  Provides technical advice and leadership for a wildlife management program


Interpretive Specialist GS-11 in Great Falls, Montana

Job will be advertised in USAJobs.gov sometime the week of April 27th

Duties:  Responsible for the daily operations of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center


Silviculturist GS-11 in Grangeville or White Bird, Idaho

Duties:  Responsible for the silviculture program for the southern zone of the Forest


Assistant Fire Management Officer GS-8/9 in Livingston, Montana

Duties:  Provides leadership in the fire management program for the zoned program on the Forest


Regional Fuels Management Specialist GS -12/13 in Missoula, Montana

Job advertisement opens soon with the following announcement number:  15-FIRE-129885G-LM

Duties:  Responsible for the program management of the Regional fuels program


Fisheries Biologist GS-11 in Elk City, Idaho

Duties:  Responsible for planning, administering, and providing professional expertise and assistance in fishery resource management


Archeologist GS-9 in Dickinson, North Dakota

Duties:  Responsible for heritage and cultural resource management


Geographic Information Specialists GS-9 in Grangeville, Idaho

Duties:  Provides resource expertise for the development and application of geospatial information required to support project level work.


TERM POSITION – 1-4 year position with benefits similar to a permanent position

Natural Resource Specialist or Forestry Technician GS-7/8/9 in Townsend, Montana

Duties:  minerals administration, recreation, and weed management


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GS-462-4/5 Timber Vacancies

Forestry Technician GS-0462-3, 4, & 5
New Meadows, ID

The Payette National Forest is seeking candidates to fill up to six Forestry Technician (GS-0462) positions at the GS 3, 4 and/or 5 level. These are temporary positions that would not exceed 1039 hours. Interested applicants should contact Tim Kerrigan, Forester, at the New Meadows Ranger District at 208-347-0319 or tkerrigan@fs.fed.us.

The Job Announcement number for the GS-4 is 15-TEMP-R4462-4-TSP-DT-PG. The Job Announcement Number for the GS-5 is 15-TEMP-R4462-5-TSP-DT-PG. The GS 4 and GS 5 is open to applicants until 4/20/15.
The Job Announcement Number for the GS-3 is not yet available but will be posted when available. Interested applicants can apply using USAJobs.

These positions primary duties are in vegetation management with duties in other areas as assigned. Two crews will be stationed in New Meadows with one crew focusing on data collection for large scale analysis for future restoration projects and one crew focusing on timber sale preparation. Cross training and flexibility will be required on both crews.

The incumbents will take stand exam style measurements and record them in field data recorders. Data collected will include ecosystem attributes and physical characteristics of sites. Data collection may include vegetation, insects and disease, topography, stream classification, and road characteristics. Standard forest measurement tools such as GPS handheld units, compass, measuring tape, clinometers, relaskops, laser distance meters, and vegetation identification keys/guides will be utilized.

Other duties include but are not limited to: harvest unit boundary marking; measuring riparian buffers; running skyline profiles; applying silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate timber for harvest; determining volume and defect; and assisting in fire suppression as qualified and required.
Incumbent may also use GPS handheld units or compass and tape to traverse harvest unit boundaries, road locations and to determine area.

These are field going positions that require work in all weather conditions and in a variety of terrain. Four of these positions would require that the incumbent(s) stay at a remote duty station and/or camp during the work week for much of this season.

Government housing may be available.

See the attached outreach notice for more information. Also, be advised that these vacancies will close on 4/20 so interested applicants will need to apply soon.


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Ever wondered what was lurking below the ocean’s surface? Take Marine Biology (FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250) in Summer quarter and find out!

Take FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250 in Summer Quarter 2015 in A-Term and explore the ocean and all its salty creatures!

Get I&S or NW credit! No pre-reqs and open to anyone, especially students interested in the marine sciences or marine biology. 


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Amazing Internship Opportunity in Seattle with the National Park Service

Summer 2015 National Park Service

In My Backyard Internship


This internship is a part of a long-term project initiated by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLSE) in Seattle. This project is the first of its kind within the NPS. The mission of the project is to connect urban youth with National Parks and cultural and historical sites in Washington State. KLSE is a prime location for this project because it serves as a hub for national parks throughout the Pacific Northwest. We accomplish our mission by focusing on two communities: Seattle area undergraduate/graduate students and urban youth. Students in higher education work on developing programming specifically aimed at benefitting youth in our community.

Since the summer of 2013, KLSE rangers, interns, teachers and volunteers have guided this project. Previous interns have researched and visited local national parks and cultural and historical sites. They wrote blog posts about their visits and opportunities for youth and promoted the project through social media and by attending local festivals. The objective of their efforts was to gather information and promote volunteer and job opportunities for youth as well as general information and travel suggestions.

In turn, interns also conducted interviews with professionals within the K-12 and higher education spheres to determine what techniques and resources are essential to developing quality, sustainable outreach programs. During the 2014/2015 school year, the intern teams worked on projects ranging from website design to curriculum development.

The major goal for the Summer 2015 interns is to finalize curriculum-based lesson plans. This includes writing lesson plans, filming short videos and developing curriculum-based activities. The team will accomplish this by splitting its time between office work and traveling to National Parks in the area. These parks include:

·         Mount Rainier National Park

·         North Cascades National Park

·         Olympic National Park

·         San Juan Island National Historical Park

The goals of these trips are to:

·         Conduct research about National Parks

·         Network with NPS and partner professionals

·         Film informational videos about each of the sites

The informational videos will supplement the curriculum-based lesson plans we plan to make available to middle and high school students in the urban Seattle area.

Intern duties:

Four or more interns will be working on the project in collaboration with Ranger Kelsey Johnson who helped start the project. Interns will have opportunities to represent one of the most respected and beloved entities in the world. The interns will be creating outreach and educational materials about special places in Washington.

Since the beginning of In My Backyard, the project has been team driven. Interns will have opportunities to shape their internships based on their interests and goals. This internship can be tailored to individual preferences and strengthening resumes. Duties will also include traveling to and exploring national parks and historical/cultural sites. Interns are not responsible for travel costs, such as gas and lodging at National Park sites, associated with the internship. This internship is applicable for credit. It is unpaid. Expected work hours are 20-30 hours per week. The length of the internship is scheduled for 13-14 weeks between June-September. The internship start date is Monday, June 15, 2015.

Contact information:

If you’re interested in pursuing an internship with this project, email your resume and cover letter to Kelsey Johnson at Kelsey_Johnson@nps.gov by May 4, 2015.

If you would like to learn more about the project, check out the website: http://inmybackyardnw.wordpress.com/

Summer 2015 In My Backyard Internship.pdf

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Creating an Experiential Learning Portfolio

Improve how you communicate your experiential learning (research/internships/volunteering/study abroad) through this 2 credit course on creating an experiential learning e-portfolio.

Summer Course from the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity
GEN ST 348: Creating an Experiential Learning Portfolio
SLN 11584, A Term (June 23- July 21): T/Th, 2:20-4:30pm,
2 credits, CR/NC

Emily Smith, emilys42@uw.edu , Global Opportunities Program
Kathryn Cornforth,  purschk@uw.edu,  Carlson Center for Leadership & Public Policy

This course will guide you through the process of building an online e-portfolio. The e-portfolio development process will help you to identify deep connections between your learning, your experiences, and your life goals. Engage in hands-on activities exploring your personal strengths; organize and document your accomplishments; and highlight evidence of your learning in creative and visual ways that showcase your skills and knowledge. You will conclude this course with the skillset and a multimedia framework necessary to maintain a personal e-portfolio that will help you to stay focused on your goals, give you a place to store your significant learning experiences, and that can grow and change as you do. (Open to students of all grade-levels and all academic majors, no prior experience with technology is necessary).

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Spring Seminar Series, TODAY with Prof. Steven Roberts

Weekly Fisheries seminar on Thursday, 4/16 at 4:00 PM in FSH 102

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for its Spring Seminar Series. The SAFS seminar series consists of weekly presentations by eminent academics, prospective faculty members and the School’s own faculty members. Seminars are free and open to the public.

TODAY Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4 PM
Social immediately follows

University of Washington
Fishery Sciences Building
Room 102
1122 NE Boat Street
Seattle, Washington (map)

View the full seminar schedule.

For more information, please contact SAFS Front Desk, safsdesk@uw.edu, or 206-543-4270.


Profesor Steven Roberts

Does DNA methylation facilitate genome diversity and phenotypic plasticity in marine invertebrates? 

There is an amazing amount of diversity incorporated into the genome of oysters and other marine invertebrates including vastly expanded gene families, high mutation rates, and numerous mobile elements. These are certainly a benefit to broadcast spawners living in fluctuating environments. Recent work examining DNA methylation is revealing new insight into similar diversity at the epigenetic level. The function of DNA methylation in species such as bivalves where the limited amount of DNA methylation is predominantly found in gene bodies is not completely understood. An emerging possible explanation is that the role of gene body DNA methylation is dependent on gene function, a potential phenomenon that has arisen from selective pressure on lineage-specific life history traits. Specifically, in genes contributing to phenotypes that benefit from increased plasticity, the absence of DNA methylation could contribute to stochastic transcriptional opportunities and increased transposable element activity. I will present data from our lab supporting these hypotheses, new data demonstrating evidence of inheritance of DNA methylation patterns, and together how this could change how we consider physiology, ecology, and evolution.


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ENVIR 495C – Landscape Change in the Pacific Northwest


*Remember ESRM students can petition up to 7 credits out of major to count towards their degree

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ENVIR 495A – Urban Farm Practicum


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Explore Careers in Nonprofits and Environmental Advocacy, TODAY!

WEC and WCV are hosting an Explore Careers in Nonprofits and Environmental Advocacy event THIS Thursday, April 16, from 3pm – 5pm. This event will be held  at 1402 3rd Ave Seattle, WA.

At this event you will learn about WEC and WCV, hear from staff on various teams about their roles at the organization, and be able to ask questions about what these jobs look like and what path people took to get there. It is a GREAT way to meet professionals working on environmental advocacy and better understand what working at a nonprofit entails.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to maddie@wecprotects.org. Space is limited – we have 10 spots remaining.

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Free Networking Skills Workshop and Social for SEFS Students

Planning to attend a conference or professional meeting this year? Want to learn the basics of networking and make the most of attending professional social functions? Then sign up for a special networking skills workshop and networking social coming up on Earth Day next Wednesday, April 22!

Students will learn the basic skills to be confident and professional in conference settings, and then have a chance to practice those new skills with SEFS alumni and industry professionals at a real networking social afterwards. Don’t miss this chance for a fun event and great experience!

Networking Skills Workshop:
4:30-5:30 p.m., Anderson 223 (immediately following the SEFS Seminar)

Networking Social for Students w/ SEFS Alumni & Industry Professionals
5:30 p.m., Anderson 207 (Forest Club Room)
Snacks and beverages will be served

The event is being organized by the SEFS local committee of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) in partnership with the SEFS chapter of the Society of American Foresters and the SEFS Alumni Group—along with some help from a guest speaker from the UW Career Center.

All students are welcome, and please email Miku Lenentine to RSVP for the event (and specify workshop and/or social)!

2015_04_Networking Event and Social

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Special Lecture (5/26): Linda Steg from The Netherlands

Coming up on Tuesday, May 26, the University of Washington will be hosting a special lecture with Professor Linda Steg, an environmental psychologist from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. The talk, “How to inspire people to engage in pro-environmental actions,” will be held in the Alder Hall Auditorium at 6 p.m., and it is free and open to the public.

About the Talk
Pro-environmental behavior is often believed to be less attractive (e.g. more expensive, time consuming, effort), which may inhibit pro-environmental choices. Despite this, many people do engage in sustainable actions. Why are they willing to do so? Dr. Steg will argue that values are a key motivating factor. In this lecture, she will elaborate on which values are likely to promote or inhibit sustainable actions, and discuss factors that activate or deactivate values, thereby affecting the likelihood of pro-environmental choices.

Linda Steg

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Xi Sigma Pi Research Grants: Apply Now!

This spring, the Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society is offering two $1,000 research grant awards for SEFS undergraduate and graduate students!

Xi Sigma Pi Research Grants $2,000All students currently enrolled in SEFS are eligible to apply, and the grants will be awarded based on merit and financial need for research activities and equipment. It’s a great way to boost your research program, and also to gain experience with the proposal process!

All applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 8, and grant recipients will be notified later that month. You can upload your application online via catalyst or drop off a completed packet to David Campbell or Lisa Nordlund in Anderson 116/130.

Email xsp@uw.edu if you have any questions, and good luck!

Proposal Instructions
Please include the following items in the grant application packet:

  1. A resume no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced, and which includes the following information:
    a. Education history
    b. Work history
    c. Achievements
    d. Volunteer work
    e. Do not include references
  2. Letter of recommendation from advisor, committee member or influential faculty member. The author must email this document separately to xsp@uw.edu before 5 p.m. on May 8.
  3. Current transcript (unofficial or official).
  4. Proposal for Research Grant that does not exceed 3 pages, double-spaced (excluding works cited)
    a. Title
    b. PI and Co-PI with contact information
    c. Project description:
    i. Objectives and significance of project
    ii. Methods to be employed
    iii. Anticipated outcome and effect of project fulfillment
    iv. Timeline of the project completion and deliverables
    d. Statement of financial need with budget of the specific proposed project
    e. Other funding sources or scholarships received
    f. Works cited

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Tomorrow (4/16): Silviculture Seminar!

Tomorrow morning, for the third talk of the weekly videoconference seminar series, “Exploring Forest Systems of the Americas,” we are very pleased to feature Dr. Christian Wehenkel of the Instituto de Silvicultura e Industria de la Madera, Área de Genética forestal, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango (UJED).

What: “Structure in pine-oak forests on the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico”

When: Thursday, April 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Where: Odegaard Library, Room 320

Dr. Wehenkel is a research scientist at UJED studying community ecology of oak-pine forests managed under single tree selection systems. The application of single tree selection systems through the community forest cooperatives (Ejidos) has a long history in the region, and Dr. Wehenkel will present results from a large plots network that describes the forest community composition and structure. The harvest practices demonstrate a continuous cover forestry system that provides products to the local community. So come and learn about these diverse forest systems of the Sierra Madre Occidental that are home to 45 to 60 oak and pine species!

The talks are open to the public (the full schedule is attached), so feel free to attend any lecture that catches your interest!

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2015 SMA Internship Program

We are in the process of accepting applications for the 2015 SMA Internship Program and hope your students will consider participating this year! The program is again receiving funds from the US Forest
Service to allow students interested in a career in urban forestry the unique opportunity to be exposed to the multi-faceted role of the city forester. The application deadline for this 10-week, hands on experience is April 30, 2015!

Please find attached a flyer about the internship, as well as an application form that students need to complete in order to apply. We appreciate you sharing this with any students who you feel would be interested. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Nicole Aldridge, Student Intern Manager
Society of Municipal Arborists
P.O. Box 641
Watkinsville, GA 30677
phone: 706-340-5937
email: aldridge.nicole@gmail.com
webpage: http://www.urban-forestry.com
2015 Intern Application.pdf
sma flyer 2015.pdf

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Recreation Technician Outreach

OUTREACH for a GS-0462-5/6/7 Forestry Technician (Recreation)

Permanent Seasonal Employee (18/8)

Region 6

Umpqua National Forest – North Umpqua Ranger District

The Umpqua National Forest – North Umpqua Ranger District (NURD) is looking to fill the Forestry Technician (Recreation) position to work in the North Umpqua/Diamond Lake Zone Recreation Program. This position will be primarily responsible for recreational facilities maintenance primarily on the North Umpqua Ranger District, but the position requires some tasks to be completed across the Zone. Duties will include recreational facilities servicing and maintenance, recreation fee collection, serving as a Forest Protection Officer, operation of small public drinking water systems, identification and removal of hazard trees at recreation sites, trail clearing and maintenance, leading a crew of temporary seasonal recreation employees, and working with and leading volunteer crews in various recreation projects. The candidate will need to possess the ability to troubleshoot and problem solve. This is a key position for the NURD recreation program as the skills this position provides ensures recreation sites remain open to the public. It is envisioned as a career ladder position that will provide a training ground for future competitive advancement opportunities for motivated employees that want to gain new skills.

See attached outreach for more information

Umpqua_0462_NURD_outreach (1).docx

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