The Morning Report

Thursday, May 07, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Independence National Historical Park (PA)
Two Juveniles Arrested For Assault And Robbery

On April 29, 2015, rangers responded to a robbery in progress at 2nd and Market Streets, on the Christ Church section of the park. Witnesses stated that a group of juveniles stole an iPhone from one person, then assaulted and attempted to steal from a second person. The park’s dispatch center reported multiple suspects fleeing toward the subway station at 2nd and Market Street. Responding rangers located one victim and detained two juvenile girls who matched the description of the suspects running from the scene. Philadelphia police officers located the second victim. Pursuant to the park's Memorandum of Understanding with the Philadelphia Police Department, rangers worked cooperatively with Philadelphia police to investigate the incident. Rangers provided translation services for one person who did not speak English, and through their effort, the suspects were positively identified and arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

[Submitted by Patrick Suddath, Chief Ranger]


NEWS AND NOTES



Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve (ID)
New Visitor Center Celebrates Grand Opening

The Twin Falls Visitor Center hosted its grand opening on April 30th, 2015, for the new building perched on the banks of the Snake River next to the famous Perrine Bridge. City of Rocks National Reserve, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, and Minidoka National Historic Site were among the many partners and donors who helped to make this visitor center a reality.

Nate St. Amand, formerly a graphic designer with Redwood National Park and now a private contractor, designed many of the interior interpretive displays. Spearheaded by the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce and Southern Idaho Tourism, Inc., this project took 17 months from conception to opening.

Most of the cost was shouldered by members of the Chamber of Commerce and private donors. The NPS contribution was the design of interior interpretive exhibits of all the sites and activities available to visitors to Southern Idaho, including displays from City of Rocks, Craters of the Moon, Hagerman, and Minidoka.

The visitor center is staffed by volunteers from the local area, and will be assisted by rangers and volunteers from Southern Idaho national parks. The project is a great example of private-public partnering, and will serve residents and visitors to southern Idaho for years to come. It will also provide an urban venue for 2016 Centennial events for all four Southern Idaho national parks, and helps to achieve Call to Action items #4, In My Backyard;  and #19, Out with the Old.

[Submitted by Dan Buckley, Superintendent]


Manzanar National Historic Site (CA)
46th Annual Pilgrimage Held In Park

More than 1,200 people attended the Manzanar Committee’s 46th Annual Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. This year’s pilgrimage theme was “Watashi wa Manzanar” (“I am Manzanar) and coincided with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the closing of the camps.

Drummers from UCLA Kyodo Taiko kicked off the program as representatives carried in pilgrimage banners for each of the camps. Beverly Newell, a Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone elder welcomed participants on behalf of her tribe. Manzanar Superintendent Bernadette Johnson provided a welcome on behalf of the National Park Service.

The pilgrimage program highlighted personal stories of those confined in the camps, including speakers Pat Sakamoto and Hatsuko Mary Higuchi. Dr. Satsuki Ina was the keynote speaker. Rev. Paul Nakamura was honored with the 2015 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award. The pilgrimage program concluded with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dance, after which park rangers offered walking tours of Manzanar.

On Saturday evening, 220 college students and others attended the “Manzanar At Dusk” program at Lone Pine High School, participating in intergenerational discussions with former incarcerees and community elders. MAD was co-sponsored by Manzanar Committee, and the Nikkei (Japanese American) Student Unions of Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, and UCSD. 

Other weekend events included a Friday evening reception at the Eastern California Museum sponsored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum. Saturday morning, Madelon Arai Yamamoto and volunteer archeologist Mary Farrell greeted visitors at the recently restored Arai family fish pond in Block 33. Water flowed into the pond as it did during World War II. Volunteers staffed a Junior Ranger table in the visitor center. The park also hosted the annual selected artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale. Manzanar issued one special use permit and six photography and filming permits. Media from local communities, Los Angeles, and Japan covered the event.

The weather was cooler than average, but with high winds. The NPS staged an ambulance with two paramedic teams and had an additional EMT available in the visitor center. There was one minor medical and no law enforcement incidents.

The Manzanar staff was assisted by four employees from Death Valley National Park and more than 20 Manzanar volunteers. The pilgrimage takes place each year on the last Saturday in April. All are welcome. More information is posted on the Manzanar Committee’s blog at http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.

[Submitted by Alisa Lynch, Chief of Interpretation/PIO]


Big Thicket National Preserve (TX)
Texas Parks Celebrate Earth Day

National Park Service employees from 10 national parks in Texas took part in Earth Day and National Park Week celebrations on April 24th-26th at historic Fair Park in Dallas. Touted as the largest Earth Day initiative ever, an estimated 70,000 people attended the annual Earth Day Texas event, coordinated by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

This kickoff event for the National Park Service centennial included booths and activities from Texas national parks including: Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Thicket National Preserve, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, LBJ National Historical Park, Amistad National Recreation Area, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, and Padre Island National Seashore. Participants also included representatives from two proposed parks – Lone Star Coastal Recreation Area and Waco Mammoth Site. 

Park staff gathered around a campground circle to give presentations about Buffalo Soldiers and demonstrations of prehistoric friction fire techniques. Additional demonstrations included campfire cooking by interpreters from LBJ National Historical Park, living history talks by the staff of Fort Davis NHS, and a reproduction canon exhibit by costumed interpreters from Palo Alto Battlefield NHP.

An activity booklet, created for youth of all ages, encouraged people to interact with park rangers at each booth and explore the uniqueness of each park in Texas. Upon completion of this booklet each participant would be sworn in, earning a Junior Ranger Earth Day button. NPCA focused attention on the National Park Service Centennial celebrations during the Earth Day Texas speakers’ series.

This three-day event would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the NPCA, Earth Day Texas organizers, and staff from all participating NPS sites in Texas.

[Submitted by Jason A. Ginder, Chief of Interpretation & Education]


Natchez Trace Parkway (AL,MS,TN)
Park Rangers Promote Bicycle Safety

With the help of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association through its Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, rangers on the Natchez Trace Parkway are celebrating National Bike Month and the National Park Service Centennial by actively promoting bicycle visibility and safety.

“We are excited to be working with the Natchez Trace Parkway Association and its Holdiness Fund to promote bicycle visibility and safety along the Natchez Trace Parkway,” said Superintendent Mary Risser. “As the National Park Service gets ready to celebrate our Centennial in 2016, we are encouraging everyone to rediscover their national parks, especially those close to home. Bicycling is one of the many ways visitors can experience the Parkway.”

The Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund was established by the association to honor the memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness by perpetuating his love for bicycling the Natchez Trace Parkway and to make it a safe environment for bicyclists.

Natchez Trace Parkway Association member Donna Holdiness has supported donations and distributed safety supplies purchased through the fund to park rangers. “Gary loved this parkway and wanted others to enjoy it too; now bicyclists can benefit from the memorial fund established in his honor,” she said.

Park staff will launch a campaign to interact with bicyclists in a new, engaging way. When bicyclists are seen using and wearing the proper high-visibility safety equipment, they will be acknowledged and given a small gift. To increase visibility of all bicyclists, those who are not easily seen will be given a gift from the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund. Thanks to the generous donation, high-visibility vests and bicycle lights will be given to cyclists to use while bicycling the Parkway while the supplies last.

Early recipients of lights and vests have expressed appreciation for the efforts the park is making to help cyclists be more visible to motorists, and in turn, making bicycling safer along the parkway. A couple was spotted recently at the Ridgeland Tourism Visitor Center proudly wearing the high-visibility vest.

The Natchez Trace Parkway encourages all motorist and bicyclists to follow safety practices while enjoying the parkway.

[Submitted by Terry Wildy, Chief of Interpretation and Partnerships]


Natural Bridges National Monument (UT)
Superintendent Jim Dougan To Retire

Jim Dougan, superintendent of Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments, will retire on May 10th after 32 years of federal service. He began his career in 1983 as a seasonal interpreter at Glen Canyon NRA.  After a number of other seasonal appointments, Jim became a permanent park ranger-naturalist at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. 

Subsequent assignments included a stint with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as operations specialist at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge; chief ranger at Natural Bridges National Monument; park ranger at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve; and backcountry ranger, education specialist, and maintenance worker, all at Mesa Verde National Park. Dougan also was backcountry coordinator at Glacier National Park and wilderness specialist at Rocky Mountain National Park.

His more memorable NPS experiences include working a security detail for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, travelling for six months with the Bicentennial Lewis and Clark Discovery II team, and an international assignment to Poland and Slovakia while at Rocky Mountain. 

Among his more unusual experiences:  roping bear cubs to unite them with mom in a culvert trap, radio-collaring wolves, and dismantling a small airplane that had crashed in wilderness so that it could be airlifted out by helicopter. 

Dougan and his life partner, Debra Gage, will continue to live on their property north of Cortez, Colorado as they explore their next adventure.  He thanks the many co-workers and friends who have made his NPS life so enriching.  After retirement, Jim can be reached at jamespdougan@yahoo.com.  

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Denver Service Center
GS-0801/0807/0808-13 Interdisciplinary Project Manager

The Denver Service Center has issued an announcement for a project manager, open to all current NPS employees. 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 May 11th.
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Intermountain Region
GS-0401-7/9 Natural Resource Management Specialist

Dates: 05/04/2015 - 05/11/2015

Capitol Reef National Park is seeking applicants for a GS-0401-7/9 Natural Resources Management Specialist. Position is full-time, permanent and closes on May 11th, 2015.  For more information on about this position and how to apply, click on link below.

[Submitted by Donita Pace, donita_pace@nps.gov, 435-425-4121]

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Cultural Resources
Historian (Super User), GS-0170-11

Dates: 05/01/2015 - 05/14/2015

The incumbent coordinates and carries out the duties necessary to administer the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program. Major duties include managing the day-to-day operations of the program’s data tracking system; training other staff on the use of the system; reviewing and processing nominations for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NR); and updating documentation on existing NR nominations, appeals, and removals from the data base. The incumbent will also review and recommend nominations to the NR; gather background material for NR appeals; draft NR appeal letters; and respond to requests from members of Congress, Federal, State, and local officials, and the public for information regarding the NR. It closes on May 14th.

This position is open under Merit Promotion and All Sources.

Intermountain Region
GS-0201-12, Human Resources Officer - Lateral Reassignment

Dates: 05/04/2015 - 05/15/2015

The Denver Servicing Human Resources Office (DESHRO) is seeking applicants interested in a lateral reassignment to a permanent Human Resources Officer position located in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It closes on May 15th.

This position is located in a satellite office of the Intermountain Region (IMR)’s Servicing Human Resources Office (SHRO) at Rocky Mountain National Park. The incumbent of this position serves as a Supervisory HR Specialist performing a full range of tasks in staffing and recruitment, position management, performance management, pay administration, employee relations and the adjudication of back ground investigations. The incumbent supervises and directs the daily operations and provides program direction and oversight to a staff consisting of 2 HR Specialists and 2 HR Assistants. Incumbent reports directly to the SHRO Lead located in the Intermountain Regional Office.  

Rocky Mountain National Park was established on January 29, 1915. 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, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Park housing is not available for permanent assignment, however may be available to be assigned to incumbent for 6 months to up to 1 year to facilitate finding suitable housing in the local community.  

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

For more information on this position, please contact Sue Willis at 303-969-2335 or email at Sue_Willis@nps.gov

Applicants must submit the following:

**Current resume/application with hours per week worked.

**Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.  NO award SF-50’s please.

Please submit (through Bison Connect) application packets to Rebecca Snavley, via email to rebecca_snavley@nps.gov. Completed packets must be received no later than COB 5/15/15 (5:00 p.m. Mountain Time) 

[Submitted by Rebecca Snavley, rebecca_snavley@nps.gov, 303-969-2630]


Outer Banks Group
GS-0401-11 GIS Specialist (Lateral)

The Outer Banks Group (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial) is seeking applicants interested in a lateral transfer for the park’s GIS Specialist (biologist). It closes on May 15th.

This is a great opportunity to build your career by managing a very complex and exciting data program. GIS and data analysis are regularly used to manage resources, make highly controversial decisions, and cooperate with partners on issues such as sea level rise. This position is located within the Resource Management Division, but serves all employees at all three parks.

As GIS Specialist, the person selected will be responsible for overseeing the park’s GIS and data management programs, including:

  • management of the park’s natural and cultural resource databases,
  • management of public information web interfaces related to resource management and visitor use,
  • modeling and analysis of resource management data,
  • work with other divisions and park management to improve planning and decision-making,
  • maintenance of servers, equipment, and external agreements and licenses for GIS and database management services, and
  • provide other GIS services to the park.  

Relocation expenses are authorized. The duty station for this position is in Manteo, North Carolina at the parks’ headquarters located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a beach vacation destination. For more park information, visit the park’s websites at: http://www.nps.gov/caha, http://www.nps.gov/fora, and http://www.nps.gov/wrbr. For more area information, visit the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce (www.outerbankschamber.com) and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau (www.outerbanks.org) websites.

Key requirements:

  • OF-612, Optional Application for Employment; Resume, or equivalent.  Please include all experience, training and/or education related to the position.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Interested individuals should submit application package via email using the title: “OBX GIS Specialist” by close of business on May 15th, 2015 to Ms. Colleen Stone, NPS East SHRO:

Colleen Stone, Human Resources Specialist, National Park Service, SE Region East SHRO, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC  27954. Office: 252-475-9046, colleen_stone@nps.gov

For more information regarding the position, please email or contact the Chief of Resource Management, Michelle Havens at michelle_havens@nps.gov, or 252-475-9016.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (LA)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is seeking qualified applicants for potential lateral reassignment to a GL-0025-9 protection ranger position. The park is currently looking to fill one full-time permanent position at this time. It closes on May 20th.

New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in the United States with its own distinctive history, culture, architecture, music and cuisine. Louisiana's Mississippi Delta region as a whole is also distinctive, with a history and culture that are both shared with New Orleans and apart from it. All a major port city, New Orleans' population is very cosmopolitan. The delta culture is often described as a "gumbo" - a collective flavor with distinct individual components. Visit the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve website at http://www.nps.gov/jela

This is a non-supervisory law enforcement position in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division. Applicants must possess a full performance Level I law enforcement commission. The incumbent for this position must be a highly motivated law enforcement professional who is capable of working independently in areas of active law enforcement. Responsible for performing law enforcement duties including but not limited to detection, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution under applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and policies.

Law enforcement assignments will be at various NPS sites across Louisiana including Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Primary duty station is located in Marrero, Louisiana.

A strong background and interest in NPS hunting programs, boating enforcement operations and resource protection are highly desired for this position.

Government housing is not available. Position is subject to work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays and weekends.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

Interested individuals should respond by submitting a completed application package which must be received by close of business on May 20th, 2015. Submit the following documents by mail or fax to Lynette Harrison, Human Resource Specialist, West ASU/SHRO-SER: 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana70130: Fax: (504) 589-3556

• OF 612, Optional Application for Employment, resume, or equivalent. Please include all experience, training, and/or education related to the position.

• Copy of your Level I law enforcement commission without picture.

• Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

• Verification of valid NPS Law Enforcement Commission.

• Copy of most recent performance appraisal.

• Any certifications (such as instructor certifications, CPR, Red Card/etc.)

For more information regarding this position, please contact Chief Ranger Georgia Shaw at Georgia Shaw@nps.gov.