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Friday, June 20, 2014

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Rangers Respond To Aviation Incidents

Rangers responded to two separate plane crash incidents this month.

Just before 9 p.m. on June 12th, rangers received report of a plane crash near the Echo Bay Air Strip.  Rangers along with responders from several cooperating agencies responded. Responders found that a two-seat plane had crashed just east of the air strip. The plane was fully engulfed and burned completely. Its two occupants were found dead in the wreckage. The Echo Bay Air strip does not have any lights and is intended for daytime use. The aircraft was homemade based upon a Bellanca fleet. The NTSB and FAA are investigating the incident.   

Around 5 p.m. on June 7th, rangers received report of a downed aircraft in the water near Callville Bay at Lake Mead. Rangers and Nevada Department of Wildlife Game Wardens responding to the scene found the two occupants uninjured. The Cessna 185 outfitted with pontoons was taxiing across water when one of the pontoons “torpedoed” which caused the plane to tip. This caused the propeller to impact the water which forced the plane forward and perpendicular to the water surface. At this time, both occupants were able to safely remove themselves from the aircraft. The plane was later salvaged and any hazardous materials hazard was mitigated. NTSB and the FAA responded and are investigating the incident. 

[Submitted by Mark Hnat, Mead District Ranger]

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Ranger's Quick Action Saves Coworker’s Life

On the evening of May 29th, ranger Erika Andersson was stationed at the Phantom Ranger Station at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. A paramedic on detail to Grand Canyon National Park from the Rocky Mountain Fire Department was also at Phantom staffing the Ranger Station Clinic. Temperatures had been in excess of 100 degrees that day, and hundreds of hikers and backpackers had passed through the area. Both Andersson and the paramedic had responded to multiple medical calls and hiker assists that day. Following an evening medical call, they joined Phantom Ranch employees for dinner at the Ranch.

As they began dinner, the paramedic began to choke on his food, and his airway became completely occluded. He was unable to expel the food by himself and realized that he would soon lose consciousness. Ranger Andersson quickly recognized his distress and initiated the Heimlich maneuver. After four abdominal thrusts, the paramedic was able to expel the food and began to breath normally. The paramedic later stated, "Erika's quick thinking and ability to put her training into practice quite possibly saved my life."

Shortly after this incident, Ranger Andersson was called back into service to respond to another emergency in the Phantom area.

[Submitted by Cori Conner]

Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
Responders Rescue Hyphothermic Woman From Ocean

Just after noon on June 5th, the north district ranger of Redwood National Park overheard local radio traffic of a “child” in the ocean near the Crescent City Information Center. The district ranger responded immediately and met a Del Norte sheriff deputy at the scene. Upon arriving, the deputy and ranger learned that contrary to the initial report, a middle-aged woman was apparently attempting suicide by swimming out into the ocean. At the time the water temperature was in the mid to low forties with a wind of 30 knots. The deputy and ranger launched a small patrol boat and, with the help of other officers on a nearby pier, quickly located the woman more than 400 yards off shore. When contacted, the woman was floating on her back and seemed hypothermic and unable to swim. The ranger, wearing a wet suit and portable flotation device, jumped into the water to prevent the woman from sinking. He was able to swim her back to the patrol boat, and then transport her to Sutter Coast Hospital. The woman is expected to make a full recovery from hypothermia.

[Submitted by Marshall Neeck, chief ranger]


United States Park Police
Park Police Host Ceremony Honoring Navy Yard Shooting Responder

On June 12th, the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America National Office presented Navy Captain Edward "Chip" Zawislak with the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, the highest recognition granted by the Boy Scouts. Captain Zawislak is scoutmaster of Troop 903 in Calvert County, Maryland, and was also on scene at the September 16th, 2013, Washington Navy Yard shooting. He was stranded on the rooftop of the Building 197 with gunshot victim Jennifer Bennett and two other people, Makonnen Eyob and Michael Jackson.

The ceremony was hosted by the United States Park Police at the Anacostia aviation hanger, The Eagles Nest. The importance of the ceremony location with the Eagle closely behind and Navy Yard building 197 in the background brought back many memories for those present.

Attending the ceremony in support of Captain Zawislak was Makonnen Eyob, U.S. Park Police Officer Matthew Cooney, who aided in the medical care and rescue of those stranded, and shooting victim Jennifer Bennett.

[Submitted by Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]

Harpers Ferry Center
Harpers Ferry Center Wins Blue Pencil And Gold Screen Awards

Harpers Ferry Center is pleased to announce four media awards for the National Association of Government Communicators’ (NAGC) Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards. The awards underscore the association’s high standards of professionalism in public service. The competition also serves to further the public’s knowledge of government by recognizing professional communicators as an integral part of the decision and policymaking process. The awards were announced at the association’s yearly conference awards banquet on June 12th.

HFC’s 2014 awards are:

Category: Soft/hard cover book
“A New Birth of Freedom: the Civil War Home Front”
Marsh Billings National Historical Park
Writer, Editor: Diane Liggett
MABI Museum Curator: Laura Anderson
Writer: Jill Jasuta
Rob Wood: Designer and illustrator
Project Specialist: Vicki Glenni
Contract Specialist: Sheila Spring

Category: Documentary
America’s Wilderness webisode series
NPS Wilderness Program
Executive Producers: Chuck Dunkerly, Garry Oye
Producers: Erin Finicane, Sarah Gulick
Production Partners: National Park Service, The Harpers Ferry Center, The NPS Wilderness Stewardship 
Division, and American University School of Communication's Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Category: Most improved publication
Andersonville National Historic Site unigrid brochure
Andersonville National Historic Site
Writer, Editor: Marsha Wassel 
Cartographer: Miles Barger 
Designer: Melinda Schmitt 
ANDE Park Contact: Eric Leonard 

Category: Documentary
“The War at Home”
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Executive Producer, COR: Mark Southern
RORI Chief of Interpretation: Morgan Smith
RORI Superintendent: Tom Leatherman
Interpretive Rangers: Betty Soskin & Elizabeth Tucker
PWR Office: Lynne Nakata
Production Company: Signature Communications
Project Manager: Winnie Frost
Project Specialist: Terry Smallwood
AV Technical Specialist: Ed Boutté
PWR Contracting Officer: Kris Swofford

[Submitted by Katrina D. Gonzalez,, 304-5353-6211]

Morristown National Historical Park (NJ)
Morristown Curator Debuts New Book

Morristown museum curator Dr. Jude M. Pfister's fourth book, "America Writes Its History, 1650-1850," has just released!   

By turns irreverent, sympathetic, and amusing,"America Writes Its History, 1650-1850" adds to the public discourse on national identity as advanced through the written word. Highlighting the contributions of American writers who focused on history, the author shows that for nearly 200 years writers struggled to reflect, or influence, the public perception of America by Americans.

This book is an introduction to the development of history as a written art form, and an academic discipline, during America’s most crucial and impressionable period. The author takes the reader on a historical tour of written histories–whether narrative history, novels, memoirs or plays–from the Jamestown Colony to the edge of the Civil War. The thread of history running through these two centuries from Jamestown to Fort Sumter is encapsulated by this question: What exactly did we, as Americans, think of ourselves? And more importantly; What did we want non-Americans to think of us? In other words, what was (and is) history, and who, if anyone, owns it?

All proceeds from the sales of the book benefit Morristown NHP, through the Washington Association of New Jersey.

[Submitted by Sarah Minegar,, 973-539-2016 ext. 215]

Northeast Region
Melissa Sims Named As Human Resources Manager

Melissa Sims has been selected as Northeast Region's new human resources manager for staffing and advisory services. She begins her new post on July 14th.

In her new role as human resources manager for staffing and advisory services, she will oversee the Servicing Human Resource Offices (SHROs), Learning and Development, and Policy. Sims will work alongside the human resources manager for Labor Relations, EEO, and OWCP.  

“Together, these two positions will lead the Northeast Region through a period of transition as we re-focus our efforts delivering HR support services to the field, said Jonathan Meade, acting associate regional director, administration. “Melissa brings a rich and diverse professional experience with the National Park Service and the U.S. Army, and we look forward to her leadership and enthusiasm as we continue to work to improve regional human resources support programs.”

Melissa comes to the Northeast Regional Office with an outstanding background in training and leadership. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1997 and was commissioned as a medical service corps officer in the U.S. Army. Melissa served as a hospital administrator for a field medical unit, a personnel officer at both the battalion and brigade level, the chief of human resources for a large Army hospital and as a personnel officer for the Surgeon General of the Army.  

Melissa began her career with the National Park Service as a management and program analyst at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. in 2010. She has served the Northeast Region as both a partnership specialist and, most recently, as the regional employee development officer. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in sociology and systems engineering. Melissa also holds a Master of Science in human resources, as well as an MBA.


Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
GS-0025-13 Deputy Chief Ranger (Detail)

Yellowstone National Park is seeking individuals who wish to be considered for a temporary promotion/temporary detail opportunity of up to 120 days to the position of deputy chief ranger (support operations), GS-13. It closes on June 30th.

Individuals who meet qualification requirements and time in grade will be eligible for a temporary promotion.  Individuals at the GS-13 grade level will be eligible for a detail. Duty station is Mammoth, Wyoming.

Brief Statement of Duties/Description of Detail: Under the guidance and direct supervision of Yellowstone's acting chief park ranger, this position serves as one of two deputy chief rangers for operations of the Division of Resource and Visitor Protection in Yellowstone National Park. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that trained and qualified personnel are available to respond to and/or manage all routine and emergency incidents and operations throughout the park. The incumbent may be directly responsible for a broad range of complex, controversial, routine, and emergency activities including but are not limited to: law enforcement; emergency medical services; visitor services; fee collection; campground operations; commercial use licenses, special use permits, and limited concessions permits; wildland and structural fire; search and rescue; resource management and protection; public safety; oversight of public recreation and special event activities.  Incumbent serves as command and general staff positions on the more complex incidents that arise in law enforcement, search and rescue, resource management, and fire operations. The detailee personally performs all of the emergency service functions above, as necessary.  Detailee ensures that all supervisory and personnel management responsibilities are carried out. The detailee prepares recommendations for planning, programming, and distribution of the division’s budget.  Call-outs as well as evening and weekend work can be expected.

During this detail, salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home division. Travel and per diem will be paid by Yellowstone, as well as the difference in pay should the selectee be temporarily promoted.  Temporary quarters, if needed, will be paid by Yellowstone.

Location Information: The Chief Ranger's Office is located in Mammoth Hot Springs in the northern end of and headquarters area of Yellowstone. This location is 5 miles from the nearest gateway community, Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner services include grocery stores, school, motels, and restaurants. A medical clinic is available in Mammoth Hot Springs. Park headquarters are located at Mammoth Hot Springs, elevation 6,200 feet. Temperatures vary from an average of 70 degrees Fahrenheit in summer to sub-zero at times in winter. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles from Mammoth.

Candidates must currently possess a Type I NPS law enforcement commission in order to be eligible. Applicants must also be currently certified at the EMT-Basic level, at a minimum. 

Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisor and obtain approval prior to applying.  Once approval is gained, interested individuals should email the following documents to the YELL Chief Ranger’s Office:

  • An OF-612, Optional Application for Employment; resume or equivalent detailing work history, supervisory experience, educational background, and any special qualifications or training they might possess. 
  • A copy of the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing current federal career status
  • Verification of a valid NPS Law Enforcement Commission
  • Copy of your current National Registry EMT-B (or higher) certification (card)
  • A copy of most recent performance appraisal
  • A list of professional and personal references, including contact info

Application packages from qualified candidates must be electronically received in the Chief Ranger’s Office by COB on June 30th. Please send application packages via email to If necessary, applications can be faxed to 307.344.2104, but email is preferred.  

For additional information about the detail and the position, please contact Acting Chief Ranger Bonnie Schwartz at 307.344.2103 or by email at

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
GL-0025-9 Protection Rangers (Lateral)

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is currently seeking GL-9 protection rangers interested in lateral reassignment. This announcement closes on July 3rd.

The Lake Mead NRA Resource and Visitor Protection Division is a highly skilled team and provides the full spectrum of resource and visitor protection functions in one of the most diverse operations within the National Park Service. Lake Mead provides front country and back country land and water based activities in hot desert environment on the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley. Lake Mead rangers manage a high volume of law enforcement incidents, medical and trauma emergencies, structural fire incidents and a variety of search and rescue incidents, and numerous special events.

Rangers selected will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of park partners and numerous surrounding local, county, state, and Federal agencies. Rangers occupying these positions are required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

It is preferred that commissioned rangers applying for these positions possess the following skills and/ certifications:  NPS Type I LE Commission, DOI MOCC, EMT or higher, structural firefighter or higher.   

Up to five positions may be filled from this announcement. These positions may be located at Katherine’s Landing, Willow Beach, Callville Bay or Boulder Beach. The positions may be required occupancy.

Area Information:  Lake Mead’s 1.5 million-acre size, nearly 1000 miles of shoreline, warm water, scenic settings and diverse natural and cultural resources draw millions of visitors to the park. Boulder City is located in Nevada within Clark County (population is approximately 15,000) and is 15 to 30 miles south of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas (adjacent to the fastest growing county within Nevada). There are a multitude of shopping facilities, grade and high schools, numerous colleges, universities and hospitals available in the area. Winter climate is mild and summer heat relieved by air-conditioning. Nevada has no state income tax and there are unlimited recreational opportunities.

Other Information:  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized. These are full-time, permanent positions. If you are interested, please submit the following information electronically to Gloria Dunbar: by Two weeks from the date this is published on InsideNPS.

  • An OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, or a resume/application that includes the information identified in OF-510, Applying for a Federal Job
  • A copy of your Level I or Level II law enforcement commission and copies of the following certifications: wildland fire IQCS Red Card, DOIMOCC certification, emergency medical qualifications, and any other related certifications
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status
  • Indication of duty stations for which you would like to considered

Park Planning and Special Studies Division
GS-0399-04 Student Trainee (Administrative Support-OA) Pathways

The Planning and Special Studies division is seeking qualified candidates for a GS-4 student trainee (administrative support assistant) Pathways position. It closes on July 2nd.

The National Park Service Park Planning and Special Studies division responsible for providing administrative support to several offices (Asset Management, Alternative Transportation, Natural and Cultural Resources, Public Involvement, Visitor Services, Climate Change, to name a few). Typical work tasks include typing forms from field notes or drafts, correspondence, including letters, spreadsheets, memoranda, and reports. Assists with preparing congressional submission packets, and budget and project tracking.

For more information about this position and how to apply, click on the link below.
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