The Morning Report

Friday, March 21, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Kayaker Dies On Colorado River

On the evening of Tuesday, March 18th, park dispatch received a call via satellite phone reporting a fatality on the Colorado River. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was part of a private river trip of nine self-supported kayakers nearing the end of a 12 day river trip.

Curtis Joyce of Portland, Oregon, was discovered capsized and unresponsive in his kayak near river mile 189, also known as the Lower Whitmore Camp. Members of the group attempted CPR, but all attempts to resuscitate Joyce were unsuccessful.  Due to the time of day and approaching darkness, rangers were not able to fly into canyon until Wednesday morning, when they recovered the body.

An investigation in the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. 

[Submitted by Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, Acting Public Affairs Officer]


NEWS AND NOTES



National Mall and Memorial Parks (DC)
Cherry Blossom Festival Kicks Off

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the nation’s great springtime celebrations, opened yesterday on the first day of spring. It will continue through Sunday, April 13th. 

This year commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, with over three weeks and four weekends of programming. Events are primarily free and open to the public.

During the opening ceremony at the Warner Theatre tomorrow, performers from the U.S. and Japan will welcome spring and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will be on Saturday, April 12th, from 10 a.m. until noon. The parade marches down Constitution Avenue. 

Additional information on other festival events can be found at this website.
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Parashant National Monument (AZ)
Parashant Receives Dark Sky Park Designation

The million-plus acre Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument located in northwestern Arizona remains one of the most remote areas in the continental United States. The isolated location and sparse development also happen to make it one of the best locations for viewing dark night skies. 

The International Dark Sky Association recently bestowed International Dark Sky Park status as the "Parashant International Night Sky Province - Window to the Cosmos."  A public event is being planned to celebrate National Park Week, International Dark Sky Awareness Week and Junior Ranger Day in St. George, Utah, on April 26th.

The designation aligns perfectly with National Park Service Call to Action item #27, "Starry, Starry Night," in leading the way in protecting natural darkness as a precious resource and creating a model for dark sky protection by establishing America's first Dark Sky Cooperative on the Colorado Plateau in collaboration with other federal agencies, partners, and local communities.

As Director Jarvis noted in a recent employee web chat, "... night sky is something you can restore. It's not gone, it's still there and all we have to do is pay attention to our lighting.  The lighting in and around communities, create efficiency [in lighting] and you get a dark sky."

Jarvis also focused attention on the "beautiful partnership with BLM."

Parashant National Monument is a Service First organization jointly managed by BLM and NPS.  This IDA Dark Sky designation is a first for BLM and has great potential to attract other BLM sites on the Colorado Plateau to join in educating communities and protecting night skies.

[Submitted by Scott Sticha, Chief of Interpretation and Partnerships]

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James A Garfield National Historic Site (OH)
President Garfield Honored As A Great Ohioan

National Historic Site recently traveled to the Ohio State Capitol in Columbus to honor President Garfield’s designation as a “Great Ohioan.” 

The State Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board bestowed the honor on the nation’s twentieth president in late 2013; on Tuesday, March 11th, the Ohio State House of Representatives and State Senate each presented resolutions commemorating Garfield’s important place in the history of Ohio and the United States. 

The beautifully framed resolutions were given to the park, where they will hang in the administrative headquarters.

As part of the day’s festivities, the National Park Service was given the opportunity to present a public program in the rotunda of the Ohio State Capitol.  Chief of Interpretation and Education Todd Arrington and Master Volunteer Ranger Andrew Mizsak co-presented “James A. Garfield, James R. Garfield, and Their Service to Ohio” at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. 

The presentation detailed the Ohio State Senate service of James A. Garfield (1859-61) and his son, James R. Garfield (1896-99). The elder Garfield left the Ohio Senate to join the Union army during the Civil War and was later a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1863 until 1881. He was also a U.S. Senator-elect when elected to the presidency in 1880. 

After following in his father’s footsteps and being elected to the Ohio Senate, James R. Garfield later served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Theodore Roosevelt from 1907 through 1909. 

The program was broadcast live on the Ohio Channel and can still be viewed at that site (click on the “More Information” link below).

The day was made more special by the presence of James A. Garfield III, the great-great-great grandson of President Garfield.  “Jay,” as he’s known, lives in the Cleveland area (as do many Garfields) and is currently vice president of the Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site.  It was an honor and a pleasure to commemorate President Garfield’s life and legacy alongside one of his proud descendants.

“It is wonderful that President Garfield has been named a ‘Great Ohioan’ by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board,” said Superintendent Sherda Williams.  “This designation recognizes his importance to Ohio’s history and honors his service to our state and nation.  We appreciate the opportunity to visit the state capitol in Columbus with our friends and volunteers to share more about James A. Garfield’s life, career, legacy, and service to Ohio and the country.”

[Submitted by Todd Arrington, Chief of Interpretation and Education]

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (TN)
Reenactor Portrays Sojourner Truth For Students

Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater of Philadelphia recently presented her portrayal of Sojourner Truth to over 500 seventh and eighth graders from the Greeneville, Tennessee, city and county school system.

This program was made possible through a partnership between Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association.  

Dr. Century's performance brought the story of Sojourner Truth to life – the story of a northern slave woman who changed the course of her life from doing what was expected as an enslaved person to expecting others to do what was right for securing the liberties of blacks before and after the American Civil War.

The program reflected the NPS Civil War to Civil Rights theme and reached the grade level curriculum for the schools. 

[Submitted by Jennifer Pierce, Chief of Education ]

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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

March 31 – April 4 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training—East, Catoctin Mountain Park/Harpers Ferry NHP, MD/PA. This year’s course will be held in the two parks and in Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. This year marks the 19th year that the course has been offered; with the addition of these two parks, it has now been held in ten parks across four regions. This course is designed for persons tasked with extricating victims in high angle environments, such as cliffs, canyons, urban situations, and, to some degree, caves. All students should be in good physical condition, as there will be long days spent training outdoors, hiking with heavy loads, and often hanging on ropes for extended periods in very exposed settings. There will also be one nighttime session. The course places a high premium on safety throughout the week, utilizing an ICS structure, applying Operational Leadership principles, and maintaining an instructor to student ratio of 1:3 – and in some cases, 1:2. The instructor cadre has a wealth of experience and comes from a highly varied background, including veteran NPS rangers, maintenance workers, interpreters, resource management specialists, and firefighters; military special operations personnel, such as Navy SEALs and Air Force PJs; certified climbing instructors and guides; veteran cavers; and tree surgeons. Optional after-hours presentations will be offered most evenings and will covers subjects such as a recent expedition to study the ice caves under Oregon’s Mt. Hood, cutting-edge lightweight mountaineering rescue techniques, and possible demonstrations from leaders in the climbing and cliff rescue industries. There is also a high probability that students will get a one- to three-hour helicopter hoist operations demo on Friday afternoon from either the United States Park Police Aviation Unit’s Eagle One or Maryland State Police Aviation, or both. For students and instructors traveling to the course from outside areas, lodging will be at a CCC-style dorm facility at Catoctin called Camp Round Meadow. There is no tuition, but there will be a small lodging fee for those who will be staying on site at Catoctin. Lodging costs should be between $25 and $30 total per person for the entire week. Student slots will be limited to 36, and will be on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to NPS employees and volunteers who are actively involved with high angle rescue work at their home parks. Persons interested in attending this year’s course should contact the course incident commander, Middle Buffalo District Ranger Kevin Moses from Buffalo National River. He can be reached at 870-688-0905 or kevin_moses@nps.gov. He will send a training nomination form and associated information.

April 1 – April 2 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Midwest Region, George Washington Carver NM. See full announcement here. Contact: Stephen Rogers; stephen_rogers@nps.gov or 402-661-1912.

April 7 – April 10 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Asheville, NC.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Ken Straley, 406-243-4630, kstraley@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

April 8 – April 10, 2014 – International Cemetery Preservation Summit, Niagara Falls, NY. NCPTT, in partnership with the Canadian Ministry of Culture, will host this conference, which will include oral presentations, posters, and a half-day field session on the conservation of all aspects of cemetery care and conservation. The conference is open to conservation professionals, cemetery managers, board members, archaeologist, grounds keepers, and all who work in and are interested in cemeteries. For more information, go to http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/international-cemetery-preservation-summit/.

April 9 – April 10 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Pacific West Region, Lake Mead NRA. See full announcement here Contact: Cari Kreshak;cari_kreshak@nps.gov or 808-228-5334.

April 14 – April 17 – NPS Fundamentals V: Building Trust, Teams and Leaders, Washington, DC. Free - all travel/tuition is paid for by WASO Learning & Development. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website (http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm) and/or contact the Fundamentals V staff at npsfundamentalsdc@nps.gov or 202-354-1903.

April 21 – April 25 – H-337: Command and General Staff Training for Local Incident Management Teams, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish, MT. The session will also cover intermediate and advanced ICS (I-300/400). Sponsored by DOI and Glacier National Park. For more information, contact Elaine Bond in DOI’s Office of Emergency Management at 202-208-5417 or Elaine_Bond@ios.doi.gov.

April 21 – May 2 – 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 March 23rd. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

April 29 – April 30 – NEPA/NHPS Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Grand Teton NP. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt; cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

April 29 – May 1 – Introduction to Section 106 and NHPA: Northeast Region, Franklin Roosevelt NHS. See full announcement here. Contact: Cheryl Sams O'Neill; cheryl_sams@nps.gov or 215-597-5822.

April 29 – May 1 – Compliance with Section 106 and NEPA: Southeast Regional Office.  See full announcement here. Contact: Beth Byrd;beth_byrd@nps.gov or 404-507-5793.

May 5 – May 8 – Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information. Contact Steve Archibald, 406-243-4653, srarchibald@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

May 5 – May 8 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Rutland, VT.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information. Registration deadline is March 14th. Contact: Karen Lindsey, 406-243-4627, karen_lindsey@fws.gov, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

May 12 – May 15 – NPS Fundamentals V: Building Trust, Teams and Leaders, Washington, DC. Free - all travel/tuition is paid for by WASO Learning & Development. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website (http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm) and/or contact the Fundamentals V staff at npsfundamentalsdc@nps.gov or 202-354-1903.

May 12 – May 15 – Analyzing and Transforming Conflict to Create Sustainable Solutions for People and Wildlife, 1130 17th St. NW, Washington, DC. This four-day course, presented by the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC), provides participants with the skills to analyze, anticipate, and address these human-human conflicts about wildlife. Drawing on best practices from fields including conflict transformation, environmental dispute resolution, international peace building, and human dimensions of wildlife management, participants will learn skills to recognize underlying drivers of conflict and design and implement a Conservation Conflict Intervention Plan individually tailored for their respective field site or other professional focus. Deadline for registration is April 5th. There are a limited number of $1000 scholarships available through the Natural Resource Stewardship Training Program at the Mather Training Center. Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 28th. For the full announcement and scholarship application, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Kirsten Leong, kirsten_leong@nps.gov, 970-267-2191, or visit the HWCC web site at http://www.humanwildlifeconflict.org/DC2_registration.htm.

May 12 – May 16 – Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, Kailua-Kona, HI. This course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work and practice these skills through resource protection case studies. Deadline for application is April 9th. Priority will be given and travel expenses provided for employees from the Pacific Island network. Employees from Pacific West and Alaska Region parks may apply, but must cover all travel expenses from the benefitting account. Applications from other regions and mainland offices will not be accepted. For the full announcement, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov; or Cathy Purchis, cathy_purchis@nps.gov.

May 19 – May 23 – Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, Kailua-Kona, HI. This course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work and practice these skills through resource protection case studies. Deadline for application is April 9th. Priority will be given and travel expenses provided for employees from the Pacific Island network. Employees from Pacific West and Alaska Region parks may apply, but must cover all travel expenses from the benefitting account. Applications from other regions and mainland offices will not be accepted. For the full announcement, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov; or Cathy Purchis, cathy_purchis@nps.gov.

May 19 – May 22 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

June 24 – June 25 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Canyonlands NP Headquarters. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt; cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

July 7 – July 10 – NPS Fundamentals V: Building Trust, Teams and Leaders, Washington, DC. Free - all travel/tuition is paid for by WASO Learning & Development. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website (http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm) and/or contact the Fundamentals V staff at npsfundamentalsdc@nps.gov or 202-354-1903.

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

August 4 – August 8 – Fundamentals of Special Park Uses, DOI University, Albuquerque, NM.  This course covers all aspects of special park uses, including First Amendment activities, commercial filming, still photography and rights- of-way. DO-53/RM-53 are covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2006. A draft agenda is posted on the special park uses page at http://inside.nps.gov/waso/waso.cfm?prg=185&lv=3  Minimum class size 15 participants.  For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202/513-7092.  Enrollment deadline is July 5th.

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 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 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 – 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.

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

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



Midwest Region
GS-0341-14/15 Associate Regional Director

Dates: 03/20/2014 - 04/02/2014

Midwest Regional Office has issued an announcement for an associate regional director for administration and information technology.

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

The announcement closes on April 2nd.

[Submitted by Barbara, 402-661-1642, Golden]

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Water Resources Division
GS-0408/0482/1360-13/14 Ocean and Coastal Resources Chief

The Water Resources Division has issued a vacancy announcement for a chief for its Branch of Ocean and Coastal Resources. 

The branch provides overall leadership and coordination of NPS responsibilities, policies and interests in ocean and Great Lakes stewardship in the National Park System.  This supervisory position is duty stationed in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the Water Resources Division, under Natural Resource Stewardship and Science. The person selected will report directly to the chief of the Water Resources Division.  

It closes on March 31st.
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Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
GS-1015-11 Museum Curator (Lateral)

Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking candidates for a lateral reassignment to a permanent, full time museum curator position. The person selected will work at park headquarters in the Museum Collection Storage Facility in Estes Park.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid if the person for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale.

This is a permanent, full-time position, reporting directly to the chief of interpretation and education at Rocky Mountain National Park.

The person selected will serve as curator, archivist and supervisor of the park library collections. There are approximately 50,000 objects in the museum and archive collection, with an estimated 250,000 items to be collected, inventoried and cataloged (mostly archival material).  The collection includes archeological artifacts, 1800 and 1900’s historical material, an artist-in-residence collection, a herbarium, a geologic collection, historic photographs, taxidermy mounts, and a growing archive that reflects on the 90 year history of the park.  The curator supervises a part-time librarian and several volunteers and works with universities and researchers who either assist in collections management or are active users of the collection.  There are two non-public libraries in the park housing 2500 and 500 volumes respectively. 

The curator accessions, catalogs, stores, preserves, inventories, monitors, and loans material from the collection. Conservation treatment is sought when necessary.  She/he must possess excellent computer skills and must have experience with the National Park Service cataloging software.  A working knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Rocky Mountain region is helpful in better understanding, expanding and caring for the collections. The curator works closely with the NPS regional curator, specialists at cultural resource centers, area museum staff, other divisions within the park, researchers, and the public.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, the park has glacier sculpted valleys, rugged gorges, alpine lakes, and vast areas of alpine tundra. Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved continuous road in the United States, stays above tree line for 11 miles and reaches 12,183 feet in elevation. Elk, deer, bighorn sheep, moose, coyotes, and smaller animals are found throughout the park. Due to the park's easy accessibility to the Front Range communities of Colorado, visitation exceeds three million visitors annually, which results in significant resource protection and visitor management needs.

This position is located on the east side of the park. The nearest community is Estes Park, which is approximately two miles from the park headquarters. Estes Park includes a school (grades Kindergarten-12), post office, grocery stores, restaurants, medical centers, shops, etc.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to research the area. Information on Rocky Mountain National Park is available at www.nps.gov/romo.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Rich Fedorchak, the park's chief of interpretation and education, for more information. He can be reached at 970-586-1220 or rich_fedorchak@nps.gov

To be considered applicants should submit the following:

  • A current resume/ application
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (and SF-50 confirming reassignment eligibility if different/not current)
  • A copy of your current or latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status and grade.

Applications/resumes may be mailed, faxed or emailed directly to Rocky Mountain National Park  and must be received in the Human Resources Office by the close of business (4:30 p.m. MDT) on April 3rd.

Send application to Rocky Mountain National Park, Human Resources Office, Attention:  Boyd Moody, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, CO 80517, or email them to Boyd_Moody@nps.gov, or fax them to 970-586-1284.