The Morning Report

Friday, August 28, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Man Sentenced For Brutal Assault On Park Visitor

On June 30, 2014, rangers, with assistance from an officer with the Estes Park Police Department, responded to an incident in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of Rocky Mountain National Park. 

A man later identified as 36-year-old Adam Harvey was located, arrested and charged with assault resulting In serious bodily injury. The victim was a 64-year-old man. He was alone, enjoying the night skies, when he was approached and brutally assaulted by Harvey.

Following an investigation by rangers, the US Attorney's Office prosecuted Harvey, resulting in his recent sentencing to 26 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. 

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]


FIRE MANAGEMENT



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

National Fire Activity

NIFC is at PL 5. There are 72 uncontained large fires burning nationwide, down one from yesterday. Current resource commitments appear below, with changes from yesterday’s numbers in parentheses:

  • 50 incident management teams, including two area command teams (up six)
  • 497 crews (down 42)
  • 26,333 firefighters and overhead (down 1,707)
  • 1,650 engines (down 136)
  • 180 helicopters (down 12)

As of last Monday, federal agency commitments (excluding the Army) were as follows

  • BIA - 890
  • BLM – 1,980
  • FWS - 260
  • NPS - 490
  • USFS - 9,500

Along with firefighters from Canada and the US Army, there are now 68 fire management personnel from Australia and New Zealand assisting with large fires in the Northwest.

Fire Weather Forecast

An upper level trough that has been circulating off the Pacific Northwest for the past few days will begin to move eastward today, providing enough moisture to produce scattered showers on the Olympic peninsula and far western Washington. Warm, dry and unstable conditions will continue to prevail elsewhere across the west, especially the Northern High Plains region, which will experience near record breaking heat. Gusty winds are expected to surface late in the day over northern California, much of Oregon and Washington and as far east as western Montana. Hazy skies may begin to diminish slightly in these areas with the increase in winds. Moisture streaming out of the southwest will continue to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms in that area, across the central Rockies and widespread rainfall in the Midwest, with lighter coverage extending into central Idaho and western Montana, where any thunderstorms will likely be dry. Florida and Puerto Rico will again see heavy rainfall as Tropical Storm Erika continues on her northwestward trajectory.

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NPS Fire Summaries

Crater Lake NP – The National Creek Complex includes two fires – the Crescent Fire in Crater Lake National Park and the National Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The fires have burned 13,211 acres (up 707 acres from yesterday) and are 40% contained. Yesterday, firefighters finished constructing fire line in the Soda Springs area to the west of the fire to prepare for a small burnout operation and will take advantage of existing features and road systems to improve containment. Crews continued looking for spotting outside of containment lines and mopped up hot spots along Highway 230, Hwy 138 and the North Park Entrance Road. For more information on the fires, go to:

Glacier NP – The Thompson-Divide Complex is comprised of the Sheep and Granite Fires on Flathead National Forest and the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park. The fires have burned 18,893 acres, up 412 acres from yesterday, and are 14% contained. Increased fire activity was seen within the Thompson Fire perimeter south of Tinkham Mountain yesterday. Firefighters finished burning and mop up in the fire’s northwest corner (Division A) and were flown out. Pumps and hose lay remain in place in case a future need arises. The fire will be monitored by air. Most of Glacier National Park is unaffected by this wildfire complex and is available for recreational use.Limited backcountry closures are in place. The Thompson Fire has not impacted park roads.The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open. More information:

North Cascades NP – The Upper Skagit Complex has burned 7,978 acres (up 146 acres from yesterday) and is 37% contained. The complex includes eight fires, all within the park. Firefighters have completed directing the fire around the North Cascade National Park Visitor Center and adjacent campgrounds, tying into the Skagit River. Park infrastructure has not been damaged. Threats to Newhalem have been significantly reduced, which has allowed Seattle City Light employees to return. The fire at Goodell Creek has held at the creek with no progression west. The fire moved eastward along its northeast and eastern flanks on both sides of Gorge Lake; however, due to a strong inversion, fire spread was minimal. Dense smoke conditions grounded the use of any aircraft. The Diablo area, including the Environmental Learning System facility, are evacuated. The other fires in the complex are in remote locations and pose no immediate threat to facilities. Debris from the steep slopes on the north side of State Route 20 continues to create hazardous driving conditions impacting travel for firefighters and Seattle City Light personnel. Additional information:

Additional Information

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

[Submitted by Bill Halainen, Editor, InsideNPS]


NEWS AND NOTES



Historical Documentation Programs
HABS Announces Winners Of 2015 Peterson Prize

The 2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition jury met recently and selected four projects to receive awards.  A student competition of measured drawings, the Charles E. Peterson Prize is presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects. 

The annual competition, currently in its 33rd year, honors longtime NPS architect Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004), a founder of the HABS program, and is intended to heighten awareness about historic buildings in the United States and to augment the HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.  In addition to generating over 6,300 sheets of drawings for the collection to date, the competition presents awards totaling $7,500 to the winning student teams.

First Place in the 2015 Peterson Prize was awarded to the student team from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, under the direction of professors Claudia Rosa Lopez and Jose Lorenzo Torres, who documented the Casa Weichers-Villaronga in Ponce, Puerto Rico. 

The student team from Montana State University, under the direction of Professor Maire O’Neill, was awarded Second Place for their drawings of the Damon Gabriel Homestead near Four Corners, Montana. 

The documentation of the Charles Augustus Magwood House in Charleston, South Carolina, by students from Clemson University / College of Charleston, under the direction of Professor Amalia Leifeste, was awarded Third Place.  An honorable Mention was awarded to the student team from the Savannah College of Art and Design, under the direction of Professor Chad Keller, for their documentation of the Carnegie Library in Savannah, Georgia.  Congratulations to all the winning teams!

More information on this year’s winning projects can be found on the HDP website at http://www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/Peterson_winners.htm.

[Submitted by Mark Schara, mark_schara@nps.gov, (202)354-2166]

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Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (WA)
Ebey Days Held With Coupeville Boys And Girls Club

Exploring the rural heritage of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the Coupeville Boys & Girls Club took part in a two-day adventure learning about farming, food and the history that helped to create the reserve nearly 40 years ago. 

The staff from Ebey’s Reserve in conjunction with the staff at the Boys & Girls club developed a two day program for about 20 children ages 5 to 10. 

On the first day, the children visited Prairie Bottom Farm to learn about small farming – where and how our food is grown – and how worms compost materials to make the soil healthy and fertile.  Then, with a visit to Ebey Road Farm, the focus shifted to large-scale agriculture as the kids learned about farming equipment. 

The day concluded with a visit to the Jacob & Sarah Ebey House for a sampling of fresh, organic produce from farms within the reserve, including blueberries, carrots, kale and Rockwell beans, and a hike with staff to the beach at Ebey’s Landing.

Staff guided the children on an architectural scavenger hunt through the town of Coupeville and a hike along the beaches of Penn Cove on the second day, with a stop at the historic schooner, the Suva, docked at the Coupeville Wharf.

Working with the Boys & Girls club to develop unique engaging and fun programming with a focus on Ebey’s landing National Historical Reserve helped to solidify a strong partnership and one which will continue throughout the Centennial year, and well into the future.

[Submitted by Carol Castellano]


Pacific West Region
Charles Beall Selected To Head Seattle Area NPS Sites

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Charles Beall to be the next superintendent of the Seattle area National Park Service sites, including Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Beall will also oversee the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (a unit of Minidoka National Historic Site), the Outdoor Recreation Information Center at REI’s Seattle flagship store, as well as the Seattle Trails & Rails partnership with Amtrak, and will serve as the NPS liaison with the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, an NPS affiliated area.

Beall assumes his new role on October 18th and replaces Jacqueline Ashwell, who was recently named as the new superintendent of World War II Valor in the Pacific and Honouliuli National Monuments in Hawaii.  

“Charles brings a proven track record of success through partnerships,” said Patty Neubacher, Acting Regional Director for the Pacific West Region. “We are delighted to have him back in the Pacific Northwest where he will help lead our efforts in the Puget Sound area to connect people not only to the national park sites in Seattle but throughout the region.”

Beall is currently on temporary assignment to the NPS Centennial Office, which is coordinating events and outreach for the agency’s 100th anniversary in 2016. He recently completed a tour as an NPS Bevinetto Congressional Fellow. The fellowship included spending a year as a House Natural Resources Committee staff member, six months working in the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and another six months working in the NPS Director’s office. Beall will be moving to the Seattle area with his wife and two young children.

“My family and I are thrilled to move to Seattle. It is a fabulous city with tremendous cultural and recreational opportunities,” said Beall. “As the NPS enters its centennial year in 2016, the Seattle-area national park sites will play an important role in helping the NPS reach new audiences and preserve the complex stories that represent our nation’s diverse history. I am honored to have been selected to continue the great work of my predecessors, and I look forward to building strong relationships with youth and other community organizations to engage residents and visitors with NPS parks and programs throughout the Seattle area.”

Beall brings many years of NPS experience to his new position. Prior to the fellowship, Beall worked 10 years at North Cascades National Park Complex in various positions, including acting superintendent, chief of interpretation and education, and interpretive supervisor. He has also worked as an education specialist at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. He began his career as an interpretive park ranger at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.

Beall has a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland, University College, and bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and environmental studies from Sacramento State University.

The Seattle unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle's crucial role in this event. The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, an affiliated area of the National Park Service, is the only community-based museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the history of pan-Asian Pacific Americans. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, a unit of Minidoka National Historical Site, commemorates the forcible removal of Japanese Americans from their homes on Bainbridge Island and subsequent internment during World War II. The NPS Trails & Rails Program is a partnership with Amtrak, providing volunteer NPS interpreters on trains between Seattle and Portland and between Seattle and Glacier National Park in Montana. The Outdoor Recreation Information Center provides the general public with trip planning assistance for the Pacific Northwest.

National Capital Region
Superintendent Kevin Brandt Honored As Community Leader

During the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s (BID) annual meeting, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt was honored as the Georgetown Community Leader of the Year.

D.C. Council Member Jack Evans presented Brandt with the award in recognition of his collaboration, creative problem solving, and most notably, Brandt’s leadership in developing a new partnership with the BID to establish Georgetown Heritage, a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote and present the history of Georgetown. Georgetown Heritage is partnering with the park on a plan to rebuild, restore, interpret and activate the canal through Georgetown.

The mile-long section of the C&O Canal that runs through Georgetown accounts for nearly 20 percent of all visits to the park. Councilmember Evans announced at the meeting that the D.C. City Council approved $3 million in funding for Georgetown Heritage and the BID to work with the NPS to fix Lock 4, build a new canal boat, and support comprehensive planning efforts to improve lighting, the towpath, wayfinding and interpretation. Georgetown Heritage has pledged to raise an additional $3 million from private philanthropic supporters to help the NPS address deferred maintenance and infrastructure along the canal. Brandt’s leadership in creating strong partnerships was recognized as central to the effort.

Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

Readers: Please note that this is the last edition of the consolidated training calendar that has appeared on Fridays over the past few years. With the retirement of the editor and the transition to a news feed, parks, centers and offices will now have to enter announcements directly. Instructions and best practices for entering content are available on the Digital Community Site. A login and password are necessary to enter stories;  if you do not have them, contact your regional or directorate web manager/coordinator.

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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 27 – Places: Help Build Your Park Map Webinar, 1–2 pm ET. Join the NPMap team as they walk through the Places system and detail how NPS staff can use the web-based Places Editor to improve their park's online map. The recently released Places system is designed to eliminate traditional barriers to entry that have prevented employees from contributing their knowledge to NPS geospatial datasets. To learn more and register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8832743411587375105.

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 3 – NPS.gov Office Hours, 3–4 pm ET. Once a month, you can join the training workgroup of the NPS Web Council for open office hours. Come to discuss any web topic you wish. The goal is to help web authors with any web-related question, though we'll prioritize NPS.gov centennial project topics. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7786884650298351362.

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 – NPMap Builder: Build Beautiful Maps Webinar,  1–2 pm ET. Join the NPMap team as they talk about using the NPMap Builder to build beautiful, accessible, and performant web maps for NPS.gov. NPMap Builder is a graphical interface that walks NPS  employees through the process of building web maps step-by-step—no coding required! To learn more and register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8943915032271853569.

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 17 – FERS Retirement & Financial Literacy (Webinar).   WASO Learning and Development is pleased to host a FERS Retirement and Financial Management webinar series.  This series will be led by a team of Financial Planners with an extensive knowledge of retirement and financial issues and Federal employee benefits.   This webinar will broaden your financial horizons and offer positive steps to potentially improve your financial future and show you how to plan for a comfortable retirement.   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://doilearn.webex.com and/or Catalog.

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 15 – September 17 - Advanced Issues in Adobe Conservation, Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico, This course will focus on the structural repair of adobe walls, specifically looking at basal and other wall erosion, structural cracks, seismic stabilization needs, wall straightening and foundation issues. Students will also learn assessment techniques used by a structural engineer in evaluating adobe walls. Field work will include structural repair of basal erosion, integration of new adobe and dry packing techniques. This workshop is offered at no cost to participants. Please sign up by September 9. To find out more information or to sign up, please send you name, park, job title, and contact information to vanishingtreasures@nps.gov or call Katherine Wonson, 307-739-3469.

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 17 – Vision Casting (Webinar).  This two-hour webinar provides understanding, tools and self-examination for creating a vision for your department or organization.  Being a core skill of leadership, vision casting is a process for maximizing how we think and subsequently what we do.  Topics include using intuition, operational versus strategic balance, reflective analysis and applying crucible experiences to enhance your vision.  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://doilearn.webex.com and/or Catalog.

September 17 – 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).

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 1  NPS.gov Office Hours, 3–4 pm ET. Once a month, you can join the training workgroup of the NPS Web Council for open office hours. Come to discuss any web topic you wish. The goal is to help web authors with any web-related question, though we'll prioritize NPS.gov centennial project topics. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7786884650298351362.

October 6 – October 8 - Executing a Historic Preservation Project in Wilderness, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, This course will focus on the perceived conflict between cultural resource preservation and wilderness preservation. Participants will learn about the laws and NPS policy regarding historic preservation in federally designated wilderness areas; how to approach project design; and the traditional skills often required to execute historic preservation projects in wilderness. This workshop is offered at no cost to participants. Housing is available at the White Grass Dude Ranch at no cost to the participant this training year. Please sign up bySeptember 30. To find out more information or to sign up, please send you name, park, job title, and contact information to vanishingtreasures@nps.gov or call Katherine Wonson, 307-739-3469. 

October 6, 8, 9 – Retirement Planning for Civil Service Employees, Livestream, 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET. This is a 3-day, 12-hour class. All employees are encouraged to attend. Recording is restricted; viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during the live broadcast times; a time-limited online video recording will be made available between October 12-16, 2015. We will email a confidential link to registered participants on October 12, 2015. For more information, contact Katrina Fritts at 304-535-5089 or katrina_fritts@nps.gov.

October 7, 8, 9 – Retirement Planning for FERS Employees, Livestream, 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET. This is a 3-day, 12-hour class. All employees are encouraged to attend. Recording is restricted; viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during the live broadcast times; a time-limited online video recording will be made available between October 12-16, 2015. We will email a confidential link to registered participants on October 12, 2015. For more information, contact Katrina Fritts at 304-535-5089 or katrina_fritts@nps.gov.

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 14 – October 16 - Cultural Resources Management of Complex Resources: Hopi House and Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, Using two iconic NPS structures as our classroom and case study, this class will explore the varied and sometimes conflicting layers of resource management that inform treatment decisions. This class will cover considerations ranging from cultural sensitivity of the resource, to understanding the architect's design intent, to effects of building modifications on interior finishes, and how those shape project treatments and actions. This workshop is offered at no cost to participants. Housing is available at the Albright Training Center. Please sign up by October 7. To find out more information or to sign up, please send you name, park, job title, and contact information to vanishingtreasures@nps.gov or call Katherine Wonson, 307-739-3469.                                         

October 14 – October 16 - Historic Windows Workshop, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Working in the Western Center for Historic Preservation workshop and on-site at the White Grass Dude Ranch, this class will introduce participants to basics of wood window restoration including stripping, glass repairs, glazing, wood repairs, and refinishing. The course will also cover basic questions like why we preserve historic windows; how to identify the best window treatment alternative; and how to apply the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties to window projects. This workshop is offered at no cost to participants. Housing is available at the White Grass Dude Ranch at no cost for participants this training year. Please sign up by October 7. To find out more information or to sign up, please send you name, park, job title, and contact information to vanishingtreasures@nps.gov or call Katherine Wonson, 307-739-3469.

October 15 – 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).

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 – 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 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 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 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.

November 16 – 19 – Management Skills for Administrative Professionals, 4-7 pm ET. This is an American Management Association course. This is a live, online course consisting of 3-hour sessions over 4 days. In this course, you will learn to juggle multiple responsibilities, learn better ways to think on your feet with powerful techniques, create win-win solutions that leave everyone feeling positive, become a strategic partner to your boss, understand different team player styles for more effective collaboration, control your time and workload with advanced time-management skills.  Registration is open in DOI Learn. For more information, contact jo_robinson@nps.gov or 304.535.5016.

November 17 - 19 – The Administrative Officer, Great Smoky Mountains NP, NC/TN. As an administrative officer 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 change. This is a 3-day classroom course that covers the roles, functions, and purpose of the AO, reviews the budget and procurement and acquisition processes, delves into communications and your role in facilitating change and identifying the people and resources needed to meet organizational shifts and changes. Registration is open in DOI Learn. For more information, contact jo_robinson@nps.gov or 304.535.5016.

December 7 – December 12 – 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.

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.

December 15 – December 19 - The Administrative Officer, Saguaro NP, AZ. As an administrative officer 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 change. This is a 3-day classroom course that covers the roles, functions, and purpose of the AO, reviews the budget and procurement and acquisition processes, delves into communications and your role in facilitating change and identifying the people and resources needed to meet organizational shifts and changes. Registration is open in DOI Learn. For more information, contact jo_robinson@nps.gov or 304.535.5016.

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

Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness.  A suite of individual courses: Aircraft and Motorboats, Commercial Services, Fire, Grazing, Insects and Disease, and Wildlife-Authority, Responsibility, and the Minimum Necessary.  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.

Crosscut Sawyer.  This course is designed to provide the basic technical knowledge needed by Federal land management agency employees and partners to use crosscut saws safely and efficiently. The course is intended to complement, but not replace, field certification, in which sawyers may also be required to prove their competence to a certifying official before being allowed to operate a crosscut saw.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/University of Montana: School of Extended & Lifelong Learning.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

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

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Intermountain Region
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Dates: 08/27/2015 - 09/11/2015

Announcement for Reassignment

Zion National Park, SR-9, Springdale, UT 84767

Open: Aug. 27, 2015 / Close: Sept. 11, 2015

Zion National Park (UT)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral). The park is seeking qualified GL-9 applicants interested in a non-competitive lateral reassignment to a permanent full-time full-performance protection ranger position in the Canyon District.

The Canyon District is located in southwest Utah next to the gateway town of Springdale.  The climate is generally HOT with daytime temperatures averaging 100° F in the summer and 55°F in the winter.  Moderate temperatures in the spring and fall significantly extend the visitation pattern at Zion with the season starting in mid-March and continuing into November.

Minimal shopping is available in Springdale, UT located 2-miles from Park Headquarters.  Full range of shopping, medical, dental, and religious facilities are available in Hurricane (25-miles), St. George (45-miles) and in Cedar City (63-miles).  Elementary school is available in Springdale with bus service provided.  Junior high and high school is available in Hurricane with bus service provided. 

Located in Washington, Iron, and Kane counties in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. The park is characterized by high plateaus, a labyrinth of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and striking rock towers and mesas. The North Fork of the Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge through Zion Canyon, where sandstone walls rise 2,000 to 3,000 feet above the canyon floor. The southern part of the park is a lower desert area, with colorful mesas bordered by rocky canyons and washes. The northern sections of the park are higher plateaus covered by forests.

Zion National Park sees approximately 3.2 million visitors a year and the park has a progressive technical rescue program, its own multi-level transporting ambulance and structural fire brigade. Rangers provide mutual aid support to the local town of Springdale/Rockville for law enforcement, EMS and structural fire. 

All rangers share the responder duties of EMS, SAR, wildland and structural fire.  This position may also be asked to take on other emergency services collaterals (SAR coordinator, EMS coordinator, Structural fire coordinator) as needed.

The individual must be able to live and work closely with a very small team. Applicants must possess and maintain a National Registry EMT certification. Other desired certification, though not required, include: National Registry Advanced Life Support certification (Advanced EMT or Paramedic), structural firefighter and/or driver operator, technical rescue and wildland firefighter (red card).

The position is a required occupancy position with housing located in the headquarters area in Springdale, UT.  PCS relocation expenses are authorized.

If you are interested in this opportunity send application to Janel Bassett, Human Resources, at 435-772-0154 or by e-mail at janel_bassett@nps.gov. For specific job information, contact Therese_Picard@nps.gov or 435-772-7852.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  •  A resume
  •  A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status, title, series and grade. DO NOT SEND AWARD SF-50’s as they do not document needed information
  •  A copy of your latest performance appraisal. If you don’t have one, explain in your resume why

Applications/resumes must be postmarked by the closing date, or received electronically by the close of business on the closing date.

[Submitted by Therese Picard, therese_picard@nps.gov, 435-772-7852]


National Capital Region
GS-00025-14 Superintendent (Detail)

Dates: 08/14/2015 - 08/27/2015

Detail/Temporary Promotion Opportunity

Announcement Number: NPS-NCR-CATO-15-20-JO

Position:         Park Manager (Superintendent), GS-00025-14

Location:        National Park Service, National Capital Region, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, MD

Eligibility:      Qualified permanent National Park Service, National Capital Region, Washington Office (WASO), and the Northeast Region employees

Open: August 14, 2015   Close: August 27, 2015

Candidates will be evaluated based on how their experience and training reflect the duties and responsibilities of the position. 

This is a detail/temporary promotion opportunity not to exceed 120 days, although it may be terminated sooner depending on management needs. The employee will be expected to assume the duties of the position within two weeks of being selected.

 Detail: A detail is a temporary assignment of an employee to a different position for a specified period with the employee returning to their regular duties at the end of the assignment.  While on detail, the employee continues to hold his/her official position from which detailed and keeps the same status and grade.

Temporary Promotion: A temporary promotion is the temporary assignment of an employee to a higher graded position for a specified period of time, with the employee returning to his/her permanent position at the expiration of the temporary action.

Candidates will be evaluated based on how their experience and training reflect the duties and responsibilities of the position. 

The duties and responsibilities include the following:

The incumbent of this position serves as the Park Manager (Superintendent) for Catoctin Mountain Park, located in Thurmont, MD.  The employee carries out a continuing management program which includes administration and support, interpretation and visitor services, maintenance, resource management and development.

The incumbent is responsible for the overall supervision and coordination of park operations.  The incumbent plans, directs, coordinates leadership to all park management programs. He/she is responsible for coordinating the activities of subordinates managers, evaluating performances and maintaining  and effective, efficient organization. He/she monitors and evaluates the operating and effectives of all the phases of park operations. The incumbent is responsible for the annual operating budget and staff of the park. The incumbent is responsible for the on-the job safety and health of all the employees and visitors for the Park.   

Area Information: Located in a rural forested area, Catoctin Mountain Park contains the first catch and release stream in the country and has an annual visitation of about 700,000. There are two campgrounds and three residential camps located within the park. Several nearby communities provide high quality educational and medical facilities with a rich cultural tapestry and a small town atmosphere. Washington, DC and Baltimore are each less than two hours away and other cultural/recreational areas are available within a few hours’ drive.  For more information about Catoctin Mountain Park, visit nps.gov/cato.

Conditions of Employment:

Temporary Quarters will be paid by the Agency.

Park housing is not available.

A valid State vehicle or District of Columbia operator's permit is required.

Occasional telework may be available.

The incumbent is required to wear the prescribed NPS Class A uniform.

Incumbent may be subject to shift changes of lieu days and may be required to work weekends, overtime and holidays.

Qualifications:

For the GS-14 level: Candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Service

Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but not limited to: Park Guide or tour leader; law enforcement or investigative work; archeological or historical preservation research work; forestry and/or fire management work in a park, recreation, or conservation; management, assistant, or program specialist work involving the development implement of policy related to protection, conservation, or management of park areas or similar operations.

How you will be evaluated:

You will be evaluated to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledges, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below.

When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

  1. Knowledge of park management and outdoor recreation policy, principles, procedures, regulations, public laws, and executive orders addressing a broad range of subject matter related to cultural and natural resource protection and park management including land use planning and zoning, interpretive activities and visitor services, administrative practices and personnel management, and environmental and historic compliance processes to ensure the protection of park values and integrity of park resources.
  2. Ability to inspire, motivate and supervise the activities of subordinate staff members in diverse functional areas, guiding the direction of their efforts, setting priorities, allocating resources, setting standards, evaluating performance in the context of encouraging and facilitating an effective and efficient organization that models excellence in cooperation, collaboration, pride, trust, employee safety and group identify.
  3. Ability to communicate in a succinct, organized, and clear manner in writing to diverse audiences addressing a range of ideas, issues, and circumstances.  Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the Service and to effectively communicate needs, ideas, and policy.
  4. Knowledge of budget and financial management principles and methods sufficient to develop a park budget, efficiently undertake financial forecasting and budgetary program formulation and execution while balancing competing demands of park resources.

In order to apply, applicants should submit their OF-612 or resume, a copy of latest

SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and an approval form (attached) signed by their supervisor to the following address:

National Park Service

National Capital Region

Servicing Human Resources Office

1100 Ohio Drive, S.W., Room 244

Washington, DC  20242

Attn: Jeanette Organ

Application information may also be faxed to (202) 619-7240 (Attn: Jeanette Organ) or Email: ncr_jobs@nps.gov          

If you have questions, please contact Jeanette Organ, Human Resources Specialist at (202) 619-7234.

National Capital Region

Detail/Temporary Promotion Opportunity

Nominee Name:  _________________________ Title ________________________

Grade & Series ____________________  Park/program ________________________

Please have your supervisor concur with your possible selection for this temporary detail/temporary promotion not-to-exceed _______ days or _____ year(s). 

Supervisor’s approval obtained:  ______Yes            ______No

Supervisor’s Name:  ________________________ Title _________________________

Park/program: __________________________________

 _________________________________________

(Supervisor’s Signature)

 _____________________________________

(Candidate’s Signature) 

[Submitted by Jeanette Organ, ncr_jobs@nps.gov, 202-619-7240]


Everglades National Park (FL)
GS-0025-11 Supervisory Protection Rangers

Southeast Region is seeking applicants for two supervisory protection rangers for Everglades National Park, one at Flamingo and the other at Key Largo. The announcement closes on September 4th.

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Biscayne National Park (FL)
GS-0025-12 Chief Of Interpretation

Southeast Region is seeking applicants for a chief of interpretation for Biscayne National Park. The announcement closes on September 9th.

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Alaska Region
GS-0028-11/12 Environmental Protection Specialist (Detail)

Dates: 08/27/2015 - 09/07/2015

The Alaska Regional Office is seeking candidates to serve on the Environmental Planning and Compliance Team conducting, advising and assisting with NEPA compliance for Alaska national parks.

This opportunity is available to individuals currently at the GS-11 level and GS-12 level, who qualify and wish to be considered for a temporary detail and/or promotion to the GS-12 level.  This is a temporary, 120-day assignment beginning in mid-September. 

You will be responsible for leading or contracting all aspects of complex and/or controversial National Environmental Policy (NEPA) compliance projects.  You will conduct environmental compliance training and mentor interdisciplinary teamwork.  For assigned projects, you will ensure compliance with procedural aspects of major environmental compliance laws, regulations and policies, especially NEPA, and assure document quality.  Excellent writing and editing skills are needed to prepare and review NEPA and related compliance documents.  You will synthesize and incorporate scientific data and information from a variety of disciplines in NEPA documents, and develop innovative methods or techniques for impact analysis. You will facilitate meetings and written communications with parks and regional staff, state and federal agencies, native organizations and the general public.

 Salary will be paid by the Alaska Regional Office. If you are interested in this assignment, you must obtain concurrence from your manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, you should submit:
-- A resume, no more than two pages, detailing your work history, educational background and any special qualifications.
-- An SF-50 reflecting your tenure and current grade. 

Please send your resume and SF-50 by electronic mail to Joan Darnell, Team Manager for Environmental Planning and Compliance, no later than September 4th. For more information about the position, please contact Joan at (907)-644-3526.

[Submitted by Joan Darnell, joan_darnell@nps.gov, (907)644-3526]


Flagstaff Area Monuments
GS-0193-11 Archaeologist (Lateral)

The Flagstaff Area National Monuments is seeking a highly skilled, highly motivated archaeologist to join the resources management team. The person in this position will serve as the lead Cultural Program Manager for the three Flagstaff Area National Monuments (FLAG) -- Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki.  He/she will have responsibilities for project design and implementation, monitoring, and stabilization of cultural resources.  A strong background in Vanishing Treasures/preservation of masonry structures is essential.  He/she will prioritize stabilization work throughout the monuments to protect cultural resources.  He/she will identify research needs, prepare project proposals, and provide technical oversight for research projects. He/she will coordinate with other park staff in tracking the status of projects, evaluating products, and recommending appropriate management actions.

This person will continue to build partnerships with other NPS units, state and federal agencies, university cooperators, local communities, tribal groups and private organizations.  He/she will attend management and professional conferences and other events for the purposes of exchanging information and advancing advocacy for park stewardship. This person will organize events for such programs as Archaeology Month, Flagstaff Festival of Science, the Coconino County Fair, or similar public outreach events.

Supervisory experience is essential as this person will be managing a minimum of three archaeologists at the GS-9 and GS-7 levels.  He/she must be able to carry out duties following the regulatory requirements of the NPS policies including, but not limited to, diversity/EEO obligations, internal management controls, and safety and occupational health.   Knowledge and or experience with 106 compliance, GIS, Wilderness designations and the NPS Research Permitting system are all desirable to continue an ever evolving and dynamic cultural program.   

Flagstaff Monuments are popular destinations for visitors going to and from the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the Utah parks. Walnut Canyon is 8 miles east of Flagstaff, Sunset Crater Volcano is 12 miles north of Flagstaff and Wupatki is about 35 miles north of Flagstaff (about a 60 minute drive from Flagstaff). Summers in Flagstaff are warm with temperatures in the 80’s with frequent monsoon thunderstorms. Winters are cold, with low temperatures near zero and snow averaging around 90 inches. Flagstaff offers complete medical, dental and shopping services, along with excellent educational opportunities at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. The surrounding desert, mountains and lakes provide varied recreational opportunities.

This position is Permanent Full Time. Government housing is not available. Finding affordable housing/rentals in Flagstaff can be challenging and may be limited. Relocation expenses are authorized.

If interested, please submit the following electronically to lisa_leap@nps.gov, or by mail to Lisa M. Leap, Chief of Resources, Flagstaff Area National Monuments, 6400 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004:

  • Current Resume
  • Copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • Current copy of SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status, current title, series, grade, and step.

Application materials will be accepted until September 13th.  For more information about the Flagstaff Area National Monuments please visit www.nps.gov/sucrwww.nps.gov/waca, and www.nps.gov/wupa or contact Lisa Leap at 928-526-1157x222 or lisa_leap@nps.gov.