The Morning Report

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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Hot Springs National Park (AR)
Rangers Respond To Violent Assault

On Friday, May 1st, rangers responded to a “shots fired” call directly across the street from the ranger office. Upon arrival, they found a man who had been severely beaten and was covered in blood.   

Rangers Chris Schreck, Zach Summerlin and K9 handler Clint Forte responded along with numerous Hot Springs police officers.

The man said that two men and a women that he knew had entered his residence around 3 p.m. and asked for a glass of water and to use the phone.  At some point, one or more of them struck the man several times with unknown objects, knocking him to the floor. One of them removed a .380 Kel Tec handgun from the victim’s waistband.

The trio then fled in a red two-door sedan.  Witness said that they saw the victim, covered in blood, chasing after the suspects, holding a handgun.  A search of the victim’s residence led to the discovery of another handgun partially wrapped in paper towels on the bathroom sink.

The investigation is being conducted by the Hot Springs Police Criminal Investigative Unit.  It is unclear at this time if the gunshot was fired by the assailants or the victim during the incident. 

[Submitted by Jeff Johnson, Supervisory Law Enforcement Ranger]


Office of Communications
New Girl Scout Ranger Program Announced

Thousands of Girl Scouts celebrated the announcement of the revamped Girl Scout Ranger Program in Golden Gate National Recreation Area on Saturday, May 2nd. The program, a joint venture between the National Park Service and the Girl Scouts of the USA, connects girls to national parks throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

National Park Service Deputy Director (and Girl Scout) Peggy O’Dell and GSUSA National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan joined 6,200 Girl Scouts for a hike and festival that stressed the importance of outdoor activity, healthy choices, and respect for the environment.  

“The National Park Service and Girl Scouts have the same goal – providing meaningful and memorable outdoor experiences for girls,” said O’Dell. “This partnership will introduce scouts to the many ways they can play, learn, serve, and work in our national parks. We want each girl to ‘Find Your Park’ and enjoy these treasures.”

Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and patches from the Girl Scouts.

Girls and troops who wish to participate in the program can visit to locate a park near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and parents can arrange activities, such as hikes, bike rides, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours. The Girl Scout Ranger Program encourages girls to build their own unique park experience, earning badges and patches along the way.

“Girl Scouts is very excited to offer girls this incredible opportunity to explore the outdoors. Our national parks are an important part of the American landscape, both physical and cultural, and they have provided generations of American families with unique outdoor experiences. Now, through this partnership, we can offer Girl Scouts everywhere a chance to get outside and learn about nature and the importance of taking care of our environment,” said Hopinkah Hannan.

[Submitted by Kathy Kupper]

Historical Documentation Programs
HALS Team Documenting Cemetery In France For WWI Centennial

The American Battle Monuments Commission has sponsored a Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) project to produce comprehensive documentation of the historic Meusse-Argonne National Cemetery and Memorial in France.

The HALS documentation will consist of measured drawings, written history and large-format photography for facility maintenance, preservation and interpretation in preparation for the centennial of World War I in 2018.

The Washington, DC-based field team is currently on site conducting the fieldwork component of the project. The project historians are conducting research in local and regional archives while the architects and landscape architect produce hand drawn field notes, measure the landscape and structures using a high-definition laser and take digital field photographs.

Once the fieldwork component has been completed, the team will return to Washington to produce the documentation for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection in The Library of Congress.

The large-format photography component will begin at a later date.

For more information, see the following:

[Submitted by Paul Dolinsky,, 202-354-2116]

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Historical Documentation Programs
HABS Team Documents Gettysburg Monument

Historic American Buildinigs Survey (HABS) architects Paul Davidson and Mark Schara spent three days in Gettysburg recently to document the Soldiers National Monument in Gettysburg National Cemetery. 

Dedicated in 1869, the approximately 50-foot-tall monument is located at the highest point in the cemetery, with graves of the Union dead, many unknown, arrayed in concentric rings around it.  At the monument’s base, four seated allegorical figures, carved from Italian marble, represent War, Peace, History and Plenty.  The monument is topped with a standing marble figure of Liberty. 

The documentation was undertaken in preparation for an extensive restoration of the monument to be undertaken this summer by the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC). The project was sponsored by HPTC and by Gettysburg National Military Park.

[Submitted by Robert R. Arzola, HABS Architect,, (202) 354-2170]

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North Cascades National Park (WA)
Regina Rochefort Awarded Conservation Science Fellowship

Regina Rochefort, science advisor at North Cascades, is one of twenty scientists who have been awarded the newly-established Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science.

Wilburforce Fellowships will be used to build a community of conservation science leaders who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in western North America.

This unique fellowship program provides skills development and sustained mentorship to help spark transformative, lasting change in how scientists approach their work. By bringing together scientists across a broad spectrum of career stages, disciplines, geographies, and affiliations, the Wilburforce Fellowship will break down the silos that are often barriers to collaboration and collective action.

The twenty fellows were selected from a large and competitive field of applicants from the United States and Canada. All of the selected fellows have roots as conservation scientists and ties to the natural world, as well as impressive credentials, leadership qualities, and personal commitment to pursue the most relevant research.

Their work spans topics from landscape scale conservation in the face of climate change, to solutions for at-risk species like wolverines, grizzlies, California condors, caribou, and jaguars. Many work across cultural boundaries, integrating local knowledge and academic science to achieve the most powerful results.

Each fellow will set a goal for individual or collective engagement on a specific conservation issue, and a team of trainers and mentors will help them use their new skills to work towards their goal over the year.

Fellows started their fellowship year during the week of April 20th with a team of trainers from COMPASS who specialize in science communication. They will also engage with science and environmental journalists, including David Malakoff, deputy news editor for Science, science journalist and National Geographic contributor Michelle Nijhuis, and Jeff Burnside, investigative reporter for the ABC-affiliate KOMO 4 News in Seattle and president of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

[Submitted by Katy Hooper]

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site (AR)
New Park Health Program Launched

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site and its partner, the University of Community College at Hope, kicked off National Park Week and the Find Your Park Campaign on April 18th with “Hope is on the Move,” a new health initiative that promotes healthy habits in the community. 

“Hope is on the Move” was launched with free health screenings for participants who attended a Zumba class.  The program also challenges a diverse community of people, including children and their families, to pledge and be engaged in activities that will get them moving, help them develop healthier lifestyles, and enable them to explore history.

“Similar to First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ initiative, we want the President Clinton Birthplace Home to be a place where individuals can connect not only with presidential history but with a wealth of ways to engage in healthy habits’ through biking and walking,” said Superintendent Tarona Armstrong.

‘Hope is on the Move’ joins Healthy Parks Healthy People an initiative aimed at providing healthy experiences at sites across the National Park Service. 

[Submitted by Christian H. Davis ]


Bandelier National Monument (NM)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Bandelier National Monument is seeking qualified candidates interested in a non-competitive lateral reassignment to a protection ranger position. 

This is a lateral reassignment and does not have any promotion potential. Applications will be accepted from persons with career or career-conditional status in the competitive service.

Bandelier is located on the Pajarito Plateau South of Los Alamos and the National Lab along Highway 4.  The park is comprised of 32,737 acres with 23,267 acres of designated wilderness.  There is also an 800 acre detached archaeological area called Tsankawi.  The monument was created to preserve the numerous archaeological features of a late prehistoric period, which represent the transition of the Pueblo Indians from the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan to modern traditions.  Annual visitation exceeds 200,000.  Bandelier is spread  across three counties and shares boundaries with US Forest Service, Valles Caldera Preserve, and Department of Energy Lands; all of which we provide some patrol and law enforcement support.   

Resource protection is the main focus at Bandelier, however duties will include SAR, EMS, wildland fire, front and backcountry patrols, hunting patrol, road patrol, and patrol on Department of Energy lands open to the public.  The person selected will be part of a four person LE team. 

This is a required occupancy position and housing available in the park consists of historic CCC and mission 66 style housing.

Bandelier is located 45 miles from Santa Fe, 32 miles from Espanola, and 12 miles from Los Alamos.  Elevation ranges from 5,300 to 10,199 feet, with headquarters located in the Frijoles Canyon at 6,000 feet. For more information on Bandelier please see the park website: Good medical facilities, schools and shopping are available in Los Alamos.  Local cost of living is considered high.

For more information contact Branch Chief of Law Enforcement Dennis Milligan at 505-672-3861 ext. 402.  To Apply: Send your resume, current EPAP, most recent SF-50, and verification of a valid Level 1 NPS Law Enforcement Commission (picture omitted), to Dennis Milligan, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or by email to: by May 13th.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
GS-0025-13/14 Chief Ranger (Detail)

Grand Canyon National Park has posted an announcement for a 90- to 120-day detail as the park’s chief ranger. The EOD date is June 14th.

The chief ranger manages all of the park’s resource and visitor protection programs and operations. The division’s base budget is approximately $5.2 million, with an additional $4.15 million in FLREA funding and $2.3 million in FirePro funding.

The chief ranger supervises a staff of five program managers, with overall supervision of approximately 175 FTE. The person selected will serve on the park’s management team and advise the superintendent on issues law enforcement, emergency medical services, visitor services, fee collection, campground operations, wildland and structural fire, aviation, search and rescue, resource management and protection, and public safety.

Grand Canyon has one of the largest and most complex visitor and resource protection programs in the NPS. Protection operations include law enforcement (45 commissioned rangers, over 7,000 reportable incidents, over 800 incidents requiring NPS medical intervention; more than 300 SARS incidents annually; visitor services, fee collection and campground operations, with approximately $20 million in fees collected annually); on-river inspection of 16 whitewater rafting concessionaires; resource protection; structural fire (three fire brigades, 60 structural firefighters); large, complex and active wildland fire operations, including 40 red-carded employees; a complex aviation program (year-round exclusive use contract helicopter and a fixed wing ship); and a 24-hour communications center (30,000 requests).

This position requires a National Park Service Level I Law Enforcement Commission.

During this detail, salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park. Travel and per diem will be paid by Grand Canyon. Temporary quarters if needed are available and will be paid by Grand Canyon.

Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from the Superintendent or Manager prior to applying.  Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit a one-page resume detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications they might possess.  

Applications should be submitted by email only to no later than May 12th:

  • 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.
  • A copy of most recent Performance Appraisal.
  • A list of professional and personal references, including contact info

For additional information about the detail and the position, please contact Deputy Superintendent Diane Chalfant at (928) 638-7076.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
GS-0303-5 Visitor Use Assistants (Fee Collection)

Grand Canyon National Park is seeking candidates for a lateral reassignment to several VUA positions on the South Rim and at Desert View.

A strong background at a high volume entrance station is highly desired for these positions.

The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is located in northwest Arizona approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Desert View is located on the East Rim approximately 83 miles north of Williams and 82 miles northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet.  Approximately 28 miles west is Grand Canyon Village, which has school from K-12, daycare facilities, post office, banking facilities, general store, and a medical clinic with resident physicians, churches and various restaurants.  Complete shopping, education, medical, and professional services are located in Flagstaff and Williams.

Job duties will include providing information and assistance to all visitors, collects and accounts for fees at the entrance stations. The incumbent provides information on the park’s recreational opportunities and services, distributes maps and other printed information, and provides directions. Employees are responsible for collecting fees and accounting for the funds collected. The incumbent performs opening and closing shift functions, enters information into an electronic Point of Sale system, issues entrance receipts, park passes, and verifies entrance passes. The incumbent completes shift reports to verify money collected and accountable stock sold from all transactions. The employee safeguards funds collected and accountable stock and may perform other duties associated with the fee collection program such as restocking supplies, performing traffic control, minor maintenance, and campground duties.

Government housing is available either through a bid system or by assignment into shared furnished quarters.  For additional housing information for either location; contact the park Housing Office at 928-638-7796.

Permanent change of station costs will not be paid if selectee is from outside the local commuting distance.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Current Resume
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal
  • A copy of the most current SF-50 showing tenure in block 24.

Applicant materials must be received by COB on Friday, May15th.  Submit electronic applications to Fee Supervisor John Arnold at 928-638-7081, or  For additional information about the duties and location, please contact Fee Supervisor John Arnold at 928-638-7081, or

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM)
GS-9/GS-11 IT Specialist (Detail)

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has posted an announcement for a detail of 90 to 120 days as the park’s IT specialist. The EOD date will be around May 17th.

The detailee will manage multiple computer networks for Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe National Parks, located near Carlsbad New Mexico and Pine Springs, Texas. Detailee will carry out the full range of duties for the position, including user management, network security, system backups, and hardware installation and troubleshooting.  Selectee should be familiar with NPS computer network topology, be able to add users and computers to Active Directory, and assist users with personalizing their machine. 

This is a detail opportunity, not a temporary promotion.  Selectee’s salary will remain the same. During this detail, salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park. Travel and per diem will be paid by the receiving park.  Government housing is available for this assignment. 

Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from the Superintendent or Manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit:

  • A one-page resume detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications. 
  • A copy of the applicant’s latest SF-50 as evidence of career status.

Resumes should be submitted via e-mail to: no later than May 14th.  

Please contact Chuck Burton, Facility Manager at 575-785-3050 with additional questions about the detail opportunity.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HI)
WS-5716-9 Engineering Equipment Operator Supervisor

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is seeking candidates for a position as an engineering equipment operator supervisor.

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 May 14th.
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