April 1 Snow Survey Results
Park Staff have completed the April 1 snow surveys. The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 177% of average; in the Merced drainage it is 168% of average. The snow pack is heavily weighted toward the higher elevations. Below 7,500' the snow is deep but not exceptional; 143% of average across the park. Above 8,500' the water content of the snowpack is the highest on record. The snow on the high elevation courses is 10-14 feet deep and contains 5-7 feet of water. (M. Fincher)
Changes to the Valley Administration Building Access Effective May 15
Starting May 15, 2017 the doors to the Valley Administration Building will be secured at all times. Weekday access during normal business hours (0800-1700) will be available only via one of the following methods:
- Door Key
- PIV card registered with the Access Control System (see below for details)
- Visitors or employees without PIV card or key will need to be screened by the Superintendent’s Office or Public Information Office staff.
Weekend and evening access will be by door key or “Pre-Approved” PIV card access only. Supervisory approval is required if “After Hours” access is needed. Employees can register their PIV card with the Access Control System by contacting any of the following:
Mariposa Administration Office
In the near future an alarm system will also be installed in the Valley Administration Building. Information on this system will be disseminated when it is determined how the Access Control System integrates with the building alarm. Park Visitors will be directed with a sign and map to the visitor’s center for park information related questions. (K. Killian)
April Zero Landfill Initiative Tip
Technically, almost all plastics can be recycled. All NPS-managed facilities in Yosemite, accept plastics numbered 1 through 7 except plastic film, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, and biodegradable plastic. Check the triangle with a number in it, which is usually found on the bottom or some other out of the way location to find out what kind of plastic you have. No number? It cannot be recycled. Better yet: avoid plastics altogether since plastic can typically only be recycled once or twice before its quality has degraded to the point where it can no longer be recycled again. #dontfeedthelandfills #yosemitezerohero (J. Bailey)
Yosemite National Park Developmental Opportunity - Facility Operations Specialist, GS-1640-7/9
Opening Date: April 4, 2017 Closing Date: April 11, 2017 EOD: May 15, 2017
Brief Description of Development Opportunity: Will serve as an assistant to the Branch Chief of Utilities, fully responsible for the implementation and administration of special programs and utility facilities compliance. Incumbent will:
- serve as the Park coordinator of State Water Quality authorities for complying with water and wastewater regulations and advise Branch Chief and Supervisors of compliance requirements;
- interpret Federal and State regulations;
- collect daily water quality data and prepare/submit monthly and annual reports to State and Federal regulatory authorities;
- plan, prepare, and oversee the execution of routine and non-routine maintenance programs and projects including research, design, cost analysis, and project supervision in the Branch of Utilities, and serve as branch coordinator for project review for compliance;
- assist with development of long range programs related to utilities and estimate funding needs for existing and new programs;
- serve as branch training coordinator; serve as branch coordinator for the Facility Maintenance Management System (FMSS) and for required utility compliance programs such as Backflow Prevention;
- serve as coordinator for the branch Water Quality Compliance database; prepare project completion reports for special projects related to water and wastewater compliance.
- Occasional travel may be required.
To Apply: If you are interested in this developmental assignment, you must discuss this opportunity with your first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from your Manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, you should submit:
- A resume detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.
- Your most current SF-50 reflecting your tenure and grade level
- An approval email message from your first-line supervisor
Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at: Kitty_Lewis@nps.gov. Please include “Facility Operations Specialist (Water)” in the subject line of the message.
For further information regarding this developmental opportunity, please contact Jim Allen at 209-379-1039. (K. Lewis)