Forestry Technician (Recreation)





Forestry Technician (Recreation)


Permanent Full-time

Duty Location: Las Vegas, NV

Vacancy Announcement

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) will soon be filling a permanent full-time Forestry Technician (Recreation) (GS-0462-07) position with the duty station located at the SMNRA Office in Las Vegas, NV.

Interested Employees

If you are interested in this position, please respond with the outreach response form and a current resume to, by May 13, 2016. Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, may contact Del Orme, Recreation Staff Officer, at 702-515-5401.

About the Position

This position is year-round field going position with a variety of duties in recreation operations. Primary responsibilities include: maintains recreation facilities such as toilets, signs, campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, visitor center, water systems, dumpsters and other miscellaneous structures.  Serves as a Forest Protection Officer, and as such, candidates must complete a background investigation to check for criminal history. Performs all aspects of Special Use Permit administration for activities within undeveloped and developed areas of the unit. Additional duties will include trail maintenance on motorized, non-motorized, and wilderness trails, Wilderness management and maintenance of undeveloped recreation sites. Performs inventories and inspections of developed and dispersed recreation sites. Monitors visitors and permittees.

The Spring Mountains NRA

The Spring Mountains are a sky island surrounded by the hot and dry Mojave Desert. In the center of the SMNRA, stands the limestone summit of Charleston Peak nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Plant communities range from blackbrush and Joshua tree at lower elevations through pinyon-juniper woodlands, ponderosa and bristlecone pine forest up to subalpine and alpine communities above tree line.  The seclusion of the Spring Mountains from other mountain ranges with comparable climates and habitats allowed for high rates of species endemism to develop in the mountain range.

The SMNRA includes 316,000 acres of National Forest system land in Southern Nevada’s Clark and Nye counties. The closest communities are Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, near the northeastern SMNRA boundaries.  Pahrump lies on the western side of the SMNRA about 10 miles from the border.  The SMNRA receives about 1.2 million visitors annually.  In the summer, visitors are seeking the cool green sky island above the desert with much cooler temperatures.  In the winter, snow is on the mountain and the only downhill skiing and snowboarding area in Clark County attracts many visitors.  The mountain is an awesome place to visit year around as it displays six life zones, many wildlife species, hiking trails, springs, extensive wilderness areas and an experience unlike anything the busy metropolitan Las Vegas valley offers.

The District office is located in the Northwest part of Las Vegas at 4701 N. Torrey Pines and is co-located with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) offices.   The Las Vegas metropolitan area, home to two-million people, is among the fastest growing areas in the United States.

Las Vegas is surrounded by seven million acres of federal lands, managed primarily by the US Forest Service, National Park Service, BLM, and USFWS.   These federal lands include 18 wilderness areas and 8 congressionally designated areas including the SMNRA, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area.

The Forest

At over 6.3 million acres, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest National Forest in the contiguous United States. The Forest spans the entire state of Nevada, with one million acres of land in eastern California along the Eastern Sierra Front.  The Forest consists of four distinct geographic areas, the Sierra Nevada, Central Nevada, Northeastern Nevada, and the Spring Mountains (Las Vegas).  The Nevada portion extends from the Idaho/Oregon border south to Las Vegas, and from the California border east to the Utah border.  The Forest administers 5.3 million acres in 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties; and one million acres in 7 California counties.

The Region

The Intermountain Region in Ogden, Utah provides administrative oversight and support to thirteen National Forests and one National Grassland in Utah, Nevada, western Wyoming, and southern/central Idaho covering 31,816,792 acres in the National Forest Systems. There are approximately 2000 permanent employees in Region 4.

The Community

Las Vegas is called the entertainment capital of the world. An estimated 40 million tourists annually travel to and from the city by plane, automobile, and bus.  The hotels continue growing, expanding, and changing.  The city reinvents itself every few years.

This vibrant city offers surprisingly unique opportunities to those who choose to call it home. The Metropolitan area is home to 2 million residents – a place with schools, parks, grocery stores, awesome libraries, and quiet neighborhoods populated by people from every state in the union.

Recreation in the area is plentiful and includes hiking, biking, climbing, motocross, ATV, horseback riding, and snow and water skiing. Las Vegas is well situated for outdoor recreationists with multiple national parks, 18 wilderness areas and eight congressionally designated areas within a two- to four-hour drive.  Nearby national parks include the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, and Great Basin National Park.  Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and Valley of Fire State Park are within a one hour drive from Las Vegas.


Through the 1990s and now into the 21st century, the Las Vegas valley has been the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation.  Low unemployment, an expanding skilled labor force, an exceptional tax structure, a pro-business environment and a great climate merge to make Las Vegas the “total package”.

Rental apartments can be found starting at $1,000 per month and rental houses starting at $1,200 a month.

There is very limited to no government housing available.

Educational Facilities

Thousands of new residents, hundreds of new homes, and dozens of new communities all add up to one thing: an ongoing need for schools and teachers.  Today, the Clark County School District ranks as the sixth-largest school district in the United States.  To keep pace, the district’s building program provided approximately $3.5 billion to construct 88 new schools through 2008, while improving every area school already in existence.  These numbers are indicative of the commitment made to education by Southern Nevada politicians, voters, educators, and the private sector.  In addition, there are a number of excellent and nationally ranked private schools.

Clark County School District

To learn more about Clark County School District facilities and programs contact:

Clark County School District

2832 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89191


University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

The University is a premier urban university with more than 40 years of community service. UNLV is in the midst of a 10-year campus-wide planning effort.  New buildings include a five-story $55 million library.  The student body is now over 20,000 with over 4,000 graduate students.  UNLV provides 48 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in eight colleges.  UNLV is nationally recognized for its hotel management, criminal justice and social work programs.  Other programs of note are the university’s business, real estate, computer science, arts, recreation, architecture, and construction management disciplines.

Outreach Response

If you are interested in this position, please respond with the outreach response form(contact us to get one of these) and a current resume to, by May 13, 2016. Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, may contact Del Orme, Recreation Staff Officer, at 702-515-5401.

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