The Morning Report

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Lava Beds National Monument (CA)
Child Rushed To Hospital After Fall In Park Cave

A five-year-old Klamath Falls boy fell approximately 20 feet while exploring a lava tube cave with his family on Friday, March 27th. 

Park rangers were the first on the scene. Emergency crews were contacted and the child was flown via helicopter to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls and transferred to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where he is now recovering. 

Park staff are investigating the circumstances of the incident.  Of the approximately 135,000 visitors that visit Lava Beds each year, about 25,000 visit Skull Cave.  It is a popular cave due to its large entrance and ice floor.  There are no records of a similar incident occurring in Skull Cave.

[Submitted by Mike Reynolds, Superintendent]


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (GA)
Kennesaw Mountain Receives Charles S. Marshall Unit Award

On February 20th, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was presented with Eastern National’s 2014 Charles S. Marshall Unit Award.

This award "annually recognizes an outstanding agency that has achieved noteworthy teamwork in promoting and aiding the historical, scientific, educational activities of the National Park Service through Eastern National agency operation. Such teamwork will be evidenced in agency growth, visitor service, production development, improvement and administration."

The park was chosen due to the extraordinary teamwork and cooperation demonstrated during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain 150th anniversary commemorative events. In addition to receiving the award, Eastern National has donated $2,500 to the park’s interpretive program.

Kennesaw Mountain NBP and Eastern National began its partnership in late May 2013. From the beginning, the park staff was open to approving new products and updating the park’s gift shop to appeal to both the recreational visitor and the traditional Civil War enthusiast. The statement “Why Not Try Something New and Innovative?” enabled both staffs to develop and select new items for visitors to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.  In the first year of operation at Kennesaw Mountain, Eastern National sold $270,000 of merchandise to the visiting public.

This motivation continued as the 150th Battle of Kennesaw Mountain commemorative events approached. Eastern National quickly joined park staff in planning activities and were able to develop magnificent sales opportunities for the event. The partnership between Kennesaw Mountain and Eastern National enabled Eastern National to successfully operate four remote sales outlets throughout the three-and-a-half day commemorative event, as well as the main operation located in the park’s visitor center.

Both the NPS staff and the hard workers of Eastern National look forward to another successful year and have several new objectives, including the addition of a pavilion which will provide new sales space in one of the most crowded areas of the park.

[Submitted by Amanda Corman,, 770-427-4686 x229]

Pacific West Region
Scott Burch To Head National Park Of American Samoa

Scott Burch has been selected as the new superintendent of National Park of American Samoa, located on the islands of Tutuila, Ofu, and Ta‘u in a remote part of the South Pacific. He replaces Jim Bacon, who will be moving to the National Park Service’s Denver Service Center. Burch will begin his new assignment in summer 2015.

“Scott has a lot of experience with Pacific island issues, having lived in Hawai?i much of his life,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “He also has a strong background in managing large and diverse workloads, and in building successful partnerships. He’s a great fit for this position.”

Burch is currently the management assistant at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and previously served as a concessions management specialist at Denali National Park and Preserve. He brings a wealth of knowledge in sustainable economic development on public lands informed by his academic and professional work experience from both the private and public sectors.

During his graduate work at the University of Hawai'i, Burch analyzed impacts of recreational use on Hawaiian off-shore island wildlife sanctuaries and designed a commercial recreation permit and fee system for those areas. He also founded a non-profit organization and a commercial ocean eco-tour company that were both based on collaborative work with local communities to conduct natural resource monitoring, advance sustainable low impact ecotourism, and implement education programs in fragile island ecosystems. These efforts earned him the Mayor of Honolulu's Special Recognition Award and a nomination for the Hawai'i Living Reef Award.

“I am excited to have the chance to contribute to the work of the dedicated staff at National Park of American Samoa, our partners, and the neighboring communities in finding that balance in the best interest of the people and unique ecosystems of American Samoa,” said Burch.  “I am also delighted to be moving once again to a Pacific island. Snorkeling, outrigger canoe paddling and surfing are some of my family’s favorite past times; and having grown up in Hawai?i, I feel most at home where I can live, work and play in and near the ocean.”


Mesa Verde National Park (CO)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Dates: 03/31/2015 - 04/08/2015

Mesa Verde National Park is looking for a law enforcement ranger who is interested in a lateral reassignment.  

Applicants must currently possess by close of this announcement a Type I law enforcement commission and are designated primary law enforcement under 6(c) retirement coverage.  This is a full-time permanent position with 6c coverage.  

The individual selected will independently carry out a variety duties and responsibilities in law enforcement, resource protection, emergency medical services (EMT-B or higher), search and rescue, structural fire, and wildland fire.  Candidates with structural fire qualifications are desired.  She/he will work in both front and backcountry setting.  The ranger will conduct patrols by foot, motor vehicle, and UTV. 

Mesa Verde National Park is the premier archeological park in the United States and is a World Heritage Site. Today, the park protects over 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. The park encompasses over 52,000 acres, 8,100 of which have been designated as wilderness. During spring, summer, and fall months, a concessioner operates a 100 room lodge and hires close to 100 employees.

Mesa Verde is located in southwest Colorado near several towns including Cortez (10 miles from the entrance), Mancos (8 miles) and Durango (36 miles). All services including a hospital, K-12 schools, grocery, recreation centers and more are available in these towns. Recreational opportunities exist near the park including hiking, rafting/kayaking, biking and so much more. The surrounding area is diverse in scope ranging from high mountain wilderness to desert all within a short drive of the park.

At Mesa Verde there is a risk of exposure to wildlife pathogens transmissible to humans, such as hantavirus and plague. While this risk is remote, some of the work sites may be infested with infected rodents and some work assignments require the handling of live or dead animals; therefore, the possibility exists.

This is a required occupancy position.  Park housing will be provided for rent.

Note to allergy sufferers: Mesa Verde contains a variety of both native and exotic species of grasses, trees and plants (i.e. sagebrush, pinion, juniper, Canada thistle, etc.) and other known allergens.

A lateral reassignment is a change of an employee from one position to another at the same grade within the same agency. Applicants must meet the qualifications for the new position.

Applicants interested in this position should contact Supervisor of Ranger Operations Mark Franklin ( at 970-529-5007 or Chief Ranger Jessie Farias (  at 970-529-4641 for more information.

Applications should be sent to Lydia Manders by email ( or fax to (970)529-5059 by close of business April 8th.  Applications should include the following:

  • Your resume, with references to include supervisors, peers, and subordinates
  • Relevant certifications, such as; EMT-I, IQCS, Level I Commission, or Level I or Level II Structural Fire Certificate.
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 to confirm time-in-grade and eligibility if different/not current)
  • Your latest performance appraisal

[Submitted by Lydia Manders,, 970-570-7636]

Pacific West Region
GS-0025-11/12 Chief Of Visitor Services

Dates: 03/30/2015 - 04/10/2015

A vacancy announcement has been issued for a chief of visitor services (interpretation) for Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. 

The Tule Lake Unit of the WWII Valor in the Pacific NM is one of the newest sites in the National Park Service.  The Tule Lake Unit became a national monument, along with eight other units in Hawaii and Alaska, by Presidential Proclamation in December 2008 and the NPS is now planning for its long term future as a co-managed unit with the Lava Beds National Monument.

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

[Submitted by Mike Reynolds, Superintendent,, 530-667-8101]

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
GS-0025-13 Assistant Superintendent

Dates: 04/01/2015 - 04/13/2015

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has posted an internal announcement for an assistant superintendent. This is open to all NPS current permanent career and career-conditional employees. It closes on Monday, April 13th.

This position is permanent and full-time. For more details, click on the link below.

[Submitted by Todd Brindle, Superintendent,, 928-608-6210]

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Cultural Resources, Partnership and Science
GS-1101-13/14 Business Manager

The Cultural Resources, Partnership and Science Directorate in the Washington Office has issued an announcement for a business manager.

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 21st.
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