Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Chickasaw National Recreation Area (OK) Missing Boater’s Body Found In Lake
On Saturday, April 5th, a boat with three people aboard sank near The Point area of Lake of the Arbuckles. A fisherman was able to rescue two of them, but the third, a juvenile, disappeared under the water.
Two days later, rangers and Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers who were continuing their search for the missing boy found his body around 11 a.m.
Participating in the three-day search were personnel from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Dive Team and Lake Patrol, the Sulphur Fire Department, and the Oklahoma Department of Fish and Game.
[Submitted by Aaron Shandor, Chief Ranger]
NEWS AND NOTES
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA) Milestone Reached In Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction
A major milestone has been reached in the reintroduction of federally-endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis sierrae). They are now occupying the Great Western Divide for the first time in over 100 years due to recent efforts by state and federal agencies.
Over a four-day period in mid-March, a total of ten ewes (females) and four rams (males) were translocated from land in the Inyo National Forest to the Big Arroyo area of Sequoia National Park by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in cooperation with the National Park Service (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks), U.S. Forest Service (Inyo National Forest), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This major milestone in the recovery of this endangered species was attained through helicopter-supported capture of bighorn sheep in wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest. CDFW staff and volunteers, including veterinarians and biologists, as well as several staff from other agencies, were present to assess each animal's health and ensure their safety throughout the entire process. Each animal was fitted with a radio collar and a GPS collar in order to track movements and survival.
This work was part of ongoing efforts to monitor the status of other radio-collared bighorn sheep that use the parks, to study bighorn sheep habitat use, and to evaluate the impacts of wilderness recreational activities on the sheep and their habitat.
Following this recent effort, there are now 11 herds of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep between Owens Lake and Mono Lake, including areas outside of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Two additional herds are needed to meet recovery goals – one at Taboose Creek, which overlaps the eastern boundary of Kings Canyon National Park, and the other at Laurel Creek, which is almost completely within Sequoia National Park.
[Submitted by Daniel Gammons, Wildlife Biologist, and Dana Dierkes, Public Affairs Specialist]
Visitor and Resource Protection Michael May To Head Office of Risk Management
Mike May, who has served as the safety and occupational health program manager for the NPS since August, 2008, has been selected as the chief for the Office of Risk Management, effective March 24th. He replaces Richard Powell, who retired last September.
May brings more than 20 years of experience in the safety and occupational health profession in highly operational mission-oriented organizations. Prior to arriving at NPS, he served 21 years on active duty with the US Air Force. He subsequently served in Federal civil service positions as an occupational safety and health specialist with the Department of the Air Force and the US Secret Service.
Upon joining the NPS, May was entrusted with responsibility for management of safety and occupational health policy and programs affecting all NPS operations and with overseeing the implementation of the Operational Leadership program, which, to date, has trained more than 18,000 NPS employees.
May also served in a six-month detail as a Horace Albright Fellow, and has served as the acting chief of the Office of Risk Management on multiple occasions.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a manager of Mike’s caliber at the helm of the NPS strategic safety efforts during a time when leadership commitment to the safety of our workforce has never been higher,” said Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection Cam Sholly.
May is a nationally recognized certified safety professional and holds bachelors and masters degrees in environmental management and a masters degree in business administration.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, May brings tremendous experience and competency to national efforts to provide effective risk management activities in national parks.
[Submitted by Gabrielle Fisher]
Monocacy National Battlefield (MD) Civil War Trust Park Day Held
The Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day events since 1996 and Monocacy National Battlefield participated in the event again this year.
This is an annual hands-on preservation event that Monocacy has participated in for at least 12 years to help take on various maintenance projects large and small. This year’s group made up of volunteer school groups, individuals, and park staff were able to complete all the Lewis Farm, Tenant House, and Thomas Barn cleaning projects.
The Thomas barn and Tenant House facilities will be opened and used this summer for interpretive programs and special programing for upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial events. They filled a large roll-off dumpster and a stake-body pickup truck with trash and helped sort broken equipment and metal into a recycling piles.
“It demonstrated perfectly how much can be accomplished in a short time frame when you have volunteers working toward well-defined goals," said Superintendent Rick Slade. "It was a truly collaborative effort by our staff and volunteers. Just as importantly, it provided the volunteers with meaningful work and an opportunity to prepare the park for 150th events this summer.”
[Submitted by Jeremy Murphy, Jeremy_Murphy@nps.gov, 301-662-6980] More Information...
United States Park Police Georgian K-9 Teams Graduate From USPP Course
The United States Park Police hosted a K-9 narcotics detection training school graduation ceremony for five law enforcement officers from the country of Georgia on Friday, April 11th, at the United States Park Police Anacostia Operating Facility (for an earlier story on this class, click on the “More Information” link below).
U.S. Park Police officers have worked with the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) since 2012 on international law enforcement exchanges. Following an assessment of the law enforcement canine programs in Georgia that focused on aspects of training and the use of narcotics detection canine assets, the Park Police developed a training program with the Department of State and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Customs Service of Georgia.
The USPP narcotics detection canine unit began in the mid-1970s and is an established and professional police program. The Department of State asked Park Police officers to participate in the development of canine units in Eastern Europe and with the management of canine facilities, training and handling of canines, and transportation.
In preparation for training with the Park Police, INL worked with the Georgian government to prepare the agencies to accept a fully-trained canine task force.
[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer] More Information...
Gulf Islands National Seashore (FL,MS) GS-1701-9/11 Education Specialist
Gulf Islands National Seashore has issued an announcement for an education specialist.
Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.
It closes on April 25th.
Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit National Historical Park (WA)
GS-025-11 Chief of Interpretation (Lateral)
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park—Seattle Unit, located in the heart of Seattle, Washington, is seeking qualified candidates interested in a non-competitive lateral reassignment as the park's new chief of interpretation.
The person selected for this position will manage NPS visitor services for Klondike Gold Rush NHP—Seattle Unit and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial, supervise the lead at the Outdoor Recreation Information Center in REI’s flagship store, and, with the help of three route co-coordinators, oversee the operation of one of the most extensive Trails and Rails programs in the country. She/he will supervise a team of up to twelve employees and over seventy volunteers.
The person selected will:
- Serve as the lead technical expert on interpretation for the park
- Be responsible for the development and coordination of annual seasonal employee training and new employee orientation
- Serve as the point of contact for the park’s partnership with cruise lines
- Be one of the park's lead project managers
- Work very closely with the superintendent on long-range planning for the park’s operation
- Assist in managing the budget and in seeking both NPS and non-government funding sources for interpretive services and park outreach
- Serve as the park's public information officer and volunteer coordinator
- Serve occasionally as the acting superintendent
Seattle has been rated one of the top ten cities for vacation travel in the United States, and draws visitors from all over the world. It’s a diverse city with dozens of languages spoken within its schools. It’s home to tech companies, lots of coffee shops, great cuisine, and multiple centers of higher learning – it is the nation's most educated city, with the highest percentage of college graduates.
With easy access to other parks and public lands, opportunities abound to ski, kayak, camp and hike, as well as engage in urban activities. It is possible to live within easy biking distance of the park and become a car-free urban dweller.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell at 206-220-4232 for more details.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. Government housing is not available.
If you are interested, and are eligible for a non-competitive lateral reassignment, please submit the information listed below electronically to the Northwest Servicing Human Resources Office (NWSHRO) Staffing Branch located in Port Angeles, Washington. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on April 29th.
Your application package must include the following:
- A resume/application
- A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.
For park information please visit our park’s website: http://www.nps.gov/klse
For more information on Seattle, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/living