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Fire and Aviation Management
Website Explores Historic NPS Fire Lookout Photos

A new section has been added to the National Park Service Fire and Aviation website that promises to interest a broad audience, including national park and history enthusiasts and the tech savvy.

Exploring a little-known National Park Service story, the new section is entitled "Panoramic Photographs from National Park Service Lookouts" and focuses a story that began over 75 years ago.

The web page tells the story of a photographic project that took place in the 1930s from lookouts and lookout points at 200 locations in national parks across the country for the purpose of mapmaking for wildfire detection. Many of the 1930s photographs taken by Junior Forester Lester Moe still exist today, though some are still hidden away in national park museums, libraries, and archives. They are immediately recognizable due to their unique format.

National parks are recognizing the significance of the photographs in that they can be compared with present-day photographs to understand change over time. Both Yellowstone and Glacier national parks were very important to the project, as they have pursued repeat photography in the same locations as the 1930s project.

Some of the Yellowstone images have been uploaded to Gigapan®, a website that allows interactive viewing of the image. When present-day repeat photography images are viewed side by side with the 1930s images, viewers obtain a clearer picture of changes related to land cover, topography, and human infrastructure in the parks.

The website compiles stories, history, and imagery and tells the story through the use of interactive elements. In addition, it encourages action by the public to participate as citizen scientists in repeat photography projects, or other related projects such as invasive species monitoring.

If your park has a collection of photographs taken by Lester Moe, we would like to hear from you. Contact us at nps_nifc_commed@nps.gov to share your information.

The work on the website was completed as a Master’s Capstone project for the Quinnipiac University Interactive Media Program and can be viewed on the NPS Fire and Aviation website at http://www.nps.gov/fire/wildland-fire/learning-center/panoramic-lookout-photographs.cfm.

[Submitted by Tina Boehle, tina_boehle@nps.gov, 208.387.5875]

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Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs
Bevinetto Fellows Selected For 2014-2015

Brandon Flint and Jonathon Burpee were selected in November as the National Park Service’s Bevinetto Fellows for 2014-2015.  They began the fellowship program on January 13th. 

The fellows’ first year will be spent working as congressional staff:  Brandon will work for the Committee on Natural Resources in the House of Representatives; Jon will work in the Senate, where his assignment is being finalized.  In the second year of the fellowship, they will work in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and an office of the Directorate. 

Brandon spent the last seven years with the NPS recreation fee program, where he led the management and implementation of the interagency pass program. He was previously the supervisory fee and business revenue coordinator at Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Brandon has also worked at Yosemite National Park, where he worked on the Merced River plan, and at Yellowstone National Park, where he started his NPS career as a district interpreter.  Brandon has a B.S. in parks and recreation, recreation and resource management from Utah State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Baltimore. 

Jon was the chief of interpretation and education at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument for the last two years.  Before that, he was an interpreter, and then chief of interpretation, at Fort Frederica National Monument.  He graduated from the NPS GOAL Academy in 2013.  Jon began his NPS career as a seasonal park guide and fee collector at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site 17 years ago and held positions at Vancouver National Historic Reserve and Death Valley National Park. He also worked for the Washington State House of Representatives as a clerk. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Washington.        

The Bevinetto Fellowship was established in 1988 to improve mutual understanding and cooperation between the National Park Service and Congress.  It was named in honor of Tony Bevinetto, a former NPS employee who served on the staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 1979 until his untimely death in 1988.  

Brandon and Jon are the 31st and 32nd NPS employees to be chosen as Bevinetto Fellows since the program began in 1990. This is the seventh year that the NPS has benefitted from having two fellows at one time, one serving in the House of Representatives and the other in the Senate. 

The fellowship is widely considered one of the most effective developmental programs in the NPS.  Most of its graduates currently serve as park superintendents or program chiefs.  By helping to build a cadre of mangers with legislative experience, the program has increased the knowledge base of NPS leaders in their work with Congress and members of the Executive branch who impact our parks and programs in numerous ways. 

The two Bevinetto Fellows for 2013-2014, Gordy Kito and Charles Beall, have finished their year with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources, respectively.  This year, they will each spend six months as a legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and six months as a special assistant to Director Jarvis.

The Bevinetto Fellowship will be advertised again in mid-summer.  Candidates must have at least five years of permanent employment with the NPS and one year of experience at the GS-11 level or higher. If you have questions about the program, please contact Melissa Kuckro, Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, 202-208-5682 or melissa_kuckro@nps.gov.    

[Submitted by Melissa Kuckro]


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
Fourth McGinn/Axelsen Scholarship Presented

On November 22nd, the fourth Brent McGinn and Laurie Axelsen Scholarship was presented to Brian Varble for being the “Best in Class” at the Northern Arizona University Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program.

On behalf of the families and friends of Brent McGinn and Laurie Axelsen, Chad Hunter, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s lead park ranger, presented Varble with a $1000 check, a commemorative plaque, and a memorial coin.

Brent McGinn and Laurie Axelsen died in an off-duty aircraft accident in October of 2010.  The McGinn & Axelsen Scholarship was created to honor them and to financially assist future rangers who graduate from seasonal law enforcement training programs with all-around top honors. 

Varble embodied the characteristics of excellence, integrity, hard work, and pride in performance as exemplified by Chief Ranger McGinn and District Ranger Axelsen.

[Submitted by Lindy Mihata, Chief Ranger]


Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NY,PA)
Superintendent Sean McGuinness Is Retiring

Sean McGuinness, superintendent of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, is retiring today after 34 years wearing the NPS uniform.

Sean started his career after graduating from college and moving from Buffalo, New York, to Grand Teton National Park as a seasonal campground ranger. He immediately knew that NPS and the parks were his calling.

Sean became a permanent protection ranger at Natchez Trace and had great experiences at Crater Lake, Wrangell-St. Elias, Mojave, DOI Law Enforcement and Security, and Fire Island before he was challenged to use all his experiences to protect the resources and visitors employing the collaborative partnership style of management at the Upper Delaware. 

"All the great people I have worked with at the parks, regional offices, WASO, support offices, Wilderness Leadership Council, Wild and Scenic Steering Committee and communities has enriched my life,” he says. “With the excitement of being a backcountry park ranger, I can say that my life has been the best. Oh... can't forget working the Salt Lake City Olympics.”

“Now I can get back west to ski the steep and deep, paraglide the warm breezes, and hike the high country while visiting everyone." 

Sean can be reached at smcguinness55@gmail.com

Southeast Region
Justin Unger Selected As Deputy Superintendent

Justin Unger has been selected as the deputy superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, effective March 3rd. Unger is currently the chief of administration for the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

“Justin brings a unique blend of park experience, academic study, and work in municipal governments that make him an ideal partner for our local communities and leader of our diverse team of talented park professionals,” says Superintendent Dan Kimball.

Unger is a Kansas native and holds two degrees from the University of Kansas -- a B.S. in U.S. history and an M.P.A. in city management and urban policy.  After seasonal work at Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, he worked for the cities of Lenexa, Kansas and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in positions of increasing management responsibility.

In 2005, Unger joined the National Park Service as a program analyst with the Office of Strategic Planning and served as point of contact between parks, regions, and Congress to develop the agency’s annual budget and analyze NPS performance in achieving annual goals. 

He became the chief of administration for the National Mall and Memorial Parks in 2009, which required execution of $33 million annual base budget and providing support to over 350 federal employees, as well as multiple partners.  Unger also served as acting chief of administration at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and as acting superintendent at Assateague National Seashore in Maryland.

[Submitted by Marianne Mills, marianne_mills@nps.gov, (404) 507-5613]

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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 28 – January 29 – Skills for Moderators, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET each day.  This course is designed for the "behind the scenes" partner in a WebEx delivery. This course will provide the moderator with an introduction to his/her role and the skills to best assist the trainer. As you are applying in DOI Learn for consideration for this class session, please make sure you select the correct date and time. For more information, contact any of these folks from the NPS Distance Learning Center team – David Barton (304-535-5053), Katrina Fritts (304-535-5089), or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217), or ABCS Training Manager Jo Robinson (304-535-5016).

January 28 – January 30 – Introduction to WebEx, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET each day. This course is for the "on air personality" and will engage you in an interactive experience using WebEx Training Center. As you are applying in DOI Learn for consideration for this class session, please make sure you select the correct date and time. For more information, contact any of these folks from the NPS Distance Learning Center team – David Barton (304-535-5053), Katrina Fritts (304-535-5089), or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217), or ABCS Training Manager Jo Robinson (304-535-5016).

January 30 – Using the WebEx Break Out Room Feature, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. This course is designed for both the trainer and the moderator.  It covers the logistics of preparing for a WebEx session with a break out activity through how to prepare participants for the activity during the session. As you are applying in DOI Learn for consideration for this class session, please make sure you select the correct date and time. For more information, contact any of these folks from the NPS Distance Learning Center team – David Barton (304-535-5053), Katrina Fritts (304-535-5089), or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217), or ABCS Training Manager Jo Robinson (304-535-5016).

January 30 – Wilderness User Guide And Planning Handbook Webinar, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. A webinar on these two new documents. The user guide helps on-the-ground staff by providing succinct guidance, templates, and examples about integrating wilderness character and streamlines compliance by aiding staff in making responsible, transparent decisions that are consistent with NPS policy. The handbook provides direction for creating wilderness stewardship plans that are driven by the concept of preserving wilderness character.  All park, regional, and WASO staff and program areas interested in learning more about wilderness character integration are invited to attend. Please register for the webinar at:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/738327368

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 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 11 – February 12 – Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA. This course is designed to provide end users (interpreters, education specialists, resource managers, fire managers or information technology staff) with the resources and knowledge necessary to assemble a Telexploration backpack and present a real-time distance learning program to a remote audience and to design and deploy a basic wireless systems sufficient to present real-time live Telexploration programs in your park. Applications are due by February 3rd. For more information, contact Amanda Gossard, amanda_gossard@nps.gov.

February 18 – Environmental Purchasing Provisions in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Webinar, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST. Guest speaker Brian Heath (DOI) will discuss the sustainable acquisition policy reporting under FAR Subpart 23.1 and EO 13514. Guest speaker Joan Glassman (WASO-WCP) will discuss a new coding system she has developed which will facilitate reporting green purchases in the Federal Procurement Data System-NG. An overview of the other green purchasing provisions in the FAR and the various resources available for NPS to facilitate implementation of these provisions will also be presented. For more information, contact Fred Sturniolo, environmental protection specialist, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, via email or phone at 202-513-7078. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6713832758805184513.

February 20 – Integrating Green Provisions in Construction Contracts Webinar, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST. Guest speaker Mike Eissenberg (Denver Service Center) will discuss the opportunities to specify green products and services in construction contracts and focus on the tools for parks, including the NPS sustainability checklist and the associated database. Guest speaker Diana Vanderzanden (Midwest Region) will discuss her work on greening MWR's construction contracts. For more information, contact Fred Sturniolo, environmental protection specialist, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, via email or phone at 202-513-7078. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7406351361466888705

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 6 – Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Shepherdstown, WV.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Steve Archibald, 406-243-4653, srarchibald@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

March 10 – March 14 – Fundamentals of Special Park Uses, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.  This course covers all aspects of special park uses, including First Amendment activities, commercial filming, still photography and rights- of-way. DO-53/RM-53 are covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2006. A draft agenda is posted on the special park uses page at http://inside.nps.gov/waso/waso.cfm?prg=185&lv=3  Minimum class size 15 participants.  Sign up through DOI Learn.  Travel assistance is available.  For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202/513-7092.  The enrollment deadline is February 15th.

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 – March 28 – Motorboat Operator Instructor Certification Course, Lake Mead NRA, Boulder City, NV. 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.

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 10 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Asheville, NC.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Ken Straley, 406-243-4630, kstraley@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

April 7 – April 11 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training-WEST, Island-In-The-Sky District, Canyonlands NP, UT. This training course is designed for personnel who routinely evacuate injured or stranded persons from heights and difficult terrain. The course will provide participants with the skills to perform difficult technical rescues. Students will be required to bring technical gear including; seat harness, climbing helmet, carabiners, rappel rack, ascenders, etc.  This is a very physically demanding course conducted outdoors with frequent exposure to severe heights and extreme environmental conditions.  All participants must be in good physical condition.  This training includes a night rescue training exercise.  Commercial lodging is available in Moab. Class size is limited, subject to funding registration will be conducted on a first come, first served basis, with priority to NPS employees who are actively involved with high angle rescue work at their home parks. Target participants include permanent or seasonal employees who participate in a technical rescue program. A $200 registration fee is required to cover training course administrative costs.  All participant travel and per diem expenses covered by benefiting account. The deadline for the receipt of participant training nominations is March 17th. For more information, contact Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search and Rescue, at 928-606-3862 (cell), or ken_phillips@nps.gov . For a copy of the training form, click on this link.

April 7 – April 11 – Intermediate Tactics Course, Camp San Louis Obispo, San Louis Obispo, CA. This is an intensive five day course that covers intermediate tactics for the individual law enforcement officer and small to medium size tactical teams that operate on public lands. The course curriculum includes operational planning and decision making, leadership, marijuana interdiction operations, use of force/officer survival, building searches, high risk vehicle stops, surveillance operations, tactical pistol and rifle, and rural team movement. The tuition is $350, which includes housing and meals. For more information, contact Todd Bonds at 559-565-4298 ot Todd_Bonds@nps.gov.  The application deadline is March 3rd.

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 – May 8 – Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information. Contact Steve Archibald, 406-243-4653, srarchibald@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

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.

May 19 – May 22 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

August 4 – August 8 – Fundamentals of Special Park Uses, DOI University, Albuquerque, NM.  This course covers all aspects of special park uses, including First Amendment activities, commercial filming, still photography and rights- of-way. DO-53/RM-53 are covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2006. A draft agenda is posted on the special park uses page at http://inside.nps.gov/waso/waso.cfm?prg=185&lv=3  Minimum class size 15 participants.  For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202/513-7092.  Enrollment deadline is July 5th.

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!”

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Death Valley National Park (CA)
GS-1173-9 Housing Management Specialist

Death Valley has issued an announcement for a housing management 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 February 6th.
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Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Joshua Tree National Park is seeking applications for a lateral reassignment to a GL-9 protection ranger position.

This position is located in the Cottonwood District of Joshua Tree National Park and is permanent, full-time with enhanced annuity retirement. Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid in accordance with the federal travel regulations. This position also requires occupancy of government quarters at Cottonwood.

The salary range for this position is based on the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, California, LEO pay table and will range from $55,159 to $71,170 per annum.

Primary duties include the full range of frontcountry and backcountry law enforcement, all risk management operations (including EMS), moderate to complex search operations, and technical high angle rescues. 

Candidates should have a strong knowledge and interest in park natural and cultural resources and of the specific laws and regulations pertaining to the protection and use of those resources.  SAR, EMT, and fire qualifications are highly desirable.

Joshua Tree National Park is located about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 50 miles northeast from Palm Springs.  The community of Indio, 30 miles away, offers shopping, medical facilities and schools. 

The park encompasses 794,000 acres within two of California’s ecosystems and includes a wide array of plants and animals.  Joshua Tree National Park also includes some of the most interesting geological features found in California’s desert areas.  Human occupation dates back 5,000 years to the Pinto Culture.  Later residents included Native Americans, cowboys, miners and homesteaders.

The park offers breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, moderate winter weather, starlit skies, world-class rock climbing with over 4,000 climbing routes, 400+ miles of hiking trails, and due to its location astride the pacific flyway, offers the presence of 240 observed species of migratory birds.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Current resume/application
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. No award SF-50’s please.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked no later than February 7th.

Email (from your secure government email address) your documents to Sara_Rodriguez@nps.gov with “JOTR Park Ranger (P) Lateral” in the subject line or mail to Human Resources Office, Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA  92277. For questions regarding the application process, contact Sara Rodriguez at 760-367-5509.

For more information regarding the position, contact Operations Supervisor Dan Messaros (760) 401-7633.