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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (CA)
Recreation Festival Encourages Outdoor Family Fun

In an effort to introduce families and first-time visitors to the joys of outdoor activities, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area hosted its inaugural Recreation Festival on Saturday, October 25th.

More than 1,700 visitors attended, including 25 buses filled with students and parents from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Participants chose from a dozen activities scattered across Paramount Ranch, ranging from rock climbing to horseback riding, hiking, and a one-mile fun run. The National Park Service and its partners provided all the gear and instruction to the eager participants.

"Everyone who enjoys the outdoors learned about it from an informal guide, whether it was a friend, family member or co-worker," said David Szymanski, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "It usually started with one adventure. We want to give the next generation and their families the chance to try something new, in a safe place, with all the equipment they need."

The event was cosponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the park's official fundraising partner, and was made possible by a grant through the National Park Foundation's Active Trails program. This all-hands-on-deck event brought together employees from all divisions and nearly 100 volunteers and partners.

RecFest joins two other annual events hosted by the park: Science Fest in the spring and Star Party in the summer. Visit the park's Flickr page at the "More Information" link below to view photographs of the festival.

[Submitted by Michael Liang, Visual Information Specialist]

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Office of Communications
Director Jarvis To Hold Webchat Next Tuesday

As part of Director Jarvis' ongoing commitment to engage in dialogue with all members of the NPS family, he will host his next monthly webchat on Tuesday, November 4th, at 4:00 p.m EST.

This event will continue the conversation about how each of us can find our part in achieving the NPS centennial goal by looking at the opportunities to use education programs to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. Staff from the interpretation, education and volunteers directorate will talk about how we are accomplishing this centennial goal at the national, directorate, program, and park levels.

This is an open forum with the director, and, as in previous webchats, there will be time for the director to answer questions submitted by employees.

An archive of previous webchats can be found at the "More Information" link below.

Click on this link (http://inside.nps.gov/webchat/) to access the chat just before 4:00 pm (or click "Webchat" on the right side of InsideNPS). For those employees who are not on the VPN or the NPS computer network, please access the webchat from https://apps.doi.gov/dana-na/auth/url_75/welcome.cgi, and click on the "Webchat" link on the homepage of InsideNPS.

If you're not close to a computer during the live event, you can dial in to a listen-only conference line: 1-888-391-7045, passcode WEBCHAT.

To submit questions, feedback, and future webchat topic ideas, please email DirectorWebchats@nps.gov by 5 p.m. on October 31st. Anything emailed after that date will be considered for the following webchat. Questions can also be submitted during the webchat via the Livestream chat function.

[Submitted by Suki Baz]

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Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT)
Civil War Home Front Walking Tour Booklet Wins Award

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP's New Birth of Freedom: A Walk Through the Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, Vermont, a 32-page color booklet, is the recipient of the National Association for Interpreters 2014 Media Award in the book category.

Park visitors can use the booklet to take a self-guided walking tour of the town of Woodstock that highlights local contributions to the war.

Woodstock was home to the state's chief military administrative officer, the adjutant general, making it the center of Vermont's war effort. Woodstock was also home to several other important figures during the war – Senator Jacob Collamer, one of President Lincoln's key allies in the senate; George Perkins Marsh, the minister to Italy during the war, who helped keep European nations from supporting the Confederate cause; Frederick Billings, who raised impressive sums of money for the Sanitary Commission to improve the lives of soldiers; and eleven African American soldiers who fought with the famed Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The impact of the Civil War on the concept of public lands and conservation is also explored.

The booklet, designed by Wood Ronsaville Harlan, Inc. and written by Jill Jasuta, was completed through a project agreement with Harpers Ferry Center, and previously, won the first place Blue Pencil 2014 award for a soft or hardcover book from the National Association of Government Communicators.

The booklet will be recognized, along with other award winning interpretive materials, at the NAI National Workshop in Denver on November 19th.

[Submitted by Leslie Shahi]

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Cultural Resources
Training Held On Co-Creating Narratives In Public Spaces

The NPS and George Washington University's Museum Studies Department held a two-day training event on September 17th and 18th at the Jack Morton Auditorium on GWU's Foggy Bottom campus.

The training was open to the public and broadcast live. The two-day event was the third training in the "Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces" series. Two previous Livestream events, "The Bison: Going Beyond the Symbol," and "Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion- Expanding NPS Narratives," complete the series and are available for viewing on the DOI Livestream page and at http://www.nps.gov/history/narratives_in_public_spaces.html .

Three NPS directorates, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, Interpretation, Education and Volunteers, and Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, joined GWU Associate Professor of Museum Studies Laura Schiavo to develop this training series as a forum for NPS employees, museum professionals, public historians, and academics to come together to discuss how historic sites can define and communicate complex and challenging historical narratives.

All three events were open to the public and featured speakers from NPS, public museums, and academics.

NPS speakers included Ravis Henry, interpretive ranger at Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona, who spoke about his experience as a Navajo working in the park.

"I'm just a park ranger," he said, but it was clearly evident that his connection with the park and talents as a storyteller are priceless to the NPS. Henry's presentation during the session "Exploring 'the Frontier' as a Site of Contact," captured the audience and surely left lasting impressions about Native connections to NPS land and on the power of interpreters.

During the session "Interpreting Sites of War," Alisa Lynch, chief of interpretation at Manzanar National Historic Site in California, spoke about the need to learn about all types of stories at Manzanar, including those of one internee who met his wife there and therefore has good memories of the internment camp, a fact most would not even consider.

Katherine Kane, executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Connecticut, offered some insight into innovative methods of conducting dialogues with visitors. Kane discussed the creation of Salons at the Stowe Center in 2008 as "a safe place to talk about hard stuff," like bullying and human trafficking."

Similarly, Jesse Nickelson of the US Holocaust Memorial and Museum spoke of educating American youth about the horrors of the Holocaust by connecting to the injustice of segregation in the US.

Social media played an important role in advertising the training series and engaging viewers during the Livestream and live event. The trainings were vigorously promoted through the Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces Facebook page and through the twitter handle, @NPSNarratives. Visit both social media outlets to see the stimulating conversations, images of the live event, and links to relevant public history resources.

To view recordings of the Livestream webinars and the 2-day live event please visit the Co-Creating Narratives' webpage at http://www.nps.gov/history/narratives_in_public_spaces.html. Questions or comments about the series addressed to office_rdi@nps.gov.

[Submitted by Paloma Bolasny]


Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve (FL)
Superintendent Barbara Goodman Will Retire In January

Barbara Goodman, superintendent of Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, will retire on January 3rd after 33 years with the National Park Service.

Barbara has been the park's superintendent for 17 years. She earlier served as superintendent of De Soto National Memorial and as a program manager in the Office of International Affairs

"Barbara will leave behind a great legacy of leadership and stewardship," said Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin. "She is a highly respected superintendent who has been a force for resource preservation and enhancing visitor experiences. She has built lasting partnerships with the City of Jacksonville and the State of Florida that, over the years, have led to cooperation in planning, promotion, and resource protection. Her exceptional work with the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation has been instrumental in helping to secure needed funding for park projects."

Throughout her career Barbara has been involved with community and park-related organizations. She was a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2002, and served on the Girl Scout Board of Directors Gateway Council, the Jacksonville Community Council, the Jacksonville Women's Network, and as an ex-officio member of the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation Board of Directors. She is a life member of the Association of National Park Rangers and a founding member of the International Ranger Federation.

Within NPS, Barbara served on the Southeast Coastal Network Executive Board, the National Park Foundation's Superintendent's Council, the NPS Partnership Council, and was a founding member of the Southeast Region's Leadership Council.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in outdoor recreation administration from California State University in San Diego and a master of arts degree in counseling from California State University, Fresno. She has completed coursework for a doctorate in organizational leadership.

[Submitted by William F. Reynolds, Assistant Regional Director, Communications]


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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Learning and Development Learning Event Catalog

The National Park Service now has an interim learning event catalog that will help you find some of those hard to locate learning events. The catalog is a preview of one of many features yet to come on the new Common Learning Portal – an interactive, collaborative learning and development site scheduled to roll out in early FY16.

The learning and development community has compiled a starting list of events offered regionally and Servicewide in FY15. This list is being updated on a biweekly basis as new opportunities arise and current events are updated, so check back regularly.

To view the searchable PDF file click here: http://www.nps.gov/training/LD/docs/LD%20Calendar%20-%20FY-2015.pdf

Training and Webinars

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 .

November 4 – November 5Remington 870 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington 870 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

November 6Moving to the Live Classroom: Setting Up for Success, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. This is an Adobe Connect session. Discover when and how to successfully use live online learning, with emphasis on preparation for learning success. Check out the full description and course objectives in DOI Learn.

November 6 – November 7Remington AR15 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington AR15 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm . There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

November 17 – November 21 Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, GA. This course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work and practice these skills through resource protection case studies. Deadline for application is September 26, 2014. Travel scholarships to help defray costs are available but must be submitted by September 26, 2014. For the full announcement and scholarship application, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov; or Cathy Purchis, cathy_purchis@nps.gov.

November 18 – November 20 – Introduction to WebEx Training, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx? Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint. This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by November 10th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

November 18 – November 21 Wildlife Field Anesthesia Training, Fort Collins, CO. Designed for NPS personnel, the class offers instruction on field anesthesia of wildlife. Topics include regulations on the use of pharmaceuticals in wildlife, physiological effects of drugs, dose calculations, darting equipment, animal and human safety, euthanasia, and establishing a wildlife capture and anesthesia program. The class will consist of two and a half classroom days, a half day using darting equipment on a shooting range, and a half day participating in a field exercise. It will start on Tuesday morning and end on Friday at noon. There is no tuition charge, but students are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs. The class size is limited. To register for this class or to find out more, call or email Ryan Monello at 970-568-2492 or Ryan_Monello@nps.gov . The deadline for registration is November 3rd.

November 19 – Sustainable Practices Report Training, webinar, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The Park Facility Management Division, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, will host a series of training webinars on the FY14 sustainable practices report. This training is for NPS personnel who are designated to complete this report, especially those from parks that have never submitted a report. The webinar will cover the background on reporting, DOI's web-based SPR system, preparing for the report, and reporting requirement highlights. If you have any questions about this training, contact David Kahl at the NPS Solid Waste Management Help Desk (http://inside.nps.gov/waso/custommenu.cfm?lv=3&prg=999&id=10417) via email (David_Kahl@contractor.nps.gov), alternate email (david@dakahlconsulting.com), or phone (970-416-6542). Click on this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7403674057825322241  .

November 24 – November 25 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform. Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity. This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by November 14th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

December 2 – December 4 – Introduction to WebEx Training, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx? Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint. Register in DOI Learn by November 26th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

December 9 – December 11 – Introduction to WebEx Training, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx? Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint. Register in DOI Learn by December 1st. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

December 4Interactive Webinars: How to Engage Your Audience, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. This is an Adobe Connect session. Learn how to engage your audience through effective virtual design and delivery, with emphasis on keeping attention & interest. Check out the full description and course objectives at this site in DOI Learn.

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 .

December 9 – December 12 Access to Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA. This course is ideal for planners, designers, facility managers and accessibility coordinators. Learners will apply the accessibility standards to new construction and altered recreation facilities (campgrounds, picnic sites, docks, etc); direct project supervision to ensure compliance with the accessibility standards; and apply universal design concepts to benefit the widest spectrum of park users. For more information, go to https://drive.google.com/a/contractor.nps.gov/file/d/0BzR_GFu3O_Fubm85R0pab1pCR0U/edit

December 9 – December 12 Wildlife Field Anesthesia Training, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA. Designed for NPS personnel, the class offers instruction on field anesthesia of wildlife. Topics include regulations on the use of pharmaceuticals in wildlife, physiological effects of drugs, dose calculations, darting equipment, animal and human safety, euthanasia, and establishing a wildlife capture and anesthesia program. The class will consist of two and a half classroom days, a half day using darting equipment on a shooting range, and a half day participating in a field exercise. It will start on Tuesday morning and end on Friday at noon. There is no tuition charge, but students are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs. The class size is limited. To register for this class or to find out more, call or email Ryan Monello at 970-568-2492 or Ryan_Monello@nps.gov. The deadline for registration is November 24th.

December 11 – Sustainable Practices Report Training, webinar, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The Park Facility Management Division, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, will host a series of training webinars on the FY14 sustainable practices report. This training is for NPS personnel who are designated to complete this report, especially those from parks that have never submitted a report. The webinar will cover the background on reporting, DOI's web-based SPR system, preparing for the report, and reporting requirement highlights. If you have any questions about this training, contact David Kahl at the NPS Solid Waste Management Help Desk (http://inside.nps.gov/waso/custommenu.cfm?lv=3&prg=999&id=10417) via email (David_Kahl@contractor.nps.gov) , alternate email (david@dakahlconsulting.com), or phone (970-416-6542). Click on this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6501234496183939329.

December 29 – December 30 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform. Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity. Register in DOI Learn by December 20th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov  if more information is needed.

January 11 – February 7NPS Parkmedic Training Program, Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA. This certification course is designed to take the already proficient EMT/EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate 85 or AEMT and increase his/her skills and knowledge to function as an ALS Parkmedic provider in remote and wilderness areas within the national parks. The course will be taught in three sections: classroom (didactic), clinical (hospital), and field internship (pre-hospital). Open to NPS employees who are currently certified as state or national EMT- Basic, EMT – Intermediate or AEMT, and who are expected to provide advanced life support services within the NPS. Currently certified AEMT's who complete this course to transition to the Parkmedic level may opt out of the NREMT certification exam. Clinical and field internship hours will be scheduled individually immediately following this training block. You should expect to stay in Fresno for a minimum of two weeks following the didactic portion of the class to complete the required 50% of your clinical and field experience, which must be done in Fresno. The remaining 50% may be done in Fresno per your request, but then you should allow an additional one to two weeks, for a total of three to four weeks in Fresno after February 7th. Alternatively, this final 50% may be done at the ranger's home park/hospital. The tuition is $2,000 if paid before December 8, 2014; $2,300 if paid after December 8, 2014. There is a $300 non-refundable deposit. Course fee will include a voucher to take the AEMT exam. Nominees must complete and submit a Standard Form 182 (10 Part) to their Training Office. Payment information can be obtained by calling Donna Armijo, UCSF Building at (559) 499-6439. Application and non-refundable deposit must be received no later than December 8th. For more information, contact Dean Ross, Branch Chief, Emergency Services, (Dean_Ross@nps.gov ; 202-513-7093) or Dr. Thomas Kim (tkim@fresno.ucsf.edu ), Dr. Christina Umber (cumber@fresno.ucsf.edu ), or Donna Armijo (parkmedicprogram@fresno.ucsf.edu , 559-499-6439) in Fresno.

January 13 – Sustainable Practices Report Training, webinar, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The Park Facility Management Division, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, will host a series of training webinars on the FY14 sustainable practices report. This training is for NPS personnel who are designated to complete this report, especially those from parks that have never submitted a report. The webinar will cover the background on reporting, DOI's web-based SPR system, preparing for the report, and reporting requirement highlights. If you have any questions about this training, contact David Kahl at the NPS Solid Waste Management Help Desk (http://inside.nps.gov/waso/custommenu.cfm?lv=3&prg=999&id=10417 ) via email (David_Kahl@contractor.nps.gov), alternate email (david@dakahlconsulting.com), or phone (970-416-6542). Click on this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7522456498015855105

January 21 – January 22 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform. Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity. Register in DOI Learn by January 11th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov  if more information is needed.

January 27 – January 29 - Introduction to WebEx Training, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx? Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint. Register in DOI Learn by January 15th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov  if more information is needed.

February 10 – February 12 – Introduction to WebEx Training, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx? Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint. This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by January 31st. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov  if more information is needed.

February 10 – February 13 Access to Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV. This course is ideal for planners, designers, facility managers and accessibility coordinators. Learners will apply the accessibility standards to new construction and altered recreation facilities (campgrounds, picnic sites, docks, etc); direct project supervision to ensure compliance with the accessibility standards; and apply universal design concepts to benefit the widest spectrum of park users.

February 18 – February 19 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform. Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity. This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by February 8th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

February 24 – February 26 Divine Disorder; Conference on the Conservation of Folk and Outsider Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. This conference is focused on highlighting the underappreciated decorative works of non-traditional artists. The conservation of these works is vital to preserving the life story of those artists outside the mainstream art community. For more information, go to the event webpage at http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/divine-disorder-2015/; or contact Jason Church: 318-356-7444 or jason_church@contractor.nps.gov.

March 11 – March 12 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform. Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity. Register in DOI Learn by March 1st. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

March 24 – March 26 Fiber Identification and Analysis for Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX. This course covers basic polarized light microscopy (PLM) and methods of sampling, characterization and identification mammalian hair and selected natural and synthetic fibers. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises involving sample preparation and specimen manipulation as well as the characterization and identification of real life specimens. For more information go to the event webpage at http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/fiber-identification-and-analysis-for-conservation/ ; or contact Jason Church: 318-356-7444 or jason_church@contractor.nps.gov .

April 28 – April 29 Landscape Preservation: An Introduction, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. This training introduces students to the concept of cultural landscapes, including designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes and historic sites. Student then learn applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Instructors then explore preservation planning and documentation, and how to develop a cultural landscape report to use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation. Applications are due by April 14th. Details on the seminar can be found on the National Preservation Institute website (www.npi.org). For more information, contact Brinnen Carter at 907-747-0140, orBrinnen_Carter@nps.gov.

April 30 Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. Students will explore issues that direct the process of change and decision-making for challenging landscapes. Instructors will then review the practices of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources and discuss the implications of each, identifying tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Students should come to understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about preserving and managing historic and cultural landscapes over the long-term. Applications are due by April 14th. Details on the seminar can be found on the National Preservation Institute website (www.npi.org). For more information, contact Brinnen Carter at 907-747-0140, orBrinnen_Carter@nps.gov.

May 4, 2015 – April 15, 2016 Facility Manager Leaders Program. This national award winning curriculum is designed to develop and strengthen selectees' knowledge and competencies in asset management, operations and maintenance, project management, resource stewardship, business management, supervision and leadership. This is a competency based training opportunity; it is not an intake program. Selected candidates will be enrolled in an intensive year-long program involving 20 to 28 weeks of study, classes and activities. To apply, log onto DOI Learn and enter "Facility Manager Leaders Program" in the search field. IMPORTANT: All six parts of the on-line application must be completed no later than January 16th. For additional information, contact Dave Hartman at 202-513-7070.

Online Training

Web Authoring

NPS Basic Web. The basic course covers the topics that web authors need to effectively communicate via NPS websites—both internal and external. The basic course introduces students to web terminology, content strategy, accessibility, writing for the web, image selection/editing, PDF usage, web analytics, web support, and content management system (CMS) basics. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF2013.

NPS Intermediate Web. The intermediate course builds on topics covered in the basic course (above) to give park or program web coordinators (or any interested web author) resources for managing content on NPS websites. The intermediate course goes into more depth about content strategy, web analytics, accessibility, shared content on NPS.gov, and content management system (CMS) elements. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF4017

Natural Resources

Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources. This two-hour on-line training orients learners to the natural resource and science career path within the National Park Service. It explains the role of the natural resource professional within the NPS, and introduces the concepts of ethical conduct, scientific integrity, interdisciplinary networks and building and maintaining professional credibility. Students will address their career development by exploring ways to design and implement professional development plans. Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources is the first unit in the course of study being developed for the Foundational Natural Resource series of the Career Academy for Natural Resources. The Foundational Series is designed to help employees achieve the natural resource competencies at the entry/developmental level. It may also benefit natural resource professionals at any level who are new to the National Park Service. This course is available through DOI Learn. The course code is NPS-NRS1501. Cost: Free. To learn more about the Career Academy for Natural Resources, visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/training/nrs/academy/academy.html . For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov.

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 ).

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.

Writing a 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.

Evaluating a 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.

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.

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 linkfor 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.

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 2014 – 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, 202-354-1471, or Katherine Callaway, 202-354-1403, or your regional employee development officer. Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/  - click on Leadership Development Programs.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



National Capital Region
GS-0260-09/11 Equal Employment Specialist

Dates: 10/21/2014 - 11/04/2014

National Capital Regional Office has issued an announcement for an equal employment specialist (term).

Click on the "More Information" link below to be directed to USAJobs for full announcment details and to apply.

It closes on November 4th.

[Submitted by Jeanette Organ, jeanette_organ@nps.gov, 202-619-7234]

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