The Morning Report

Monday, August 31, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Southeast Region
Tropical Storm Erika Has Only Minor Impact On Parks

Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated and become a rain-producing low pressure system. Its impacts on the NPS areas it’s crossed have been varied but minimal – the following reports were received on Friday and Saturday:

  • Virgin Islands NP – Some trees are reported down, but at the time of the report an assessment was still underway. Although it was hoped that Erika would bring some relief to the ongoing drought, little rain fell on the islands.
  • San Juan NHS – The park also reports that not much rain fell on the area. Facilities assessments were underway at the time of the report.
  • Christiansted NHS/Buck Island Reef NM/Salt River Bay NHP&EP – The park was hit by strong winds but only a little rain. Trees and power lines are down throughout the area; power is out.
  • Biscayne NP – The park shut down in Friday afternoon in accordance with its hurricane plan. The closure affected all park islands, including Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key and Adams Key, and the mainland area at Convoy Point. Park waters remained open for vessel transit only.
  • Everglades NP/Dry Tortugas NP – Due to the approach of Tropical Storm Erika, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks closed to visitors at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Although the storm’s future track and intensity remained uncertain at that time, it was forecast to move across South Florida, bringing tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and possible flooding. The parks will remain closed at least until Tuesday at noon or until the storm passes and potential clean-up requirements are completed.

[Submitted by Mary Plumb, EVER/DRTO; Matt Johnson, BISC; Walter Chavez, SAJU; Brion FitzGerald, VIIS; Joel Tutein, CHRI/BUIS/SARI]


Olympic National Park (WA)
Wind Storm Causes Major Tree Damage And Closures

Hurricane-force winds blew down trees throughout the park on Saturday and forced the closure of all park entry roads. Several cars were damaged by falling trees, but there were no  reports of injuries.

Yesterday, park crews began cutting their way through numerous downed trees as they attempted to reopen entrance roads and campgrounds, make damage assessments, and begin repairs. 

As of Sunday afternoon, Highways 101 and 112, Hurricane Ridge Road, Deer Park Road, and Sol Duc Road were open or had been reopened. All other roads into the park remained closed as rangers assessed safety and worked to clear large debris. These areas included Elwha, Hoh Rain Forest, Mora, Ozette, Staircase and Quinault. Camp David Jr. Road was closed to non-resident traffic due to a landslide. All other roads around Lake Crescent were open.

All park campgrounds remain closed.

[Submitted by Rainey McKenna, Public Affairs Officer]


Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Woman Dies In Effort To Cross Fast-Moving Stream

A backcountry camper last seen on Thursday morning was found dead on Friday by the crew aboard a park contract helicopter.

The woman, identified as K.C. Boehly, 28, had camped with a co-worker the previous two nights in the park’s backcountry. While trying to make their way back to the Denali Park Road, the campers made two unsuccessful attempts to cross a swiftly moving tributary of Stony Creek, each time moving farther upstream as they tried to find a safer crossing. On a third attempt, Boehly fell into the water and was swept downstream.

Several days of rain in the area have caused the park’s creeks and rivers to rise and the swift moving water has made crossings very dangerous.

Staff from Camp Denali, where K.C. was employed, reported the incident to the park on Thursday afternoon.

Approximately 40 people were involved in the search, including NPS and Camp Denali employees on foot, helicopter personnel and two search and rescue-trained dogs and their handlers.

[Submitted by Kathy Kelly, Volunteer Program Manager]


Amistad National Recreation Area (TX)
Body Of Drowning Victim Recovered

On August 24th, rangers responded to a 911 call that a man was underwater in the Viewpoint area of Lake Amistad. 

A 33-year-old man and his girlfriend had reportedly been sitting at the water's edge drinking beer when the man waded into the water to retrieve an item he had dropped.  He slipped into deeper water and struggled before submerging.  His girlfriend said that neither of them could swim. 

Ranger divers recovered his body in seven feet of water. The Val Verde County Sheriff’ss Office is investigating with NPS assistance.  Alcohol and drugs are believed to have been a factor.

Missouri National Recreational River (SD)
Teenager Drowns In Missouri River

On Sunday, August 16th, a 19-year-old South Dakota man disappeared while attempting to swim across the Missouri River near Elk Point, South Dakota.

Four companions swam across the 600 yard stretch and made it to the Nebraska side of the river. They noticed the man drifting away from shore and reported that he went under the surface and was not seen again. 

On Wednesday, August 19th, the man’s body was located 2.5 miles downstream from the remote area. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, Yankton County dive team, and Civil Air Patrol participated in the search. 

This was the second drowning fatality this year at Missouri National Recreational River, and officials highlighted the deceptively dangerous nature of this wild section of river.  In both cases, the victims were not wearing life jackets.  

[Submitted by James Dahlstrom, Chief Ranger, Niobrara NSR]


FIRE MANAGEMENT



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

Note To Readers

Due to the change to the new format for InsideNPS that goes into effect tomorrow and the impending conclusion of my contract with the National Park Service on September 9th, this will be the last edition of the daily consolidated NPS/NIFC fire report.

National Fire Activity

NIFC is at PL 5. There are 69 uncontained large fires burning nationwide, down three from Friday. Current resource commitments appear below, with changes from Friday’s numbers in parentheses:

  • 43 incident management teams (down seven)
  • 504 crews (up seven)
  • 26,031 firefighters and overhead (down 302)
  • 1,500 engines (down 150)
  • 160 helicopters (down 20)

Fire Weather Forecast

Temperatures will remain cooler than normal across the west today under the influence of a broad upper level trough. Showery conditions will continue in northwest Washington, and elevated relative humidity will be observed across the Northwest, Northern Rockies and northern Great Basin. Another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms is expected today in Colorado and New Mexico. The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika are lingering in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the far Southeast, especially the west coast of Florida. In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Ignacio continues its progression to the northwest, providing enough moisture for wet and breezy conditions, primarily on the west coasts of the islands.

For more information:

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 15,091 acres (no change from yesterday) and are 60% contained. The fire displayed minimal activity on Saturday, which allowed firefighters to accomplish most of the mop up work on the northern and eastern flanks. There was also extensive mop up work and removal of hose on the western flank. Mop up continued yesterday on the western flank. A specialized crew was deployed on the southern flank of the fire to check fire spread using minimal impact suppression tactics. On the west, north and east sides, firefighters focused on rehab, repairing areas disturbed by fire line construction. 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 20,802 acres, up 646 acres from yesterday, and are 17% contained. The Thompson Fire is located in remote south-central backcountry of Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the West Glacier entrance in the Thompson and Nyack drainages west of the Continental Divide. All fire personnel have been removed from this fire. It will be monitored from the air for any increased activity. Pumps and hose lays are in place in case a future need arises.Most of Glacier National Park is unaffected by this wildfire complex and is available for recreational use.The trail over Triple Divide Pass between the Cutbank campground and the Red Eagle Lake campground, including the Medicine Grizzly Lake Trail spur, as well as the Cut Bank drive-in campground and the Atlantic backcountry campground, have reopened.Other limited backcountry closures remain in effect for visitor safety.The Thompson Fire has not impacted park roads.The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open. More information:

North Cascades NP – The Upper Skagit Complex has burned 8,505 acres (no change yesterday) and is 66% contained. The complex includes eight fires, all within the park. Significant rain occurred over all fires in the complex on Saturday, and none grew in size. The southwest side of the Goodell Fire, as well as the east flanks on both sides of SR 20 and Gorge Lake, have not been contained. Precipitation forecast for the next several days is expected to keep the fire in check, allowing fire managers to determine what furthers actions may be required. The fire has been held at Goodell Creek. Structure protection at Diablo and the Environmental Learning Center will remain in place until an assessment to determine if any threat remains. The Diablo area, Environmental Learning Center, and Ross Lake Resort will remain evacuated until SR 20 opens. The other fires in the complex are in remote locations and are being monitored—they are not an immediate threat to facilities.

Additional information:

Additional Information

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

[Submitted by Bill Halainen, Editor, InsideNPS]


NEWS AND NOTES



Midwest Region
A Tribute To The Morning Report And Thanks To Editor Bill Halainen

Tomorrow will mark the end of an era, as the first day in nearly three decades that the NPS Morning Report will not be published. Always reliable, the report will be remembered as one of the longest running and successful communications platforms in NPS history.  Since 1986, it has featured over 20,000 NPS incidents, along with thousands of other stories profiling the incredible work of NPS employees and partners around the country.  

Like everything, our systems and processes are only as good as the people managing them.  In the case of the report, one person deserves the credit for its sustained success: Bill Halainen.  Bill developed a vision for the report in the mid-1980s, while working in WASO, and executed it in remarkable fashion over the next 30 years.  Not only did he serve as the primary editor between 1986 and 2015, for the majority of that time span, he was the only editor.  Only in recent years, was a backup editor available to Bill.   We all owe Bill an enormous debt of gratitude for the thousands of hours he spent editing this report.  He never missed a beat, even on his vacations and weekends, for nearly 30 years.    

Bill started his career as a seasonal interpretive ranger in 1974 at Little Big Horn Battlefield NM.  He then worked seasonally as an interpreter ranger at Mesa Verde NP (1975-1977), moved to Colonial NHP as a permanent in protection (1977-1980), then to Minute Man NHP as a protection ranger (1980-1985). 

He moved to WASO in 1985 as the NPS uniform program manager, and began editing the report in 1986.  After nearly 10 years in WASO, he became a management assistant to the superintendent at Delaware Water Gap NRA, where he continued editing the report as a collateral duty until he retired in 2007.  Luckily for the NPS, after his "official" retirement, he continued editing the report as an NPS contractor, working for WASO communications for the past 8 years.  

Bill's great work and contributions have been recognized by many over the years.  He is the recipient of countless awards including: Distinguished Service Award given by the Association of National Park Rangers; three Director's Performance Awards for development of service wide reporting systems and helping develop the service's first website in 1995; the Outstanding Service Award from the International Ranger Federation for his role in writing and publishing The Thin Green Line; the Department of the Interior’s Unsung Hero Award, given for his sustained efforts in service communications in 1999; the Meritorious Service Award given in 2006 for his wide ranging career achievements; the President's Award from the Association of National Park Rangers in 2009; and most recently, the George B. Hartzog Award given by the Coalition of NPS Retirees in 2015.    

For those of you that know Bill, you know his skill and dedication are unparalleled.  Despite moving through various positions in the NPS, he took a personal ownership of the report out of pure and selfless dedication to the NPS mission, and its employees.  Throughout his career, Bill has been known for being selfless, humble, high performing, highly reliable, dedicated to the mission, and committed to excellence.  His efforts had very real, and positive impacts on tens of thousands of readers over the years.  While the report may be gone for now, the impacts of Bill’s contributions will always be remembered and greatly appreciated.

[Submitted by Cameron Sholly, Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office]


Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
Allan Ellsworth To Lead WRD Aquatic Systems Branch

Alan C. Ellsworth has been selected as the new chief of the Aquatic Systems Branch of the Water Resources Division (WRD) within the Natural Resource Science and Stewardship Directorate (NRSS). Alan began his duties as Branch Chief on June 1 working from DC and the permanently moving to the Fort Collins, CO office in mid-July. 

Alan has worked for WRD since 2011 as the NRSS water liaison at 'Eye' Street in the Washington, DC office. Duties in DC included working closely with leaders within the Department and other agencies, across Directorates, with park managers, and within NRSS to ensure parks and the National Park Service were well represented on water resource issues.

Prior to coming to DC, Alan served as the Northeast Region’s WRD & Air Resources Division supported Aquatic Resource Professional/Regional Hydrologist. There Alan was co-located with the US Geological Survey at their New York Water Science Center and at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area beginning in 2002.

Alan has served in multiple NPS detail positions including Deputy Associate Director for NRSS, Chief of Natural Resources for the Northeast Region, Chief of Natural Resources for St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and as Chief for the WRD Aquatic Systems Branch. Additional Federal work experience includes eight years with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station as a Physical Scientist examining effects of atmospheric deposition on Wyoming sub/alpine watersheds and as an Environmental Education Volunteer with Peace Corps Ecuador. 

"Alan brings extensive and diverse NPS experience, broad water resource expertise, a strong vision for the future of the branch and WRD, and demonstrated and trusted supervisory, strategic, and programmatic leadership to the position. The WRD Leadership team and I are very excited about Alan joining our group in this new role and we look forward to working with him to fulfill the mission of our division and the branch," commented Ed Harvey, WRD Chief in a recent email to staff announcing the hire.

Alan completed graduate studies in Watershed Science at Colorado State University prior to beginning work with the National Park Service. Undergraduate studies were completed at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University located in Alan’s hometown. He moved to Fort Collins with his wife, Ann, who works with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and Monk, their 12 year old golden retriever.

[Submitted by Ed Harvey, forrest_harvey@nps.go]


Water Resources Division
Appalachian Trail Used As Mega-Transect For Science

The Appalachian Trail (AT), a National Scenic Trail of the National Park System, attracts 2 to 3 million hikers annually and extends from Maine to Georgia. Covering 2,189 miles, it traverses a diverse range of ecosystems, making it an ideal research transect to explore regional influences on our environment. A transect is a line or continuous strip across a natural feature or sampling area, along which observations are made or measurements are taken. The AT is termed a mega-transect because of its exceptional length. Though scientists have measured high rates of acid rain along portions of the AT before, this study looked for signs of ecosystem recovery as a result of regulation and technological improvements related to pollution sources.

Acid rain, which scientists call atmospheric deposition, is rainwater that contains dissolved sulfur and nitrogen compounds produced from fossil fuel combustion, motor vehicles, and agricultural practices. In close proximity to large population centers, segments of the AT are particularly vulnerable to sulfur and nitrogen because it is located along ridgetops that receive higher levels of acid rain and its soils have limited capacity to buffer acid compared to soils in lower valley terrain. Recent reductions in air pollutants under the Clean Air Act have reduced acid rain in most areas of the eastern U.S.

This study revealed regional differences in ecosystem recovery along the length of the trail. Stream water samples from the southern part of the AT transect contained the highest levels of sulfates and nitrates. While many of the southern streams can withstand higher deposition because their bedrock geology naturally buffers excess acidity, 40% of the study streams along the AT exhibited impairment from low pH or toxic levels of aluminum. This means that sensitive biota like brook trout and some aquatic insects can no longer survive there. In the northern part of the AT, this study found better water quality and improving health of aquatic biota in many streams. However, recovery in streams along the southern sections of the trail may take much longer because rocks are slower to release depleted nutrients back to soils and streams.

Sugar maple trees may struggle to recover from impacts related to acid rain. One measure taken for this study was the level of calcium, which buffers acids in soil and provides necessary nutrients for plants and trees. Acid rain strips calcium from the soils, causing soil pH to decline, toxic forms of aluminum to increase, and other soil chemistry changes which negatively affect the health of plants and trees. Sugar maples are very sensitive to calcium levels and sixty-one percent of sites along the AT had soil chemistry changes due to acid rain which may prevent sugar maple seedling regeneration.

The National Park Service scientists on this project benefited from collaborations with colleagues at U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, multiple universities, and independent researchers including citizen scientists. With the resulting information, the NPS and its partners are able to continue efforts to reduce pollution and document ecosystem improvements.

For more information contact Alan Ellsworth, Chief of the Aquatic Systems Branch of the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Water Resources Division, at alan_ellsworth@nps.gov. The full report is available on IRMA, the NPS portal for cultural and natural resources information: https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/Profile/2223220

[Submitted by Alan Ellsworth, alan_ellsworth@nps.gov, 970-225-3518]


African Burial Ground National Monument (NY)
New Maya Angelou Stamp Dedicated At Ceremony

On August 20th, African Burial Ground National Monument, in collaboration with the United States Postal Service and the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER), sponsored a special dedication of the Maya Angelou Forever stamp at the park.

Maya Angelou was one of many distinguished speakers at the Rites of Ancestral Return in 2003, a commemorative ceremony laying to rest the 419 remains discovered in 1991.  A quote from her speech, along with many others, is immortalized throughout the visitor center. 

Over a hundred attendees celebrated the legacy of Maya Angelou, including David Dinkins, former NYC mayor, and Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson. Other attendees included city council members, mayoral representatives, NPS and USPS employees, local faith leaders, and stamp enthusiasts.

The mistress of ceremonies and WCBS-AM’s Jane Tillman-Irving shared her memories and encounters of the late writer, noting the commonly mispronunciation of Dr. Angelou’s last name.

Members in the audience were treated to two spoken word tributes – one by a young writer, Maya Williams, performing her own original work and other by two actresses, Rev C. Imani Parker and Dr. Juanita Howard, bringing Dr. Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman to life.  

Marsha Thompson, an up-and-coming soprano opera singer, provided three a capella performances which wowed everyone. One of the personal tributes was made by Susan L. Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine.

The Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood concluded the ceremony with heartfelt remarks, leaving those in attendance to purchase the Maya Angelou Forever stamp and then tour the African Burial Ground National Monument’s visitor center and memorial. 

[Submitted by Travis Wren]


Coronado National Memorial (AZ)
Park Partners With School To Benefit Endangered Bats

This summer, Coronado National Memorial finished its first year of an ongoing agave restoration partnership with nearby Valley View School, strengthening connections between the park and the community. The project, funded by a Disneynature Impact Grant through the National Park Foundation, has helped the park provide future forage for its declining population of endangered lesser long-nosed bats. The bats migrate to a roost within the park each summer and feed on nectar from agave flowers. To sustain this population, park staff and local students have planted agaves and removed invasive grasses to restore 6.32 acres formerly grazed by livestock, where agave populations are at less than 1% of normal density.

Students visited the park on five field trips to collect agave seed, remove invasive plants, dig holes, and plant agaves. They germinated the seed in their classrooms and transplanted young agaves into pots in their school garden. This fall, park staff plan to continue the project with field trips to collect seed and in the spring, plant the young agaves.

This project not only provided Valley View with the infrastructure and capacity necessary to germinate, grow, and care for agaves, but has also provided the park with the means to hold field trips and educate students while restoring habitat for an endangered species.

This project has enriched students’ classroom education with a positive, on-the-ground experience. Students feel an ownership of the project through participation in the restoration from start to finish. This education has raised awareness about the benefits of bats as pollinators and their roles in other environments. With this enduring partnership, students will be engaged and inspired to become stewards of the National Park Service. They have seen that they can make a difference to help wildlife and will want to continue to protect these resources, not only for their intrinsic value but to continue having personal positive park experiences.

View a video chronicling the project here: https://youtu.be/l1ZuxdCnxNM

[Submitted by Laura Fawcett]


Canaveral National Seashore (FL)
Park Ranger Ben Hansel Is Retiring

Park Ranger Ben Hansel is retiring on August 31st after 26 years and one month of federal service.

After serving in the United States Air Force as an avionic technician at the rank of sergeant on F-111 fighter/bomber aircraft, Ben attended college on the GI Bill, then started his NPS career as a fee collector and park ranger at Olympic National Park.

Ben graduated from the Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy in Sylva, North Carolina, and the Palm Beach Police Academy in Lake Worth, Florida, where he became a police officer for the city of Titusville, Florida.

After returning to the National Park Service and graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Ben spent the rest of his career as a law enforcement park ranger at several national park units, including Canaveral National Seashore, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Buffalo National River, George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historic Site, and Blue Ridge Parkway, before finishing his career at Canaveral National Seashore.

Throughout his career, Ben has received many awards, including a Department of the Interior Exemplary Act Award for saving the lives of two visitors in 1992 and a Southeast Region Lifesaving Award for saving the life of a visitor in 2012. He has also received On the Spot Awards, a National Park Service Special Achievement Award and numerous thank you letters from park visitors. In 2011 he received an Albright-Wirth Grant to obtain his private pilot’s license flying over and providing aerial photographs of Canaveral National Seashore for resource management and the park's archives.

In his retirement, Ben plans on developing vacation rental cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains and starting a home inspection and home watch business for absentee property owners.

In his free time, Ben plans on playing his guitar and attending bluegrass, blues and barbecue festivals, as well as becoming more active in his masonic lodge and church. Contact Ben and wife Rosemary on Facebook to keep in touch.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Outer Banks Group
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger

The Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, is seeking applicants interested in a lateral reassignment to a permanent protection ranger position in the Bodie Island District, IN Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  They are currently looking to fill two full time permanent positions at this time, but may use this announcement to fill other full time permanent positions in the park.

The Bodie Island District includes patrol duties for all three parks of the Outer Banks Group The Group seeks energetic individuals to serve as  law enforcement park rangers in an environment that stresses risk management, teamwork, and professionalism. These positions are among the best the Service has to offer, promising a direct connection to the rich history of the ranger profession, diverse ranger work experiences in a high functioning program, and an opportunity to live in a world-renown resource.

Wright Brothers National Memorial (www.nps.gov/wrbr): Wright Brother National Memorial is located in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  It commemorates the location of the first flight by the Wright Brothers in December of 1903.  This park hosts several special events including National Aviation Day and The Outer Banks Marathon. 

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (www.nps.gov/fora):  Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is located just outside the town of Manteo, NC on the North end of Roanoke Island.  Park Headquarters is located within Fort Raleigh NHS. The park was designated as a national historic site to preserve the site of the First English Settlement in the new world. This site also preserves the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island. The Lost Colony play is the longest running symphonic outdoor drama in the country and it runs during the summer months in the park.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (www.nps.gov/caha): Cape Hatteras National Seashore was designated as the first National Seashore in the Park Service.

The Bodie Island district office is located south of Nags Head, NC near Oregon Inlet. The district includes a campground, a lighthouse with visitors center, an off road vehicle permit office, a lifeguarded beach along with a designated waterfowl hunting area. There is also a concessionaire; The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where general beach and fishing supplies are sold and over 50 charter boats are subcontracted. There are several unincorporated villages in the district including: Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo.

AREA INFORMATION: The Outer Banks are comprised by several towns including Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Buxton, and Ocracoke. The area is a beach destination and the beaches, and Albemarle, and Pamlico sounds provide exceptional recreational opportunities, such as fishing, surfing, boating, and many other water-sports. There are several highly rated elementary, middle, and high schools and numerous extracurricular activities available for children. These towns all have homes for sale or rent and are within reasonable driving distance. The Outer Banks has many modern conveniences, such as grocery stores, retail shopping, banks, a hospital, and many restaurants. Cost of living on the Outer Banks is somewhat expensive as compared to other eastern North Carolina communities.  The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce (www.outerbankschamber.com) and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau (www.outerbanks.org) websites can provide additional community information.

One position is a required occupancy position and park housing will be provided. Permanent changes of station (PCS) expenses are authorized for current federal, career or career-conditional employees.

By the closing date of this announcement, applicants must currently possess a Type I law enforcement commission and be in a designated primary law enforcement 6(c) covered position.  A lateral reassignment is a change of duty station from one position to another at the same grade within the same agency. Applications will be accepted from current NPS career/career conditional GL-0025-09 Rangers. Applicants must meet the following qualifications for the position:

Key requirements:

  • OF-612, Optional Application for Employment; Resume, or equivalent.  Please include all experience, training and/or education related to the position.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. (Non-Award)
  • Copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • Copy of your Level I Law Enforcement Commission without picture.
  • Copy of your EMS certification/First Aid /CPR card (minimum First Responder)
  • Copy of your Red Card (showing current FFII certification)

For more information regarding the position, please email or contact the Bodie Island District Ranger Lynne Belanich via email (Lynne_Belanich@nps.gov) or at (252)-475-8308.

Interested individuals should submit their application packages via email and label the subject line: “CAHA GL-0025-09 PARK RANGER LE PERM LATERAL RESUME PACKAGE 09142015” by Sept 14th to NPS Human Resource Specialist Colleen Stone via email Colleen_Stone@nps.gov or secure fax: (252) 473-2881.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
GL-0025-9 Protection Rangers (Laterals)

Grand Canyon National Park is seeking qualified candidates for lateral reassignment. Applicants must be GL-9 permanent rangers (Type I or II commissions) to qualify.

We anticipate filling at least three vacancies within the South Rim District through this announcement. All positions are stationed at Grand Canyon Village.

These are non-supervisory law enforcement positions in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division.  As a commissioned ranger, the incumbent is responsible for performing law enforcement duties including detection, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution under applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Information regarding the South Rim, including available services, weather, etc., can be found on the park’s public website. These are required occupancy positions.

Work will be performed on varying schedules to include nights, weekends, and holidays. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moving expenses are authorized.  

Those selected will obtain housing through a bid process or assignment to permanent quarters prior to entry on duty. For additional housing information contact the park housing office at 928-638-7853.

Application packages should include the following:

  • A current resume

  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

  • A copy of the employee’s most recent performance appraisal

Interested applicants may contact District Ranger Brett Hergert at (928) 638-7910 for more information. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Applications must be received on or before September 14th. Submit applications to: brett_hergert@nps.gov.

GS-0340-12/13 Superintendent

Southeast Region is seeking applicants for a position as superintendent of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP. The announcement closes September 9th.

Click on the link below to view the announcement.

Please contact ?Shonda Shropshire, HR Specialist, ?shonda_shropshire@nps.gov or 404-507-5772? for more information..
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