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USFS Job--Recreation Special Uses Administrator

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Aaron Miller · · Santa Fe, NM · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,755

White River
National Forest




REPLY DUE BY 12/2/2016

Across the Nation, the Forest Service’s recreation special uses program authorizes commercial uses on NFS land that provide a public service while protecting natural resource values. The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District has a very active special uses program with over 60 recreation partners who currently hold permits to provide commercial outfitting and guiding services ranging from hunting, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and every other outdoor pursuit imaginable.

The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District will be filling a Recreation Special Uses Permit Administrator position (GS-0301-7/9) to help manage our challenging and diverse program. The duty station for the permanent position is Minturn, Colorado. This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity and identify the level of interest in this position. If you are interested in being part of an innovative program, contributing to the modernization of special uses within the Forest Service, this is the ideal position for you.

This permanent year-around position will report to the Mountain Sports Specialist and assist in managing a wide range of commercial uses on National Forest System lands including: outfitter-guides, recreation residences, recreation events, huts, filming/photography permits, non-commercial group uses, and other walk-in recreational special use authorizations. The recreation special uses program also overlaps with Mountain Resort Administration (Ski Areas). The position requires a firm yet flexible management style with consistency being a key factor. Proficiency with multiple databases is essential to track and monitor special use management including the Special Uses Database System (SUDS) database and Geospatial Geographic Information System (GIS). Multi-tasking and time management are essential skill sets for this position. The employee will handle proposals from start to finish, including accepting applications, producing permits in SUDS, updating all required information in SUDS, ensuring permit holders follow the conditions of their authorization, billing and tracking payments using the Lockbox data system. Permit administration requires using many different forms of transportation; Off Highway Vehicle operation (ATV, UTV), horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, climbing, and backcountry skiing. Willingness for adventure and training in these skills are imperative for the position.


Eagle-Holy Cross is an extraordinary place to work and play. People come from around the world to enjoy the excellent recreation opportunities available in the Eagle River Valley and surrounding mountains. Take your choice of epic ski runs at a myriad of ski resorts within an hour’s drive including Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Copper Mountain, Arapaho Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge. Unlimited hunting and fishing opportunities abound. First-rate whitewater and pleasure boating can be enjoyed on long stretches of the Eagle and Colorado Rivers and at nearby Lake Dillon or Green Mountain Reservoir. You can also keep things simple, just pack up, and camp overnight in one of the three Wilderness areas located on district – some of the most photographed mountain scenery in the country.

The White River is one of the most heavily used National Forests in the country--with over 17 million visitor days, it compares with Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks in popularity combined. We are busy. The forest strives to provide visitors opportunities for high quality recreation experiences. There are 11 major ski areas on the Forest hosting nearly seven million visitors yearly. Beyond skiing, there are many other recreation opportunities on the Forest including: 62 campgrounds; 11 picnic grounds; 751,668 acres in eight Wilderness areas; three major reservoirs; the largest elk herd and elk harvest in the world; over 200 caves; three hut systems with eighteen huts; 1,895 miles of trails; 2,356 miles of roads; three scenic byways; three national recreation trails; five eligible wild and scenic rivers; portions of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, the Colorado Trail and the American Discovery Trail; and hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, four-wheel driving, snowmobile, hunting, fishing and other dispersed activities. Approximately 200 outfitters and guides are under permit and available to assist visitors in experiencing a wide variety of activities. But don’t worry; you can still find quiet, secluded campsites, trails, or a gravel bar on the river to enjoy the day.

With 300+ days of sun per year and temperatures rarely below 20Ëš in the winter, the Eagle Valley has one of the most livable climates in the Rockies. The valley communities of Edwards, Eagle, Gypsum, Avon, Minturn, and Vail host a variety of services including many modern libraries, county recreation facilities, the Vilar Performing Arts Center plus an excellent selection of shopping options including the popular outlet mall located at nearby Silverthorne (more info go to:… ). Healthcare choices include two full-service medical centers and a broad selection of specialty services. Additionally, Denver and big city amenities are just a short drive east on I-70, or head west to Glenwood Springs or Grand Junction.

Government Housing may be available.

To express interest in this position, please complete and return the attached Outreach Response Form by 12/2/2016. For additional information about this opportunity contact Max Forgensi at (970) 309-4861or

Outreach Response Form

Recreation Special Uses Permit Administrator, GS-0301-7/9
Minturn, CO, White River NF
USDA Forest Service, R2-Rocky Mountain Region
Please respond by 12/2/2016 to:
Max Forgensi 970-309-4861

Name: ______________________________________________________________________
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