The Morning Report

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Big Bend National Park (TX)
Stolen Items Returned Following Cross-Border Discussions

Ranger Jorge Martinez was dispatched to the Rio Grande Village Campground on December 4th to investigate thefts that had occurred at two different campsites the previous night.  Ranger Alyssa Van Schmus also responded, and, with the assistance of local Border Patrol officers, identified foot signs in nearby brush thought to be related to the thefts.

The tracks lead a short distance south to the Rio Grande, the international border with Mexico. At the river’s edge they found items related to the thefts.  Surmising that the stolen items were south of the border, Martinez began contacting residents of the villages of Boquillas del Carmen and Ojo Caliente in the Mexican state of Coahuila via two-way radio. He arranged to have cross-river meetings with residents of both Mexican towns the following day.

Martinez also coordinated with NPS maintenance employee Hernan Hernandez, who was visiting family in Boquillas del Carmen. Hernandez was vital in helping to spread the word of the recent thefts.

On the following morning, Martinez and Ranger Nicolas Clapp attended meetings along a five-mile stretch of river with various residents of both Mexican towns . Everyone who they spoke with said that they would help as best they could to find the stolen items. They all noted that they did not want to damage their relationship with the park over the thefts.

On Saturday, December 6th, all of the stolen items were returned to the U.S. side of the river at the scenic Boquillas Overlook parking area.  It remains unknown who had stolen the items. 

Big Bend National Park has a long history of a close, positive and productive working relationship with the Mexican villages that sit on the border with the park.  This includes unique arrangements between our nations’ state departments that allows international collaboration on resource and fire management issues.

[Submitted by Allen Etheridge, Chief Ranger]


NEWS AND NOTES



Southeast Utah Group
NPS Parade Float Features Park Night Skies

On Saturday, December 6th, the Southeast Utah Group (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments) participated in the city of Moab's annual Christmas Electric Light Parade. 

The NPS float design celebrated the brilliant Milky Way galaxy soaring high above the red rock skyline and promoted visiting national parks after dark in order to experience the region's amazing dark night skies. 

The parade provided a great opportunity to remind everyone just how special the area's dark night skies are, and that they are worthy of exploration and protection.

In addition, the float was dedicated to the memory of long-time NPS employee and float decorator, Pat Flanigan, who passed away earlier in the year.

A record 40 floats were entered in this year's parade, and the NPS float was awarded "honorable mention." The NPS float won first place in the 2013 parade, and as a result employees were tasked with coming up with the 2014 parade theme ("Starry, starry night....") and the design of the traveling trophy for this year's winner.

The Department of Wildlife Resources (Moab Field Office) won first place this year and the BLM, USFS and the State of Utah all had floats in the parade as well.

[Submitted by Sabrina Henry]


Park Facility Management Division
Most Recent Edition Of Divisional Newsletter Now Out

The November/December issue of Park Facility Management Division Update is now available online. Included in this issue are:

  • Feature Story – Preserving Our Knowledge for the Next Generation: Knowledge Preservation Across the National Park Service
  • Chief's Corner – Tim Harvey's last before entering retirement.
  • Timothy Harvey – The Face of NPS Asset Management
  • 2014 Federal Real Property Reporting Submission
  • People Matters – Dave Hartman retires after 40+ years with the NPS
  • SMAC Safe – Preserving Our Legacy Through Safety
  • Safety Space – Wellness May Be More Than What You Think

Click on the link below for the website with both current and past editions of the newsletter.

[Submitted by Steven J. Olig, Communications Analyst]

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Parashant National Monument (AZ)
Southern Paiute Youth Camp Held

The Yevingkarere Youth Camp, which is normally held every September at Mount Trumbull in Parashant National Monument, was postponed this year due to the aftermath of significant flooding that occurred on the Moapa Indian Reservation.  

Approximately half of the students wouldn’t have been able to participate in the annual cultural camp, so organizers scrambled to come up with an alternate plan.  They decided to host it after the first snow had fallen, allowing Paiute elders to tell traditional stories not told during the annual fall camp. 

Organizers also searched for an alternate location due to the unpredictable weather on the 8,000-foot Mount Trumbull.  Zion National Park stepped up to host the rescheduled camp and welcomed 14 campers from the Cedar, Kaibab, Koosharem, and Moapa Bands of the Southern Paiute Nation.  

The campers – mostly fifth and sixth graders –  traveled from Utah, Arizona and Nevada to spend the weekend camping on traditional homelands in Zion National Park, a place their ancestors called Mukuntuweap, or “Straight Up Earth.”  

Paiute elders and agency experts taught lessons in language, hydrology, wildlife biology, botany, rope-making and hide-tanning.  The campers hiked to Weeping Rock and spotted a prehistoric granary hidden in the red rocks.  At night, Paiute elders told “winter stories” around a crackling campfire as a full moon rose above the cliffs.

Students especially enjoyed learning their native language, stories, and making new friends. They came away inspired to learn more about their culture.  Thanks to a National Park Foundation grant, they can look forward to attending Camp Kwiyamuntsi when they reach middle school. Camp Kwiyamuntsi, also a multiple-day camp on traditional Paiute lands, occurs each August and emphasizes cultural heritage, natural science, higher education and careers.

This innovative and successful outdoor education program, now in its seventh season, is made possible through a partnership that now includes federal land management agencies, Southern Paiute tribes, and Southern Utah University.  

The students stay connected with their homelands, peers and elders through the annual camps as they grow up.  When they become high school students, the youth are offered opportunities to join youth conservation crews who complete historic preservation projects and other internship assignments at the BLM/NPS co-managed Parashant NM, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Cedar Breaks NM, Pipe Spring NM, as well as other BLM areas and USFS lands in southern Utah and northern Arizona.  

Through an award-winning partnership with Southern Utah University, federal agencies have also hired several Paiute college interns and employees who return to camp as role models and encourage young relatives and friends to follow their dreams and potentially seek federal employment opportunities.

[Submitted by Jeanette Shackleford, BLM, and Scott Sticha, NPS ]


Park Facility Management Division
Division Chief Tim Harvey Is Retiring

When former Director Mary Bomar announced Tim Harvey’s selection as chief of the Park Facility Management Division in February, 2008, he humbly accepted this appointment, saying that he was “honored to represent an agency that is a leader in the fields of facility management, environmental management and transportation.”

Now, almost seven years later, Harvey is retiring with 40 years of dedicated service to the National Park Service to his credit.

Harvey, like many lifelong NPS employees, has had an amazing and storied career. He was a child of the parks who spent his youth exploring the creeks, meadows and valleys of Yosemite National Park. He grew up beneath Yosemite Falls, lived for a summer in a rustic two-room tent in the park’s Tuolumne Meadows District and lived in park housing while working at Grand Canyon National Park (wastewater treatment plant operator leaderman), Glen Canyon National Recreation area (district foreman) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (park facility manager).

Having grown up in Yosemite, it was only natural that he began his career there, first as a seasonal fire control aid, and, after serving in the United States Army, in his first permanent assignment as a wastewater treatment plant operator.

In 1988, Harvey graduated from the first class of the Facility Management Development Program (FMDP), the precursor to the award-winning Facility Manager Leaders Program. He says that it was the FMDP that “sparked my now career-long passion for asset management.”

Following his FMDP experience, he applied for and was awarded an Albright-Wirth training grant in 1995. He used this grant as part of a ten-day training experience observing facility operations at Walt Disney World. It was here that he became more aware of the principles of life-cycle asset management and how they affect the visitor experience. This experience was a turning point in his thinking and, as it turns out, in his NPS career.

In 1998, Harvey moved to Washington to serve as the team leader (and then the branch chief) for the PFMD Asset Management Program. In this position, he developed and implemented life-cycle asset management business practices for the NPS facility portfolio. These practices are with us today, documented in three volumes, and they govern all asset management practiced at every level of the service.

More recently, as division chief, Tim directed the development, consolidation and publication of a comprehensive suite of business practices, best management practices and myriad subordinate guidance documents, training aids, tools and information resources.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Chief of Facility Management Alan Sumeriski aptly summed up Tim’s legacy: “Tim has been the face of asset management across the service for the last 15 years.”

Tim Hudson, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Manager, seconded that impact with his praises: “We simply would not be where we are with asset management without Tim.”

Harvey provided a clear vision for progress. As his 2014 Meritorious Service Award of the Department of the Interior states: “Mr. Harvey significantly contributed to the planning, organization, development and evolution of a unified National Park Service Facility Management Program.”

Ultimately, his singular vision, and perhaps his love of technology and data, raised to fruition what we now know as the Facility Management Software System (FMSS), an advanced, state-of-the-art enterprise asset management and work planning system. 

The data collected in this system has enabled the NPS to articulate the characteristics of the asset portfolio entrusted to its care—and its shortcomings, such as a growing $11.5 billion deferred maintenance backlog. Yet, Harvey understood that it was not all about the numbers.

“Although he knew how to present data to be compelling, he also understood that it was more important to make good choices with the data we have—and to modify things if we ran into unintended consequences,” says Hudson.

It was also Harvey’s determined vision that led to the fall 2012 launch of the NPS capital investment strategy. Since the strategy’s launch, park units and regional offices have been relying on this framework to direct limited resources to the highest priority assets, to support sustainability and accessibility goals, to systematically eliminate deferred maintenance wherever possible and to reduce their operational and facility maintenance costs.

Throughout his career, Harvey has been a consummate mentor and a strong voice for professional development. He has instilled values that many will carry with them throughout their careers. 

PFMD Project Manager Karen Bergsma recounts the profound influence that he has had on her 15-year career with the NPS: “He’s always been good at getting the right people to get the job done.” His advocacy for professional development has almost singlehandedly elevated facility management as a professional career track within the NPS.

Harvey was also the driving force of federal asset management.

“He was very good at selling his ideas,” says Hudson, “and had no qualms, for example, about going to the department to ‘sell’ the FMSS data set and capital investment strategy.” He often presented to federal asset management counterparts and professional groups and at industry events, such as the annual National Facilities Management & Technology Conference.

He also took his message abroad when he traveled in March 2012 to Maijishan, China. There, as an asset management expert on behalf of the World Bank, Harvey evaluated the status and quality of the site operation plan for the Gansu Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection and Development Project. In 2009, he hosted counterparts from Parks Canada for an information exchange that included a week of roundtable discussions, presentations and targeted park visits in the metropolitan Washington area.

But Harvey was more than a manager and leader.  Nurturing is just in his nature.

 “When Tim was in high school, he was a cheerleader, which few people know,” says Bergsma, “but it’s telling about how he’s led his personal and professional lives. He’s always pushing forward and helping and encouraging people like a cheerleader would when the team is down. I always think of Tim as part cheerleader and part pastor, and together those roles make him the supervisor and leader that he is.”

Bergsma describes well the true weightiness of Harvey’s nature: “Tim always says, ‘Don’t thank me, just pay it forward.”

Over the years, his presence, his vision, his ability to listen and his love for good conversation among friends have inspired us all to be better stewards of the assets under our care and for that, Harvey will be forever missed.

Tim, the honor has been all ours, and we wish you well in your retirement.  Enjoy the parks as a visitor and take in the total visitor experience.

[Submitted by Maria Scott, Chief , Business Operations and Support Services Branch]


Visitor and Resource Protection
New NPS Wilderness Chief Selected

Roger Semler has been named the chief of the Wilderness Stewardship Division in WASO. 

Semler succeeds Garry Oye, who retired last July.

The person in this position is recognized as the National Park Service wilderness policy and management expert, and is the principal advisor to the director for decisions affecting the 44 million acres of lands managed as wilderness in the National Park Service system.

“We’re excited to have Roger join the team here in WASO,” said Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection Cam Sholly.  “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I’m confident that Roger has the right blend of experience to take this program to the next level.”

Semler is currently the assistant administrator and chief of operations for Montana State Parks, where he is responsible for overseeing operations in 56 state parks with a staff of 100 employees.  He previously worked in numerous NPS assignments at the park and regional levels, including chief of operations in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, wilderness manager in Glacier National Park; and positions as a district or subdistrict ranger managing wilderness.  He also served as the NPS Leave No Trace coordinator from 1994 to 2000, and is a past recipient of the Director’s Wilderness Stewardship Award (1998).

“It is an honor to selected for this job and return to the NPS,” said Semler.  “I’m looking forward to working with the great NPS team and the many partners and stakeholders that make wilderness stronger for the future.” 

Semler also had experience managing wilderness policy and issues for several non-governmental organizations and has managed parks and outdoor recreation programs as a regional park manager for the State of Montana. 

Semler has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.  He will begin his duties in WASO in January. 

[Submitted by Louis Rowe, Deputy Associate Director]


National Capital Region
Stanley Briscoe To Retire

On December 31st, Stanley A. Briscoe, supervisory architect, will be putting away his NPS T-square for the final time after serving 42 years in the National Park Service.

Stan began his career in 1970 as a summer student fresh out of high school working for the United States Park Police as a file clerk in NCR. The following summer, after attending his first year of college at the School of Architecture and Planning at Howard University, he joined the staff of the NCR HR office. It was there that he found out about the existence of the Eastern Design Office in Washington, D.C.

As fate would have it, after his supervisor had arranged for him to transfer to the design office, the decision was made to combine both the Eastern and Western Design Offices into one unit named the Denver Service Center in Denver Colorado.

Shortly thereafter, the NCR Design Services Division was created to take care of design services for the White House. Stan joined that staff and over time severed as an architectural draftsman and engineering technician. After school and a short hitch with the Lands Resources Division, he returned to the Design Services Division and was permanently hired as an architect.

From 2005 to 2007, Stan served as the acting chief of the Maintenance and Design Division, and in 2007 was selected and served as the chief of Design Services for six years. It was a dream come true for Stan.  

“When I started in the design field in 1972,”“ he said, “it was an opportune time because over the next 20 or thirty years we had a variety of design projects to work on.”

During his career, Stan has enjoyed working on a multitude of projects and workgroups including:

  • Presidents park 1972 and 1973 National Christmas Tree Pageant of Peace designs
  • Bicentennial projects
  • C&O Canal master plan
  • Frederick Douglass Home perimeter fence and shutters designs
  • 1990 Fords Theater Museum rehabilitation
  • Vietnam Prisoner of War ceremony banquet tent
  • Catoctin Park Visitors Center addition and entrance modification
  • Kennedy Center irrigation system
  • Cater Barron Amphitheater rehabilitation
  • Comfort station rehabilitations on the National Mall
  • Harpers Ferry Job Corp dormitory rehabilitation
  • Pershing Square kiosk building glass replacement
  • Sewall Belmont House rehabilitation
  • USPP AOF rehabilitation
  • National Capital Parks East headquarters rehabilitation
  • Fort Washington Park fee entrance station
  • Arlington House Museum rehabilitation
  • FDR, Korean, MLK, Women in Foreign Wars and  WW II Memorials and White House Visitor Center accessibility compliance reviews
  • 2009  and 2013 Presidential inauguration mall plan compliance reviews
  • Antietam maintenance restroom design
  • Servicewide Accessibility Coordinating Committee co-chair
  • DC Silver Jackets Flood Team member
  • regional accessibility and dam safety coordinator
  • regional DAB and
  • Project Delivery Team member

Stan says, he will miss the people that he has worked and laughed with and learned from and the NPS mission of providing preserved environments where people can relax, gather and learn about their and the country’s history.

In retirement, Stan and his wife Angela, native Washingtonians, will remain in the Washington, D.C. area but are planning on serving more in their ministries, traveling more and spending more time with family and friends.

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

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 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 15 - NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the thirdThursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

January 18 – January 25 – Wilderness First Responder, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN.  This course is led by instructors from Roan State Community College and meets Tennessee EMS standards and national standards for First Responder. Costs include meals and lodging – $795 for the public, $676 for NPS employees. For more information and/or to register, call 865-448-6709 or visit http://www.gsmit.org/wfr.html.

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.

January 27 – January 30 – Advanced NEPA Topics: Blending Compliance Laws and Cumulative Impact Analysis, Intermountain Regional Office, Lakewood, CO. This course will consist of an in-depth examination of two topics related to conducting the NEPA process: cumulative impact analysis and integration of other environmental laws into NEPA. Through the course, participants will gain an increased understanding of the legal requirements for cumulative impact analysis and will explore methods for identifying cumulative actions, framing analysis, and describing cumulative impacts. Participants will also gain an increased understanding of other environmental mandates such as the National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act. For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov, or Tom Flanagan, 303.969.2691. Class size is limited. Register in DOI Learn by January 5th. Complete announcement and travel scholarship information available here.

January 30 – February 1 – Wilderness First Responder Refresher, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN.  If you have taken Wilderness First Responder in the past and are due for a renewal, this program will satisfy the requirements to renew certification in First Responder on the national registry.  This course is led by instructors from Roan State Community College.  Costs include meals and lodging – $393 for the public, $354 for NPS employees. For more information and/or to register, call 865-448-6709 or visit http://www.gsmit.org/wfrrefresh.html.

February (dates TBD) – Improving NPS Team Capacity to Analyze and Transform Stakeholder Conflict in Park Management, interactive online webinars. The final dates will be chosen by a selected team. The NPS is often involved in conflicts between people about natural resources, wildlife and park management actions. The Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) and NPS Biological Resource Management Division are providing an opportunity for one park team to participate in a new series of facilitated interactive webinars to learn to apply the fundamentals of conservation conflict transformation (CCT) and receive consultation on how to transform an ongoing conflict. This interactive online series will provide participants with an orientation to the analytical skills needed to recognize and address the underlying drivers of conflict, exposure to several fundamental principles and processes for transforming complex social conflicts, and development of preliminary strategic “next steps” for creating positive change for their park and surrounding community around a specific conflict. At the end of the course, participants will have developed a plan to improve engagement with stakeholders for their chosen case. This significantly reduced-fee online capacity building and strategic guidance series is available through a competitive process to one park-based team that must be composed of a diversity of staff, including those working at senior, mid-level and field-based levels and must represent an appropriate range of divisions (e.g., natural resource management, interpretation, law enforcement, facilities). The team will address a conflict or challenging decision-making effort of their choosing. The entire team must commit to the pre-workshop work, the two structured sessions and to the work done by their team between sessions. Park teams that do not have diverse representation will not be eligible. Tuition cost is $250 per team member. Applications must be submitted by January 16th. For the full announcement and application, go to http://www.nps.gov/training/nrs/events/events.html. For more information about the course, please contact Kirsten Leong, kirsten_leong@nps.gov, 970-267-2191.

February 2 – February 13 – Use Of Force Instructor Training, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangeley, CO.  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 2nd.

February 9 – February 12 – Engineering for Historic Timber Framing Workshop, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is partnering with the Preservation Trades Network, the Association for the Preservation Historic Natchitoches, and the Friends of NCPTT to hold a workshop investigating the engineering issues facing historic timber structures. This workshop will bring in preservation engineers, timber framers, site managers, historic building owners, and other parties to discuss best practices for planning and implementing these multi-faceted projects. The focus of these workshops will be African House, which a 200 year low fired brick and timber framed building, located at Melrose Plantation outside of Natchitoches. For more information or to register please visit the training announcement (http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/engineering-for-historic-timber-framing-workshop) or contact Sarah Marie Jackson atsarah_m_jackson@nps.gov or 318-356-7444.

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 – Structural Firefighter Biannual Refresher, Big Bend National Park, TX. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS structural firefighters as outlined in Chapter 10 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 January 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.

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 19 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

February 23 – February 25 – NREMT Refresher: (Tactical EMS), Independence NHP, Philadelphia, PA.  This is not your traditional EMS refresher. This hands on and dynamic training is designed for law enforcement officers with a primary focus on tactical EMS (TEMS). Over the three days, a variety of instructors (all physicians) will cover the full 24 hours and core topics required by the NREMT. In addition to TEMS, the training will also touch on a wide range of other EMS related topics that hold particular interest to law enforcement, including tactical athlete, K9 down, and WMD/toxins. The training will also feature a highly advanced training mannequin for use throughout the last day for in depth TEMS scenarios.  Class size is limited to 25 students.  This training is expected to fill up fast.  No tuition; travel, tuition and per diem must be paid by the benefiting account.  Restaurant, lodging and travel options in the Philadelphia area are numerous.  The training site in the park is walking distance to hotels and other cultural attractions.  The Hotel Monaco, adjacent to the park, is offering a government rate of $139 based on availability.  Follow the link to make reservations: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=56524&Chain=10179&promo=GFD. For information and course applications, please contact Sinclair_Rehberg@nps.gov.  Applications must be received by February 6th. 

February 23 – February 26 – Live Fire Instructor Class, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ. This four-day class fulfills NFPA 1403 standards to be qualified as a live fire instructor. The 32-hour class focuses on the how-to-aspects of conducting live fire training evolutions in a safe and compliant manner. The course reviews the different types of facilities and props used for live fire training. Agency policies, practices, preparations, training aids and evolutions are given to so that new instructors can learn how to maximize the learning experience of fire fighters and better prepare them for suppression duties. In preparation for the class participants must complete the associated on-line course prior to the first day of field training. Application deadline is January 25th. For more information contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

February 23 – February 27 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher Instructor Training, Tucson, AZ. 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 5th.

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 – February 26 – Structural Firefighter Biannual Refresher, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS structural firefighters as outlined in Chapter 10 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 January 25th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

February 24 – February 26 – Divine Disorder: Folk and Outsider Art Conference 2015, Atlanta, GA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is partnering with the High Museum of Art, Paradise Gardens Foundation, and the Friends of NCPTT for this conference 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 main stream art community. For more information or to register please visit the training announcement (http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/divine-disorder-2015/) or contact Jason Church at jason_church@contractor.nps.gov or 318-356-7444.

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 10 – March 12 – Structural Firefighter Biannual Refresher, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS structural firefighters as outlined in Chapter 10 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 February 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.

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 16 – March 20 – Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, Anchorage, AK. This course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work and practice these skills through resource protection case studies. Deadline for application is February 1st. Priority will be given to participants from Alaska. Travel scholarships to help defray costs are available for participants from Alaska only, but must be submitted by February 1st. For the full announcement and scholarship application, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov; or Cathy Purchis, cathy_purchis@nps.gov.

March 16 – March 20 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher 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 30th.

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 19 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursdayof each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

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 24 – April 4 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 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 March 1st. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.   

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 17 – Introduction to the Planning, Environment and Public Comment System (PEPC), Upper Mammoth, Yellowstone NP, WY. This instructor-led course will provide a hands-on introduction to the PEPC system. The course will cover menu navigation, project search/tracking, reporting capabilities, resource tools and customization for your park/unit. Students will create a project in PEPC, enter the funding status, set up an interdisciplinary team, fill out an Environmental Screening Form (ESF), set up a NEPA/NHPA pathway, create a document for internal review, create a public project page, post a public document, review public correspondence, and close a project. For more information, contact Shannon Kruse, shannon_kruse@nps.gov, (970) 267-2131. Register in DOI Learn by March 20th. Complete announcement available here.

April 20 – May 1 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 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. 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 March 22nd. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

April 27 – May 1 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training—East, Acadia NP, ME. This course is designed for persons tasked with extricating victims in high angle environments, such as cliffs, canyons, urban situations, and to some degree, caves.  All students should be in good physical condition, as there will be long days spent training outdoors, hiking with heavy loads, and often hanging on ropes for extended periods in very exposed settings. The course places a high premium on safety throughout the week, utilizing an ICS structure, applying Operational Leadership principles, and maintaining an instructor to student ratio of 1:3, and in some cases, 1:2. The instructor cadre has a wealth of experience and comes from a highly varied background, including veteran NPS rangers, maintenance workers, interpreters, resource management specialists and firefighters; military special operations personnel, such as Navy SEALs and Air Force PJs; certified climbing instructors and guides; a Maine State Parks ranger; veteran cavers; and tree surgeons. Optional after-hours presentations will be offered most evenings and will covers subjects such as a recent expedition to study the ice caves under Oregon’s Mt. Hood, cutting-edge lightweight mountaineering rescue techniques, and possible demonstrations from leaders in the climbing and cliff rescue industries. Loging will be in a dorm facility operated by a licensed Acadia NP concessioner.  There is zero tuition for attending the course, but there will be a small lodging fee of $5 per night per person for those who will be staying on site at the dorms.  Attendees will be able to cook meals on site, as well, at the dorm’s large group kitchen, and thus can eat affordably by utilizing the option of purchasing groceries for the week.  Student slots will be limited to 36, and will be on a first come-first served basis, with priority given to NPS employees and volunteers who are actively involved with high angle rescue work at their home parks.  Persons interested in attending this year’s course should contact the course incident commander, Middle Buffalo District Ranger Kevin Moses from Buffalo National River.  He can be reached at 870-688-0905 or kevin_moses@nps.gov, and he will send a training nomination form and associated information.  The cadre is hoping to fill the class by mid to late February, so apply early.

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 – May 8 – Archeological Resources Protection Training, Gettysburg NMP, Gettysburg, PA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is March 13th.

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 Mark Tezel at (202) 431-7409.

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Biannual Refresher, Glacier National Park, MT. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 10 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 9th. 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 12 – October 23 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 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 August 23rd. 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 2 – November 7 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, (location to be determined). 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 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. 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 October 4th. 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

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



Gulf Islands National Seashore (FL,MS)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger

Gulf Islands National Seashore has issued an announcement for a protection ranger for its Davis Bayou Unit.

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 January 5th.
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Olympic National Park (WA)
WG-4742-10 Utility System Repairer-Operator (Detail)

Olympic National Park is seeking candidates interested in a detail as a utility systems repairer-operator.

The detail will be for the period from late January to or any portion of that period, with a minimum of two months for the detail.

This position requires a Washington Level 2 Water Treatment Operator license, Level 2 Water Distribution Manager, Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license, or equivalent. Equivalency will be determined by state licensure reciprocity agreements. Olympic will cover salary for the length of the assignment as well as travel costs. Housing will be provided within the park.

The Lake Crescent area has two advanced wastewater treatment facilities and four water treatment systems (three ground water, one surface water). 

Olympic National Park is a World Heritage Area and an International Biosphere Reserve that supports three distinctly different ecosystems: glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific Coast and magnificent stands of old growth and temperate rainforest. The park contains over 922,000 acres, 95% of which is designated wilderness, and has many climbing, hiking, boating and other recreational opportunities.

If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Chief of Facility Management Lisa Turecek at (360) 565-3150 or Lisa_Turecek@nps.gov.

Interested individuals should submit the following:

  • A detailed resume
  • Copy of licenses
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 to confirm time-in-grade and eligibility if different/not current)

Mail, email or fax documents to Linda_O’Sullivan@nps.gov no later than Monday, January 5th.

Olympic National Park (WA)
WG-4742-10 Utility Systems Repairer-Operator (Lateral)

Olympic National Park is seeking candidates for a lateral reassignment to a full-time, permanent utility systems repairer-operator position.

This position operates and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Lake Crescent area. This position requires a Washington Level 2 Water Treatment Operator license, Level 2 Water Distribution Manager license, Group I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license, or equivalent. Equivalency will be determined by state licensure reciprocity agreements. Lake Crescent area has two advanced wastewater treatment facilities and six water treatment systems (three ground water, three surface water). 

The person selected for this position will be duty stationed at the Barnes Point water plant on Lake Crescent, 30 minutes from Port Angeles. Government housing is not available. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized in accordance with appropriate Federal regulations. 

Port Angeles is a city with a population of approximately 20,000 people. Amenities include a hospital, full service school district, a community college, housing for both rent and purchase, all varieties of shopping, and ferry service to Victoria, B.C.  Port Angeles enjoys a coastal climate and is mild throughout the year. On average, temperatures range from the low 30’s in the winter months into the 70’s in the summer. Average rainfall is just over 24 inches per year. For more information on the area, please visit www.portangeles.org.

Olympic National Park is a World Heritage Area and an International Biosphere Reserve that supports three distinctly different ecosystems: glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific Coast and magnificent stands of old growth and temperate rainforest. The park contains over 922,000 acres, 95% of which is designated wilderness, and has many climbing, hiking, boating and other recreational opportunities.

If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Chief of Facility Management Lisa Turecek at (360) 477-8245 or Lisa_Turecek@nps.gov.

Interested individuals should submit the following:

  • A detailed resume
  • Copy of your latest performance appraisal
  • Copy of licenses
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 to confirm time-in-grade and eligibility if different/not current)

Please submit application packets via email to Linda_O’Sullivan@nps.gov or mail completed application packets to: Linda O’Sullivan, 600 E. Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362 no later than Friday, January 17th.