Meteorologic Tech. Avalanche Forecaster
GS-1341-08 (seasonal 1039 APPT.)
USDA FOREST SERVICE
INTERMOUNTAIN REGION, R4
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Bridgeport Ranger District
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By October 31st, 2016
About the Position
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Bridgeport Ranger District is looking to recruit and fill seasonal a Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Forecaster) for the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area 2016-2017 field season. This is a temporary position with a duty location of Bridgeport, Calif. Approximate dates for the position would be mid-December 2016 thru April 2017. Barracks housing is available.
Duties: Observes weather and atmospheric conditions, records and interprets meteorological data, transmits and reports on recorded information, and provides meteorological information and advice to the general public. Ensures that regular field snow pack observations are conducted and appropriate data is collected to inform a weekly avalanche advisory via avalanche center website. Incumbent must use his/her judgment when interpreting raw avalanche data. Incumbent must have the ability to independently analyze and interpret meteorological data from field instruments, the National Weather Service, and/ or other online weather forecasting data sources. Incumbent would conduct after action reviews and/or investigations in cooperation with Law Enforcement in the event of avalanche injury/fatality incidents and provide a season summary report to the Forest Service National Avalanche Center.
Technical knowledge of winter mountain meteorology, local mountain weather forecasting, mountain weather processes, and how these affect snowpack conditions are necessary to assess risks of conditions which contribute to avalanche activity. Mountain backcountry snowmobile riding and back country skiing, winter survival, and fundamental avalanche safety protocol are needed in order to conduct the duties of the position. The incumbent is expected to guide and share information with the FS, Mono County Search & Rescue, U.S. Marine Mountain Warfare Center which conducts winter training operations within the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area and others upon request.
This is a unique opportunity in that the selected person will participate in presenting an avalanche education programs specifically oriented to snowmobiling and further our continued efforts towards establishing an avalanche information center for the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area.
Recreation Staff Officer, Bridgeport RD
HC 62 Box 1000
Bridgeport, CA 93517