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Yosemite National Park Tuesday March 7th, 2017

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday March 7th, 2017
Today: Mostly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Not as cool. Highs 48 to 56 at 5000 feet...40 to 46 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow in the evening. No snow accumulation. Lows 31 to 39 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
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Slide Show Tonight
The El Portal Travel Series continues Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00pm, featuring Kim Laizer sharing her years of experience in Tanzania. 
Kim has been working with Maasai women in her husband's village in northern Tanzania to help them secure education, training, and development opportunities.  She will introduce participants to the landscape and culture of the Maasai and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. See you there! 
Upcoming shows: April 4th - Greg Stock - "Above the Clouds & Below the Ground in Malaysian Borneo"  (P. Amstutz)
March 1 Snow Survey Results
Park Staff have completed the March 1 snow surveys.  The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 208% of average; in the Merced drainage it is 177% of average. Several courses established new records for both depth and water content. The snowiest course in the park is Grace Meadow, with 16 1/2 feet of snow and over 7 feet of water content.  (M. Fincher)
Mariposa Touchdown Space
The touchdown space in Mariposa will be unavailable from March 13-17 due to COR training.  (C. Flanagan)
Outdoor Recreation Planner, GS-0023-9/11 Due Date Extended
The open period for this detail/temporary promotion opportunity has been extended until close of business Friday, March 10. For more information email  (C. Mattiuzzi)
Yosemite National Park Developmental Opportunity - Chief of Project Management Division
This is a detail opportunity not to exceed one year with possible extensions up to 5 years.  Chief of Project Management Division or Supervisory Interdisciplinary, GS-0401, 0801, 0807, 0808, 0810-14
Opening Date: March 6, 2017   Closing Date: March 13, 2017   EOD:  March
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:
1. A resume detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.
2. College transcripts to verify minimum basic education requirement.
3. Your most current SF-50 reflecting your tenure and grade level.
4. An approval email message from your first-line supervisor
Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at:  Please include “Project Management Division Chief” in the subject line of the message. 
Applications must be received by COB March 13, 2017
Target Audience: This opportunity is available to current Yosemite National Park career and career conditional employees, currently at the GS-12 or GS-13 level and above, who wish to be considered for a temporary detail to the GS-14 grade level. 
Brief Description of Development Opportunity: You will serve as the Chief of Project Management at Yosemite National Park.  The duties of this position include:
Initiate, establish, guide and control design and construction projects from inception to completion.  The interdisciplinary nature of this position requires the integration of knowledge of resource management, general and civil engineering, architecture and landscape architecture in order to manage a variety of on-going projects.  
Work consists of small to large multi-disciplinary design and construction projects, with complications resulting from single to multi-year phasing, the need to sequence overlapping operations, significant resource issues, components with complex problems requiring creative solutions, and typically significant political interest and oversight. 
Please contact Woody Smeck or Lisa Mendelson at 209-372-0286 with any additional questions about this developmental opportunity.
Basic Requirements: The GS-0401, 0801, 0807, 0808, or 0810 series have a minimum education requirement which must be met.  Click on link for the series listed below to obtain the basic requirement.  You must submit your transcripts, official or unofficial, with your resume.
Experience for this position is defined as:  Experience must demonstrate the ability to do the work of the position or duties assigned as follow:  1) Develop project justification, scope and scheduling; 2) Determine project funding and resource requirements; 3) Create and prioritize short and long term goals; 4) Manage contracted services; 5) Improve architectural structures; and 6) Protect and restore natural resources ensuring environmental compliance.  (D. Dean)
Big Trees Store Hours of Operation
The Big Trees Store hours of operation will be 8 to 5PM daily through the duration of the Highway 41 road closure.  Normal operating hours will resume once Highway 41 opens.  (A. Lee)
Zero Landfill Initiative Tip for March
Did you know that about 21 percent of the trash that Yosemite sends to the landfill is something that can be collected for recycling? The most common recyclable items in the trash are paper and plastic drink bottles. All NPS-managed facilities have mixed recycling, so it's easy: toss all of your recyclables (plastics, glass, paper, and aluminum) in the nearest recycling container. Be a #yosemitezerohero and #dontfeedthelandfills. For more info, go to  (J. Bailey)
Yosemite Conservancy Employment Opportunity
Yosemite Conservancy is now hiring for Wilderness Reservation Assistant positions in Yosemite Valley. 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 to gather condition reports. Applicants must be familiar with Yosemite’s backcountry trails and capable of processing a large amount of paperwork in an efficient and organized manner. The seasonal position begins in April and ends in August. Pay rate is $14/hr. Park housing is not available through the Conservancy. Please send your resume and cover letter to Laurie Stowe,  (L. Stowe)
Job Announcement: Yosemite Conservancy Sales and Information Assistants
Yosemite Conservancy offers a great opportunity to working in a place you are passionate about.  YC is currently looking for a full-time, Seasonal Sales and Information Assistant to work in Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Big Oak Flat.  Sales Information Assistants are responsible for orienting visitors to Yosemite National Park and connecting them with informative and enriching books, maps, and other merchandise. For more information please contact  (K. Manion)
Yosemite Forum Tuesday, March 14
"Fire, Drought, and Big Trees" by Dr. James Lutz, Utah State University
Fire and drought are both characteristics of the Sierra Nevada.  Fire exclusion in the 20th century has probably made the consequences of fire and drought more severe, leading to higher levels of tree death.  Using data from the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot, the largest forest monitoring plot in the National Park system, Jim Lutz will discuss changes in this mixed-conifer forest from 2010 to 2016, capturing the dynamics of the Rim Fire and the subsequent drought.
The Forum will take place Tuesday, March 14th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Ami Knighten at 379-1301 for additional information.  (G. Stock)
Yosemite is Our Backyard
Day Camp for 7-12 Year Olds, June 12-16, 2017
Kick off the summer right with learning and fun in Yosemite! The week after school lets out, NatureBridge will host Yosemite is Our Backyard - a day camp specially tailored for the children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of the Yosemite area community. Campers meet with NatureBridge field educators daily at 8:45 in Yosemite Valley and embark on days filled with games, exploration, and learning. Volunteer as a chaperone for the program and your child can participate for half price. Register by March 20th with the code EarlyBird and save $20 on your registration fee! Financial aid is available. For more information, visit or contact Rebecca Ryan at 209-372-9302, email  (R. Ryan)
House For Rent
Two Bedroom plus loft, 1 full bathroom.  4616 Indian Peak Road; Mariposa (1.9 mi. from Hwy 49S).  $1600 monthly (utilities included).  Call Thomas Ahern at 209 819-9664.  (Y. Radanovich)
El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1
Mar 6 to Mar 10: Contractor will install the main sewer line at the parking lot between El Portal Market and the Gas Station. One lane closure on HWY 140 nearby El Portal Market and the Gas Station will occur. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. This schedule is subject to changes.
Pedestrian Detours: The stairs behind Nature Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project. Please observe pedestrian detour signs.
Clark Community Hall: Contractor installed a pedestrian bridge over the pipe to provide access to the stage. The orange construction fence has been replaced.
Additional information is available on the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office, El Portal Market, and the Project Office Trailer (parking lot west of Nature Bridge). For more information email  (Y. Lugo)
Sentinel Drive To Become One Way For Spring Construction
Beginning Monday, March 6th at 7 AM, Sentinel Drive will be configured as a one way road from Southside Drive to Northside Drive. Direction of travel will be from south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge will be via El Cap Cross. This configuration will likely be in place until the Friday before Memorial Day. A detour map is available at  (L. Acree)
Emergency Services Complex
Construction continues. Insulation is nearly complete and wall and ceiling finishes are being applied; electrical and telecom cables are being pulled; mechanical control systems are being installed.  Siding and roofing is being installed as weather allows.  Completion is expected in the spring.  (K. White)
Eric Bissmeyer will be acting Fee Manager until March 10. He can be reached at 372-0331 or 347-6813.
Don Pasley will be acting Wawona Buildings and Grounds Supervisor until March 11. He can be reached at 375-9508.
Don Pasley will be acting WABG Supervisor until March 12. He can be reached at 375-9508.
Scott Carpenter will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until March 17. He can be reached at 379-1314 or 379-1060.
Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until May 15. She can be reached at 372-0238.
Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until May15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
Sheri Ogden will be acting Division Chief of BRM until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0316.
Ron Gaunt will be acting Division Chief of Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1027.
Sabrina Diaz will be acting Division Chief of Interpretation & Education until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0291 or 347-0113.
R. Brad Lewis will be acting Branch Chief of Design and Construction for Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1006.
Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.
John Barton will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9510 or
Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or