Duties Summary

This position is in the Pacific Southwest Region on a Forest Service unit in Placerville, Mammoth Lakes, South Lake Tahoe or Truckee, CA.

Serves as the Regional Mountain Resort Program Manager with responsibility for policy implementation and program analysis for existing and proposed ski areas, winter sports resorts, four-season resorts and mountain resorts on National Forest System lands.

For additional information, please contact Deborah Gaynor at debbie.gaynor@usda.gov or 707-562-8860.
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  • Disseminates policy, standards and guidelines for ski area special use authorization and management direction in coordination with the National Office
  • Provides advice, leadership, oversight, and guidance on all issues related to the management and administration of mountain resorts
  • Advises line officers and Forest staffs about the principles of mountain resort management, planning, and integration of these principles and activities into the management of other Forest resources.
  • Provides training to second and first level unit staff in mountain resort administration. Training will often require the need for selecting and scheduling out-service private sector participation.
  • Analyzes technical and financial capability of private sector ski area interests and provides advice to authorizing officers on this analysis and review.
  • Coordinates this review with the Albuquerque Service Center (Budget and Finance), Office of General Counsel, National Winter Sports Program Manager, and out-service sources when required.
  • Advises Regional and Forest staff in several resource-related disciplines on a variety of policy and technical matters related to site-specific studies and Master Development Plan (MDP) compliance with NEPA and technical aspects of MDPs.
  • Analyzes and recommends solutions to questions of policy in winter sports resort permit administration presented by Members of Congress, permittees, industry associations, special interest groups, media, and individuals.
  • Prepares reports which analyze and support development of the Region?s position relative to, and vitally important in, gaining acceptance of established and new policies and practices in the context of the region?s recreation programs.
  • Cooperates with various Federal agencies and local governments and associations in coordinating programs and plans in matters relative to winter sports resorts.
  • May represent the Regional Director, and the Regional Forester at Regional, State, and National meetings of winter sports and mountain resort trade associations and explains objectives and current programs.
  • Determines effectiveness of current policies and procedures, prepares reports of findings with an analysis and appraisal of the adequacy and effectiveness of mountain resort special use policies, guidelines, plans and programs.
  • Serves as staff specialist for input into and review of Regional Guide and Forest Land and Resource Management Plan updates and revisions on matters relative to mountain resort special uses.

Travel Required
25% or less – Travel for training, meetings, and/or project related work.

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