Recreation Technician (USFS, Lake Tahoe) – Great Basin Institute

South Lake Tahoe, California

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is recruiting (1) Recreation Technician to support the recreation program by providing information to the public while performing maintenance duties at numerous developed recreational sites around Lake Tahoe Basin.

The majority of visitors to national forest lands at the Lake Tahoe Basin enjoy themselves at developed recreation sites – facilities that include amenities such as designated parking lots, vault or flush restrooms, visitor information sign boards, and managed trash services.  Many of these facilities are operated under concession by permittees and their staffs, however, a number of recreation sites are operated directly by dedicated Forest Service staff, volunteers, and paid interns.

This Recreation Technician position serves as part of a small team, working alongside Forest Service recreation technicians dedicated to providing the public with a safe and sanitary experience on their public lands.

The position’s duties include cleaning and stocking vault toilets, servicing of trash containers, picking up litter, and responding to visitor inquiries at various locations while traveling around the Lake Tahoe Basin in a Forest Service work truck. All work is supported by needed personal protective equipment to maintain employee safety and comfort. While the critical sanitation roles of the position may seem menial, they serve as the foundation of all developed recreation experiences on public land.  Experience gained in this position provides an understanding of outdoor recreation management from the ground-up, in fact the Forest Service’s national Deputy Chief began his career as a recreation technician responsible for cleaning public restrooms and maintaining recreation sites!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides detailed information about recreation opportunities to Forest visitors. Informs the public about resource management practices, regulations and current conditions.
  • Assures recreation sites and areas are operated and maintained in accordance with operation and maintenance plans. Schedules daily activities, establishes sanitation schedules, and inspects cleanup operations based on recreation operation and maintenance plans. Reports on conditions and use of sites and areas.
  • Performing maintenance duties as related to cleaning: cleaning all sinks, floors, toilets, etc. to the best possible standard while making sure all consumables (hand soaps, toilet rolls and hand towels) are replenished as required.
  • Inspects recreation areas, areas of concentrated public use, and special use permits for compliance with the permit and the management plans, public health, and safety.
  • Naturalizes sites where necessary in order to control use and prevent resource damage. Installs and maintains information boards, travel signs, regulatory signs and other signs associated with recreation sites, travel management and safety.
  • Performs safety hazard analyses of public recreation use areas and takes or recommends corrective action.

Contract Timeline:

  • Start ASAP through mid October 2024
  • Full time (40 hours/week)


The Lake Tahoe Basin is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and spans across 6 counties and 2 states (Placer, Eldorado, Alpine counties in California; Douglas, Washoe, and Carson City counties in Nevada). The forest is managed by the US Forest Service, specifically the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The LTBMU includes portions of the Eldorado, Tahoe and Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forests. Opportunities for all-season recreation abound in this region. The Technician will be based in South Lake Tahoe, CA and will report to the LTBMU Unit Supervisor’s Office.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wage: $18/hour
  • Accrue PTO & paid holidays
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available, premium paid 100% by GBI

The Public Land Corps (PLC) noncompetitive hiring authority:

PLC is a work and education program that allows individuals aged 16-30 opportunities to work on the rehabilitation and restoration of public lands. Successful completion of a qualifying PLC project and at least 640 hours of work may qualify applicants for a permanent position in the Forest Service.

Job Qualifications:

(Because the agreement under which this position is being advertised is a Public Lands Corps Youth Assistance Agreement, all applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 30 years old at time of application.)

Technical requirements:

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in forest recreation area operation, maintenance and use regulations (applicants with prior experience working with the USFS and/or LTBMU encouraged to apply);
  • Ability to think creatively about and implement solutions to matters related to maintenance of facilities and infrastructure;
  • Ability to work and coordinate with other resource professionals, program managers, and the general public;
  • Ability to self-motivate and maintain a positive attitude;
  • Ability to walk long distances in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing mountainous conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition;
  • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on or off paved roads; and
  • Ability to work on a variety of different projects with changing priorities.

Additional requirements:

  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.

EEO Statement:

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

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