Today's Report | Recent Editions  

Thursday, June 05, 2014


Yosemite National Park (CA)
Visitor Survives Plunge Into Yosemite Falls

Around noon on Wednesday, May 28th, park dispatch received an emergency call from a group of backpackers who reported that one of their number had fallen into the Middle Cascade of Yosemite Falls. 

The victim, a 22-year-old man from Union City, California, was on a backpacking trip with three of his friends. When they stopped on their return trip at the Middle Cascade at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall, he fell into the water while reaching for his sunglasses. He was swept several hundred feet through the 675-foot-high Middle Cascade into an eddy in a pool of water, where he was able to climb onto a large boulder in the middle of the cascade.

Immediately upon receiving the call, a Yosemite search and rescue team was dispatched to the location of the incident along the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail.  At the same time, the park’s contract helicopter was ordered out for a reconnaissance flight.

With members of the initial ground team acting as spotters from the edge of the gorge, the helicopter inserted Ranger Ed Visnovske via short haul to the man’s location. He was found to be slightly hypothermic, but otherwise uninjured.  Visnovske and the man were then short hauled to Yosemite Valley, where the man declined medical treatment.

Yosemite Valley District Ranger Jack Hoeflich was IC for this rescue.

Click on the link below for a video of the rescue. Note that it takes a while before the short-haul rescue gets underway.
[Submitted by Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Office]  More Information...

Blue Ridge Parkway
Visitor’s Life Saved Through CPR, Use Of AED

Ranger Stephen Dollinger received a report of CPR in progress at the Price Park Picnic Area during the Memorial Day weekend. When he arrived at the scene, he found two bystanders performing CPR on a 79-year-old woman in the picnic area restroom. 

Dollinger took over CPR. Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue soon arrived and administered one AED shock.  The woman’s pulse was restored, but she still needed assisted ventilations. 

She was transported to Watauga Medical Center, where she is in good condition. She should soon be transferred to a hospital near her home.
[Submitted by Dave Bauer, Highlands District Ranger]


Richmond National Battlefield Park (VA)
Park Commemorates 1864 Overland Campaign

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Richmond National Battlefield Park culminated its two-week commemoration of the battles of Totopotomoy Creek and Cold Harbor, key parts of Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign. 

From May 29 to June 15, 1864, the farm fields northeast of Richmond, Virginia, became the bloodiest ground in North America, the latest in a series of battles that stretched from Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House ultimately to the gates of Petersburg.  That summer of 1864, the families and loved ones of almost 100,000 American servicemen received news that their husbands, sons, fathers, and friends had been killed or wounded on a Virginia battlefield, or were missing – captured or maybe one of the countless unidentified dead hastily buried on the battlefield. 

Reconnecting people to place was a key theme of the park’s commemoration.  From candlelight programs on the battlefield, to early morning walking tours on park and private land rarely explored by the public, to scholarly talks about the meaning of the battles then and in our time, the park’s programs explored the changing and increasingly grisly nature of warfare and its impacts on both soldiers and civilians – both free and enslaved – on the battlefield and at home.

The culminating program on June 3 featured a landowner adjacent to the park whose family has since before the Civil War farmed and lived on the land that became a battlefield.  Exploring the concept of Civil War memory, David Adams, who teaches American history at Richmond Community High School, wondered aloud about his ancestors’ experiences as soldiers fought and died on their fields, and described his own personal exploration of what it means to know that land you love is also ground that harbors so much violence and horror.

On May 31, in a short ceremony on the battlefield, a family from New York – descendants of Patrick H. Doody, a teenager serving in the 164th New York Infantry – donated to the park a Medal of Honor that he received in recognition of his special gallantry in leading men during a night attack at the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 7, 1864.

Additional highlights included “Reverberations,” an innovative community outreach program that linked battlefields at three national parks in Virginia with communities around the nation that sent loved ones to fight with Union or Confederate armies, and “Defiant Sheltons,” which explored the story of the Shelton household as the armies arrived on their doorstep. 

“Slaves and Freedmen in Hanover County” told the story of the African American experience, including one family whose final flight to freedom took place as the armies clashed at Totopotomoy and Cold Harbor.

Guest speakers also included University of Virginia Professor of History Gary Gallagher, historian and author Gordon Rhea, and Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr., noted Civil War scholar and author and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.  The Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps demonstrated the use of music as a tool on the battlefield. 

Rangers, preservation specialists, historians, and living history volunteers provided a mixture of battlefield walking tours, living history demonstrations, family activities, and a variety of other anniversary-themed programs that engaged more than 5,000 visitors over the course of the commemoration.  Eastern National had record-setting sales at Cold Harbor during the weekend events.
[Submitted by Elizabeth Paradis Stern]

Interpretation/Education Division
Junior Ranger Day Event Draws 400 Junior Rangers

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP’s Junior Ranger Day encouraged children of the Texas Rio Grande Valley to learn about the variety and significance of national parks across the nation. 

This year’s program included materials from over 60 national parks and featured several parks from each region of the NPS.  As they explored the regions, young visitors learned about different parks and then completed a Junior Ranger booklet from a park in that region.  In addition, Junior Rangers learned about distinct types of parks - natural and cultural, large and small, well-known and obscure.

To provide a more in-depth experience, the event featured traveling trunks from many of the featured parks.   This permitted visitors to go beyond just viewing pictures and reading but to hold sea shells from Padre Island, feel the furs of the animals of the Rocky Mountains, try-on buckskin clothing like that worn on the Lewis and Clark expedition, along with offerings from a variety of other sites.

More detail was provided by interactive distance learning programs.  Broadcasts from the Grand Canyon, Knife River Indian Villages NHS, and George Washington Carver NM, in conjunction with traveling trunks from those parks, gave young Texas visitors the chance to examine rocks and fossils, explore inside an earthlodge, and make their own peanut milk.  The broadcasts gave youth a greater sense that they had visited those parks.

Since many children in the community do not have the opportunity to travel to other National Parks, they were encouraged to create “Flat Rangers” to travel for them.  These paper figures travel to other National Parks, collecting stamps in a passport and collecting information that will be sent to the children in the weeks to follow. 

Living History programs rounded out the event.  Junior Rangers watched portrayals of military life from the Colonial, U.S.-Mexican War, and Civil War eras.  In addition to watching firing demonstrations and observing scenes of camp life, many also participated in military drills, period crafts, and other hands-on activities. 

The event drew more than 400 Junior Rangers, including over 100 who traveled to the park courtesy of National Park Foundation “Ticket to Ride” funding.  Some 40 volunteers, young and old, also dedicated over 200 hours to the event.
[Submitted by Karen Weaver,]


Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
Deputy Associate Director, Operations And Program Support (Detail)

The NRSS Directorate is seeking a highly motivated individual at the GS-15 level interested in learning the operational aspects of management in the National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate. It closes on June 13th.

The selectee will serve on a 120 day assignment as Deputy Associate Director for Operations and Program Support with the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate. The position serves as a member of the NRSS senior management team and provides supervision for: Biological Resource Management, Water Resources, Inventory and Monitoring, Environmental Quality, and Natural Sounds/Night Skies Divisions as well as the Office of Education and Outreach. The selectee is responsible for the overall program management and operational responsibilities assigned by the Associate Director, and for coordinating with other WASO Directorates, Deputies, Regions, and Parks. You will provide the executive direction, guidance, and supervision required to conduct natural resource management programs  that are designed to provide new scientific knowledge, interdisciplinary approaches, and methodologies to solve the air, water, biological, physical, and geological resource management problems affecting the preservation and protection of natural resources in units of the National Park Service. You will guide the planning, coordinating, and managing of broad multidisciplinary and cross-divisional natural resource programs that include assessment and management of physical and biological resources and management of natural resource information. In this capacity, the incumbent supports the NPS strategic goals for land, water, air, species and habitat restoration, physical and biological resources. 

Who Will Be Considered: All current NPS Permanent employees at the GS-14 level or above will be considered.

The NRSS Directorate will cover travel to and from the duty location and all associated travel costs (including lodging, if applicable) while on the assignment.

Duty Station: Fort Collins, CO

Qualifications: All applicants must demonstrate an ability to perform in a very fast paced environment, synthesize and gather information to provide recommendations and advice to the NRSS Directorate and other top management officials.  Applicants must be strategic thinkers and self-directed, as well as, possess strong professional writing and presentation skills; and provide examples of initiating and working on complex activities and programs related to natural resources-their management and stewardship; implementation of resource management technical information that influences policy and federal and/or state legal and regulatory requirements; recommends corrections and initiation of new program efforts to strengthen resource stewardship and/or management; and identifies program needs to suggest funding priorities for natural resource management programs. 

How candidates will be evaluated/selected: All applicants will be reviewed and rated by a selection panel. The Panel will then refer the top candidates to the Associate Director, NRSS, who will forward recommendation to NPS Deputy Director for Operations for final selection.

How to Apply: To apply for this Detail/Temporary promotion opportunity, interested individuals must provide the following: 

  1. A letter of interest
  2.  Brief resume
  3. Memo of Support from Supervisor
  4. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your current grade level

Application packages (only) should be emailed or faxed to:

Tiffany Maddox
Human Resources Specialist
Workforce Management, WASO HR Operations Division
WASO Servicing Human Resources Office - Denver
Office PH 303-969-2770
Fax 303-969-2546

Your application package will not be considered if incomplete and you will not be solicited for missing information.
[Submitted by Tiffany Maddox,, 303-969-2770]

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
GS-0025-11 Supervisory Protection Ranger

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has issued an announcement for a supervisory protection ranger.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

The cost of moving will be covered for the selected candidate, if eligible.

It closes on June 11th.
 More Information...

Intermountain Region
WG-5406-9 Utility Systems Operator

Dates: 05/30/2014 - 06/09/2014

Amistad National Recreation Area is seeking qualified applicants for a utility systems operator position. The announcement closes on June 9th. 

Candidates must be able to perform all duties associated with operating a water treatment system and a wastewater treatment system.  A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) certification is required. If you have an out-of-state certification or are highly qualified in water and wastewater treatment systems but do not possess Texas certification, you will have three to six months to obtain this certification.

For more information about this position and how to apply, click on link below.
[Submitted by Juan Gomez,, 830-775-7492]  More Information...

* * * * * * * * * *

NPS serious incident submission standards can be found at the following web site:

All reports should now be submitted via this automated system.