The Morning Report

Friday, July 25, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Glacier National Park
St. Mary Visitor Center Damaged

The St. Mary Visitor Center on the east side of Glacier National Park has been closed temporarily due to damage inflicted by its sprinkler system.

Rangers responded to an alarm at the visitor center around 4 a.m. yesterday morning. It is believed that the visitor center furnace may have malfunctioned and the water sprinkler system activated.  There is water damage to the building and contents, as well as to some of the utilities. The extent of the damage is being assessed. 

A visitor contact and information center has been set up in the visitor center parking lot. Backcountry permits and aquatic invasive species boat inspections are now available at the Hudson Bay District Office located in the park administrative area in St. Mary. 

The park shuttle system and transportation services by Xanterra and Sun Tours were unaffected and are operating as scheduled. The restroom facilities at the visitor center are available.  Evening interpretive programs continue at the St. Mary Campground as scheduled.   

There is no phone service at the St. Mary Visitor Center at this time.  Visitors are encouraged to contact the park at 406-888-7800 for park information, or visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

[Submitted by Public Affairs Office]


Lake Mead NRA - NV, AZ
Body Of Missing Swimmer Found; Search For Two Others Continues

The body of a 30-year-old Las Vegas man who disappeared while swimming on Tuesday was recovered from Lake Mead around 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Dindo Gavarra had jumped from a houseboat to swim to shore with others. When everyone got to shore, they noticed he was missing. An interagency search ensued.

Around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, family members who were searching the area with snorkel gear discovered what they thought was a body underwater. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue Dive Team recovered Gavarra’s body, which was about 13 feet underwater and 75 feet from shore. He was not wearing a life jacket.

The Clark County medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Meanwhile, the search continues for two other swimmers who went missing on July 20th. A 53-year-old Las Vegas man was last seen going underwater south of Willow Beach on Lake Mohave. Rangers continue to patrol the area by air and boat.

Crews are also looking for a 25-year-old Las Vegas man who was last seen going underwater near the Boulder Islands on Lake Mead. Volunteers from Earth Resource Group are planning to help with the search next week, using advanced underwater search equipment.

[Submitted by Christie Vanover, Public Affairs Officer]


NEWS AND NOTES



Yosemite National Park (CA)
Yosemite National Park Hosts Veteran Hikers

On Thursday, June 19th, Yosemite National Park hosted a group of military veterans from the Warrior Hike “Walk off the War” program – a non-profit initiative that supports veterans in their transition from wartime experience by thru-hiking America’s long distance trails as a form of outdoor therapy. 

On this hike, four combat veterans arrived in Tuolumne Meadows in the northern portion of the park to rest and resupply during their challenge to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail.  The trail is 2,663 miles long and passes through 25 national forests and seven national parks. 

Upon their arrival, the park’s military veteran employees, members of the Mariposa Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and local resident Hal Mayo, a 92-year-old Navy veteran and one of the few living Pearl Harbor survivors, welcomed the group, provided them a barbeque dinner, and held a “meet and greet” session.

In recognition of the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of long distance hiking, Warrior Hike has partnered with the federal and non-profit organizations that manage the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail to create the “Walk off the War” program.  The program is specifically designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails. 

Yosemite National Park has an active special emphasis program for veterans of the armed services.  The park’s program is managed by Dave Henderson, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who also manages the park’s traffic program.  Henderson is a long-time Yosemite National Park employee and has done exceptional work managing traffic and visitor services throughout Yosemite. 

The park currently employs approximately 100 veterans, representing all divisions within the park.  These employees represent all military branches who have served in all recent conflicts ranging from the Korean War, the Cold War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 

Yosemite continues to remain committed to America’s veterans through employment programs and initiatives designed to assist America’s veterans.

Northeast Region
Park Facebook Followers Develop New Exhibit

During the winter of 2013-2014, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site engaged in a bold experiment called “Raiders of the Lost Art.”

Members of the park's online community on Facebook were asked to help park staff fill an empty museum case in the park's visitor center. They brainstormed ideas for a theme with staff, selected the theme for the exhibit, and finally selected the assemblage of museum objects to be included in the exhibit -- the very first crowd-sourced exhibit in a national park.

The exhibit, entitled  “The Hairstyle Files: Hirsute Gentlemen and Coiffured Ladies of the Gilded Age,” has now opened at the park's visitor center.

The artwork of Saint-Gaudens and his assistants presents a time capsule of sorts for the styles of the Gilded Age.  The term “Gilded Age” was coined to describe the opulent lifestyle adopted by the upper class in America; however, the era could have just as easily been characterized as the “Golden Age of Hair.”

Beautiful and complex women’s up-dos and panoply of different ways to sculpt male facial hair defines the era as much as the opulence of the upper class lifestyle. It is a tribute to the skill of sculptors like Saint-Gaudens that they were able to capture this diversity with such realism in their plaster and bronze works. 

This exhibit features works by Saint-Gaudens and his contemporaries from the park’s museum collection. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before. The exhibit will be displayed in the park’s visitor center through October.

If you would like to be part of the conversation about this and future exhibits, visit the park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/SaintGaudensNPS .

[Submitted by Rick Kendall, rick_kendall@nps.gov]


Midwest Region
Junior Rangers Learn About Wildland Firefighting

George Washington Carver National Monument held its annual summer Junior Ranger program during three consecutive Saturdays this past June. 

The program provided local youths aged 8 to 12 with a "hands-on" opportunity to learn more about various aspects of George Washington Carver's life and the National Park Service, and focused on the Junior Ranger motto of “Explore, Learn, and Protect”.

This year’s program was attended by 20 Junior Rangers. On the first day participants learned about wildland firefighting. Topics included wildland vs. structural protective gear and tools, prescribed fires, the fire triangle, and fire safety.

The Junior Firefighters all passed the physical test of jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups before learning about the pack and fire shelter tests. The highlight for the participants was testing out the gear and equipment. After trying on the 45-pound vest and walking a few yards, some were ready for the three-mile challenge and others were ready for a rest.

The summer Junior Rangers program is designed to connect young people with their local national park. A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path towards the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. One of the plan’s action concepts, Live and Learn, aims to provide multiple ways for children to learn about the national parks and what they reveal about nature, the nation's history, and issues central to our civic life.

[Submitted by J. Michael Johnson, J_Michael_Johnson@nps.gov]


North Cascades National Park (WA)
Retired Ranger Still Missing In Africa

On July 1st, an article in this publication reported that retired Stehekin District Ranger Bill Fitzpatrick had disappeared while flying a small aircraft in Africa (click here for the text of that article).

That report proved to be incorrect. Neither Bill nor the aircraft have been located. The earlier report was based on information received by his family.  The latest information and updates can be found online at the “More Information” link below.

Bill was flying a small aircraft to a park in Cameroon and reported that he was 65 miles out from an airfield in the port city of Douala. All contact was lost and neither he nor the aircraft have been seen since.

[Submitted by Karen Taylor-Goodrich, Superintendent]

 More Information...
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

August 4 – August 8 – Archeological Resources Protection Training, Valley Forge NHP, PA. This 37-hour course provides training in all aspects of an archeological investigation and prosecution. The class culminates in a 12-hour archeological crime scene practical exercise where law enforcement officers and archeologist work as a team to investigate and document a crime scene. Attendees will gather and process physical evidence, write incident reports, executive summaries, search warrants, damage assessments, and provide testimony in a courtroom scenario. This training is open to all law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and Federal archeologists. NPS employees should contact Wiley Golden at (912) 267-2246 for registration. Other Federal employees should contact their national academy representatives at FLETC to register. Contact FLETC instructor Charles Louke (912) 280-5138 for course information.

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

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

August 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 4 – October 9 – Land Management Investigator Training, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is July 25th.

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

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

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Grand Canyon NP, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is August 11th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

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

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

September 30 – October 3 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher Instructor Training, Yosemite, CA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 15th.

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

October 6 – October 10 – Structural Firefighter I (Defensive Firefighter) Course, Gateway NRA (Sandy Hook Unit), NJ. This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic training at the NFPA 1001, Firefighter I level with the minimum skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a member of a structural firefighting team under direct supervision. Course emphasis is on individual and engine company manipulative skills essential for personal safety and efficiency in support of defensive (exterior) operations with limited offensive skills targeting trash and vehicle fires and indirect attacks in the suppression of structural fires. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 8th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 13 – October 24 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1001 training standards to be qualified as a Structural Firefighter I and II. Participants will be able to perform both interior and exterior attacks during structural fire events. The course presents students with a strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes extensive training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed serve as a structural firefighter.  Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 15th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 20 – October 31 – Use of Force Instructor Training, New Braintree, MA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 28th.

October 21 – October 22 - Find 'Em: Initial Response Incident Commander, Estes Park, CO. Learn about the state-of-the-art in missing person search planning. This interactive workshop will introduce the newest and most comprehensive textbook on search and rescue management, focus on the duties and responsibilities of the initial response incident commander, and provide instruction on the use of WinCASIE search incident computer software.  Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 25 people.

October 22 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Keeping Good People Good, Estes Park, CO. NPS employees begin their careers as passionate, idealistic, enthusiastic people who are often heard saying “I can’t believe they pay me to do this job.” With time, they are exposed to the subtle day-to-day pressures and demands that can be devastating to even the most experienced and capable people. This presentation is aimed at helping the participants develop a personal strategy to prevent the day-to-day pressures from destroying the very things they work so hard to build. They will learn techniques to help create the balance and resilience that is essential for their long-term professional and personal wellbeing. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 22 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Management’s Role in Keeping Good People Good, Estes Park, CO. Organizations spend a significant amount of time, energy and money hiring and training good people, but that is just the beginning. After the hiring process is over, managers have an important role in helping Keep Good People Good. Positive leadership, a proactive approach to problem solving, the “Courage to Communicate,” and holding people respectfully accountable are key to preventing employee-related problems. Managers are responsible for the guidance, mentorship, and coaching that helps employees improve performance and achieve their full potential. This program is aimed at helping managers apply the theories of leadership & management to everyday, real-life situations and develop the practical skills needed to become more effective and confident leaders. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 23 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Communications Skills…They Do Make a Difference, Estes Park, CO. The ability to resolve conflicts, address differences, minimize misunderstandings, interact well with others, work as a team and enhance relationships (of all kinds) is directly related to our ability to communicate. This workshop is designed for people who want to communicate more effectively, build better relationships (at work, home and play), gain a better understanding into the power of perceptions & assumptions, and are looking to have some fun learning practical communication skills they can apply to everyday, real-life situations. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 23 Learning by Listening: Conducting Effective Oral History Interviews, Estes Park, CO. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of oral history. Participants will be introduced to oral history project planning; legal and ethical issues; recording technologies (audio and video); what to do before, during, and after the interview; processing and preserving interviews; and using oral history in Web sites and publications. Participants will conduct and critique a short interview on-site during the workshop. Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 20 people.

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

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

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

December 8 – December 12 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class includes certification in both Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I. These classes have been combined as fire instructor is a required prerequisite for fire officer. The combined class is a combination of online activities with job performance skills being demonstrated in a class or field setting. Fire instructor is designed around classroom lectures, group activities, and individual presentations. Topics include learning theories, use of instructional materials and media, maintaining student records and techniques for effective communication. The fire officer portion of the class focuses on technical knowledge and leadership skills which are essential for command and control of engine company personnel during fire emergencies. Participants will be introduced to the skills of preplanning, fire attack strategies/tactics and logistical support functions. Skills are reinforced and evaluated through dynamic group sessions and video simulations. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules and class assessments. Access to the on-line class is available on December 9th. Application deadline is November 10th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

Online Training

Web Authoring

NPS Basic Web. The basic course covers the topics that web authors need to effectively communicate via NPS websites—both internal and external. The basic course introduces students to web terminology, content strategy, accessibility, writing for the web, image selection/editing, PDF usage, web analytics, web support, and content management system (CMS) basics. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF2013.

NPS Intermediate Web. The intermediate course builds on topics covered in the basic course (above) to give park or program web coordinators (or any interested web author) resources for managing content on NPS websites. The intermediate course goes into more depth about content strategy, web analytics, accessibility, shared content on NPS.gov, and content management system (CMS) elements. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF4017

Cultural Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilderness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retirement

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

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

Supervision

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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Services
GS-0025-12/13 National Law Enforcement Specialist

The Division of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Services in Washington is seeking candidates for a position as the Service’s national law enforcement specialist (formerly known as the branch chief for law enforcement operations).

The person selected to fill this position will have many opportunities to network with all divisions of the National Park Service as well as a multitude of federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies.  

The announcement closes August 7th.

For more information contact Hunter Bailey at (202) 513-7162
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Grand Teton National Park (WY)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Grand Teton National Park is seeking applicants interested in a lateral reassignment to a permanent (career/career-conditional) protection ranger position.

The person selected will serve as a Level 1 commissioned ranger responsible for performing law enforcement and emergency service duties, including:

  • Detection, investigation, apprehension, detention, and prosecution of criminal violations under provisions of applicable laws, rules, and regulations enacted to insure the protection and safe use of park resources;
  • Participation as a member of the structural fire program;
  • Provision of emergency medical services and search and rescue;
  • Participation and assistance with river patrol operations.

The person in this position will serve as one of five permanent field law enforcement rangers working in the Snake River District, located in Moose and Moran, Wyoming. Work will be performed independently in an 86,000-acre district containing highway enforcement, two campgrounds, 43 miles of the wild and scenic designated Snake River, and multiple concessioners. Grand Teton National Park is a federal park with concurrent jurisdiction that receives approximately 4,000,000 visitors per year. Ranger staff respond to more than 2500 incidents per year. 

This is a full-time permanent position. Park headquarters is in Moose, Wyoming, located approximately 12 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming.  This is a required occupant position and housing will be determined by the selectee’s family size and needs. Local services include K-5 elementary school, children in grades 5-12 are bused to Jackson, and a Post Office in Moose.

Candidates must meet OPM Qualification Standards for the 0025 Park Ranger series and must currently possess a Type I NPS law enforcement commission in order to be eligible. Applicants must also possess certification at the EMT-Basic level, although higher EMS certifications are encouraged, supported and utilized. 

Interested individuals should email the following documents to Snake River Supervisory Ranger Matt Wilber by August 6th:

  • A resume detailing work history,  and any special qualifications or training
  • Transcripts if qualifications are based on education;
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing current National Park Service career status, title, series, and grade (Non-Award SF-50);
  • Verification of a valid NPS Law Enforcement Commission (picture omitted);
  • National Registry EMT-B (or higher) certification (card);
  • Most recent performance appraisal;
  • A list of professional and personal references, including current contact info.

Application packages from qualified candidates must be electronically sent to Matt Wilber by COB on August 6th. Please send application packages via email to Matthew_Wilber@nps.gov. Please list in the subject line of the email:  GRTE GL 9 LE Ranger Lateral

This lateral announcement may be used to fill one to two vacancies in the Snake River District.

For additional information about the detail and the position, please contact Snake River Supervisory Ranger Matt Wilber at (307)739-3370 or Matthew_Wilber@nps.gov.