Yosemite National Park Monday, July 31st, 2017

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daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Monday, July 31st, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 86 to 94 at 5000 feet...72 to 82 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 88 to 96 at 5000 feet...74 to 82 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Tree Work on Southside Drive Today

Valley Forestry plans to work dead trees along Southside Drive between El Cap. Cross and Sentinel Beach today (Monday). Traffic control will be in place with brief holds. (B. Mattos)



Yosemite Conservancy Employment Opportunities

Volunteer Program Manager: Yosemite Conservancy is seeking a Volunteer Program Manager to take the reins on the Conservancy’s dynamic and award winning volunteer program. The Volunteer Program Manager coordinates with NPS to ensure Conservancy volunteers are providing the highest level of service and stewardship to Yosemite National Park and its visitors. This position oversees a cadre of committed volunteers who are passionate about the park and serve in the three program components of visitor information assistants, work weeks, and corporate work projects. Successful candidates will be able to juggle logistical chainsaws amid natural disasters with a sense of humor and kindness.  For position description and application information go to yosemiteconservancy.org/employment. The application period ends August 15th. This position is expected to begin late November/early December.  (A. Ripple)


Year Round Wilderness Reservation Assistant: Yosemite Conservancy is accepting applications for a full-time Wilderness Reservation Assistant position in Yosemite Valley. This year round, full-time position is subject to a 6-10 week furlough. Reservation Assistants process backpacking permit requests by fax and phone. During the summer, they periodically assist NPS with staffing the Valley Wilderness Center front desk and hike trails for trail condition reports. Applicants must know Yosemite’s backcountry trails well and be capable of processing a large amount of paperwork in an efficient and organized manner. Pay is $14/hr. with benefits. Park housing is not available through Yosemite Conservancy. Please send resume and cover letter to Laurie Stowe, lstowe@yosemiteconservancy.org.  (L. Stowe)


Seasonal Warehouse Assistant: Summer seasonal position available immediately. The Warehouse Assistant, based in El Portal, is responsible for delivering product to retail stations throughout Yosemite National Park, fulfilling orders, and receiving product. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds and have a clean driving record. No housing available. Compensation is $13.75/hour. Please send applications or inquiries to Katie Manion, kmanion@yosemiteconservancy.org.  (L. Stowe)



Training Opportunity

Wanted: YOSE Structural Firefighters - Yosemite National Park is in need of additional Structural Firefighters to respond to fires and other emergencies. This opportunity is open to anybody residing in the park, whether employed by the NPS or not. The structural fire response at Yosemite is provided by personnel that perform structural firefighting duties as collateral duties or as an AD Hire if not employed by the NPS. These services are critical to the communities of Yosemite National Park. There is a recurring commitment to remain a structural firefighter after the initial training. The requirements are a minimum of 24 hours of currency training per year. In addition, there is a 24-hour live fire refresher training required every other year. Applicants must complete a medical examination, physical fitness test and respirator fit test prior to attending the initial training. The initial class is located at Glen Canyon and will require travel. All costs associated with the class will be covered.


Course Schedule (plan on 30-40 hours of pre-work prior to attending the course):

1 August: Online Course open and available for student access 

     (approx + 75 days from Class Start & +30 days from application deadline)

4 September:  Application Deadline (approx +40 days from class start)

2 October:  All online course requirements must be completed and student selections made 

     (+ 2 weeks prior to class start date and minimum time required for lodging suspense dates and accounting)

16 October:  Firefighter I/II Course Start Date

27 October: Firefighter I/II Course End Date

26 December:  All outstanding post-course requirements due date (-60 days)  (D. Mills)






Nighttime Work Begins On El Portal Road

Nighttime road work at “the Narrows” (El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection) begins on Monday, July 31. Work will run through the month of August. Work will take place Sunday night through Thursday night from 8pm to 8am. Delays are as follows:

8pm to 10pm – delays limited to 5 minutes

10pm to 6am – delays limited to 30 minutes

6am to 8am – delays limited to 5 minutes  (L. Acree)



El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

June 24-28: Contractor will be cleaning and inspecting the sewerline on HWY 140 from Yosemite View Lodge to El Portal Market 9:00PM to 6:00AM. Please observe traffic control signs and watch for workers on the road. For additional information please visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market. For any further questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (G. Chun, Y. Lugo, J. Richards)



Big Oak Flat Road Hazard Tree Removal

Mather Forestry will be removing hazardous trees in the Crane Flat area working east along the Big Oak Flat road towards Foresta. Work began 7/26 and is expected to take several weeks. Motorists should anticipate traffic control and 10 to 15 minute delays. Please drive slow and watch for workers and hazards in the work area.  (J. Brown)



Wawona Road Delays

Between the Wawona Tunnel and the Rostrum: There will be up to 30 minute delays Sunday night thru Thursday night, 8PM to 6AM as crews complete storm damage repairs along Wawona Road.


Near South Entrance: Crews will be running single lane traffic control from 6AM to 8PM on Tuesday, July 25th, Wednesday July 26th, and Thursday, July 27th. An Asphalt Test Strip will be placed on Mariposa Grove Road Wednesday, July 26th so there will be some additional truck traffic coming thru the entrance station kiosks. Note:  Although only three days are specifically noted for delays, please plan on up to 30-minute delays on Wawona Road over the next couple of months, Monday thru Friday 6AM to 8PM.  (M. Pieper)






Lisa Jacobson will be acting Fleet And Property Manager until July 31. She can be reached at 379-1028.


Tony Paladino will be acting Branch Chief of Concessions Management until August 1. He can be reached at 372-0272.


Caitlin Lee-Roney will be acting Branch Chief of Wildlife through July. She can be reached at 372-0476.


Heather Huppe will be acting Branch Chief of VUSS through July. She can be reached at 379-1434.


Donna Dean will be acting Supervisory HR Specialist for Sierra SHRO until November 25. She can be reached at 379-1814.


Ben Bissmeyer will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice.  He can be reached at 347-7744.


Jon Babcock will be acting Machine Shop Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1155.


Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until further notice. She can be reached at 379-1850.


Jim Roche will be acting Branch Chief of Physical Science and Landscape Ecology until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1446.


Don Pasley will be acting Wawona B&G Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9508 or don_pasley@nps.gov.


Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1185.


Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.


Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.


Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or shawn_zumbrunnen@nps.gov




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