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Challis-Yankee Fork and Middle Fork Ranger Districts Customer Service Rep

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OUTREACH ANNOUNCEMENT
Region 4
Salmon Challis NF
Challis-Yankee Fork and Middle Fork Ranger Districts
Customer Service Representative
0303 GS05 PFT
Reply Due: April 10, 2013
The ChallisYankee Fork and Middle Fork Districts are looking for an energetic and motivated individual
who is interested in working as a Customer Service Representative. Outreach responses will be used to
determine how the job will be advertised.
The successful candidate will be responsible for public information services including answering
telephones, providing information and greeting public, partners and permittees. The incumbent
will be responsible for keeping apprised of the organization’s rules, regulations, travel plan and
Agency‐wide directives and procedures.
With a high volume of over‐counter sales, the employee will serve as a Collection Officer selling
maps, recreation passes, over‐counter forest product permits and interpretive supplies. They
will maintain a large supply of maps, fuelwood tags, recreation passes, handouts and other
publications. The incumbent will support business management in overall standard clerical
operations such as data entry, property, purchasing, mail and file duties, copier or duplicating
operations and word processing
This is a non‐supervisory position. Housing will not be provided.
The ChallisYankee Fork Ranger District is headquartered in Challis, Idaho, at the historic Challis
compound. The Ranger District includes approximately 1.8 million acres. Many recreational pursuits are
dispersed in nature, with camping, hunting for big game, and fishing being the primary attraction for
most visitors. The District manages nine developed campgrounds and several picnic sites, and Twin
Peaks Lookout, the highest staffed lookout in the United States at over 10,000 feet. The Upper
Pahsimeroi Area, termed “Little Switzerland” by locals is a panoramic area including parts of the highest
mountains in the state of Idaho.
The District focuses on grazing administration, fire and fuels management, heritage resources and
vegetation management, trails, recreation, and minerals programs
The District manages the Land of the Yankee Fork historic area in close cooperation with the Idaho
Department of Parks and Recreation. This area includes a historic gold dredge which hosts daily tours in
the summer months and the Custer Town site. The Custer Motorway is a major artery that is also an
historic stage road.
The Middle Fork District contains over 1,400 square miles of Wilderness, and features one of the world’s
premier whitewater rivers, the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Access through the Wilderness portion of the
District is provided by 830 miles of trail for foot and horse travel. Rugged and remote, this country
offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is
the largest continuous wilderness in the lower 48 states. It provides habitat for one of the last endemic
populations of bighorn sheep in the lower 48 and completely wild runs of steelhead and Chinook
salmon. Wolves, mountain lion, and wolverine still roam the Frank Church Wilderness. Native cutthroat
and bull trout lurk in deep, cold pools.
Challis, Idaho
http://www.challischamber.com/
The City: Challis, Idaho is located a mile high in the mountains of central Idaho. The city has a
population of approximately 1,000 and is the seat of Custer County which has a population of 4,300.
History: The Challis area was originally home to the Shoshone‐Bannock people. In the 1820's, furtrapping
parties came in search for beaver pelts and other early settlers were traders, cattlemen and
ranchers. In 1873 gold was discovered, unleashing a mining boom that spanned almost three decades.
Although many of these mining camps eventually became ghost towns, Challis remained and continues
to prosper from the rich mineral resources.
Climate: Challis enjoys a dry, warm climate during the summer and fall months with daily highs
averaging between 75 to 95 degrees, and nightly lows from 45 to 60 degrees. The climate in winter is
ideal for snow sports, the lowest temperatures averaging from 14 to 25 degrees with occasional subzero
readings. Annual precipitation averages around 7 inches.
Shopping and Services: Challis has a variety of shops and services including: grocery stores,
convenience stores, restaurants, pharmacy, florists, veterinarians, auto‐parts, ranch supplies, sporting
goods, bars, hardware and lumber stores, video rentals, gas stations, and other businesses that
specialize in antiques, jewelry, clothing, furniture, artwork, appliances, and gifts. There is a full‐service
bank, a credit union, a Post Office, and a public library.
Medical: The Challis Area Health Center has x‐ray and laboratory facilities, an emergency room,
ambulance and Life‐Flight helicopter capabilities. Additional medical services are provided by specialists
who regularly visit the clinic. There is a physician assistant, a dentist, an optometrist, and two
chiropractic doctors. The area has 24 hour 911 and EMT service. Several hospitals are located within 60
to 200 miles.
Schools: Present enrollment is about 500 students. Teacher/student ratios are 1:23 in the elementary
school and 1:16 at the junior/senior high school. The school district is accredited and has a 1A rating for
athletics. Extracurricular activities include interscholastic sports, music, and various interest activities
such as an Academic Team, an Envirothon Team, and Frontier League sports. Each school has an up‐todate
computer lab and there are computers in each classroom.
Transportation: There is a small airport with charter flights available. Three of the closest major
airports are within 200 miles.
Housing: There are four motels in Challis and several bed and breakfast lodgings. Housing prices range
from $60,000 to over $200,000. Several real estate offices are available. Mobile home parks provide
additional accommodations. Rental properties are typically limited.
Churches: Challis has an active church community with several churches representing a variety of
denominations.
Entertainment and Activities: The Challis Arts Council, a non‐profit organization, sponsors professional
high‐quality artistic events for the community. The city park is an excellent facility with a skateboard
park, picnic pavilion, playground equipment, amphitheater, horseshoe pits and ball field. There is a
nine‐hole golf course and a bowling alley with league play available for all ages and also an additional
game area. The community supports a popular Farmer’s Market during the summer. The Forest Service
has an exercise room, and there is also a commercial gym business. The privately‐owned Challis Hot
Springs, approximately seven miles from Challis, offers year‐round swimming in two pools with a natural
flow from the hot springs.
Recreation for Salmon and Challis Areas: The Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River,
federally protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers, are renowned for white‐water rafting, kayaking, floating
and jet boating. Outfitter and guide services are offered and both Salmon and Challis serve as gateways
to the Frank Church‐River of No Return Wilderness, encompassing 2.4 million acres, the largest
wilderness in the United States outside of Alaska. The primitive mountain area provides spectacular and
abundant hunting (white‐tailed and mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bear, moose, and
cougar). Many species of game birds and also waterfowl can be found. Fishing (trout and steelhead) is
open virtually all year. Miles of groomed trails and routes are prepared for cross‐country skiing and
snowmobiling while down‐hill skiing, ice fishing and other winter fun can be enjoyed nearby. Challis also
is within 120 miles of the world‐famous Sun Valley Ski Resort. Salmon and Challis offer hiking and
wilderness walks, camping and picnicking, rock hounding, prospecting, bird watching, photography, hot
springs, back‐country air tours, guest ranches, mining ghost towns and museums, all adding to the
immense opportunity for pleasure and adventure to be had by avid sportsmen and casual outdoor
enthusiasts alike.
SalmonChallis National Forest
http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf
The Salmon‐Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east‐central Idaho. The Forest is
bordered by the Bitterroot Range on the border with Montana on the east, and to the west includes
over 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church‐‐River of No Return Wilderness. There are currently six
administrative units on the Forest: Salmon‐Cobalt, Challis/Yankee Fork, Lost River, Middle Fork,
North Fork and Leadore Ranger Districts.
Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. The Forest
also contains Mt. Borah ‐ Idaho's tallest peak, the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of
the Salmon River and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The area is a highly
desired destination for hunting, fishing, white‐water rafting and the many other popular recreational
pursuits. The Forest features diverse, rough topography, geologic conditions, and miles of streams
with anadromous fish spawning habitat creating a highly complex land management situation. The
Forest Supervisors Office is located in Salmon, Idaho.
If interested please fill out the outreach notice form with your attached resume and return it to Lisa
Hurless – lhurless@fs.fed.us or mail to Lisa Hurless, Challis‐Yankee Fork District, H.C. 63 Box 1669,
Challis, Idaho 83226. Phone (208) 879‐4120. When advertised, the announcement will be posted on the
official USAJOBS website http://www.usajobs.gov.
OUTREACH NOTICE FORM
Reply Due: April 10, 2013
Lisa Hurless, SSS, 208-879-4120, lhurless@fs.fed.us
Challis-Yankee Fork and Middle Fork Ranger Districts
Customer Service Representative
GS-05
NAME:_________________________________________________________________
E-Mail:______________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS:______________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER:____________________________________________________________
AGENCY EMPLOYED WITH: USFS BLM OTHER
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: PERMANENT ___TEMPORARY TERM
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ELIGIBLE TO BE HIRED UNDER ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL AUTHORITIES:
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Thank you for your interest in our Vacancy!

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