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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Rangers Rescue Man After Fall Into Canyon

Rangers saved a man from New York after he fell approximately 25 feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on Sunday, May 10th.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., a 71-year-old man was attempting to take a picture of a sign at Grand View at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone when he stumbled backwards over a stone barrier and into the canyon.  After falling approximately 25 feet, he was able to stop himself at the top of a precipice by bracing his body and feet on opposing sides of a small crevice.  A visitor who witnessed the man’s fall ran to a nearby parking lot to call 911.  

The first two rangers on scene threw a looped rope down to the man and secured him to a sign and tree at the top of the canyon. Park employees and members of the park’s technical rescue team responded to the scene and set up a system of ropes and pulleys to carry out the rescue.  One harnessed member of the technical rescue team descended to the man’s location and secured him to the pulley system.  The man was then able to walk to safety with assistance from the ropes, pulleys, and ranger.  

According to staff on scene, the man was extremely lucky.  The crevice and the angle of his body during the fall helped the man stop at the top of a 200 foot drop.  A fall just inches to the left might have resulted in a fatality, as the canyon wall is mostly steep loose rock. 

The man was transported by ground ambulance to a helicopter ambulance for a possible hip injury.  Seventeen Park Service staff assisted with this rescue.     

[Submitted by Public Affairs Office]


Lincoln Home National Historic Site (IL)
Lincoln’s National Funeral Commemorated

The 150th anniversary of the national funeral of Abraham Lincoln was commemorated by the National Park Service from April 18th through May 3rd. This commemoration included 28 programs presented over 16 days to over 4,000 people in 16 cities.

The team followed the historic funeral procession route on the anniversary dates of the original funerals. The programs were presented by a four person team that included Duey Kohl, Washington Office; Vanessa Torres, Santa Monica Mountains; Tim Good, Ulysses S. Grant; and, Lincoln actor Fritz Klein. The programs focused on Lincoln's vision for America and included a small handbook that was provided to the program attendees.

The programs were presented in a variety of venues, from state capitols to schools to libraries. Several national parks either hosted or coordinated programs, including African-American Civil War Memorial, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Gettysburg National Military Park, Independence National Historical Park, Federal Hall National Memorial, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

This project was cooperatively sponsored by the National Mall and Memorial Parks, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. This program would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of Bob Vogel, Karen Cucurullo and Dale Phillips.

More information, including videos of the presentations, can be found at:

[Submitted by Timothy P. Townsend, Historian]

United States Park Police
Park Police Class Graduates From FLETC

On May 14th, 18 recruits from the United States Park Police graduated from the Uniformed Police Training Program (UPTP-507) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. 

UPTP-507 class members went through a 12 week program that began on February 23rd. The UPTP provides a study of the basic law enforcement concepts that a new police officer should understand and perform upon employment in a federal law enforcement organization. 

The recruits excelled in training and at graduation receiving numerous awards for driving skills, fitness, pistol marksmanship, and academics. 

In addition to these awards, recruit Jason Munson was awarded the FLETC Director's Leadership Award.  This award, determined by his fellow classmates, recognizes the class recruit who most exemplifies the highest standards and embodies the leadership characteristic of a federal law enforcement officer.

The recruits continue training at the FLETC and subsequently in the National Capitol Region to complete their initial training before assignment to an operational role.

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]

National Natural Landmarks Program
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Mammoth Site Of Hot Springs NNL

After many years of fundraising, planning and philanthropy, The Mammoth Site, located in Hot Springs, South Dakota, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday April 25th.

Nearly 200 guests were in attendance to celebrate the site’s educational and visitor opportunity improvements, including a new 5,800-square-foot Learning Center with two 53-seat theaters, a new 10-minute HD introductory video, new building entryway, new universally accessible walkways in the bone bed, new wireless digital TourGuide headsets, and additional areas of the sinkhole opened up for future excavation.

Owned and managed by the non-profit Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc., the site was designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark (NNL) in 1980 in recognition that the site has one of the largest concentrations per area of mammoth in the United States.  The in-situ mammoth remains are also in an excellent state of preservation.   

Discovered in 1974 during excavation for a newly planned housing development, this since preserved bone bed boasts 61 individual mammoth, along with the remains of a giant short-faced bear, camel, llama, prairie dog, wolf, fish and numerous other plant and invertebrate fossils.

The National Park Service administers the NNL Program and works in partnership with NNL landowners to support their conservation efforts.  The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs is one of only 12 NNL sites in South Dakota and the only site in the state recognized for its significant paleontological resources.

For more information about The Mammoth Site see and for additional information regarding the National Natural Landmarks Program see

[Submitted by Heather Eggleston, Intermountain Region NNL Coordinator]

World Ranger Congress
Shadow Assignments Sought For Congress Delegates

The Association of National Park Rangers, a member of the International Ranger Federation, is seeking host parks for shadow assignments for international delegates to the Eighth World Ranger Congress in May, 2016.

ANPR, in collaboration with the National Park Service, the George Wright Society, Colorado State University, and other partners, will  host the congress from May 22nd to May 26th at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park.

This  exciting event is recognized by the NPS as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration. An estimated 300 to 400 delegates are expected to attend from other ranger associations from North America and around the world. Delegates are expected from 40 or more nations.  

As part of the Congress, it is customary for the host organization to facilitate training and/or shadow assignments for interested international delegates. Shadow assignments may occur before and after the Congress. WRC organizers are seeking national park units that would be willing to host one or two international delegates for three to five days in a shadow or training assignment.   

As a host, please consider what you and your park can offer an international delegate. For example:

  • A three-day shadow assignment with a resource specialist focusing on endangered species
  • Working on a trail crew for a week
  • Attending interpretive or search and rescue training; or,
  • For the right person, shadowing a park manager.  

What you will get in return is an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas about park management across the globe and gain a new friend. From past Congresses, we know there is considerable interest in these type of opportunities.

ANPR plans to create a menu of options for training or shadow assignments on the WRC registration website ( International delegates will choose a park and activity that interest them. They will then contact the host park representative directly and make their own arrangements to travel to the park. 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 and travel to and from the shadow assignment.    

Due to the challenges of organizing international travel, particularly for those from developing countries, we would like to begin advertising host opportunities on our website in June, 2015.

For more information and questions, please contact activity coordinator Cindy Purcell at  or Joe Evans, WRC logistics chief, at

For more information on the Eighth World Ranger Congress, please see

[Submitted by Joe Evans]

Washington Office
Share the Experience Photo Contest Winners Named

More than 700 entries to the 2014 Share the Experience employee photo contest have been received. Eleven winners were selected, including the grand-prize-winning photo taken at Cape Lookout National Seashore, entered by Brittney Brown. 

All 11 winners received a pair of Celestron binoculars and an interagency annual pass to enjoy and take more great photos of the federal recreational lands managed by the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. Click on this link to see all the winners.

As the grand prize winner, Brittney also received a framed print of the winning image, presented to her by Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Patrick Kenney. Another framed print was presented to Director Jonathan Jarvis, who will display the photo at the Main Interior Building.

This is what Brittney had to say about her winning photo:

“I’m a seasonal biological science technician at Cape Lookout National Seashore. I received my first internship here in 2010, and fell in love with the park, so my goal was always to come back. Now I’m in my third season; my second as an employee. The birds pictured are my favorite birds of all time, black skimmers (Rynchops niger). They are a species of special concern here in North Carolina, so we monitor their nesting throughout the summer. The way they hunt is unique among North American birds: they fly just over the water, slicing their lower mandible through the surface. When it hits a fish, their jaw snaps shut. It’s fascinating to see, so even when I’m not working, I spend time just watching them with my camera. Their calm demeanor, distinctive buoyant flight, communal nature, and gentle ‘barking’ call led the naturalist R. C. Murphy to describe them as ‘aerial beagles, hot in pursuit of aerial rabbits,’ and ‘unworldly.’ I absolutely agree. Cape Lookout introduced me to these beautiful birds, and now I’m proud to introduce them to Federal employees across the country.”

The 2015 contest is now open. This year photographers can submit up to ten photos per person. Entries can be received through December 31st. 

For the 2015 contest, ten winners will be selected to receive an America the Beautiful–National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and a pair of Celestron binoculars. The Grand Prize winner will receive an America the Beautiful–National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, Celestron spotting scope, tripod, phone adapter and a framed version of his or her photo with a copy presented to the appropriate agency leadership.

Employees and volunteers of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Archives, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are eligible for the contest. Photos must be taken at lands managed by these agencies.  Click here to enter the contest.

Thank you to the National Park Foundation and Active Network, LLC for making the Share the Experience Employee Photo Contest possible.

For more information contact Traci Kolc at (202) 513-7096 or .

[Submitted by Traci Kolc]


Big Bend National Park (TX)
GL-0025-9 Protection Rangers

Big Bend National Park has issued an announcement for two protection rangers.

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

Visit our website for more information at: . If you’re interested, please contact Chief Ranger Allen Etheridge at (432) 477-1185 or by email at

It closes on May 27th.
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Isle Royale National Park (MI)
GS-0025-11/12 Chief Ranger

Isle Royale National Park has issued an announcement for a chief ranger.

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

For more information contact Betsy Rossini at 906-487-7142.

It closes on May 22nd.
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
GS-0025-12 District Ranger

An announcement has been issued for a district ranger for the Kings Canyon District at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks.

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

If you have questions about this opportunity contact Ned Kelleher at 559-565-3110 or by email at

It closes on May 26th.
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Cultural Resources
GS-0190-12/13 Cultural Anthropologist

Dates: 05/07/2015 - 05/27/2015

The Cultural Resources Directorate has issued an announcement for a cultural anthropologist.

Click on the links below for copies of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on May 27th.

Canyonlands National Park (UT)
GS-0340-13 Assistant Superintendent (Lateral)

The Southeast Utah Group is accepting applications for a lateral reassignment for a position as assistant superintendent and chief of administration for the group. 

The Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) consists of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments. The person selected will report directly to the General Superintendent for the SEUG and will be duty stationed at SEUG Headquarters in Moab, Utah.

The position is permanent, full-time. Duties include:

  • Provides managerial and administrative guidance and review across the full spectrum of the operations for all four parks in the SEUG. 
  • Serves as the Superintendent’s assistant in the management of the SEUG. 
  • Serves as trouble shooter for the Superintendent on major management issues and projects as assigned, gathering data, developing alternatives, and providing recommendations. 

Arches National Park preserves a high desert landscape punctuated by rocky ridges, canyons, and more than 2000 arches. Canyonlands National Park preserves a wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau, including canyons carved by the green and Colorado Rivers. Hovenweep National Monument, consisting of six detached units in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, protects 13th century pueblo standing towers and villages at canyon head locations.  Natural Bridges National Monument protects three natural bridges and other natural and cultural resources in their natural setting.

Area temperatures in spring and fall are mild, but summer temperatures are hot and often exceed 100F.  Opportunities to hike, bike, run rivers, rock climb, cycle, and motor-recreate are numerous and varied.  The headquarters office for the Southeast Utah Group is located in Moab, Utah. A town of approximately 6,000 residents sitting at a 4,000 foot elevation, Moab provides all basic amenities including doctors, dentists, hospital, schools (K-12), churches, and shopping. 

Government housing is not available. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

To be considered, submit the following to Brenda Tupek, Human Resources Specialist, by the close of business on May 29th:

  • A resume/application that includes all experience, training, and education related to the position.
  • A copy of your most current performance appraisal.
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.

Application materials may be mailed, faxed, or emailed directly to Brenda Tupek attention. Address: National Park Service, Canyonlands National Park, Attn: Human Resources, Brenda Tupek, 2282 SW Resource Boulevard, Moab UT, 84532 (fax: 435-719-2322; email: Brenda

For further information about this position, please contact Kate Cannon, Superintendent, at (435) 719-2101 or

[Submitted by Kate Cannon,, (435)719-2101]