The Morning Report

Friday, July 31, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Hiker Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

A 73-year-old Louisiana woman suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking with family on the 49 Palms Oasis trail on Monday, July 27th. 

Park staff, Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department responded and administered CPR, but the woman did not respond. 

Two other members of the hiking party were transported by Morongo Basin Ambulance and treated for heat-related issues at Hi Desert Medical Center.

[Submitted by George Land]


FIRE MANAGEMENT



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

National Fire Activity

NIFC is at PL 2. Initial attack was light on Thursday. Fifteen uncontained large fires are burning nationwide, the same number as yesterday. Current resource commitments are as follows, with changes from yesterday’s numbers in parentheses:

  • 11 incident management teams (up 3)
  • 339 crews (up 74)
  • 12,532 firefighters and overhead (up 1,991)
  • 774 engines (up 131)
  • 82 helicopters (up 10)

Fire Weather Forecast

High pressure over the western U.S. will extend through the southern Plains. This will keep a moist, fetch of monsoonal flow for showers and thunderstorms in the Four Corners region and southern California, where flooding is a concern. Further north into the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies it will be hot, dry and unstable, with some locations bumping record temperatures. Expect isolated to scattered thunderstorms today and tonight in northern California and Oregon as a weak upper level disturbance taps in to high based moisture. Elsewhere, very wet and unsettled storms will persist over the southeast U.S. Southern Alaska will see one more day with a chance of showers and thunderstorms while the Interior will remain dry and warm.

For more information:

NPS Fire Summaries

Glacier NP – The Reynolds Fire has burned 3,170 acres (no change from yesterday’s total). It is 63% contained (no change from yesterday). The fire was active yesterday, with short crown runs, short-range spotting and group torching. A Type I IMT (Poncin) is managing the fire. For full details, go to the following InciWeb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4405/

Additional Information

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


NEWS AND NOTES



International Ranger Federation
Today Is World Ranger Day

Today, July 31st, is World Ranger Day, a day set aside for paying tribute to the work that rangers perform around the world to protect the last vestiges of the earth’s natural and cultural heritage.

World Ranger Day is an event that was conceived and advanced by the International Ranger Federation (IRF), a consortium of about 60 national and state ranger associations from countries around the world – from Korea to Scotland, from Argentina to Iceland, from South Africa to Romania. The association from the United States representing NPS rangers is the Association of National Park Rangers.

IRF was founded 24 years ago to support the work of rangers as the key protectors of parks and conservation areas throughout the world. Since then, it has been actively involved in training, communicating with, and supporting rangers worldwide.

At the 2006 IRF World Ranger Congress in Scotland, delegates decided that July 31st of each year, beginning in 2007, would be a day dedicated to rangers all around the globe. World Ranger Day is held on the anniversary of the founding of IRF in 1992.

World Ranger Day is also a day to remember the many rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty, particularly during the previous year. Since last July, at least 52 rangers, game rangers, forest guards, and wardens have lost their lives in the line of duty (click on this link for a list of their names), and it’s likely that the actual number is considerably larger. That number includes only the names of those deaths reported directly or indirectly to the International Ranger Federation.

For more information on World Ranger Day, the International Ranger Federation and the Thin Green Line Foundation, click on the “More Information” link below.
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Saint Croix National Scenic River (WI)
Park And Partners Work To Support Pollinators

On the heels of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, staff at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (NPS), the St. Croix Wetland Management District (USFWS), and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (USFS) signed a resolution to create and enhance pollinator habitat on public lands within the St. Croix River region.  They also created a Pollinator Pledge to invite businesses, nonprofits and citizens to sign on to the resolution.  Already, over 50 organizations have taken the Pledge, including two major corporate partners, Andersen Corporation and Xcel Energy.

The partners recently met to explore ways they could collaborate across public and private lands.  With Andersen’s 9,000 employees in locations across North America and Xcel’s 19,000 miles of transmission corridors in eight states, the group felt there was great potential for effecting change at the large landscape scale. 

“The plight of monarchs and other pollinators is huge, and our partnerships and solutions need to rise in proportion to the problem.” said Superintendent Chris Stein. 

Added Andersen’s Community Affairs Director Susan Roeder: “By collaborating together across sectors, we believe we will achieve real benefit for monarchs and the other pollinators on which we all depend.”

The partners closed the meeting with a photo in front of an exhibit created for Andersen’s centennial in 2003 and by pledging to create and enhance pollinator habitat coinciding with the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016.

A larger public announcement of the partners’ efforts is planned for August.

[Submitted by Jonathan Moore, jonathan_moore@nps.gov, 715-491-6839]


Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument - NV
Tule Springs Fossils Returned To Nevada

Around 10,000 fossil specimens that were excavated from the Upper Las Vegas Wash in 2002 have been returned to Nevada. The fossils were discovered by scientists from San Bernardino County Museum and have been curated in California since that time.

“It took three very, very important decisions in order to have these specimens transferred to the National Park Service legally and to have them come back here to Clark County. We never thought we were going to be able to accomplish it,” Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Superintendent Vincent Santucci told a crowd on July 18th at the Nevada State Museum.

The monument was established as a unit of the National Park Service on December 19, 2014, to protect and interpret the nationally important paleontological, scientific, educational and recreational resources in the park.

The Bureau of Land Management previously managed the area, and hired San Bernardino County paleontologists to protect the fossils and preserve them for the American public.

Santucci said it was always BLM’s intention to bring the specimens back, but he wasn’t sure the paleontologists from San Bernardino County Museum would be as eager to see them go.

“They’ve invested years of hard word out there making collections and preparing them and curating them,” he said. “But they understand the people of Nevada want this.”

In June, the fossil collection was legally transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to the National Park Service and the fossils were transported from California to the Nevada State Museum.

Santucci recognized Gayle Marrs-Smith, the BLM field manager for the Las Vegas Field Office; San Bernardino County Museum curators Kathleen Springer and Eric Scott; and Dennis McBride, the director of the Nevada State Museum by presenting them with an official National Park Service arrowhead.

U.S. Representative Dina Titus who was a champion for the establishment of the monument thanked Santucci and those who made this possible.

“It is just so exciting, and I’m just so pleased to be part of it,” she said, adding that she has a replica of a mammoth tooth sitting on her desk.

The Nevada State Museum, located at Springs Preserve, opened in 2011, and now has the space and facilities to properly curate the specimens. The collection of specimens from Columbian mammoths, camels, bison, saber-tooth cats, horses and sloths are stored in the basement.

An exhibit explaining the history of the monument, including how Nevada State Museum scientists discovered an abundance of large animal fossils in the Upper Las Vegas Wash during the Big Dig in 1962, is now on display along with select fossils, including a mammoth tusk.

“The return of the fossils to the place they were preserved, discovered and collected will enhance opportunities for future scientific research and public education at the new monument,” said Santucci.

The announcement was also made that in 2016, during the Centennial of the National Park Service, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will be featured in the annual National Fossil Day logo for the Oct. 12, 2016, event.

National Fossil Day is a nationwide partnership promoting the scientific and educational values of fossils. Each year, an annual National Fossil Day logo is created as a graphic identity, which helps to share and promote another story about the fossil record.

After four months as the interim superintendent at Tule Springs Fossil Beds, Santucci said his goodbyes. He is returning to his full time job as the National Park Service’s senior paleontologist July 22nd. The monument’s first permanent superintendent Jonathan Burpee will start in September. He made a surprise appearance at the announcement event.

“It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but we’re going to build this park together. Thank you for this wonderful welcome,” he said.

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Rocky Mountain Conservancy Transfers Property To Park

Completing a land protection effort that began in 2012, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – Rocky Mountain National Park’s nonprofit partner – has announced the transfer of the Johnson Property to the park.

In 2012, Rocky Mountain National Park identified the private inholding known as the Johnson Property as a high priority for acquisition and enlisted the Conservancy’s assistance to raise the needed funds. The 3.89-acre parcel is located on the park’s west side in the scenic Kawuneeche Valley, home of the headwaters of the Colorado River, and within view of the Continental Divide Trail.

More than 900 donors contributed to the $400,000 project to purchase the Johnson Property so that it could be transferred to RMNP for permanent protection. The property was purchased by the Conservancy in February 2013.

Now that the transfer is complete, the park will remove several small structures, power lines and a one-mile access road. The land will be returned to its natural state, enhancing valuable wildlife habitat and improving the visitor experience.

“The addition of this property to Rocky Mountain National Park continues the legacy of community support and individual philanthropy established by Enos Mills, F.O. Stanley, Mary Belle King Sherman and others who founded this park.” said Charles Money the Conservancy’s executive director, “This is especially significant in this, the park’s centennial year.”

“We appreciate the continued support of the Conservancy to preserve this special place for the benefit of current and future generations,” said Superintendent Vaughn Baker.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy has an ongoing Land Protection Fund, which sets aside money for future land protection efforts. Often, property sales by willing owners have a short time-frame for acquisition for protection. This fund allows the organization to move quickly to purchase available parcels. Donations are always welcome and needed.

Since 1994, 18 parcels of land have been acquired for permanent protection in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. With the help of donors, the Conservancy has purchased a number of these including:

  • Johnson Property, $400,000
  • Jennings Tract, $78,000
  • Roessler Tract, $415,000
  • Adams Tract, $280,000
  • Sleepy Hollow, $315,248
  • Miller Tract, $1.02 million
  • Fahy Tract, $846,000
  • Kueker Tract, $600,000
  • Owens-McMahon Tract, $300,000

Funds received by the Conservancy from the transfer of the land to the park will be applied to future land acquisition projects.

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Information Officer]


Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Public Affairs Officer Jackie Skaggs To Retire

Jackie Skaggs, public affairs officer and official spokesperson for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, will retire on August 31st after 30 years of federal service—solely at Grand Teton NP.

Jackie began her NPS career in 1984, working as a seasonal park ranger in visitor services (fee collection) at the Moran Entrance Station—the same entrance kiosk that former NPS Director Robert Stanton manned in the early 1960s as he began his NPS career.

After four years in fee collection, Jackie worked for ten years as a seasonal park ranger in the division of interpretation. She literally began her ranger naturalist tenure with a “baptism of fire” during the high-profile 1988 Greater Yellowstone fire season that also significantly affected Grand Teton NP.

In 2000, she was chosen to serve as principle event coordinator for the park’s 50th anniversary commemoration—a year-long celebration punctuated by several public events and programs. By year’s end, Jackie secured a permanent public affairs specialist post at Grand Teton, a position she held for six years before earning a promotion to public affairs officer in early 2007.

As park spokesperson, Jackie dealt with numerous emergency incidents, as well as major search and rescue missions that caught national and international media attention. One incident involved a complex SAR in the aftermath of a severe lightning storm on the Grand Teton in 2010 that required a multi-faceted rescue of 16 climbers. On numerous occasions, she also delivered difficult news regarding various fatality incidents that occurred in the Tetons and other park locations—some of these tragedies involved beloved local residents of Jackson, Wyoming.

Over the past nine years, Jackie helped coordinate several major park events – the grand opening of the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center (2007); the opening ceremony for the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center (2008); a community celebration to mark completion of a Phase I multi-use pathway (2009); the opening of the Discovery Center’s new auditorium wing (2011); the celebration of America’s Great Outdoors & Phase II pathway completion (2012); the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the T.A. Moulton barn on Mormon Row (2013); and the observance of the Wilderness Act 50th anniversary with Luci Baines Johnson as guest speaker (2014).

Several momentous events punctuated Jackie’s NPS career at Grand Teton – executive visits by Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton; official tours by Department of the Interior Secretaries Bruce Babbitt, Gale Norton, Dirk Kempthorne, Ken Salazar, and Sally Jewell; and the great fortune to meet Pete Williams, Wyoming native son and justice correspondent for NBC News, who served as Master of Ceremony for the park’s 50th anniversary event in 2000.   

Jackie plans to remain in Jackson Hole with her husband of 42 years, Bob Skaggs, and their pet Schnauzer, Pepper. She looks forward to spending many hours hiking, rafting, photographing, traveling across America, and continuing to experience the natural wonders of the incredible Teton landscape.

After leaving the NPS and her Moose HQ office in late August, Jackie can be reached at skagbobjack@gmail.com.

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

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 interactive three-part 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 31, 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 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 – Scaling Up Webinar: NPCA Tools, Noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will be given by Mark Wenzler, National Parks Conservation Association (invited). The Scaling Up tools working group offers a monthly mini-series highlighting a specific tool that a park or program might use to further large landscape conservation efforts. Designed with busy staff in mind, the webinars are only 30 minutes in length, just long enough for participants to gain a general understanding of the tool, how it can be used, and who to approach for further information. Each session closes with an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The tools group has opened up webinar attendance to stakeholders outside the NPS, recognizing the important role that non-federal entities and other federal agencies have in conserving lands. To participate, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/296434229, (224) 501-3412. The access code is 296-434-229.

August 12 – August 13 - Preserving the Traditional Masonry Architecture of the American Southwest, ?Chaco Culture National Historical Park/Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM. This workshop will focus on the preservation of traditional masonry structures, with an emphasis on the archaeological architecture of the American Southwest. The course includes three primary components: a forum for participants to share information on preservation issues, needs and successes in their home parks; classroom-based training on preservation guidelines and standards; and field-based training in masonry stabilization. This workshop is offered at no cost to participants. ?Please sign up by August 5th. To find out more information or to sign up please send your name, park, job title, and contact information to vanishingtreasures@nps.gov or call Katherine Wonson, 307-739-3469.??

August 12 – August 14 – Writing Effective Performance Standards. This three day seminar is focused on helping supervisors to (1) understand the importance of managing employee performance as a key supervisory responsibility, and (2) know how to develop effective performance standards. 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 DOI Learn https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/login.geo 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.

August 18 – From Buddy to Boss Webinar. The most important responsibility and challenge of any new supervisor is managing the mix of people, processes, and relationships. The relationships part becomes more difficult when a supervisor manages those who were once peers. Peer group sharing and camaraderie are important, now the new supervisor has to create and maintain boundaries while finding a new support system. Register no later than August 14th. 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. 

September 1 – September 3 – Mountaineering Risk Management Workshop, Mount Rainier NP, WA. In an effort to share knowledge and best practices regarding risk management within NPS mountaineering operations, this workshop is being conducted to bring experienced personnel together. This is a unique opportunity to learn about pre-planning strategies, near-misses, lessons learned, and operational improvements within NPS mountaineering and SAR programs. The focus of this indoor workshop is to examine how the effective traits of learning organizations can be applied in the hazardous work environment associated with mountaineering.  A learning organization is one that completely values opportunities for continuous self-improvement through information and experiences gained in the work place. The target audience consists of program leaders from the primary NPS mountaineering programs, including Denali, Grand Tetons, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Rocky Mountain, as well as staff from these programs and additional units. To register and obtain pre-work assignments, please contact workshop organizer Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search and Rescue (ken_phillips@nps.gov), prior to August 17th.

September 2 – Career Development Webinar. This program is intended for those who wish to develop plans for managing their careers. The program uses a variety of exercises to help participants identify their skills and areas of interest, and to recognize abilities and strengths that they might not be using in their current jobs. Participants then learn steps for preparing and implementing. Register no later than August 28th. 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.

September 9 – Scaling Up Webinar: Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will be given by Tom Olliff, Great Northern LCC, NPS. The Scaling Up tools working group offers a monthly mini-series highlighting a specific tool that a park or program might use to further large landscape conservation efforts. Designed with busy staff in mind, the webinars are only 30 minutes in length, just long enough for participants to gain a general understanding of the tool, how it can be used, and who to approach for further information. Each session closes with an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The tools group has opened up webinar attendance to stakeholders outside the NPS, recognizing the important role that non-federal entities and other federal agencies have in conserving lands. To participate, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/526119757, (657) 220-3412. The access code is 526-119-757.

September 10 – Motivating and Empowering Employees Webinar. This course enables participants (supervisors and managers) to provide constructive criticism and positive feedback that recognizes and encourages good performance while offering suggestions for continued improvement. Participants will learn the communication techniques that motivate employees and positively influence their performance. Emphasis will be placed on understanding behavior and creating self-affirming environments. Register no later than September 4th. 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.

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.

September 15Career Development. This program is intended for those who wish to develop plans for managing their careers. The program uses a variety of exercises to help participants identify their skills and areas of interest, and to recognize abilities and strengths that they might not be using in their current jobs. Participants then learn steps for preparing and implementing. Register no later than September 11, 2015. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts/202-354-1471 & Brigitte Keels 202-354-1406. For registration and/or announcement information you can go http://goo.gl/forms/80opRZ31DL and/or Catalog.

September 15 – September 18 – NEPA Topics: Blending Compliance Laws and Cumulative Impact Analysis Webinar. This four-day virtual course will consist of an in-depth examination of two topics related to conducting the NEPA process: cumulative impact analysis, and integration of other environmental laws, such as the National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act, into NEPA. Class begins at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific. There will be three 90-minute sessions each day, separated by breaks to do individual work on case studies. Class will end at 5:30 pm Eastern each day. For the full announcement, 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.

September 16 – 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 September 11, 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.

September 21 – September 24Supervision II for NPS Supervisors. This four day seminar is designed for supervisors within the National Park Service who have already attended a basic 1st 40 supervision course and who have supervised for at least 2 years. It primarily serves as a refresher course for the experienced supervisor, addressing a wide variety of topics with a more “in-depth" focus than is typical in a fundamentals course. Register no later than  September 18, 2015. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts/202-354-1471 & 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.

October 7 – October 8 – Professional Leadership Skills for Administrative of 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 2, 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://doilearn.webex.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.    

October 15 – Scaling Up Webinar: The Nature Conservancy, Noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will be given by Joni Ward of The Nature Conservancy. The Scaling Up tools working group offers a monthly mini-series highlighting a specific tool that a park or program might use to further large landscape conservation efforts. Designed with busy staff in mind, the webinars are only 30 minutes in length, just long enough for participants to gain a general understanding of the tool, how it can be used, and who to approach for further information. Each session closes with an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The tools group has opened up webinar attendance to stakeholders outside the NPS, recognizing the important role that non-federal entities and other federal agencies have in conserving lands. To participate, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/659830733,  (571) 317-3112. The access code is 659-830-733.

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 19 – October 30 Law Enforcement Control Tactics Instructor Training, FLETC, Shepherdstown, WV. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is September 4th.

October 19 – October 21 – Writing Effective Performance Standards. This three day seminar is focused on helping supervisors to (1) understand the importance of managing employee performance as a key supervisory responsibility, and (2) know how todevelop effective performance standards. Register no later than October 16, 2015. For additional information, contact Katrina Roberts/202-354-1471 or Susan Walsh 303-969-2422. For registration and/or announcement information you can go to DOI Learn https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/login.geo and/or Catalog.

October 19 – October 30 – Use of Force Instructor Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is September 4th.

October 21 – Introduction to Use of Force for Non-Law Enforcement Personnel, ANPR Rendezvous, Black Mountain, NC. Taught by Dan Coleman – NPS-SLET Coordinator/Instructor, Southwestern Community College. With all the stories in the media regarding police use of force, what are the legal and practical parameters for using force?  We will look at the constitutional standard for use of force as well as relevant US Supreme Court decisions.  Participants will be exposed to several scenarios on a use of force simulator to allow them to make decisions in a “tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving” situation. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. Tuition is free.  For more information on the workshop, visit: https://aonpr29.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/RR38_ProgramSchedule.pdf. Space limited to 16 people.

October 21 – October 22 Environmental Emergencies, Traumatic Injuries: Everyday EMS in the NPS, ANPR Rendezvous, Black Mountain, NC. Taught by Scott Owens, MD, MPH Resident Physician, UCSF-Fresno MEP. Covering topics such as exposure injuries, altitude medicine, patient packaging, new developments in EMS, and more, this will be a mixture of lectures, case based learning, and hands on practice. Tuition is $40. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://aonpr29.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/RR38_ProgramSchedule.pdf. Space limited to 30 people.

October 21 – Podcasting Workshop, ANPR Rendezvous, Black Mountain, NC. Taught by Jody Maberry – Host, Park Leaders Show. Podcasting is on the rise.  With smart phones, nearly everyone carries a podcast listening device in their pocket.  The host of the Park Leaders Show will discuss how a park-specific podcast can benefit your park.  A podcast is a way for a park to deliver personal educational content to an audience willing to listen.  Podcasts can serve visitors in a way no other platform can.  In this presentation, we will cover why a park should consider podcasting. We will discuss ideas for audio content and cover the basic technology and equipment needed to start producing audio content. Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://aonpr29.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/RR38_ProgramSchedule.pdf. Space limited to 35 people.

October 22 – Wilderness Writing Workshop, ANPR Rendezvous, Black Mountain, NC. Taught by Sabrina Diaz – Supervisory Park Ranger, Everglades. The Everglades Wilderness Writing Expedition is a six-week, immersion program that blends the art of writing with resource learning and wilderness exploration.  The program targets journalism/writing students, ages 18-35 years old, enrolled in local universities/colleges, with goals of inspiring them to be the next generation of environmentally conscious writers. During this session, an Everglades National Park facilitator and one of the expedition students will demonstrate the success of the autumn 2014 program and highlight: unique partnerships, maximizing and leveraging support, communicating in the digital world, reaching new audiences, growing future stewards as well as the success of incorporating facilitated dialogue into interpretive programs.  Tuition is $15. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://aonpr29.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/RR38_ProgramSchedule.pdf. Space limited to 35 people.

October 22 – Learning by Listening: Conducting Effective Oral History Interviews, ANPR Rendezvous, Black Mountain, NC. Taught by LuAnn Jones, Ph.D – Historian, Park History Program. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of oral history.  Participants will be introduced to oral history project planning; legal and ethical issues; recording technologies (audio and video); what to do before, during, and after the interview; processing and preserving interviews; and using oral history in website and publications.  Participants will conduct and critique a short interview during the workshop.  Workshop leader Dr. LuAnn Jones has taught week long oral history workshops for the National Park Service and is an adviser for the ANPR Oral History Project. Tuition is $20. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://aonpr29.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/RR38_ProgramSchedule.pdf. Space limited to 20 people.

October 22 – Facilities Preservation Workshop, ANPR Rendezvous, Black Mountain, NC. Taught by Debbie Rehn – Regional Project Manager, Southeast Region. This seminar will focus on facilities management and historic preservation and then delve into how they are implemented in the NPS as we manage our resources.  This would include our many computer program systems and processes, and where they come together- or not.  In addition, the importance of PEPC, as a tool including consideration of natural resources for more holistic approach, will be discussed.  The session will also include resources and case studies discussions. Tuition is $20. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://aonpr29.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/RR38_ProgramSchedule.pdf. Space limited to 35 people.

October 26 – November 6 – Basic Tactics Instructor Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is September 2nd.

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.

November 4 – Scaling Up Webinar: International Case Studies, Noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will be given by Graeme Worboys, Protected Area Management Specialist, Jagumba Consulting Pty LTD (invited). The Scaling Up tools working group offers a monthly mini-series highlighting a specific tool that a park or program might use to further large landscape conservation efforts. Designed with busy staff in mind, the webinars are only 30 minutes in length, just long enough for participants to gain a general understanding of the tool, how it can be used, and who to approach for further information. Each session closes with an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The tools group has opened up webinar attendance to stakeholders outside the NPS, recognizing the important role that non-federal entities and other federal agencies have in conserving lands. To participate, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/845885989, (646) 749-3122. The access code is 845-885-989.

December 9 – Scaling Up Webinar: Migratory Connectivity, Noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will be given by Pete Marra, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. The Scaling Up tools working group offers a monthly mini-series highlighting a specific tool that a park or program might use to further large landscape conservation efforts. Designed with busy staff in mind, the webinars are only 30 minutes in length, just long enough for participants to gain a general understanding of the tool, how it can be used, and who to approach for further information. Each session closes with an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The tools group has opened up webinar attendance to stakeholders outside the NPS, recognizing the important role that non-federal entities and other federal agencies have in conserving lands. To participate, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/194984029, (872) 240-3312. The access code is 194-984-029.

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.  

Administration

Get Control. Are you drowning in emails? Looking for some tips to help you organize your files, your time, your email, your meetings, your presentations? You are in luck! Learning & Development, through the Administrative and Business Practices, Commercial Services and IT program training manager has subscribed to a library of live, online webinars and online training courses to help you improve your organization skills, meeting skills and presentation skills, among others. Learn to use SharePoint, Gmail, Search more effectively. Get tips for: your iPhone and iPad; time management; and getting things done. Use the training in the Get Control! library to learn hints, tips, tricks and efficiencies in your day to day work. All courses are listed in DOI Learn. Search the catalog for Get Control! and the current webinars and eLearning courses will be identified. Choose the method that works best for you (live with a group or online at your own pace). You may attend courses as often as you need. These courses will be available until April 2016. Live, online webinars have been scheduled through December by Get Control!. Next year’s calendar will be published as soon as dates have been determined. For more information about the Get Control! courses, contact Jo Robinson at 304.535.5016 or jo_robinson@nps.gov.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (LA)
GS-0025-12/GS-0025-13 Chief Ranger (Detail)

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is seeking candidates for a detail of 180 days as the park’s chief ranger.  

The selectee will be responsible for the overall management of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park’s Visitor and Resource Protection Division. The person selected will serve on the parks management team and advise the Superintendent on issues of law enforcement, emergency medical services, visitor services, waterway and hunting enforcement operations, search and rescue events, incident management, resource protection, public safety, structural fire program, and incident management.  

Law enforcement oversight covers various NPS sites across Louisiana including Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The primary duty station is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Applicants must possess a full performance Level I law enforcement commission. The incumbent for this position must be a highly motivated law enforcement professional who is capable of working independently in areas of active law enforcement. The position requires a close working relationship with local, state and federal emergency response agencies as well as approximately 70 park employees.

Government housing is not available. Base pay, travel and per diem will be paid by Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Interested individuals should first discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from the respective Superintendent prior to submitting an application. Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit a resume detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications they might possess. Please include your current title, series, grade, and references on your resume.  Applications must be received by close of business on August 12th.  Submit the resume by mail or fax to Lynette Harrison, Human Resource Specialist, West ASU/SHRO-SER: 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana70130: Fax: (504) 589-3556.

  • Resume. Please include all experience, training, and/or education related to the position.
  • Copy of your Level I law enforcement commission without picture.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal.

This detail opportunity could serve as a temporary promotion. For more information regarding this detail please contact Chief Ranger Georgia Shaw at Georgia_Shaw@nps.gov, office (504) 589-3882x129, or Superintendent Lance Hatten Lance_Hatten@nps.gov, (504) 589-3882x137.

Cultural Resources
GS-0199-5/7 Student Trainee (Historian)

Dates: 07/24/2015 - 08/06/2015

The American Battlefield Protection Program is recruiting for a student trainee (historian).

The announcement (below) is open to students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in an academic program leading to a degree on at least a half time basis and in good standing in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite.

Students must reside in the Washington DC commuting area and must be able to work year-round during school and school breaks.
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Cultural Resources
GS-0303-6/7 Administrative Program Assistant

Dates: 07/29/2015 - 08/11/2015

The Business Office, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate, is recruiting for an administrative program assistant to provide administrative support operations to the associate director, deputies, managers, and employees of the directorate.

The person selected will:

  • Prepare travel authorizations and travel vouchers for staff and invitational travelers, assists travelers with the preparation of authorizations and vouchers, make travel arrangements, prepares detailed itineraries, and resolve associated travel issues/problems.
  • Maintain office supplies, schedule maintenance appointments for equipment, prepare monthly usage data reports, conduct property inventory, etc.
  • Set up video conferencing equipment for WebEx presentations, input payroll, manage property inventories, and update SharePoint sites. Provide technical assistance to staff on the use of such programs and equipment.
  • Prepare official correspondence for signature, track and maintain electronic records, ensure accuracy and completeness of correspondence, including format, grammar, and punctuation, in compliance with NPS correspondence guidelines.
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