The Morning Report

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Body Of Missing Climber Found

During helicopter search operations yesterday, the body of Peter Jeffris, missing since last Sunday, was found 200 feet below the Ledges on the Keyhole Route. 

A park SAR team was flown to a landing spot in the Glacier Gorge drainage and four team members climbed approximately 1,800 vertical feet to where Jeffris was found. His body was flown from the scene to a landing spot at Upper Beaver Meadows at approximately 4 p.m. and transferred to the Boulder County Coroner. 

Jeffris was reported overdue the afternoon of Monday, November 17th, when he did not arrive at work. His vehicle was located in the parking lot at the Longs Peak Trailhead.  He reportedly left Sunday morning to summit Longs Peak. 

Safety was a top priority in determining when and where rescue personnel could search for Jeffris.  Winter conditions, including extreme winds and below freezing temperatures, made search and recovery operations even more difficult.  These challenging conditions hampered search operations, particularly above tree line, over the past three days.  With Thursday’s calmer winds, searchers were able to utilize a helicopter, making it possible to cover a much larger area and ultimately locate Jeffris. 

Over the multiple day search, park SAR teams were assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Alpine Rescue Team, Diamond Peak Ski Patrol, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Search Dogs of Colorado and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.  Park staff also worked with the US Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]


Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NY,PA)
Vandals Tag Historic Roebling Bridge

Early on the morning of Saturday, November 15th, vandals used spray paint to leave their “tag” on the sidewalls and capstones of the historic Roebling Bridge in Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. The Roebling Bridge is the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the United States and is a designated National Historic Landmark and National Civil Engineering Landmark.

Nearby residents reported the presence of up to four people at the bridge but could provide no further identifying information; thanks to their interest in the unusual activity, though, the graffiti extends only half way across the bridge on the New York side.

The graffiti extends across several different types of materials (wood, plexiglass, metal, and stone), with historic stone posing the greatest challenges for removal.

Park law enforcement rangers are working with local law enforcement agencies to identify individuals associated with similar “tags.” Park staff are also consulting with regional experts on Section 106 compliance and the safest and most effective methods for cleanup. The estimated cost for removal is $2,000, which should be completed within the next week.

[Submitted by Joe Hinkes, Chief Ranger]


NEWS AND NOTES



Office of Communications
Two From Glacier Bay Receive Freeman Tilden Award

Putting together the tale of a whale named “Snow” has earned Kelly VandenBerg and Melissa Senac of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve the 2014 National Park Service Freeman Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation.

Sightings of whales, sea lions, seals, and sea otters thrill visitors to Alaska’s Glacier Bay and Snow, humpback whale #68, was a fan favorite for years. After death, Snow continues to fascinate visitors through the efforts of VandenBerg and Senac, who created exhibits that feature the whale’s skeleton and the skeleton of a juvenile orca whale. The exhibits showcase the size and anatomy of the whales while evoking empathy and respect for them and appreciation for their protection.

“Kelly and Melissa’s exhibits provide a glimpse into the underwater world of Glacier Bay,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “They illustrate how national parks are classrooms without walls – where story and place combine to make life-long learning exciting.”

The 45-foot long Snow is the largest humpback whale skeleton on display in the United States. VandenBerg and Senac had no comparative project to emulate or blueprint to follow as they prepared to place Snow on display in an outside, open-air exhibit. Every aspect of the project delved into unchartered waters. VanderBerg and Senac had to decide on shelter design, bone consolidation, finishing options, skeletal pose, structural supports, and informational sign design and location.

VandenBerg and Senac also involved the Gustavus community, especially school children, in the projects. Students helped clean, prepare, and assemble the two skeletons. Earlier this year, both whale skeletons were unveiled during ceremonies that included multiple speakers, youth activities, educational carnivals, and special Tlingit presentations. Tlingit elders provided meaningful cultural blessings, speeches, and spirit songs and gave each whale a Tlingit native name that forever unites them to their homeland – Tsalxaan Tayee Yaay (Whale beneath Mount Fairweather) and Keet’k (Little Whale). The orca skeleton was placed in the town’s library where it now swims above the reading area.

VandenBerg and Senac also produced social media posts and online resources for the project including project blogs, videos, time lines, photo galleries, and teacher curriculum. This year, more than 500 students and 40 teachers took part in 33 on-site educational programs. Due to the skill and creativity of VandenBerg and Senac, both whales will long continue to provide visitors, both in-person and online, with a peek into the life of these magnificent species and their physiology, traits, and challenges.

Each year, the Freeman Tilden Award recognizes outstanding contributions in interpretation and education by National Park Service employees. Nominees are judged on creativity, originality, and positive contributions toward enhancing the public’s understanding of national park resources. 

The award is named for Freeman Tilden, the author of The National Parks, What They Mean to You and Me and Interpreting Our Heritage.  Tilden’s writings have had considerable influence on National Park Service interpretation and education programs.

[Submitted by Kathy Kupper]


Geologic Resources Division
New National Park Caves Poster Out

A new poster, "Caves of the National Parks," is now available online and in hardcopy for distribution to staff and visitors.

In partnership with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Geological Resources Division has produced a beautiful poster filled with photos, learning activities, cave information, and the key scientific disciplines that study these resources.

The poster also takes a quick look at karst landscapes and white-mose syndrome in bats, a deadly disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern United States. With an emphasis on subterranean science, this poster was included in this year’s AGI Science Week packet that was distributed to over 14,000 science teachers.

You can download an electronic version of the poster from this website:

http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/education/ESW_classroom_posters/classroom_posters.cfm

To receive hard copies of the poster, contact: Dale Pate, 303-969-2635 or email: dale_pate@nps.gov or Limaris Soto, 303-969-2082 or email: limaris_r_soto@partner.nps.gov

The NPS manages over 4,900 caves, including four of the seven longest caves in the world. Cave scientists study archeology, biology, paleontology, mineralogy, hydrology, geology, and many other fields. Caves also have tremendous aesthetic value, and provide recreational and educational opportunities. From the casual visitor to the most experienced scientist and explorer, parks offer a wide-range of cave experiences that millions of visitors enjoy every year.

Learn more about caves of the National Park Service at: http://nature.nps.gov/geology/caves/

[Submitted by Dale Pate, dale_pate@nps.gov, 303-969-2635]

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United States Park Police
Officer Bruce Martin Receives Higgins Award

On November 13th, Park Police Officer Bruce Martin was presented the Higgins Award by Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.   

Officer Martin, a two time recipient of the Higgins Award, was selected based on his professionalism and commitment to criminal and traffic enforcement in 2012 in addition to his continuous efforts  during the summer season, proactively patrolling Great Falls Maryland and Virginia in an effort to reduce visitor drowning’s. 

Officer Martin has been a United States Park Police officer for five years and works out of the George Washington Memorial Parkway Station

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]


World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (HI,AK,CA)
Merry Petrossian Has Retired

Merry Petrossian, the park’s chief of facility management, retired on Friday, November 14th, marking a milestone in the NPS management of operations in Pearl Harbor. 

Merry's presence at the site, working her way up the ladder from a part-time custodian (working several other jobs) to a division chief supervising some of her former co-workers, is a story of persistence and determination.  She exhibited a strong ethic of caring for the site and its employees that helped raise the bar across all programs.

When asked about her most memorable part of working for the NPS, Merry referred to her receiving the NPS Director's Natural Resource Stewardship Award for Facilities Management. This award was an unexpected surprise to Merry, but recognized her efforts and response during an oil spill and subsequent cleanup. Merry was also responsible for the rip-rap along the shore of the visitor center.  Her stories about being informed that she was nominated (on April Fool's Day) and her subsequent award presentation are priceless.

Merry's generosity and aloha spirit is well known in the park and in the broader NPS community. This generosity and aloha spirit will be remembered as an important aspect of what it means to be an NPS ranger in Pearl Harbor. Merry, in her manner, requested no grand recognition with her retirement and the park has respected her wishes.

“I ask that, in your own way, you wish Merry well in her new role as home-made honey supplier and full time grandmother,” said Paul DePrey, the park’s superintendent in a note to his staff. “The time gained by her children and grandchildren is a loss to the NPS, but one that has a higher purpose.”

[Submitted by Paul DePrey, Superintendent]


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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Learning Event Catalog

The National Park Service now has an interim learning event catalog that will help you find some of those hard to locate learning events.  The catalog is a preview of one of many features yet to come on the new Common Learning Portal – an interactive, collaborative learning and development site scheduled to roll out in early FY16. The learning and development community has compiled a starting list of events offered regionally and Servicewide in FY15. This list is being updated on a biweekly basis as new opportunities arise and current events are updated, so check back regularly. To view the searchable PDF file click here: http://www.nps.gov/training/LD/docs/LD%20Calendar%20-%20FY-2015.pdf

Training and Webinars

November 24 – November 25 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform.  Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity.  This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by November 14th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed. 

December 2 – December 4 – Introduction to WebEx Training,  2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx?  Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint.  Register in DOI Learn by November 26th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

December 3 – Getting Ready for Campaign Launch, Part I – Find Your Park Website, webinar, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern.  The Centennial Office is hosting webinars on ways in which employees and partners can learn about NPS preparations for the upcoming centennial. Conference line: 1-888-455-3079; verbal pass code: Launch. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/652862208 .

December 9 – December 11 Introduction to WebEx Training,  2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx?  Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint.  Register in DOI Learn by December 1st. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

December 4 – Interactive Webinars: How to Engage Your Audience, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. This is an Adobe Connect session. Learn how to engage your audience through effective virtual design and delivery, with emphasis on keeping attention & interest. Check out the full description and course objectives at this site in DOI Learn.

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.

December 9 – December 12 – Access to Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA. This course is ideal for planners, designers, facility managers and accessibility coordinators.  Learners will apply the accessibility standards to new construction and altered recreation facilities (campgrounds, picnic sites, docks, etc); direct project supervision to ensure compliance with the accessibility standards; and apply universal design concepts to benefit the widest spectrum of park users. 

December 9 – December 12 – Wildlife Field Anesthesia Training, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.  Designed for NPS personnel, the class offers instruction on field anesthesia of wildlife.  Topics include regulations on the use of pharmaceuticals in wildlife, physiological effects of drugs, dose calculations, darting equipment, animal and human safety, euthanasia, and establishing a wildlife capture and anesthesia program.  The class will consist of two and a half classroom days, a half day using darting equipment on a shooting range, and a half day participating in a field exercise.  It will start on Tuesday morning and end on Friday at noon. There is no tuition charge, but students are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs. The class size is limited. To register for this class or to find out more, call or email Ryan Monello at 970-568-2492 or Ryan_Monello@nps.gov. The deadline for registration is November 24th.

December 11 – Sustainable Practices Report Training, webinar, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The Park Facility Management Division, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, will host a series of training webinars on the FY14 sustainable practices report. This training is for NPS personnel who are designated to complete this report, especially those from parks that have never submitted a report. The webinar will cover the background on reporting, DOI’s web-based SPR system, preparing for the report, and reporting requirement highlights.  If you have any questions about this training, contact David Kahl at the NPS Solid Waste Management Help Desk (http://inside.nps.gov/waso/custommenu.cfm?lv=3&prg=999&id=10417) via email (David_Kahl@contractor.nps.gov), alternate email (david@dakahlconsulting.com), or phone (970-416-6542). Click on this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6501234496183939329.

December 29 – December 30 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform.  Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity.  Register in DOI Learn by December 20th.  Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed. 

January 5 – January 16 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Instructor 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 November 18th.

January 5 – January 16 – Use of Force Instructor 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 November 18th.

January 11 – February 7 – NPS Parkmedic Training Program, Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA. This certification course is designed to take the already proficient EMT/EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate 85 or AEMT and increase his/her skills and knowledge to function as an ALS Parkmedic provider in remote and wilderness areas within the national parks. The course will be taught in three sections: classroom (didactic), clinical (hospital), and field internship (pre-hospital). Open to NPS employees who are currently certified as state or national EMT- Basic,  EMT – Intermediate or AEMT, and who are expected to provide advanced life support services within the NPS.  Currently certified AEMT’s who complete this course to transition to the Parkmedic level may opt out of the NREMT certification exam. Clinical and field internship hours will be scheduled individually immediately following this training block. You should expect to stay in Fresno for a minimum of two weeks following the didactic portion of the class to complete the required 50% of your clinical and field experience, which must be done in Fresno.  The remaining 50% may be done in Fresno per your request, but then you should allow an additional one to two weeks, for a total of three to four weeks in Fresno after February 7th.  Alternatively, this final 50% may be done at the ranger's home park/hospital. The tuition is $2,000 if paid before December 8, 2014; $2,300 if paid after December 8, 2014. There is a $300 non-refundable deposit.  Course fee will include a voucher to take the AEMT exam. Nominees must complete and submit a Standard Form 182 (10 Part) to their Training Office. Payment information can be obtained by calling Donna Armijo, UCSF Building at (559) 499-6439.  Application and non-refundable deposit must be received no later than December 8th. For more information, contact Dean Ross, Branch Chief, Emergency Services, (Dean_Ross@nps.gov; 202-513-7093) or Dr. Thomas Kim (tkim@fresno.ucsf.edu), Dr. Christina Umber (cumber@fresno.ucsf.edu), or Donna Armijo (parkmedicprogram@fresno.ucsf.edu, 559-499-6439) in Fresno.

January 13 – Sustainable Practices Report Training, webinar, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The Park Facility Management Division, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, will host a series of training webinars on the FY14 sustainable practices report. This training is for NPS personnel who are designated to complete this report, especially those from parks that have never submitted a report. The webinar will cover the background on reporting, DOI’s web-based SPR system, preparing for the report, and reporting requirement highlights.  If you have any questions about this training, contact David Kahl at the NPS Solid Waste Management Help Desk (http://inside.nps.gov/waso/custommenu.cfm?lv=3&prg=999&id=10417) via email (David_Kahl@contractor.nps.gov), alternate email (david@dakahlconsulting.com), or phone (970-416-6542). Click on this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7522456498015855105 .

January 21 – January 22 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform.  Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity.  Register in DOI Learn by January 11th.  Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed. 

January 27 – January 29 - Introduction to WebEx Training,  2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx?  Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint.  Register in DOI Learn by January 15th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

February 9 – February 13 – Command And General Staff Functions For Local Incident Management Teams, NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV. Applicants must have completed ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800. Registration is due by January 9th. For more information, contact Elaine Bond, DOI Office of Emergency Management, 202-208-5417, Elaine_Bond@ios.doi.gov.

February 10 – February 12 – Introduction to WebEx Training,  2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. Planning on delivering training via WebEx?  Learn how to use the tools of WebEx Training to engage your learners and avoid death by PowerPoint.  This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by January 31st. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

February 10 – February 13 – Access to Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV. This course is ideal for planners, designers, facility managers and accessibility coordinators.  Learners will apply the accessibility standards to new construction and altered recreation facilities (campgrounds, picnic sites, docks, etc); direct project supervision to ensure compliance with the accessibility standards; and apply universal design concepts to benefit the widest spectrum of park users. 

February 18 – Centennial Schedule & Event Planning, webinar, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern. The Centennial Office is hosting webinars on ways in which employees and partners can learn about NPS preparations for the upcoming centennial. Conference line: 1-888-455-3079; verbal pass code: Planning. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/119141904 .

February 18 – February 19 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform.  Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity.  This session is reserved for Business Services employees. Register in DOI Learn by February 8th. Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed. 

February 23 – March 6 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Instructor 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 January 6th.

February 23 – March 6 – Use of Force Instructor 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 January 6th.

February 24 – April 1 – DOI 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 December 18th.

February 24 – February 26Divine Disorder; Conference on the Conservation of Folk and Outsider Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. This conference is focused on highlighting the underappreciated decorative works of non-traditional artists. The conservation of these works is vital to preserving the life story of those artists outside the mainstream art community. For more information, go to the event webpage at http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/divine-disorder-2015/; or contact Jason Church: 318-356-7444 or jason_church@contractor.nps.gov.

March 9 – March 20 – Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator 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 January 12th.

March 11 – March 12 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform.  Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity.  Register in DOI Learn by March 1st.  Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed. 

March 18 – Getting Ready for Campaign Launch, Part II, webinar, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern. The Centennial Office is hosting webinars on ways in which employees and partners can learn about NPS preparations for the upcoming centennial. Conference line: 1-888-455-3079; verbal pass code: Service. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/743189369 .

March 24 – March 26Fiber Identification and Analysis for Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX. This course covers basic polarized light microscopy (PLM) and methods of sampling, characterization and identification mammalian hair and selected natural and synthetic fibers. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises involving sample preparation and specimen manipulation as well as the characterization and identification of real life specimens. For more information go to the event webpage at http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/fiber-identification-and-analysis-for-conservation/; or contact Jason Church: 318-356-7444 or jason_church@contractor.nps.gov.

March 25 – March 27 - International Workshop on the Conservation and Restoration of Earthen Architecture or TICRAT (Taller Internacional de Conservación y Restauración de Arquitectura de Tierra), Alamos, Mexico. This workshop series is a bi-national, hands-on event focused on techniques and strategies for conserving and restoring earthen architecture and components such as adobe, lime plaster, and painted plaster. This year’s event will involve presentations, workshops, and field trips in and around Alamos Sonora, a well-preserved 17th century Spanish Colonial town located in the tropical deciduous forest of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains. All costs for selected NPS employees, including transportation between the home park unit and Alamos, hotel, local travel, and meals will be provided. NPS staff participation is limited to 15 and requires preliminary registration to ensure equitable representation from multiple parks. Final registration will require a passport and superintendent-approved international travel authorization form. Preliminary registration is due by December 1st. To register contact Starr Herr-Cardillo, TICRAT coordinator, at (520) 271-3014 or seherr@email.arizona.edu. For copies of the flyer and registration form, got to http://www.nps.gov/tuma/historyculture/ticrat.htm. For more information, visit the Missions Initiative website, www.missions.arizona.edu.

April 28 – April 29 – Landscape Preservation: An Introduction, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. This training introduces students to the concept of cultural landscapes, including designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes and historic sites.  Student then learn applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Instructors then explore preservation planning and documentation, and how to develop a cultural landscape report to use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation. Applications are due by April 14th. Details on the seminar can be found on the National Preservation Institute website (www.npi.org).  For more information, contact Brinnen Carter at 907-747-0140, orBrinnen_Carter@nps.gov.

April 30 – Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. Students will explore issues that direct the process of change and decision-making for challenging landscapes. Instructors will then review the practices of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources and discuss the implications of each, identifying tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Students should come to understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about preserving and managing historic and cultural landscapes over the long-term. Applications are due by April 14th. Details on the seminar can be found on the National Preservation Institute website (www.npi.org).  For more information, contact Brinnen Carter at 907-747-0140, orBrinnen_Carter@nps.gov.

May 4, 2015 – April 15, 2016 – Facility Manager Leaders Program. This national award winning curriculum is designed to develop and strengthen selectees’ knowledge and competencies in asset management, operations and maintenance, project management, resource stewardship, business management, supervision and leadership. This is a competency based training opportunity; it is not an intake program.  Selected candidates will be enrolled in an intensive year-long program involving 20 to 28 weeks of study, classes and activities. To apply, log onto DOI Learn and enter “Facility Manager Leaders Program” in the search field. IMPORTANT: All six parts of the on-line application must be completed no later than January 16th. For additional information, contact Dave Hartman at 202-513-7070.

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

Natural Resources

Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources. This two-hour on-line training orients learners to the natural resource and science career path within the National Park Service. It explains the role of the natural resource professional within the NPS, and introduces the concepts of ethical conduct, scientific integrity, interdisciplinary networks and building and maintaining professional credibility. Students will address their career development by exploring ways to design and implement professional development plans. Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources is the first unit in the course of study being developed for the Foundational Natural Resource series of the Career Academy for Natural Resources. The Foundational Series is designed to help employees achieve the natural resource competencies at the entry/developmental level. It may also benefit natural resource professionals at any level who are new to the National Park Service. This course is available through DOI Learn. The course code is NPS-NRS1501. Cost: Free. To learn more about the Career Academy for Natural Resources, visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/training/nrs/academy/academy.html. For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov.

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



Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
WG-4607-7 Carpenter Worker

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued an announcement for a carpenter.

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 December 4th.
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Museum Management Program
GS-1016-9 Museum Specialist (Pathways Program)

The Museum Management Program is seeking candidates from the Pathways program for a position as museum specialist.

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 December 5th.
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