The Morning Report

Friday, July 11, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (CO)
Two Rescues Conducted In Canyon

Rangers and Black Canyon Volunteer Search and Rescue Team members responded to two separate incidents over the Fourth of July weekend.

On Thursday, July 3rd, a 35-year-old Minnesota man who was backpacking with a friend on the South Rim’s Warner Route stepped off a 16-inch rock and broke his lower leg. The pair attempted to splint the lower leg with a trekking pole and a fishing rod, but the steep, loose terrain of Black Canyon made self-rescue impossible.

Rangers and a paramedic spent the night in the canyon with the pair and the SAR team and park personnel conducted a scree evacuation the following morning. The man was transported by ambulance to Montrose Memorial Hospital later that morning.

On Saturday, July 5th, a visitor at South Rim’s Chasm View overlook reported hearing a whistle and cries for help. Rangers on the South Rim were able to spot an individual toward the bottom of the North Rim’s S.O.B. Gully.

A climbing ranger hiked down to the 28-year-old hiker, who had fallen approximately 10 feet and suffered a compound leg fracture. Rangers and a paramedic spent the night with him to provide care, while a scree evacuation was staged for first light the following morning.

Black Canyon Volunteer Search and Rescue, park personnel, Western State Colorado University Search and Rescue, and West Elk Search and Rescue used 11 main and belay line stations of approximately 130 vertical feet each to raise the man a total of 1400 vertical feet. He was then transported via Tri State Care Flight to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

All the inner canyon routes in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are infamous for loose rock, steep drop-offs and abundant poison ivy.

[Submitted by Lisa Lynch, IT Specialist]


Buffalo National Scenic River (AR)
Visitor Saves Two Others From Drowning

On the afternoon of July 2nd, a father and daughter were saved from drowning by the heroic act of a visitor.

A man and his 10-year-old daughter were swimming in Buffalo River upstream from the Ponca low-water bridge when they were swept into deep water by the swift current. Neither of them were strong swimmers and both quickly became distressed. Michael Hogrefe of London Arkansas, who later revealed he is a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor and former lifeguard, went to their aid.

Hogrefe swam to the child and was pulling her back to shallow water when the father grabbed him. Hogrefe had almost reached shallow water with both victims when the swift current pulled all three back downriver and against the bridge abutment.

The current was pulling all three towards the bridge opening even though Hogrefe was frantically trying to prevent this while grabbing and scraping his fingernails and fingertips along the concrete abutment. He could no longer hold onto the father and daughter and let both go. He immediately got out of the water and went to the downstream side of the bridge, where the child’s mother was holding a branch out to her husband.

The husband latched into the branch while holding his daughter by her heel. Hogrefe pulled the child out of the water. He found that she was unconscious, blue and not breathing, so immediately began CPR and was on his fourth cycle when he could feel her heart beat. She began blinking her eyes, coughed up water and started asking for her mother. Witness’s estimated the time the child was underwater to be about six minutes.

While this rescue was in progress, Hogrefe’s girlfriend drove to Ponca, which is a very short distance from the bridge, where Buffalo River Outfitters contacted Midwest Region Ozark Communication Center with information regarding a possible drowning.

District Ranger Mark Miller, BUFFSAR member Glenn Wheeler, and North Arkansas Regional Medical Center paramedics responded. The father and daughter were assessed on scene by NARMC ambulance personnel. The family refused ambulance transport but did self-transport to the hospital for treatment.

[Submitted by Karen Bradford, Chief Ranger]


Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (MO)
Two Arrested For Possessing Mobile Meth Lab

While watching the park’s closed circuit TV system on July 6th, dispatcher Ulissa Brown saw two people entering the bushes near the grounds maintenance facility, an area often used by the local homeless to sleep and/or store their belongings. Field training ranger  Thad Lucas and his trainee, ranger Bill Boss, responded and contacted the man and woman.

During the contact, Boss noted indications on the woman that she was an intravenous drug user and she admitted the use of methamphetamine earlier in the day. The pair had numerous bags with them and were evasive about ownership, claiming that they had “found” the bags. A consent search of the bags found paraphernalia for manufacturing methamphetamine using the “shake-and-bake” method. 

When Boss realized that he might be dealing with an active meth lab, the rangers took the two into custody and moved away from the immediate area. The Saint Louis Fire Department hazmat team responded and confirmed that the rangers were dealing with a meth lab.

The man and woman were arrested and booked into the Saint Louis City Justice Center for safekeeping. The man was found to be on parole and the woman on probation. Their state probation/parole officers were notified and state warrants were issued.

The investigation continues and charges are pending for federal and state violations.

[Submitted by Mike Horton, Law Enforcement Specialist]


NEWS AND NOTES



Office of Communications
Park Acquires Significant Tract At Gaines Mill

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Richmond National Battlefield Park on Thursday, July 10th, to announce a 285-acre expansion of the park’s Gaines’ Mill battlefield. 

The acquisition was funded by $400,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the announcement was part of a weeklong series of events across the country highlighting the 50th anniversary of the fund. 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund invests part of its revenue from oil and gas leases on federal lands. The funds are then used to support conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation projects in communities across the country.

The 285 acres increases more than five-fold the area preserved at Gaines’ Mill, the largest of the 1862 Seven Days’ Battles and Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s first victory as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. The property was acquired from a willing seller for $3.2 million in 2012 by the Civil War Trust, using both privately raised funds a matching grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The $400,000 in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund enabled the transfer of the property to the National Park Service for perpetual stewardship as part of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Secretary

Jewell was joined at yesterday’s announcement by Richmond National Battlefield Park superintendent David Ruth, Civil War Trust president Jim Lighthizer and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.

The Gaines’ Mill acquisition builds on work undertaken by the Civil War Trust over the last decade to preserve Richmond’s Civil War battlefields, a partnership with the National Park Service that has seen the preservation of nearly 1,799 acres of threatened battlefields in the Richmond area.

The land added to the park yesterday lies on the Gaines’ Mill battlefield, which figured prominently in the summer 1862 Seven Days’ campaign waged by Union Gen. George B. McClellan to take the Confederate capital.  The June 27, 1862 Confederate victory at Gaines’ Mill radically shifted the strategic initiative in Virginia in favor of the Confederacy.  This led to the Confederacy’s first invasion of the North, culminating three months later at the Battle of Antietam.

Secretary Jewell cited the Gaines’ Mill battlefield acquisition as a prime example of how the Land and Water Conservation Fund can honor our nation’s important history by preserving key Civil War battlefields and other hallowed grounds.

“The permanent protection of this important Civil War battlefield is an example of how the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped state and local governments fund more than 40,000 close-to-home projects over the past half century, including the preservation of more than 20,000 acres of Civil War battlefields,” she said.


The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations, and to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans. Rather than using tax money, the primary source of revenue for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.  

The funds enable state and local governments to establish everything from baseball fields to community green spaces; to provide public access to rivers, lakes and other water resources; and to conserve natural landscapes for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment. More than 99% of American counties have outdoor recreation and conservation projects funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

[Submitted by Mike Litterst ]


Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station Dedication Held

The National Park Service celebrated the accomplishments and legacy of Alaska native Walter Harper during the dedication ceremony for the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station on Wednesday, July 2nd. 

Over 70 people, including Senator Lisa Murkowski and many descendants of Walter Harper, attended the event, which took place during a beautiful sunny afternoon in front of the ranger station in “downtown” Talkeetna.    

On June 7, 1913, Harper became the first person to set foot on the summit of Mt. McKinley as a member of the Stuck-Karstens Expedition.

Senator Murkowski introduced the legislation to rename the ranger station in his honor as part of the Denali National Park Improvement Act, which was signed into law on September 19, 2013. The ranger station is the base of operations for Denali National Park’s mountaineering operations, and climbers from all over the world pass through its doors prior to begin their attempts on the peak.  

Senator Murkowski was the keynote speaker for the 40 minute event. Superintendent Don Striker served as master of ceremonies, and after his welcome Bishop Mark Lattime of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska led off the event with an invocation.

Mike Harper, great nephew of Walter, spoke first, relating a brief history of Walter’s life. He was followed by Walter’s great grandnephew, Dana Wright, who related what he had learned about his forebear’s role in the first ascent of the mountain and compared that to his own very difficult experience climbing the same route last summer with other descendants of the 1913 expedition (he did make the summit).

The superintendent spoke briefly about the Harper’s legacy to mountaineering, and a letter from Senator Begich was read by his field representative prior to Senator Murkowski’s address. After the bishop’s benediction, everyone enjoyed some light refreshments, including cookies from Talkeetna’s fine bakeries.

Harper family members were deeply appreciative of the legislation and the public event recognizing the renaming of the ranger station. Kudos go to the park’s Talkeetna-based staff, who spent countless hours tidying up the ranger station inside and out and facilitated  multiple logistics for the event, including gathering fresh flowers that morning to place adjacent to the podium and on the refreshment tables.

[Submitted by Kris Fister, Public Affairs Officer]


Office of Learning and Development
Keith U. Tyler Joins Staff

Keith Tyler has been named the new program manager for the Leadership Development Group in the Office of Learning and Development in Washington DC. 

Keith joins L&D after having most recently served as the manager for leadership and development within the Transportation Security Administration. He was responsible for all aspects of supervisor training, senior and mid-level development programs, and the career resident program, a two-year program for interns supporting eight career fields within the agency. 

Focused on and committed to creating opportunities for employee development and organizational success, he was also responsible for the Career Coaching Service, providing coaching services, resume reviews, and career counseling for the approximate 48,000 person workforce.

Keith has also worked at the Department of Health and Human Services in their corporate university, managing and developing training opportunities and supporting the development of an automated performance management system. As a contractor with Lockheed-Martin, he was responsible for the assessment, design, development and implementation of technical curriculum.

Keith is an Air Force retiree, having spent 20 years in positions of progressive responsibility, culminating in his competitive selection to serve as the manager of the Airman Leadership School, a four-week course designed to prepare new supervisors and team leads for their new and increased responsibilities.  

Keith holds a master’s degrees in leadership and management and human resources management and is a member of the Association for Talent Development.

Please reach out to Keith and welcome him to the Park Service at your earliest convenience.

[Submitted by Glen Mazur]


Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

All training offerings – webinars, online courses and training sessions in the field – appear in this listing only, updated each Friday. Entries must be received by midday Thursday at the latest for the following day’s update. Send them to Bill_Halainen@contractor.nps.gov.

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

  • Beginning and ending dates.
  • Name and location of course.
  • A short one- to two-line description.
  • The closing date for application or registration.
  • Name(s) and number(s) for more information.
  • Most importantly, a link to a website where full announcements or detailed information can be found.

New listings and revisions to this week’s calendar are in bold face. They are removed from the calendar once the application deadline has passed.

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Training and Webinars

July 14 – July 17 – NPS Videography Workshop, NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV. This four-day workshop will be a combination of classroom presentation and hands-on production. The focus will be to prepare participants on how to produce their own video media products that could be used for Servicewide training purposes. Enroll in DOI Learn at this link. For more information, contact Mary Robinson at 304-535-6732 or m_robinson@nps.gov or visit the TEL website at this link: http://www.nps.gov/training/tel/.

July 15 – Retirement Planning for New Employees TEL Broadcast, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This training is designed to enable employees who are just beginning their careers to plan prudently for their retirement. This class can be viewed via satellite broadcast (TELSAT), video teleconferencing (VTC), or LiveStream. Check the TEL Website or contact Katrina Fritts (katrina_fritts@nps.gov) for additional information.

July 22 – July 23 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop:  Intermountain Regional Office, Denver, CO. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt at cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

August 5 – August 7 – Compliance with Section 106 and NEPA: Southeast Regional Office. See full announcement here.  Contact: Beth Byrd; beth_byrd@nps.gov or 404-507-5793.

August 20 – August 21 – Sig Sauer Armorer Course, Big Cypress NP, FL. The program content focuses on the mechanical functioning, maintenance, troubleshooting, and field repair of the Sig Sauer law enforcement classic pistol line, including the P220, P226, P228, P229, and P239 pistols. This is a hand’s on program that teaches and guides each participant through all armorer operations, step by step with the instructor. To register online please go to www.sigsaueracademy.com. Click on “Courses,” then “Armorer Courses,” then “Sig Sauger Pistols (Classic),” then “Schedule.” Register for “Ochopee.” You can also register by phone by contacting the academy training coordinator at 603-610-3411. For more information, please contact Luke_Conrad@nps.gov. The tuition is $415. The deadline for applying is August 1st.

August 20 – August 22 – Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, CBP Advanced Training Center, Harpers Ferry, 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 July 18th.

August 26 – April 27 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Midwest Region, Minneapolis, MN. See full announcement here.  Contact: Stephen Rogers; stephen_rogers@nps.gov or 402-661-1912.

August 26 – August 28 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Pacific West Region, Fort Vancouver NHS. See full announcement here. Contact: Cari Kreshak; cari_kreshak@nps.gov or 808-228-5334.

September 3 – September 5 – Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, FLETC, Belleville, IL. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is July 23rd.

September 8 – September 11 – NAGPRA in the Parks, webinar. This online course about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) will provide an overview of NAGPRA and prepare participants to respond to inadvertent discoveries and plan for intentional excavations as prescribed by the law. This is a multiple session course consisting of four two-hour sessions on consecutive days. Detailed information can be found in the full announcement. To register, email mary_carroll@nps.gov by August 27th. Contact: Mary S. Carroll, mary_carroll@nps.gov or 303-969-2300.

September 8 – September 19 – Law Enforcement Control 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 July 18th.

September 9 – September 10 – Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, Cabrillo NM, San Diego, CA. This course is designed to provide end users (interpreters, education specialists, resource managers, fire managers or information technology staff) with the resources and knowledge necessary to assemble a Telexploration backpack and present a real-time distance learning program to a remote audience and to design and deploy a basic wireless systems sufficient to present real-time live Telexploration programs in your park. The closing date for applications is August 15th. For more information on the workshop, go to this web page: http://seatoshiningsea.org/events_New.html. Contact: Amanda Gossard at amanda_gossard@nps.gov.

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Grand Canyon NP, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 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 11th. 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 15 – September 26 – 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 July 18th.

September 15 – October 17 – National Search & Rescue Academy, Camp Navajo, Bellemont. AZ. The National Park Service in conjunction with the Department of Defense will conduct this year’s fall session of the National Search & Rescue Academy at Camp Navajo, which is ten miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona. NSARA provides an intensive five-week comprehensive SAR training program for federal employees. This program will provide participants with a venue to efficiently attain basic field rescuer skills in a single condensed format which typically requires several years of career development. This core program provides participants with essential field rescue skills in ground search operations, ICS, swiftwater rescue, technical rope rescue, search management, basic aviation safety, helicopter rescue techniques, and remote/austere EMS techniques. This program is delivered in the classroom and various physically challenging outdoor environments. To broaden interagency cooperation, allied and federal agency personnel will jointly attend this academy. NSARA participants will be housed in shared military barrack style quarters during the training and are required to adhere to all local policies of the hosting facility. On-site lodging and meals during the academy will be provided at no expense to NPS participants. En route travel and per diem costs, as well lodging and meals associated with three days of off-site swiftwater training, will be borne by the benefiting work unit. This is a very physically demanding course and participants are required to perform at an arduous level without physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Participants will be involved in physical fitness training, which will be completed through the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, and participants are required to achieve a “First Class PFT Score” by the end of the academy. Prerequisites: In addition to completion of independent study classes on Basic ICS and SAR, candidates must possess a current minimum certification at the First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level. For further information on this training, refer to the announcement and nomination form at this link. Submit completed nomination forms to NSARA Coordinator Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search & Rescue, at ken_phillips@nps.gov or 928-606-3862 (cell). Nominations are due by August 15th.

September 16 – September 17 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Grand Canyon NP. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt; cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

September 30 – October 2 – Conference On Preservation And Stewardship Of Historic Places, Yellowstone NP, WY. This conference is for those historic and rustic architecture practitioners who are looking to build new skills and network with professionals and craftspeople in the field. The conference will provide opportunities to learn and exchange ideas through hands-on experiences, classroom presentations and facilitated dialog. Participants can earn up to 16 AIA CEU continuing education credits. The tuition is $395. For more information and to register, go to http://www.preservemontana.org/ynprustic/ .

October 6 – October 10 – Structural Firefighter I (Defensive Firefighter) Course, Gateway NRA (Sandy Hook Unit), NJ. This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic training at the NFPA 1001, Firefighter I level with the minimum skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a member of a structural firefighting team under direct supervision. Course emphasis is on individual and engine company manipulative skills essential for personal safety and efficiency in support of defensive (exterior) operations with limited offensive skills targeting trash and vehicle fires and indirect attacks in the suppression of structural fires. 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 September 8th. 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 13 – October 24 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, 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 September 15th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

November 3 – November 14 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1002 training standards to be qualified as Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. The class is designed to provide persons with the technical information and skills essential for the safe operation and proper maintenance of fire apparatus. Emphasis includes hands-on training of pumping and driving skills critical to support personnel assigned to all hazard response. Personnel will become proficient in troubleshooting, hydraulics, drafting and providing water through multiple pumping evolutions. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. Application deadline is October 6th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

November 4 – November 5 – Remington 870 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington 870 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

November 6 – November 7– Remington AR15 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington AR15 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

December 8 – December 12 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. 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 combined 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. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules and class assessments. Access to the on-line class is available on December 9th. Application deadline is November 10th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

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

Cultural Resources

Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Toolkit. To help guide NPS staff on implementing the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement, which governs Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS has developed a “toolkit.” The toolkit is mandatory training that provides guidance to NPS superintendents and Section 106 coordinators, division chiefs, and facilities staff at region and park levels on using the programmatic agreement during Section 106 review. NPS employees may earn a certificate for their review of the toolkit through DOI Learn by taking a final assessment. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the toolkit website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The toolkit website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/howto/PAToolkit/index.htm. For more information about the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement toolkit, please contact: Jeffrey Durbin, NPS Section 106 compliance program officer, at 202-354-1816 or Jeffrey_durbin@nps.gov

Managing Archeological Collections. Learn about caring for archeological collections and help to overcome the curation crisis. The course is designed to assist those who are interested in, or need to learn more about, preserving and managing archeological collections over the long term. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/collections/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Archeology for Interpreters. Through this training, interpreters and anyone with an interest and need to know – including law enforcement rangers, natural resource experts, and managers -- may gain basic knowledge about archeology. The course provides opportunities to learn about archeological methods and analysis and how to encourage concern for the preservation and protection of archeological resources. A park-based case study provides practice. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/AforI/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Interpretation for Archeologists. Archeologists and other resource professionals can take this training to gain a firm foundation in and understanding of the purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation. The course encourages archeologists to frame their work for the public and to work with interpreters to integrate archeological perspectives into interpretive products and tell compelling stories.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/IforA/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation. View interpretation with “fresh eyes” to evaluate choices and strategies for interpreting archeology in parks and historic sites. Download worksheets to assist in evaluating both onsite interpretation and virtual visits.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/studytour/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Assessment of Archeological Interpretation. Use the interpretive analysis model to evaluate the effectiveness of interpreting archeological resources on the basis of visitor experience at the levels of short-term outcomes, long-term outcomes, and audience feedback. Learn more about the National Park Service evaluation strategy. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/aiassess/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Visitor Use Management. A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Monitoring Impacts and Uses.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Natural Resource Management in Wilderness. A suite of twelve courses: Fundamentals, Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration, Monitoring, Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity, Fish and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring, Threatened and Endangered Species, Air Quality, Soil and Water, Vegetation, Soundscapes, and Night Sky.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Cultural Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this linkfor course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Retirement

Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer Retirement Training for Human Resource Specialists, Managers and Supervisors. This course is designed to provide firefighter and law enforcement officer retirement training for human resources specialists, managers and supervisors. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

FERS Retirement Training for Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers. This course is designed to provide firefighters and law enforcement officers with information on FERS special retirement provisions so that they can manage their careers in such a way that they maximize their benefits. Special retirement provisions apply to employees occupying these positions and they have specific responsibilities that are critical to know about and act upon throughout their careers if they expect to qualify for special retirement. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

Supervision

New Supervisor Development Program. This new training and development program, which was begun last year, is designed specifically for first-time supervisors within the 12 month probationary period of their initial appointment. The New Supervisor Development Program (NSDP) is a blended learning program that is delivered both online and in residential (three day) sessions across the country in collaboration with Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The online modules (completely free of cost) are available on DOILearn as preliminary work, and include the basics of in knowledge and skills for a first-time supervisor. Completion of these modules is followed by a three day Supervisory Skills Workshop (SSW) that provides synthesis and skills practice. The NSDP satisfies the initial 40-hour new supervisory training required by OPM (5CFR 412.202). There will be no cost to parks and regions in FY 2014 – all costs (tuition and travel) are being funded by WASO Learning and Development. Registrations for the SSW are managed via regional employee development officers by slot allocation.  For more information, please contact Katrina Roberts, NSDP Training Manager, 202-354-1471, or Katherine Callaway, 202-354-1403, or your regional employee development officer.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/ - click on Leadership Development Programs.  

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Stephen T. Mather Training Center
GS-0340-14 Superintendent

The closing date for the announcement for a superintendent for the Stephen T. Mather Training Center has been extended to July 11th.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.
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Glacier National Park
WS-5716-9 Engineering Equipment Operator Supervisor

Glacier National Park has issued vacancy announcements for an engineering equipment operator supervisor. The position is located remotely at St. Mary, Montana.

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

It closes on July 25th.