The Morning Report

Friday, May 29, 2015

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INCIDENTS



World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (HI,AK,CA)
USS Arizona’s Floating Dock Damaged

On May 27th, the hospital ship USNS Mercy was being maneuvered by two tugboats to transit Pearl Harbor from its berth at Hotel Pier as it prepared to go to sea.  As the Mercy turned to head out to the channel, the stern inadvertently made contact with the floating dock leading to the USS Arizona Memorial. Strong prop wash from the ship pushed the floating dock and access structure (brow) approximately ten feet toward the memorial, damaging handrails and the dock's infrastructure.

There was no damage to the remains of the USS Arizona and no apparent damage to the Mercy. The memorial experienced minor superficial damage. There were no injuries. The Military Sealift Command and U.S. Coast Guard are both beginning official investigations.

The Navy removed the brow and immediately began repairing the above-water floating dock and access structure and evaluating the underwater mooring system of chains and concrete block anchors. "We are hoping to have all repairs done by June 3 so the memorial can be reopened to visitors June 4," said Captain Stan Keeve, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The damaged floating dock and brow (connection between the dock and the memorial) are currently unsafe for visitors. The Navy and the National Park Service are offering modified tours which take the public out to Battleship Row so they can get a view of the USS Arizona Memorial.

[Submitted by Abby Wines, Acting Chief of Interpretation]


Hot Springs National Park (AR)
Armed Robbers Attack Park Visitor

On Sunday, May 17th, Rangers Chris Schreck and Ryan Howell responded to the report of an armed robbery along the carriage road located just above the Grand Promenade and Bath House Row.

The victim said that he and two women were walking along the road around 8:45 p.m. when he was attacked by three unknown men who stole about $500 from him. During the struggle, the victim said that a handgun was flung into a nearby wooded area by one of his assailants. He was eventually able to escape and called authorities.

Hot Springs K-9 Handler Clint Forte and partner Saki responded and conducted a search of the area for the weapon but could not find it.  It’s believed that the assailants retrieved it before leaving the area.  No major injuries were reported by any of the victims and the case is currently being investigated by rangers.

[Submitted by Jeff Johnson, Supervisory Park Ranger]


FIRE MANAGEMENT



NIFC/NPS Fire and Aviation Management
National Fire/Incident Situation Highlights

National Fire Activity – Preparedness Level 1

NIFC is at Preparedness Level 1.

Fire Weather Forecast

Daily fire weather reports are not yet available. To see a NOAA map of today’s critical fire weather areas, click on this link: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy1.html

Fire Summary (Five Day Trend)

NICC daily fire summaries are not yet available.


NPS Fire Summaries

Big Cypress NP – There was little activity and no perimeter growth on any fires in the 35,321-acre Mud Lake Complex yesterday. Mop-up continues. Management of the fire has transition to a Type 2 IMT (Bentley); 292 firefighters and overhead are committed. For additional information, including maps and photos, go to this InciWeb site.

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For additional information on all fires, check the following web sites:


NEWS AND NOTES



Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Night Sky Photographers Hold Instameet In Park

About 90 photographers gathered in Joshua Tree for a Night Sky Instameet over Memorial Day weekend.

Taking advantage of some of the darkest night skies in Southern California, a mix of experienced and novice photographers created beautiful images of moonlit landscapes and the Milky Way arching over the park.

The visitor-run event was put on by We Own the Night California, a coalition of photographers interested in sharing their passion for night sky photography. Recognizing the increasingly rare resource of dark night skies, photographers Juan Moreno and Sal Cavazos reached out to Department of the Interior and Joshua Tree National Park staff in April and obtained a special use permit to host the event at the Cap Rock area. 

Several Joshua Tree National Park staffers helped to facilitate the all-night event. Great Basin Institute partner Lian Law,  Ranger Christian Delich, Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper, and Visual Information Specialist Cathy Bell were present to ensure visitor safety and resource protection. Because of the number of attendees and unusual all-night nature of the event, park staff were guided by an Incident Action Plan they created beforehand.

As of Thursday morning, photographers had shared nearly 200 Instagram posts using the hashtag #WOTNCA_JTNP. We encourage you to admire their beautiful work showcasing Joshua Tree National Park after dark. 

[Submitted by Cathy Bell]


Fort Union National Monument (NM)
Park Holds Night Sky Program

Fort Union National Monument’s astronomy and night sky program has been busy working with park partners – the Rio Mora Wildlife Preserve and the Denver Zoo – to bring the night sky and the history of the Mora Valley to life for junior high students from New Mexico, Colorado, and visitors from Mongolia.

Park staff shared some of the history of the surrounding area and the peoples who lived and thrived there – from early American Indians who traveled and traded along routes that would later become the Santa Fe Trail to the arrival of the Europeans and the establishment of Spanish settlements throughout the Southwest and finally to the establishment of Fort Union and its impact on land and the lives of American Indians and the Hispanics who called this place home.

For the park’s night sky program, the weather could not have been better. The clouds broke and the three brightest lights out in the night sky – the star Sirius and the planets Venus and Jupiter – were clearly visible.

Using a telescope and lasers, staff shared the night sky with visitors, highlighting constellations and nebulae and sharing the cultural stories behind them.  

[Submitted by Lorenzo Vigil, Chief of Interpretation & Operations]


Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
David Roemer Named Deputy Superintendent

David Roemer has been selected as the deputy superintendent for Redwood National Park. He served as the park’s chief of resource management and science from 2011 until his recent appointment into this senior leadership position.

"Reestablishing a deputy superintendent position at Redwood National Park will provide for greater senior management connections with the park’s tribal partners, surrounding gateway communities, and numerous park partners and stakeholders,” said Superintendent Stephen Prokop. “We're very excited about Dave’s well rounded experience and leadership skills that he brings to the position. His extensive background and passion for working collaboratively will serve him well as he expands the park's partnership connections."

"While serving as the chief of resource management and science at Redwood the past four years, he successfully completed breakthrough agreements with the Yurok Tribe and Smith River Rancheria, worked on a variety of successful land acquisition projects with the regional office and Save the Redwoods League, and established close working relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials and government and non-profit managers. As acting superintendent at Big Thicket National Preserve, he completed the alternatives on the park’s general management plan and briefed the regional director on the preferred alternative.”

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the deputy superintendent at Redwood,” said Roemer. “I'm excited for the opportunity to work with all of the talented and deeply-committed staff at Redwood. We are a unique park and a forward-thinking team that continues to redefine how the National Park Service engages with partners and tribes for the management and restoration of park lands.”

“We are stewards of some of the world’s most magnificent and inspirational forests. I’m motivated by the belief that our employees, working together with partners, can engage, collaborate, and accomplish great things for the lasting benefit of all people.”

Roemer is a 24-year veteran of the NPS. He began his career in 1991 as an interpretive park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where he worked several seasons. In 1996 he was hired as a permanent biologist and GIS specialist at Carlsbad Caverns, where he worked until 2006. Roemer also served as a resource management specialist at Bryce Canyon National Park and as the chief of resource management at Big Thicket National Preserve.

Roemer graduated from Antioch College in Ohio and received a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. He and his wife Amy, daughter Zoe, age 6, and son Vincent, who is 3, live in McKinleyville, California.

[Submitted by Stephen Prokop]


Workplace Enrichment
Kate Richardson Coast To Retire

Kate Richardson Coast will be retiring at the end of May following 35 years of public service. Kate has most recently served as the WASO Program Manager for the NPS’ Workplace Enrichment Program, which began in 2009.  This innovative work looked at ways to build a more engaging work environment so that employees may accomplish our mission more effectively and efficiently.

Prior to this position she served as superintendent of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and oversaw the protection of six NHL ships, the public-private project to reopen a historic building as the Argonaut Hotel, and over $30 million in capital investment projects.  Before coming to San Francisco, she served as deputy superintendent at Prince William Forest Park in Northern Virginia. 

Between 1993 and 1999 she served as management assistant at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

While there, she worked successfully with Congress and local communities to authorize and launch two new national parks -- Cane River Creole National Historical Park and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.   

She began her career at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as an administrative clerk and eventually became the administrative officer at Buffalo National River. 

“I am so proud to have worked for the National Park Service," she says. "I’ve seen so many amazing places and worked with equally amazing people.”

Kate will retire in St. Augustine Florida with her wife and long-time partner Kim Coast, who retired from the NPS in December 2014.  They plan to take their new Airstream and explore the country.  If they’re not on the road, they can be reached and kateandkim@comcast.net.

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 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

June 2 – June 4 – Advance Project Management Webinar. This series will equip you with the skills and techniques to validate how you define what each project should accomplish and map out the steps necessary to ensure that you get there.  In addition it will give you some perspective on the critical role of the project manager, the project team and the network of stakeholders.  The session is centered on discussing and analyzing the dynamics of your current or pending project responsibilities to ensure that you take away the specific insights needed to leverage your current capability. Register no later than May 29th. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts at 202-354-1471 or Brigitte Keels at 202-354-1406. For registration and/or announcement information you can go to https://doilearn.webex.com and/or Catalog.

June 2 – June 25 – NPS Revenue Reconciliation Training Webinar. AOC is hosting a number of training webinars on revenue reconciliation through June 25th. Each session is limited to 50 participants. This training will cover procedures necessary for proper monthly reconciliation of revenue (cash, checks, credit card payments, Pay.gov, ACH, FedWire, or IPAC deposits). For full details on sessions and registration, click on this link.

 

June 4 – NPS.gov Office Hours, 3 - 4 pm ET. Once a month, the NPS digital team offers a full hour for anyone to join in and ask questions. The primary focus is for technical or strategy questions related to NPS.gov centennial projects, but all things digital are considered. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7786884650298351362.

June 4 – June 7 – SARCON2015, YMCA of the Rockies Conference Center, Estes Park, CO. The combined national search and rescue conference of MRA and NASAR and CSRB will be held in Estes Park without any pre-conference activities.  Conference activity tracks are Friday 5th and Saturday 6th with possible overflow to Sunday 7th morning concurrent with MRA business meetings.  Routine updates are posted to the SARCON website, which also has a link for conference registration. NPS employees will be considered members and will receive the member’s conference rate. Upon registration, the link for lodging (meals included) at YMCA of the Rockies will appear (as the YMCA is handling the lodging/meals reservations). 

 

June 8 – Designing NPS.gov Websites for Mobile, 3:30–4:30 pm ET. Now that NPS.gov websites resize and reflow to fit mobile screens, it's important to consider whether your content is providing a quality experience for mobile users. This training will cover some basic best practices and recommended steps, look at some design and layout examples from around NPS.gov, and leave plenty of time for discussion or Q&A. The training is appropriate for all web authors with sites in the NPS.gov content management system. It will be repeated on June 12; one session will be recorded and made available on the Digital Community Site. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4194818645838828801.

 

June 12 – Designing NPS.gov Websites for Mobile, 3:30–4:30 pm ET. Now that NPS.gov websites resize and reflow to fit mobile screens, it's important to consider whether your content is providing a quality experience for mobile users. This training will cover some basic best practices and recommended steps, look at some design and layout examples from around NPS.gov, and leave plenty of time for discussion or Q&A. The training is appropriate for all web authors with sites in the NPS.gov content management system. It is a repeat of the session on June 8; one session will be recorded and made available on the Digital Community Site. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4194818645838828801.

 

June 18 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

June 22 – June 26 – Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, St. Louis, MO. 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 May 28th. Travel scholarships to help defray costs are available but must be submitted by May 28th. 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.

June 23 – June 26 – Asset Management 101, Shenandoah NP, VA. This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to become more familiar with the application of asset management ideas, an opportunity to share ideas, work through project challenges, gain networking skills, and enhance individual professional development needed to move the Commercial Services Program into the future. Please register at DOI Learn by May 26th. The contacts for the course are Mark Colburn, 202-513-7198 or Kate Volzer, 202-513-7035. For more information, go to http://cs.inside.nps.gov/cs/Sites/servicewide/learning/amt/default.aspx.

June 23 – June 25 – Wood Identification Workshop, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is offering a workshop on wood identification for professionals involved in the preservation and conservation of wooden buildings and objects. The course is designed to teach wood morphology and anatomy at all structural levels relevant for wood identification. While focusing on a selection of North American and several exotic wood species that are prominent in architectural materials, participants will acquire knowledge and skills applicable to the identification of any unknown wood sample. Emphasis will be given to hands-on exercise in sampling, sample preparation, macroscopic and microscopic techniques, and immediate integration of lecture material into practice. Each participant will receive a set of reference samples and matching microscope slides. Tuition for this three-day workshop is $399. Space is limited to 12 participants. For more information or to register please visit the training announcement at this link. For more information, contact Ed FitzGerald at edward_fitzgerald@contractor.nps.gov or (318) 356-7444.

June 25 – June 26 – Taser Instructor Certification/Recertification, Acadia NP, ME. A new certification and recertification instructor course for taser instructors will be held in the park in June. Log on to http://www.taser.com/training/training-events  and click on "search 2015 Classes"  and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Chris Wiebusch at 207-288-8776 or chris_wiebusch@nps.gov.

July 2 – NPS.gov Office Hours, 3–4 pm ET. Once a month, the NPS digital team offers a full hour for anyone to join in and ask questions. The primary focus is for technical or strategy questions related to NPS.gov centennial projects, but all things digital are considered. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7786884650298351362.

 

July 16 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1–2 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

July 13 – July 15 Sharing Our Stories: Successfully Creating And Using Oral Histories, Northeast Regional Office, Philadelphia, PA. This workshop, offered in partnership with the WASO Park History program and the “Centennial Voices” initiative, will focus on documenting the institutional memory of employees and partners throughout our organization. This workshop will cover the basics of conducting good oral histories, including planning, researching, interviewing, and interpretation. The course covers all phases of an oral history project and includes practical experience applicable to a wide variety of oral history projects. Apply online by June 26th at http://bit.ly/1Hq0kzP . For more information, contact April Antonellis at 617-620-2707.

August 3 – August 7 – Fundamentals Of Special Park Uses, Albuquerque, NM. The 36-hour course covers all aspects of special park uses from First Amendment to commercial filming and still photography to wireless telecommunication facilities. Also included is a component on temporary food services and other health and safety issues related to special park uses. DO-53/RM-53 is covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2001. For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202-513-7092.

August 4, September 15, and October 20 – The Art of Inquiry Webinar. This three-part interactive workshop explores how to best use questions to bring parties in conflict together and facilitate problem-solving, with a strong focus on how to effectively choose which questions to ask, why good problem-solvers choose those questions, and when different types of questions are most effective. Participants will practice with conflict scenarios and role plays, custom designed to match their particular workplace conflict experiences, to develop their own inquiry skills. Register no later than July 31st. For additional information, contact  Katrina Roberts/202-354-1471 or Brigitte Keels 202-354-1406. For registration and/or announcement information you can go to https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/login.geo and/or Catalog.

August 6 – Influencing Up Webinar. Leadership is largely about influence. In order to help accomplish the organization’s mission and goals, leaders must be able to influence those who work for them as well as their bosses and peers. All leaders are faced on occasion with the tough task of “telling truth to power” and influencing up the chain of command, which can be especially difficult for them when the organization does not provide the necessary tools. Register no later than July 31st. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts/202-354-1471 or Brigitte Keels 202-354-1406. For registration and/or announcement information you can go to https://doilearn.webex.com and/or Catalog.

 

August 11 – Ongoing Feedback and Communication Webinar. Whether we recognize it or not, we are constantly providing and receiving feedback. How we provide or receive that feedback will often spell the difference between success and failure. Participants in this workshop will develop communication skills for improving dialogue about performance through active listening and balancing advocacy and inquiry. They will learn and practice a six-step process for giving feedback, and will also learn to receive feedback in a constructive manner. Register no later than August 7, 2015. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts/202-354-1471 or Brigitte Keels 202-354-1406. For registration and/or announcement information you can go to https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/login.geo and/or Catalog. 

August 12 – August 14 – Writing Effective Performance Standards. This three day seminar is focused on helping supervisors understand the importance of managing employee performance as a key supervisory responsibility and knowing how to develop effective performance standards. The closing date for application is August 7th. For more information, contact Katrina Roberts at 202-354-1471 or Brigitte Keels at 202-354-1406. For details, go to DOI Learn (https://gm2geolearning.com) and/or catalog.

August 18 – August 20 – Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Training, Big South Fork NRA, TN.  This 24 hour course prepares an individual to become a peer supporter on the National Park Service’s National CISM team.  CISM training is designed to prepare employees to function as a peer supporter assisting fellow staff members in dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident or traumatic event and being able to provide support and service to families.  At the completion of this training the participants will understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilization after large scale traumatic incidents, small group defusing, critical incident stress debriefings, one-on-one intervention strategies, and family liaison services on both internal and external incidents.  Please contact Randy Scoggins (randy_scoggins@nps.gov) for questions or to apply. Application deadline is July 13th.  Space is limited.

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Biannual Refresher, Glacier National Park, MT. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 10 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 9th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

September 14 – September 18 – Structural Firefighter I, Gateway NRA, NY. This course is designed to provide basic structural firefighter training at the NFPA Firefighter I level. Upon completion of the class, and the associated course requirements, participants may qualify for Pro Board certification. Participants are provided with the minimum skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a member of a structural firefighting team under direct supervision. This is a blended course with online elements and a one week skills component which emphasizes manipulative skills essential for personal safety and efficiency in structural firefighting. Students will be presented with a comprehensive and strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to participate as a firefighter in support of structural fire suppression operations or wildland fire personnel involved in wildland urban interface fires or all-risk/all hazard dispatch assignments. Please register by August 3rd. For more information, contact Mark Gorman (208-473-8136 or Mark_Gorman@nps.gov) or visit http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

 

September 14 – October 16 – National Search & Rescue Academy (NSARA): Fall 2015 Session, Camp Navajo, located near Flagstaff, AZ.  NSARA is an intensive five-week comprehensive SAR training program for federal employees. This program will provide participants with a venue to efficiently attain basic field rescuer skills in a single condensed format, which typically requires several years of career development. This core program provides participants with essential field rescue skills in ground search operations, incident command system, swiftwater rescue, technical rope rescue, search management, basic aviation safety, helicopter rescue techniques, and remote/austere EMS techniques. This is a very physically demanding course and participants are required to perform at an arduous level without physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Participants will be involved in physical fitness training, which is completed through the Marine Corps physical fitness test. Participants are required to achieve a “First Class PFT Score” by the end of the academy. In addition to completion of independent study classes on basic ICS and SAR, candidates must possess a current minimum certification at the First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level. For further information on this training, see the announcement and nomination form at this link. Submit completed nomination forms to NSARA Coordinator Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search & Rescue.  E-mail: ken_phillips@nps.gov.  Phone: (928) 606-3862 (cell). The nomination deadline is August 14th.

October 7 – October 8 – Professional Leadership Skills for Administrative and Support Personnel Webinar. As an administrative or support professional in today’s workforce, current titles no longer adequately reflect the breadth and depth of the tasks actually managed.  Today’s jobs require not only complete mastery of traditional office skills, superior human relations insight, and extraordinary communication skills, but also the ability to assist in keeping the whole operation running smoothly during times of major change. Register no later than October 2nd. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts at 202-354-1471 or Brigitte Keels at 202-354-1406. For registration and/or announcement information you can go to https://doilearn.webex.com and/or Catalog.

October 19 – October 21 – Writing Effective Performance Standards Webinar. This three day seminar is focused on helping supervisors understand the importance of managing employee performance as a key supervisory responsibility and knowing how to develop effective performance standards. The closing date for application is October 16th. For more information, contact Susan Walsh at 303-969-2422 or Katrina Roberts at 202-354-1471. For details, go to DOI Learn (https://gm2geolearning.com) and/or catalog.

October 12 – October 23 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 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 August 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.    

November 2 – November 7 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, (location to be determined). 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 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. 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 October 4th. 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 21 – May 27, 2016 – International Shadowing Opportunities, Eighth World Ranger Congress, Estes Park, CO. The Association of National Park Rangers, which is hosting this congress is working to facilitate short-term training and/or shadow assignments for interested international delegates. WRC organizers are seeking national parks that would be willing to host one or two international delegates for three to five days in a shadow or training assignment, either before or after the Congress. Opportunities to host delegates will be posted this spring to the congress website (http://worldrangercongressusa.com). International delegates will then choose parks and activities that interest them, making their own travel arrangements. Host parks will be responsible for providing housing and travel support within the park during the shadow assignment. Delegates should be signed up as VIP’s.  Delegates will be responsible for providing their own meals. For more information and questions, please contact activity coordinator Cindy Purcell, Zion NP chief ranger, at cindyp.wrc8@gmail.com .

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.

Introduction to Air Resources. Every unit in the national park system has air resources, but, because air is invisible and easily crosses park boundaries, many people do not think of it as a resource that the park service manages. This two-hour on-line training provides employees from any division with a basic understanding of what air resources are, why they are important, and the laws, regulations and policies that guide and govern their management. The course will also introduce the science of air pollution, air quality monitoring, and some of the air-related issues faced by parks throughout the service, including several in-depth case studies. It will provide learners with resources to explore air quality and management issues at their own unit, and sources for more in-depth information and assistance in dealing with specific problems. The course is part of the Career Academy for Natural Resources, and is the first of a planned series of on-line learning opportunities designed to provide NPS employees with an introduction to specific natural resources and natural resource issues. These courses are intended for natural resource employees at the entry/developmental level, and for anyone who wishes to learn more about natural resources within the national park system. This course is available through DOI Learn. The course code is NPS-NRS1503. Cost: Free. To learn more about the Career Academy for Natural Resources, visit the website at this link. For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov.

Orientation to National Park Service Integrated Pest Management. This two-hour, interactive course, available on DOl Learn, provides an overview of the laws, policies, basics for managing pests, and philosophy of the NPS IPM Program. This training is for any employee, contractor, or volunteer who is involved in pest management in the NPS. Training is relevant for individuals engaged in natural and cultural resource management, facilities management, public health, risk management, commercial services, museum management, housing management, wildlife management, cultural landscape management, and other NPS programs involved with pest prevention and management. The course code is NPS-NRS1720. Cost: Free. This course is available through DOI Learn. To learn more about the IPM Program, visit this website and/or this website.  For more information, please contact Carol DiSalvo, 202-513-7183 or at carol_disalvo@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



Big Bend National Park (TX)
WG-4749-7 Maintenance Worker (Lateral)

Big Bend National Park is accepting applications for a lateral reassignment for a full time position in its Facility Management Division.

This is a full time position, required occupancy. Duties include:

  • Carpentry: Perform light carpentry on building and housing units, such as hanging doors, cabinets, replacement of window sills, steps and siding.
  • Painting: Performs painting tasks such as prep, patch and paint building, historic structures and housing units using latex/oil paint.
  • Plumbing: Replaces plumbing fixtures, snakes sewer lines.
  • Water and waste water treatment: Performs duties such as water sampling/testing, cleaning water treatment area, pump and haul sludge.
  • Custodial: cleans daily- visitor use areas, offices, loads and unloads supplies, Falls and bucks timber, cleans campsites.

Big Bend National Park is one of the largest and most diverse national parks in the United States, encompassing over 801,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert with varied scenery and diversity of plant and animal life. It is situated in remote southwest Texas along the Rio Grande which is the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. The park community consists of 250 people, including employees of the NPS, Concession, Border Patrol, Postal Service, School, and their families. A state-accredited elementary school (K-8) is located at Panther Junction.

Government housing maybe available. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

To be considered, submit the following to Terry Boren, Human Resources Specialist, by the close of business on June 8th:

  • A resume/application that includes all experience, training and education related to the position.
  • Copy of your most current performance appraisal.
  • A current SF50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.

Application materials may be emailed directly to Terry_Boren@nps.gov, Intermountain Region, Santa Fe SHRO,P.O. Box 129, Big Bend National Park, Texas  79834 (432) 477-1118

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
WG-5716-8 Engineering Equipment Operators

Mount Rainier National Park has issued an announcement for three permanent career seasonal engineering equipment operators. 

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

Questions should be directed to Chief of Maintenance James Minor at 360-569-6712.

It closes on June 3rd.
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Big Bend National Park (TX)
WG-5803-10 Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic (Lateral)

Big Bend National Park is accepting applications for a lateral reassignment to a heavy mobile equipment mechanic position.

There is a fulltime position. Duties include:

  • Overhauls, repairs, services and maintains heavy equipment such as bulldozers, motor graders, dump trucks, front end loaders and similar heavy construction and earth moving equipment.
  • Provides preventative maintenance of heavy equipment and vehicles in accordance with manufactures standards, park and GSA policies.
  • Work involves welding repairs to plows, blades and structural members and fabricating parts from raw stock.
  • Incumbent must operate mobile equipment such as front end loaders, motor graders, bulldozer and dump trucks.
  • CDL Class A required.

Big Bend National Park is one of the largest and most diverse national parks in the United States, encompassing over 801,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert with varied scenery and diversity of plant and animal life. It is situated in remote southwest Texas along the Rio Grande which is the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. The park community consists of 250 people, including employees of the NPS, Concession, Border Patrol, Postal Service, School, and their families. A state-accredited elementary school (K-8) is located at Panther Junction.

Government housing maybe available. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

To be considered, submit the following to Terry Boren, Human Resources Specialist, by the close of business on June 8th:

  • A resume/application that includes all experience, training and education related to the position.
  • Copy of your most current performance appraisal.
  • A current SF50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.

Application materials may be emailed directly to Terry_Boren@nps.gov, Intermountain Region, Santa Fe SHRO, P.O. Box 129,Big Bend National Park, Texas  79834 (432) 477-1118.