The Morning Report

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Teenage Surfer Rescues Two From Rip Current

A father, his son and the boy’s cousin were pulled out into a strong rip current off Ocean Beach on Wednesday, April 9th.

A surfer, the 17-year-old son of a local fire captain, risked his life to rescue the man and the cousin, bringing them to shore, where arriving city paramedics began CPR on the man. They were able to restore his pulse.

Park lifeguards and rangers joined Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department personnel in a multi-day search for the man’s 14-year-old son. Despite an intensive search that begin within minutes of the incident and included numerous vessels and three helicopters, no sign of the boy was found.

Click on the link below to see an April 10th San Francisco Chronicle story on the rescue that includes a video and numerous images.
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NEWS AND NOTES



Office of Communications
National Park Week Begins Tomorrow

Over the course of the next nine days, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will host National Park Week, featuring special events in parks nationwide. This year’s theme – “National Park Week: Go Wild!” – invites visitors to celebrate all that America’s 401 national parks have to offer.

With free admission to all parks on April 19th and 20th and exciting activities and programs scheduled throughout the week, National Park Week is the perfect time to discover the diverse wildlife, iconic landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history found in America’s national parks.

There are countless ways to enjoy National Park Week. Below are nine great suggestions;  a complete list of National Park Week events taking place across the country is available at www.nationalparkweek.org.

  • Go wild for bears. This year the National Park Foundation has teamed with Disney on the new Disneynature film, “Bears,” which premiers today, just in time for Earth Day and National Park Week. For every ticket sold during “Bears” opening week, April 18th through April 24th, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s National Park System.
  • Go wild for Junior Ranger Day.  On April 26th, young visitors can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by taking part in special family-friendly activities.
  • Go wild for a walk in a park. More than 100 free, ranger-led walks are offered during National Park Week. Hike to a cloud forest, take a sunset stroll, wander through John F. Kennedy's neighborhood, and more.
  • Go wild for Hawaiian culture. Experience first-hand the traditions of Hawaiian sailing and Hawaiian crafts! Join a sailing expert guide for a ride on a double-hulled canoe and learn interesting tidbits about Hawaiian sailing techniques, history, and culture. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian crafts such as lauhala weaving, coconut leaf weaving, and lei making.
  • Go wild for waterfalls. Take the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in beautiful northern California and hike to Brandy Creek, Boulder Creek, Crystal Creek and Whiskeytown Falls.
  • Go wild for national park road trips. Enjoy a self-guided tour to historic places, most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Each trip takes you to a variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
  • Go wild for wildflowers. Spring has sprung and it is the perfect time to see nature in all of its colorful glory in parks across the country. Parks including the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and Cumberland Gap and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky will have wildflower walks and talks.

Using the resources on the National Park Week website, visitors can plan adventures, share national park photos, videos, and tips, and learn about all the ways to help support national parks.

National Park Week also offers many opportunities for the public to explore local parks, trails, and architectural gems sustained by National Park Service programs such as the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program and the National Register of Historic Places.

[Submitted by Kathy Kupper, NPS, and Alanna Sobel, NPF]

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Shiloh National Military Park (TN)
Shiloh Holds Symposium On Contraband Camp

Shiloh National Military Park, the Ulysses S. Grant Association and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University are presenting a symposium on the Contraband Camp in Corinth, Mississippi, this week – specifically, yesterday and today.

The event is being held at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center with side trips to the Contraband Camp site and the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

Speakers include Dr. John D. Smith of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Dierdre Cooper Owens of the University of Mississippi, and Dr. John F. Marszaleck of Mississippi State University.

The program is focusing on former slaves and their families who sought refuge within Union Army lines and experienced their first taste of freedom. Topics being discussed include the education of freedmen, the creation of the U.S. Colored Troops, and the building of a post-slavery community in Corinth.

The symposium also includes a panel discussion featuring Lincoln, Douglas and Grant re-enactors, tours of the Civil War Interpretive Center and the Contraband Camp featuring on site living historians, and a musical performance by renowned Civil War music artist Bobby Horton this evening.

For more information, please call the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 662-287-9273.

[Submitted by Christopher A. Mekow]


Olympic National Park (WA)
Park Launches Junior Ranger Ocean Stewards Program

Olympic National Park is offering a new addition to its Junior Ranger programs. Ocean Stewards is a free, self-guided program for families and children ages four and up.

Like the original Olympic National Park Junior Ranger program, the new Ocean Stewards program is designed to be a fun and hands-on way for children to learn about the web of life within the park, to learn how to explore safely, and to understand how they can help protect the park.

“For many of our youngest visitors, a trip to the park is not complete without earning their Junior Ranger badge,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “I am thrilled that we are able to offer this new opportunity for them explore even more, learn about the park’s amazing and diverse coastal ecosystem, and earn a very cool Ocean Steward’s patch.”

The program includes a hands-on activity booklet that was designed and authored by park staff.  The booklet is full of activities and information about the coastal ecosystem of Olympic National Park. Booklets are available at park visitor centers and ranger stations throughout the park and online at http://www.nps.gov/olym/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm.

Upon completion of the booklet, children can earn a unique Ocean Stewards patch.

[Submitted by Rainey McKenna]


Intermountain Region
Hugh Hawthorne To Manage Gila Cliff Dwellings

Hugh Hawthorne, a 15-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been named superintendent of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico, announced Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica.  Hawthorne will assume his new responsibilities on April 20th.

Currently, Hawthorne is the director of visitor services and youth and education programs at Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area in Massachusetts.  He supervise a complex visitor service, interpretation and education program as part of a unique partnership park made up of federal, state, municipal  and non-profit entities.

“Hugh has all the tools to be an effective superintendent,” said Regional Director Sue Masica.  “With his background, Hugh will continue his solid record of service to our nation and the National Park Service.”

Hawthorne began his NPS career as a Student Conservation Association intern at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah.  He worked seasonally at a number of park units throughout the Service and began his permanent NPS career at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico in 2004.  Hawthorne also served a three-year stint as chief of interpretation at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. 

Hawthorne earned a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Idaho in 1982, and has also done graduate work in geology and interpretation.  Prior to his NPS career, Hawthorne served seven years as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy and holds the rank of lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve. 

“I am looking forward to moving back to the west and returning to the desert,” said Hawthorne.  “As a ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ specialist, I love the thought of managing an original Roosevelt National Monument and look forward to sharing resources with the United States Forest Service in another unique partnership arrangement.”

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, located in southwestern New Mexico, was established in 1907 to protect the architectural remains of an ancient village. The cliff itself was created by volcanic activity and subsequent erosion and contains the remains of dwellings built in five cliff alcoves by ancient Puebloan people of the Mogollon area.  A generation of people lived in these cliff dwellings in the late 1200s CE (Common Era) before moving on during a time of many migrations. 

[Submitted by Patricia Turley, patricia_turley@nps.gov, 303-984-9663]


Morristown National Historical Park (NJ)
Morristown Holds Spring Clean Up

It was all hands on deck when Morristown National Historical Park held a cleanup day on April 9th. It wasn’t just any cleanup day – two dumpsters and 15 truckloads of trash and recyclables were carried out of the park.

Labelle eight track tapes, lapse-dissolve units, and slide carousels with original Harpers Ferry Center tags made some staff nostalgic; the 1960’s filing cabinets and harvest gold office chairs, not so much.

“We’re in this park because we love our history,” said Superintendent Tom Ross. “That could explain our predisposition to save old things rather than throw them away.”

Staff from all divisions enjoyed the common purpose and the opportunity to work together as a team. They are now enjoying their new found space.

[Submitted by Joanne Blacoe, Chief of Interpretation (acting)]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 5 – June 6 – ACA Swiftwater Rescue Training: Level 4, New River Gorge NR, WV. This class is designed as an intermediate swiftwater rescue workshop teaching recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress.  Emphasis is placed on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills.  Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced.  Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.  Participants should be prepared to be in the cold, wet river environment for skills practice and to swim in Class II – Class III whitewater. Experience on whitewater rivers up to class III is a prerequisite. Equipment needed: PFD for whitewater use in good condition(Type III or Type V), whitewater helmet, protective footwear, protective clothing for cold water/weather (wetsuit, splash gear, synthetic under layers), throwbag, whistle, knife,  three locking carabiners, and two prusicks. For registration and additional information, contact Matt McQueen at matt_mcqueen@nps.gov.

June 16 – June 27 – 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 April 22nd.

June 16 – June 27 – 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 April 23rd.

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

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

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

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

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

August 26 – April 27 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Midwest Region, Minneapolis, MN. See full announcement here.  Contact: Stephen Rogers; stephen_rogers@nps.gov or 402-661-1912.

August 26 – August 28 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Pacific West Region, Fort Vancouver NHS. See full announcement here. Contact: Cari Kreshak; cari_kreshak@nps.gov or 808-228-5334.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online Training

Cultural Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilderness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retirement

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

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

Supervision

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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Yosemite National Park (CA)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Yosemite National Park is seeking candidates interested in a lateral into a permanent, subject-to-furlough protection ranger position in Yosemite Valley.  

This will be a lateral reassignment for a Level I or Level II commissioned ranger into a 6c covered, required occupancy position with housing in Yosemite Valley.  This announcement may be used to fill other vacant less-than-fulltime GL-9 permanent positions throughout the park.

Yosemite National Park is located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, with a variety of recreational opportunities available.  A market, stores, restaurants, church and elementary school are located within the district.  Small towns, including Mariposa and Oakhurst, are approximately a one hour drive away, and large metropolitan areas including Fresno and Merced are two hours away.

The Valley District has a permanent population of approximately 1,500 residents, with visitation as high as 15,000 visitors per day during the busy summer months.  Visitor and resource protection in the Valley District is a true all-risk operation, with staff specializing in law enforcement, investigative services, marijuana cultivation interdiction, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and structural and wildland fire.  Collateral duties may include serving as a field training ranger or park medic or membership in the park’s special response, technical rope rescue, swift water rescue, and/or helicopter rescue teams.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Valley Shift Supervisor, Ed Visnovske, at 209-372-0314.

To be considered for this position you must submit:

  • A resume which includes your commission level and number;
  • Your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) indicating current grade and step;
  • A copy of your EMT-B or higher National Registry certification;
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Send your complete application package to Yosemite National Park Human Resources Office, Attention: Cyndi Mattiuzzi, PO Box 279-HR, Mariposa, CA 95338. You may also fax your application package to 209-379-1934.

Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office no later than April 30th.  If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Cyndi Mattiuzzi at 209-379-1806 or cyndi_mattiuzzi@nps.gov.

Big Cypress National Preserve (FL)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Big Cypress National Preserve is seeking candidates for a direct reassignment to a Level 1 commissioned ranger position. A second commissioned ranger position may also be filled.

Big Cypress serves as a field training site and opportunities may exist to serve as an FTO.  

The preserve consists of 729,000 acres of mostly wet backcountry areas, ranging from sawgrass, creeks and rivers at the southern end to progressively higher ground dominated by stands of cypress, pine and oak as you head north. Rangers patrol the backcountry by foot, 4WD vehicle, swamp buggy, ATV, jon boat, airboat, helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

Big Cypress actively manages hunting, fishing, and the largest off-road vehicle program in the NPS. Rangers work closely with county deputies and FWC state conservation officers. A large number of Native American cultural sites are located throughout the preserve. Rangers conduct both front and backcountry duties in a complex jurisdictional environment with a high priority on resource protection. 

This position is required occupancy and located at Park Headquarters in Ochopee, which is approximately 30 miles from Naples and 70 miles from Miami.

If you are interested in these positions, please submit the following:

  • Resume or OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment,
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

Mail or email your application package by May 20th to District Ranger Rob Leonard or District Ranger Leslie Wells Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. If you have questions, call 239-695-1161.