Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Grand Teton National Park (WY) Skier Seriously Injured In Avalanche
A skier was caught in an avalanche and seriously injured in the park’s backcountry on the afternoon of Sunday, March 9th.
Greg Epstein, 43, from Wilson, Wyoming, was preparing to descend one of the Air Force Chutes within Granite Canyon with two companions at the time of the avalanche. Epstein was reportedly carried over a thousand feet by the slide. Neither of his companions was injured.
The park learned of the incident just after 2 p.m. Rangers began coordinating a rescue operation with Teton County Search and Rescue personnel. Jackson Hole Ski Patrol made the initial response to the scene, stabilized Epstein, and transported him 300 to 400 feet down to the bottom of the chutes. A Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter flew two rangers to the area; Epstein was placed inside the ship with an attending ranger and flown to the base of Teton Village and a waiting ambulance.
This was the second backcountry ski run of the day for Epstein and his companions. All three are expert skiers with extensive knowledge of backcountry skiing and avalanche danger. The three skiers were well equipped for their expedition and were carrying all the appropriate safety gear, including avalanche beacons and probes.
The Air Force Chutes are among the many popular backcountry ski areas accessible from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center listed the avalanche danger on March 9th at mid and high elevations as moderate in the morning and considerable in the afternoon.
[Submitted by Jackie Skaggs, Public Affairs Officer]
NEWS AND NOTES
Yosemite National Park (CA) Park Commemorates Restoration Of Yosemite Cemetery
Yosemite Cemetery, restored through a grant from the Yosemite Conservancy, was dedicated in a commemorative ceremony on Monday, March 3rd. Participating were representatives from both the park and from California State Parks.
The ceremony also celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Galen Clark, the first guardian of Yosemite Valley and the first California state park ranger. Approximately 75 people attended the event.
Activities included remarks by speakers from the National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Yosemite Conservancy. Special guests included Lita Karlstrand, great-great granddaughter of Galen Clark, and Jim Karlstrand, great-great grandson-in-law of Galen Clark. The event marked the beginning of the California Parks Training Conference.
Yosemite Cemetery provides a tangible link to Yosemite’s American Indians and iconic Yosemite stewards such as Galen Clark and James Mason Hutchings. The work was completed by the park’s historic preservation team and included restoring historic headstones and wooden monuments, repairing wrought-iron fencing, and improving walkways through the cemetery.
The park would like to hear from any descendants of the people that are buried in the cemetery. They include the following (with names as they appear in the cemetery):
Sally Ann Castagnetto (Mother of Lucy Brown), May Tom, May Dick, Susie Sam, Lucy Brown, Bill Brown, Lancisco Wilson, Johnny Brown, Pete Hillard, Louisa Tom, Henry Eddy, Frank Bockerman, William Atkinson, James, Augusta and Florence Hutchings, Effie Maud Crippen, Laura Milner Cannon, Thomas Glynn, Agnes Armour Leidig, Albert May, James Lamon, Galen Clark, George Fiske, Caroline Paull Fiske, Hazel Caroline Mayer, Gabriel and Rose Souvulewski, Leonius Whorton, John Hamilton, George Anderson, David Woods, G.B. Cavagnaro, John C. Anderson, Infant Coyle, Albert Glasscock, James and Mary Morgan, Sadie Schaeffer, Forest Townsley, John Bennett (A Boy), Etienne Manet (A Frenchman), Henry Woolcott (Woolcock), George Boston, M.C. McKenzie, and A.W. Madden.
If you are a descendent of any of these people, please call Kevin McCardle, the park’s historical landscape architect, at 209-379-1418 or email him at Kevin_McCardle@nps.gov.
This event was part of the California State Parks Training Conference, “The Heritage of Parks in California,” which is taking place in Yosemite in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant and the California State Parks. The Yosemite Grant Act was signed by Abraham Lincoln and set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove, to begin our shared and inspiring heritage of state and national parks.
The restoration project was funded by Yosemite Conservancy, with support from Tauck Tours, Heller Foundation of San Diego, Sumar Foundation, and many individual donors.
[Submitted by Scott Gediman, Public Affairs Officer]
Office of Human Resources Semi-Annual Awards Call Deadline Extended
The deadline for submissions in response to the December Servicewide call for award nominations has been extended to March 14th. All nominations for Departmental honor awards (including distinguished, meritorious and superior service awards and valor awards) and for Service-level awards must be submitted by that date.
Award calls are announced in December and June of each year. For further information and to submit a nomination, go to the wards portal at the “More Information” link below.
Please remember that these awards are not for retirement recognition and should not be substituted as such.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Ebonee Mayo-Mitchell 202-354-1995 or Kenya Jackson 202-354-1993.
[Submitted by Angela R. Hargrove, Chief] More Information...
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI) GS-0025-12 Chief Ranger
Dates: 03/03/2014 - 03/14/2014
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is currently recruiting for a GS-025-12 chief ranger.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a 71,397-acre park located in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior between the communities of Munising and Grand Marais. The park encompasses 42 miles of Lake Superior shoreline and is renowned for its spectacular sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches, waterfalls and streams, inland lakes, pristine backcountry and the 1874 Au Sable Light Station. It also includes diverse natural and cultural resources and over 11,000 acres of designated wilderness.
This is a full spectrum position in a mid-sized park. The person in this position serves as a key member of the park management team and is responsible for providing effective leadership, management and supervision to a permanent staff of up to four full performance law enforcement commissioned GS-9 rangers and a number of seasonal employees involved in the full spectrum of visitor and resource protection activities. Areas of programmatic responsibility include visitor services, resource education, law enforcement, emergency medical services, land and water based search and rescue, structural and wildland fire management, fee collection, management of commercial and special use activities, and oversight of all land use activities within the park's inland buffer zone.
No government housing is available for this position. A variety of affordable housing (both rental and for purchase) is available within Munising and surrounding Alger County. Amenities in Munising include basic shopping, medical facilities, and K-12 schools. Complete shopping, a regional medical center, and Northern Michigan University are located in Marquette, Michigan, 45 miles west of Munising.
Summers are warm and very pleasant. Winters may seem long with annual snowfall average of 150 inches. The area offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, biking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. More information is available about the park at http://www.nps.gov/piro.
For additional information please contact Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Administrative Officer John Kacich at 906-387-2607, extension 210, or Superintendent Mike Pflaum at 906-387-2607, ext. 202.
The announcement closes on March 14th. It can be viewed by clicking on "More Information" below.
[Submitted by Mike Pflaum, email@example.com, (906) 387-2607 x 202] More Information...
Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY) GL-0025-9 Protection Rangers
Yellowstone National Park is recruiting for two protection rangers who also possess NPS Park Medic (ALS) certifications (National Registry EMT-Intermediate, I-85 or I-99, or Advanced EMT with the NPS Park Medic endorsement training) or higher level National Registry EMT certifications.
There is currently one permanent full-time position in the Lamar River District and one permanent full-time position in the Old Faithful District. Both positions are required occupancy, with housing provided within the district.
- Lamar River District – In addition to serving as a Level I commissioned ranger, the person selected will help supervise and train a staff of four seasonal frontcountry LE employees and three campground hosts, will serve as the district EMS program coordinator, and may also have additional collateral responsibilities related to LE, SAR, and structural fire. She/he will also have a significant wildlife/people management workload. Interested applicants should contact Lamar River District Ranger Brian Chan at 307-344-2951 or Deputy District Ranger Tom Schwartz at 307-344-2825.
- Old Faithful District – In addition to serving as a commissioned ranger, the person selected will serve as the district EMS program coordinator responsible for hiring and supervising seasonal paramedics, managing the district EMS program, and coordinating and providing training for the permanent, seasonal and park-wide staff. He/she will serve as a critical liaison between the seasonal Old Faithful Clinic staff, district staff, the park’s medical director, and the park EMS coordinator to guarantee excellent patient care to hundreds of park visitors and employees. This position is located in the interior of Yellowstone National Park. Interested applicants should contact Old Faithful District Ranger Colleen M Rawlings at 307-344-2702 or Deputy District Ranger Kris Salapek at 307-344-2706.
Here are the links to the two announcements:
Both announcements close on March 20th.
Padre Island National Seashore (TX)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)
Padre Island National Seashore is looking for commissioned rangers interested in a lateral reassignment to the park.
Padre Island offers rangers the opportunity to develop and utilize all aspects of ranger skills in both frontcountry and backcountry environments. The ranger hired for this position will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of duties – law enforcement, special operations (to include illegal cross-border activity), SAR, EMS, fire (including out of park assignments), resource protection (endangered species) and other all-risk duties. The person selected may also be assigned a collateral duty as a field training ranger.
Padre Island National Seashore is a premier beach park encompassing 130,434 acres. It is the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world (approximately 65 miles). Padre Island offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including saltwater fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, and birding. Between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre, the island is covered with a mixture of grassland and wetland areas. The park once supported a large cattle ranch. Prominent historic features include various shipwrecks. For more information on the legislation behind the founding of Padre Island National Seashore, go to “Founding Legislation” section of the In Depth Section on the park website.
The park is situated near the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is two-and-a-half hours south of San Antonio and four hours southwest of Houston. Corpus Christi supports all services, including multiple hospitals, schools, colleges, retail stores, restaurants, fitness centers, and churches. The Flour Bluff K-12 school district has been one of the top five school districts in Texas for the last several years. Corpus Christi is home to Texas A&M University and Del Mar Community College. It has numerous recreational activities and resources, including an aquarium, museums, botanical gardens, a minor league baseball team and the American Bank Center, which supports a hockey team and various events like concerts, musicals, the circus and rodeos throughout the year. There is a wide selection of housing available for purchase or rent.
For more information, please contact Supervisory Rangers Timothy_J_Thompson (ext321) or P_Scott_Martin (ext322) or Chief Ranger Travis_Poulson (ext323) at the Padre Island Ranger Station at 361-949-9238.
Email or fax the following documents to Padre Island National Seashore, PO Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480 (fax: 361-949-0214):
- A resume/application
- An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
- A copy of your last performance appraisal
Applications are due by March 20th.