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[ShovelBums.Org] Temporary Archeological Technician GS-06/07 Klamath National Forest



The Klamath National Forest will soon be filling 1 temporary(1039 hours), full-time ARCHEOLOGICAL TECHNICIAN, GS-0102-06/07 position located at the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District in Fort Jones, California.  The Klamath National Forest covers an area of 1,700,000 acres located in Siskiyou County in Northern California and Jackson County in Oregon.  This beautiful Forest is a haven for campers, hikers, wildlife watchers, hunters, fishermen, mountains bikers, white water enthusiasts and naturalists!  

For any questions regarding the above position, please contact  David Betz at (530) 468-1236 or This position is being advertised under Open Continuous Recruitment (OCR Announcement #OCRT-102-6-ARCH-DT or OCRT-102-7-ARCH-DT) concurrently with this outreach period.  The vacancy announcement information follows.

The application deadline is May 17, 2011.

Please see the following information on the position, the Klamath National Forest, and the community.


Performs archeological field surveys to gather technical data and information. Identifies and records the exact location and orientation of cultural sites and artifacts using maps, aerial photographs, digital cameras,and/or global positioning systems (GPS ) receivers. Monitors archeological projects to ensure sufficiency of on-site surveying and recording. Assists in the preparation of archeological reports, such as cultural resource inventories to document environmental and cultural backgrounds, methodologies, and findings. Assists in data management and performs routine data entry. Assists in the preparation of archeological and historical information for interpreting cultural sites.    

For any questions regarding this position, please contact David Betz at (530) 468-1236 or


The following Vacancy Announcements for these positions are available on the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS website at . The Forest Service uses AVUE Digital Services, an automated on-line application system, to fill positions at  Applicants should indicate their preference for Fort Jones, California as one of their geographic locations in order to be considered for a vacancy at the Klamath National Forest, Salmon/Scott River Ranger District.




The Klamath National Forest covers an area of 1,700,000 acres located in Siskiyou County in northern California and Jackson County in southern Oregon.  The Forest is divided into two sections separated by the Shasta Valley and the Interstate 5 highway corridor.  In the mountains to the west, the terrain is steep and rugged while the east side has the relatively gentler, rolling terrain of volcanic origin.  With elevations ranging from 450 to 8,900 feet above sea level, the Forest is one of America’s most biologically diverse regions, situated in a transition region between the hotter and drier areas of the south and the colder and wetter locale of the north.

This central position of the Klamath in relation to the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Coast Range and the Great Basin has fostered complex climatic patterns and led to an unparalleled diversity of plant life found nowhere else in California.  More species of conifers live near or in the Klamath’s Marble Mountain and Russian Wilderness Areas than anywhere else on earth.  An astounding 17 conifer species co-exist within one square mile!  The Forest is also home to one plant that lives nowhere else on earth, the Siskiyou Mariposa Lily.

The program of work for the Forest is centered on the restoration of fire adapted ecosystems.  We have an active and strongly integrated vegetation management and fuels program that works to protect communities, infrastructure and critical wildlife and fisheries habitat.  We work with local communities, Fire Safe Councils, and interested groups and individuals in developing projects using Healthy Forest Restoration Act authorities.  In 2010, the Forest was honored to be recognized as having treated the greatest amount of hazardous fuels reduction acres in the Pacific Southwest Region.

The appropriate management of naturally occurring wildfire across the Forest is also an important program component.  The Klamath is known as a leader in using wildfire to benefit landscape conditions as well as having a highly skilled and experienced fire suppression workforce.

The Forest includes all or part of five wilderness areas: Marble Mountain, Russian, Trinity Alps, Red Buttes and Siskiyou. Trailheads are numerous and hikes range from easy to arduous. There are 200 miles of river system for rafting and 152 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the Forest. The Forest has 28 campgrounds, and world-class hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing.  With the Klamath, Salmon, and Scott Rivers meandering from one end of the Forest to the other, recreationists have found a playground that offers virtually everything (except crowds) to the outdoor enthusiast.

The management of area streams and rivers, and range, botanical, heritage, cultural and mineral resources rounds out the active and interesting programs included on the Klamath.

More information on the Klamath National Forest is on our website: .


The Salmon/Scott River Ranger District main office is located in the town of Fort Jones, California in the Scott River Valley. The District is bisected by the Salmon River on the south and the Scott River on the north and has three wilderness areas, the Trinity Alps, Russian, and Marble Mountain wilderness areas.  The District includes approximately 585,000 acres.  

Scott Valley is a small, rural area dependent on agriculture and forest products.  It encompasses several small communities, the largest being Etna and Fort Jones. The total population is about 5,000, many of which commute to Yreka for work. Scott Valley is primarily served by state Highway 3, connecting it to Yreka about 25 minutes away.  Etna High School serves the Scott Valley area (Yreka High School serves the Yreka area). There are several elementary and middle schools within these areas.  College of the Siskiyous, a two year community college, is located in Weed, CA with a satellite campus in Yreka.  Scott Valley offers a basic selection of automotive, motels, restaurants, banking, food, and hardware stores and services.  Fairchild Medical Center is located in Yreka. There are several private doctor and dentist practices, including several specialties. There are also some family clinics including Scott Valley Rural Health Clinic. Scott Valley offers a basic selection of automotive, motels, restaurants, banking, food, and hardware stores and services.

The Klamath National Forest Supervisor’s Office is located in Yreka, California (pronounced Y-Reeka) has been designated as 48th in the top one-hundred small communities in the U.S. and is located twenty-two miles south of the California/Oregon border along Interstate 5.  Yreka is a quiet little city located in an area rich in history and generous in natural resources, nestled in the northern most corner of the majestic Shasta Valley. Serving as the governmental seat of Siskiyou County, geographically the fifth largest county in the state, Yreka is the largest full service community between Ashland, Oregon and Redding, California. The population base provides support for professional services, medical facilities, all governmental offices and a full range of retail businesses which make Yreka the trade center for the county. Yreka is abundant in its intrinsic beauty and enjoys the diversity of a four season climate.

Yreka is home to several retail shopping areas, many restaurants, auto service stores and 14 motels.  Several primary and secondary schools, a high school, and a modern hospital are located in Yreka. A two year Community College maintains a satellite campus in Yreka and the main campus in Weed is about 30 minutes away.  Housing costs vary depending on location, residence size, and property, averaging $180,000-$250,000 for a typical 3 bedroom home on a city parcel.  Rental housing for a typical 3 bedroom home starts at about $800/month.  Medford, Oregon is an easy 45 minute drive and has a full array of large retail and warehouse shopping centers and home improvement centers.  The airport in Medford is full service.

Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant and include fishing, hunting, camping, boating, whitewater rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, golf, and just about any other outdoor activity imaginable.  Two ski parks, Mt. Ashland and Mt. Shasta, are each about 1 hour away. Several golf courses are within Siskiyou County and nearby counties. The coast and beaches are about 3 hours away. Trout, salmon and steelhead fishing are nearby. Duck and goose viewing and hunting occur in the nearby Klamath Basin and Tulelake Wildlife Refuge. Two large reservoirs, Shasta and Trinity Lakes, are about 1 hour away. Cultural events include Siskiyou Performing Arts in Yreka, the nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument and Lava Beds National Monument are about 1 1/2 hours away.
More information about the forest can be found on the Klamath National Forest website: .  Information about Yreka can be found at the Yreka Chamber of Commerce website:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination on all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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