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Friday, December 27, 2013


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Fort Pulaski National Monument (GA)
Park Holds Annual Thanksgiving Field Day

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the park hosted an event to commemorate the Grand Thanksgiving Fete and Festival held in Fort Pulaski in 1862. 

The Union garrison of the fort had a day of fun, food, and frolic on Thanksgiving Day that year.  The officers of the 48th Regiment of New York Volunteers invited officers from other nearby Union posts to participate in games, partake of an extravagant meal, and demonstrate a burlesque dress parade, where officers dressed in extravagant costumes. 

The staff and volunteers offered a new take on the historic event by sponsoring outdoor games, including sack races and wheelbarrow races, and giving visitors the opportunity to dress in period attire, with 19th century clothing and accessories available for men, women, and children. 

Fort Pulaski National Monument has been offering this program only since 2011, and it has already become a signature event for the Thanksgiving weekend in Savannah.  This year marked the 151st anniversary of the historic event and over 600 visitors participated in the park’s activities. 
[Submitted by Gloria C. A. Lee, Chief of Interpretation]


Northeast Region
Melissa Cobern To Head Two Northeast Region Parks

Melissa K. Cobern has been selected as the new superintendent of George Washington Birthplace National Historic Site and Thomas Stone National Historic Site. Cobern has served most recently as the backcountry management specialist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

"Melissa’s deep understanding of park operations and tremendous community relations skills make her the ideal candidate to assume leadership at the Birthplace and Thomas Stone," said Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach. "These skills will serve the park staff, community and visitors well."

While at Great Smoky Mountains, Cobern lead the broad strategic planning effort that resulted in a new fee structure and more managed backcountry visitor access for the most visited park in the national park system. Cobern also built a new team for the park’s backcountry efforts, facilitating collaboration across all aspects of the park’s operation, managed public affairs, and served as the primary liaison with key park partners. 

“I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the new superintendent of George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historic Site,” noted Cobern. “Both sites offer outstanding opportunities to connect with our nation’s history, as well as to appreciate the scenic beauty and natural resources of the local area. I’m very proud to be joining the excellent staff and volunteers of these sites and look forward to becoming involved in the local communities.” 

Prior to her time at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cobern served as the chief ranger and administrative officer at Dinosaur National Monument, chief ranger at Golden Spike National Historic Site, acting superintendent at Golden Spike, and park ranger and education coordinator at Mesa Verde National Park. 

Cobern is a native of Alabama and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and a master’s degree from Memphis State University.  She will begin her new position in early February.
[Submitted by Jane Ahern, jane_ahern@nps.gov, 215-597-0865]


Northeast Region
Peter Sharpe Selected As Northeast Region’s Hydrologist

Dr. Peter (Pete) Sharpe has been selected as Northeast Region’s new hydrologist. He will provide technical expertise to the region’s natural resource planning and science efforts as they relate to water resources stewardship. 

Sharpe brings more than a decade of experience in water resources, wetland plant ecology, and applied natural resource management, most recently as the region’s natural resources condition assessment program coordinator. 

Prior to joining the National Park Service in 2010, Sharpe worked for the Institute for Research, Technology and Agriculture in Catalonia, Spain, where he studied the impact of accelerated sea-level rise on coastal resources in the Ebro River Delta.

Sharpe holds a doctoral degree in marine, estuarine and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland. He is also a second generation hydrologist following his father, William, a retired forest hydrologist from the Pennsylvania State University.

Sharpe, along with his wife Kate and their three children, are frequent visitors to the national parks located near their old home in the Washington, D.C., are looking forward to exploring the parks in their new home within the greater Philadelphia region and beyond.  
[Submitted by Lorin Diaz, lorin_diaz@nps.gov, 215-597-1782]


Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

All training offerings – webinars, online courses and training sessions in the field – appear in this listing only, updated each Friday. Entries must be received by midday Thursday at the latest for the following day’s update. Send them to Bill_Halainen@contractor.nps.gov.

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

  • Beginning and ending dates.
  • Name and location of course.
  • A short one- to two-line description.
  • The closing date for application or registration.
  • Name(s) and number(s) for more information.
  • Most importantly, a link to a website where full announcements or detailed information can be found.

New listings and revisions to this week’s calendar are in bold face. They are removed from the calendar once the application deadline has passed.

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Training and Webinars 

January – September – Managing by Network, Webinar Series. Comprised of 17 distance learning sessions, this course is designed to help employees develop crucial new skills in partnerships and community collaboration. For more information and to apply, please view the course description in DOILearn.  Search by course title in the DOILearn catalog. For more information, contact Debbie Cox (debbie_cox@nps.gov or 304-535-6277).  

January 9 – Sustainable Practices Report Training Webinar, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The Park Facility Management Division’s Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch is hosting a series of training webinars on the FY13 Sustainable Practices Report (SPR) during December and January. NPS personnel who are designated to complete this report, especially those from parks that have never submitted a report, should take this training. Each webinar will cover the background on reporting, DOI’s web-based SPR system, preparing for the report, and reporting requirement highlights. Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3413875107041012225. If you have any questions about this training, please contact NPS Solid Waste Management Help Desk or David Kahl, NPS SWM Help Desk contractor (email: David_Kahl@contractor.nps.gov, alternative email: dakahl@verinet.com; phone: 970-416-6542. Click on this link for more information.

January 22 – Agreements Technical Representative (ATR) Refresher, 4:00-6:00 PM ET. The ATR online refresher classes have been scheduled and loaded into DOI Learn. For those of you whose certifications have lapsed, we did get permission from Patrick Breen to extend this offering to you. Please register for your preferred session by the deadline date associated with your session. This is a 2-hour online class with offline work to be completed and submitted for review and to complete the class. Questions or concerns can be directed to Jo Robinson (304-535-5016) or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217).

February 3 – February 7 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class includes certification in both Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I. These classes have been combined as fire instructor is a required prerequisite for fire officer. The combined class is a combination of online activities with job performance skills being demonstrated in a class or field setting. Fire instructor is designed around classroom lectures, group activities, and individual presentations. Topics include learning theories, use of instructional materials and media, maintaining student records and techniques for effective communication. The fire officer portion of the class focuses on technical knowledge and leadership skills which are essential for command and control of engine company personnel during fire emergencies. Participants will be introduced to the skills of preplanning, fire attack strategies/tactics and logistical support functions. Skills are reinforced and evaluated through dynamic group sessions and video simulations. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules and class assessments. Application deadline is January 3rd. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

February 3 – February 7 – Parkmedic AEMT Transition Refresher Training, UCSF Fresno Medical Education/Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA. This course is for National Park Service employees who are currently certified as Parkmedic I-85 or Parkmedic AEMT and who are expected to provide advanced life support services within the national parks (current Parkmedic AEMT’s will receive 36 hours of refresher credit). It is also open to EMT-I99’s who wish to recertify at the AEMT level. The tuition is $300. Nominees must complete and submit a Standard Form 182 (10 Part) to their training office. Application and payment information can be obtained by calling Donna Armijo, UCSF Building, at (559) 499-6439.

February 3 – February 14 – Firearms Instructor Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is January 9th.

February 10 – February 14 – Command and General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Teams (H-337/I-300 and I-400), National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, WV. This 45+ hour course offers incident command system training to Department of the Interior employees who may serve in command and general staff positions on local incident management teams involving a significant number of local and/or mutual aid resources. Successful completion of the training will credit participants for a command and general staff course for local incident management teams and I-300 and I-400. Successful completion of IS-100, 200, 700 and 800 is a prerequisite (these courses are available online at http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all). For more information and an application form, contact Elaine Bond, Department of the Interior/Office of Emergency Management, at 202-208-5417 or Elaine_Bond@ios.doi.gov.

February 11 – From Buddy to Boss: Making the Transition to Supervisor,” webinar, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.  The management of relationships becomes more difficult when a supervisor manages former peers. This course will address specific techniques and strategies supervisors can use to improve their ability to lead and manage former peers. Register in DOI Learn (registration ends on February 4th). For more information, contact Brigitte Keels (202-354-1406, or  brigitte_keels@nps.gov), Katrinia Roberts (202-354-1471 or Katrinia_roberts@nps.gov), or Lisa Nicol (202-354-1998 or lisa_nicol@nps.gov).

February 24 – February 26 – Live Fire Instructor Class, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This three-day class fulfills NFPA 1403 standards to be qualified as a Live Fire instructor. The 24-hour class focuses on the how-to-aspects of conducting live fire training evolutions in a safe and compliant manner. The course reviews the different types of facilities and props used for live fire training. Agency policies, practices, preparations, training aids and evolutions are given to so that new instructors can learn how to maximize the learning experience of fire fighters and better prepare them for suppression duties. In preparation for the class participants must complete the associated on-line course prior to the first day of field training. Application deadline is January 27th. For more information contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

February 25 – March 6 – Historic Weapons Certification Course, Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center, AL. This course meets the initial certification and recertification needs of supervisors and interpreters involved in NPS historic weapons firing programs. This course is required for individuals who have the responsibility for conducting historic weapons programs in their respective parks. Modules will be offered on safety, program management, and skills relating to 18th Century small arms, 18th Century artillery, 19th Century small arms, and 19th Century artillery. Additional skills may be offered if sufficient interest and time permits.  Seasonal, temporary, and non-supervisory career or career-conditional employees are not eligible to be trained and certified as park historic weapons firing supervisors.  Read full announcement carefully. Open to NPS and to non-NPS employees.

February 25 – February 27 – Pigment Identification Workshop, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), Hooke College of Applied Science, and the McCrone Group, Inc. are partnering to host a three-day hands-on workshop on pigment identification and analysis for fine art and architectural finishes. This workshop is open to only 20 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot. Tuition for the class is $399 and includes a reference slide set. http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/pigment-identification-workshop/

February 26 – February 28 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is January 27th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

March 3 – March 14 – Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is January 10th.

March 3 – March 17 – Use of Force Instructor Training, FLETC, Glynco, CA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is January 17th.

March 10 – March 14 – Law Enforcement for Managers, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is January 10th.

March 11 – March 12 – Petrography for Conservation, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA. NCPTT and the University of Delaware to host a two-day hands-on workshop on the uses of polarized light microscopy for the study of stone and ceramic cultural materials. $299. For more information and registration go to; http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/petrographic-analysis-for-conservation-2014/. Contact Jason Church jason_church@contractor.nps.gov or 318-356-7444

March 11 – March 13 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs, CA. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is February 10th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

March 24 – April 4 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1001 training standards to be qualified as a Structural Firefighter I and II. Participants will be able to perform both interior and exterior attacks during structural fire events. The course presents students with a strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes extensive training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed serve as a structural firefighter.  Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is February 24th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

March 31 – April 4 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training—East, Catoctin Mountain Park/Harpers Ferry NHP, MD/PA. This year’s course will be held in the two parks and in Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. This year marks the 19th year that the course has been offered; with the addition of these two parks, it has now been held in ten parks across four regions. This course is designed for persons tasked with extricating victims in high angle environments, such as cliffs, canyons, urban situations, and, to some degree, caves. All students should be in good physical condition, as there will be long days spent training outdoors, hiking with heavy loads, and often hanging on ropes for extended periods in very exposed settings. There will also be one nighttime session. The course places a high premium on safety throughout the week, utilizing an ICS structure, applying Operational Leadership principles, and maintaining an instructor to student ratio of 1:3 – and in some cases, 1:2. The instructor cadre has a wealth of experience and comes from a highly varied background, including veteran NPS rangers, maintenance workers, interpreters, resource management specialists, and firefighters; military special operations personnel, such as Navy SEALs and Air Force PJs; certified climbing instructors and guides; veteran cavers; and tree surgeons. Optional after-hours presentations will be offered most evenings and will covers subjects such as a recent expedition to study the ice caves under Oregon’s Mt. Hood, cutting-edge lightweight mountaineering rescue techniques, and possible demonstrations from leaders in the climbing and cliff rescue industries. There is also a high probability that students will get a one- to three-hour helicopter hoist operations demo on Friday afternoon from either the United States Park Police Aviation Unit’s Eagle One or Maryland State Police Aviation, or both. For students and instructors traveling to the course from outside areas, lodging will be at a CCC-style dorm facility at Catoctin called Camp Round Meadow. There is no tuition, but there will be a small lodging fee for those who will be staying on site at Catoctin. Lodging costs should be between $25 and $30 total per person for the entire week. Student slots will be limited to 36, and will be on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to NPS employees and volunteers who are actively involved with high angle rescue work at their home parks. Persons interested in attending this year’s course should contact the course incident commander, Middle Buffalo District Ranger Kevin Moses from Buffalo National River. He can be reached at 870-688-0905 or kevin_moses@nps.gov. He will send a training nomination form and associated information. The cadre is hoping to fill the class by mid to late February, so apply early.                            

April 7 – April 11 – Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is February 7th.

April 8 – April 11 – Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator Refresher Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is February 13th.

April 8 – April 10, 2014 – International Cemetery Preservation Summit, Niagara Falls, NY. NCPTT, in partnership with the Canadian Ministry of Culture, will host this conference, which will include oral presentations, posters, and a half-day field session on the conservation of all aspects of cemetery care and conservation. The conference is open to conservation professionals, cemetery managers, board members, archaeologist, grounds keepers, and all who work in and are interested in cemeteries. For more information, go to http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/international-cemetery-preservation-summit/

April 14 – April 18 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is February 13th.

April 21 – May 2 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1002 training standards to be qualified as Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. The class is designed to provide persons with the technical information and skills essential for the safe operation and proper maintenance of fire apparatus. Emphasis includes hands-on training of pumping and driving skills critical to support personnel assigned to all hazard response. Personnel will become proficient in troubleshooting, hydraulics, drafting and providing water through multiple pumping evolutions. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. Application deadline is March 23rd. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.    

May 5, 2014 – April 17, 2015 – Facility Manager Leaders Program. The facility manager leaders program course of study will prepare candidates to lead responsible stewardship and protection of the assets of the National Park Service. This award winning curriculum is designed to develop and strengthen the knowledge and competencies of selected employees through a year-long education and training program that proactively builds capabilities in asset management, operations and maintenance, project management, resource stewardship, business management, supervision and leadership.  New facility managers, first line supervisors, and any other permanent employee ready to take the next career step into a chief of maintenance position are encouraged to apply. To apply log on to DOI Learn, and search the “Catalog” for “Facility Manager Leaders Program”, scroll down to the correct course, click on “Details”, and “View Details”.  “Submit Request” is on the top right of the screen.  All applicants will be placed on a waitlist and receive an email with instructions and a link to the on-line application.  Everyone will be notified by March 1, 2014 on whether they were selected on not.  NOTE:  All six components of the on-line application must be completed prior to the COB January 17, 2014 deadline.  Contact: Betsy Dodson at betsy_dodson@nps.gov OR Jeri Mihalic at jeri_mihalic@nps.gov .

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Grand Canyon NP, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is August 11th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 6 – October 10 – Structural Firefighter I (Defensive Firefighter) Course, Gateway NRA (Sandy Hook Unit), NJ. This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic training at the NFPA 1001, Firefighter I level with the minimum skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a member of a structural firefighting team under direct supervision. Course emphasis is on individual and engine company manipulative skills essential for personal safety and efficiency in support of defensive (exterior) operations with limited offensive skills targeting trash and vehicle fires and indirect attacks in the suppression of structural fires. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 8th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 13 – October 24 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1001 training standards to be qualified as a Structural Firefighter I and II. Participants will be able to perform both interior and exterior attacks during structural fire events. The course presents students with a strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes extensive training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed serve as a structural firefighter.  Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 15th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.    

November 3 – November 14 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1002 training standards to be qualified as Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. The class is designed to provide persons with the technical information and skills essential for the safe operation and proper maintenance of fire apparatus. Emphasis includes hands-on training of pumping and driving skills critical to support personnel assigned to all hazard response. Personnel will become proficient in troubleshooting, hydraulics, drafting and providing water through multiple pumping evolutions. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. Application deadline is October 6th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.    

December 8 – December 12 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class includes certification in both Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I. These classes have been combined as fire instructor is a required prerequisite for fire officer. The combined class is a combination of online activities with job performance skills being demonstrated in a class or field setting. Fire instructor is designed around classroom lectures, group activities, and individual presentations. Topics include learning theories, use of instructional materials and media, maintaining student records and techniques for effective communication. The fire officer portion of the class focuses on technical knowledge and leadership skills which are essential for command and control of engine company personnel during fire emergencies. Participants will be introduced to the skills of preplanning, fire attack strategies/tactics and logistical support functions. Skills are reinforced and evaluated through dynamic group sessions and video simulations. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules and class assessments. Access to the on-line class is available on December 9th. Application deadline is November 10th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx

Online Training

Management

Hiring Reform Course for Managers. To reinforce the importance of the President’s hiring reform initiative and the changes associated with it (e.g., increased manager involvement in the hiring process and inability to ask applicants narrative questions in the initial application process), a new course, The Manager’s Role in the Hiring Process, has been launched in DOI Learn  and is now available to all managers. This web-based training consists of three modules (overview, job analysis/assessment development, and applicant review/selection) that provide managers with basic information that will assist them in understanding their roles and responsibilities in the hiring process.  It emphasizes the importance of manager involvement, which includes active engagement in the assessment process and determining the skills needed for positions being filled. The training can be used as a supplement to the strategic conversations that HR specialists have with selecting officials. Servicing Human Resources Offices (SHROs) will continue to serve as consultants and advisors to managers in the more detailed areas of the hiring and recruitment process which the training doesn’t cover, such as the development of assessment tools, specialized experience statements, and recruitment considerations (e.g. diversity and inclusion and special hiring authorities.). Completion time for this course is one-and-a-half hours; although it is tailored for managers, human resources professionals and other professionals associated with the hiring process are encouraged to take it.  If you are looking for additional information regarding hiring reform, please refer to the hiring reform webpage. Both the course and the web page provide valuable information related to the hiring reform initiative.

Cultural Resources

Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Toolkit. To help guide NPS staff on implementing the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement, which governs Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS has developed a “toolkit.” The toolkit is mandatory training that provides guidance to NPS superintendents and Section 106 coordinators, division chiefs, and facilities staff at region and park levels on using the programmatic agreement during Section 106 review. NPS employees may earn a certificate for their review of the toolkit through DOI Learn by taking a final assessment. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the toolkit website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The toolkit website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/howto/PAToolkit/index.htm. For more information about the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement toolkit, please contact: Jeffrey Durbin, NPS Section 106 compliance program officer, at 202-354-1816 or Jeffrey_durbin@nps.gov

Managing Archeological Collections. Learn about caring for archeological collections and help to overcome the curation crisis. The course is designed to assist those who are interested in, or need to learn more about, preserving and managing archeological collections over the long term. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/collections/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Archeology for Interpreters. Through this training, interpreters and anyone with an interest and need to know – including law enforcement rangers, natural resource experts, and managers -- may gain basic knowledge about archeology. The course provides opportunities to learn about archeological methods and analysis and how to encourage concern for the preservation and protection of archeological resources. A park-based case study provides practice. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/AforI/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Interpretation for Archeologists. Archeologists and other resource professionals can take this training to gain a firm foundation in and understanding of the purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation. The course encourages archeologists to frame their work for the public and to work with interpreters to integrate archeological perspectives into interpretive products and tell compelling stories.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/IforA/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation. View interpretation with “fresh eyes” to evaluate choices and strategies for interpreting archeology in parks and historic sites. Download worksheets to assist in evaluating both onsite interpretation and virtual visits.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/studytour/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Assessment of Archeological Interpretation. Use the interpretive analysis model to evaluate the effectiveness of interpreting archeological resources on the basis of visitor experience at the levels of short-term outcomes, long-term outcomes, and audience feedback. Learn more about the National Park Service evaluation strategy. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/aiassess/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

NPS Fundamentals

NPS Fundamentals I: NPS Mission and History. A cornerstone for your NPS career. Learn online at your own pace about the history of the NPS, how the NPS is organized, and how the NPS fits into the federal government. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for NPS Fundamentals II: Introduction to NPS Operations.  Cost: free. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm . Contact: Judy Geniac, (Judy_Geniac@nps.gov, 928-638-7881).

NPS Fundamentals III: NPS Career Management and Retirement Planning. Look ahead in your NPS career and eventual retirement. Learn online at your own pace about career and retirement planning, including sessions on advancing in your chosen career path, financial planning, insurance, and making healthy lifestyle choices. Cost: free. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm. Contact: Judy Geniac, (Judy_Geniac@nps.gov, 928-638-7881).

NPS Fundamentals IV: Managing Work Life in the NPS. What are the expected legal and ethical behaviors of NPS employees? Why should diversity matter to you? What can you do to ensure a safe work environment? Get these questions answered and more in this online course studying public ethics, diversity, and safety in the NPS. Cost: free. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm.  Contact: Judy Geniac, (Judy_Geniac@nps.gov, 928-638-7881).

Wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Visitor Use Management. A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Monitoring Impacts and Uses.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Natural Resource Management in Wilderness. A suite of twelve courses: Fundamentals, Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration, Monitoring, Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity, Fish and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring, Threatened and Endangered Species, Air Quality, Soil and Water, Vegetation, Soundscapes, and Night Sky.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Cultural Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Retirement

Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer Retirement Training for Human Resource Specialists, Managers and Supervisors. This course is designed to provide firefighter and law enforcement officer retirement training for human resources specialists, managers and supervisors. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

FERS Retirement Training for Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers. This course is designed to provide firefighters and law enforcement officers with information on FERS special retirement provisions so that they can manage their careers in such a way that they maximize their benefits. Special retirement provisions apply to employees occupying these positions and they have specific responsibilities that are critical to know about and act upon throughout their careers if they expect to qualify for special retirement. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

Supervision

New Supervisor Development Program. This new training and development program, which was begun last year, is designed specifically for first-time supervisors within the 12 month probationary period of their initial appointment. The New Supervisor Development Program (NSDP) is a blended learning program that is delivered both online and in residential (three day) sessions across the country in collaboration with Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The online modules (completely free of cost) are available on DOILearn as preliminary work, and include the basics of in knowledge and skills for a first-time supervisor. Completion of these modules is followed by a three day Supervisory Skills Workshop (SSW) that provides synthesis and skills practice. The NSDP satisfies the initial 40-hour new supervisory training required by OPM (5CFR 412.202). There will be no cost to parks and regions in FY 2012 – all costs (tuition and travel) are being funded by WASO Learning and Development. Registrations for the SSW are managed via regional employee development officers by slot allocation.  For more information, please contact Katrina Roberts, NSDP Training Manager, 202-354-1487, or Brigitte Keels, 202-354-1406, or your regional employee development officer. This program is expected to continue in FY 2013, but funding has yet to be determined. Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/ - click on the link under “Featured Links:New!”



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

http://inside.nps.gov/waso/custompages.cfm?prg=45&id=8728&lv=2&pgid=3504

All reports should now be submitted via this automated system.