The Morning Report

Monday, July 06, 2015

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
Three Visitors Injured In Separate Shark Encounters

Between June 26th and July 1st, visitors were injured in three separate encounters with sharks off park beaches:

  • On the morning of Friday, June 26th, the park received a report from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center of a person apparently injured by a shark approximately one mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier.  Hatteras Island Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers responded to the scene.  The victim, a 47-year-old man, had been swimming with others when the incident occurred.  He received various injuries to his right leg and lower back.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance and air flight to Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, for further care.
  • On the following Saturday afternoon, Dare County 911 again advised the park that several EMS units were headed to the beach, this time near Waves, North Carolina, to treat an injured teenager. Ocean Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers found that a 17-year-old boy had sustained injuries from a shark.  He was swimming with several others when the incident occurred, but no other swimmers were injured.  The victim received various injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by life flight to Norfolk, Virginia, for further care.
  • Three days later, on July 1st, yet another call came in of an injured person, this time near the lifeguarded beach at Ocracoke. Rangers, lifeguards and responding emergency personnel determined that a 68-year old man had been injured by a shark. He had been swimming approximately 25 to 30 feet offshore in about waist-deep water with his adult son at the time. There were no other swimmers injured.  The victim received various injuries to his left lower torso and hip, lower left leg, and both hands.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to the Ocracoke Airport for transport by East Care Airflight to Vidant Memorial Center, in Greenville, North Carolina, for further medical treatment.

“While the National Park Service does not know why there has been an increase of these incidents, we do want to make sure our visitors are aware of them and have a safe visit to the national seashore,” said Superintendent David Hallac. “We can never guarantee anyone’s safety when they enter the water.  The only way to be sure you do not encounter sharks or other marine wildlife that may be harmful to humans is to stay out of the water.”

The park has increased the number of visitor contacts on the beaches and posted information at key locations for visitors.

[Submitted by Cyndy Holda, Public Affairs Officer]

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Two People Injured After Approaching Bison

Two people were injured after getting too close to bison in separate incidents over the last two weeks. The first encounter occurred on June 23rd when an off-duty concession employee came upon a bison while walking off trail after dark in the Lower Geyser Basin area; the second incident occurred on July 1st when a visitor encountered a bison while hiking the Storm Point trail in the Yellowstone Lake area.

The first incident happened when a 19-year-old visitor and three friends were returning to their car after swimming in the Firehole River late at night. The girl and a companion were walking in the dark when they came upon a bison lying down about 10 feet from them. The companion turned and ran from the bison, but before the girl could react, the bison charged her and tossed her in the air.

The girl’s friends helped her to their car and drove back to Canyon Village, where all four live and work. At Canyon, the girl went to bed, but awoke a short time later feeling ill. Around one in the morning, the party called the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center asking for medical help. Rangers transported her by ambulance to a hospital outside the park. She was was treated for minor injuries and released later that day. 

The second incident occurred when a 68-year-old visitor was hiking on the Storm Point trail, approximately 300 yards from the trailhead, and encountered a bison near the trail. The woman continued on the trail; as she passed the bison, it charged and gored her. A witness ran up the trail to report the incident to an interpretive ranger leading a hike in the area. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., the ranger reported the incident to the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center. Due to serious injuries, the woman was transported to Lake Clinic by ambulance and then flown to a hospital outside the park.      


These were the third and fourth bison encounters to occur in Yellowstone National Park this summer. The other two occurred when visitors in the Old Faithful area approached too close to bison. Both visitors in those incidents were flown to a hospital due to their injuries. 

[Submitted by Public Affairs Office]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Kayaker Dies In Accident On Little Pigeon River

Rangers responded to a report of a kayak accident on the evening of July 2nd in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the park.

Kenneth C. Worthington, 53, of Apex, North Carolina, capsized his kayak and floated to the river edge, where friends pulled him from the river. Rangers, Gatlinburg Police Department officers, and Gatlinburg Fire Department personnel performed CPR on Worthington before he was transported to LeConte Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

[Submitted by Public Affairs Office]


NIFC/NPS Fire and Aviation Management
National Fire/Incident Situation Highlights

National Fire Activity

NIFC is at PL 3. Initial attack was moderate on Sunday. Thirty-three uncontained large fires are currently burning nationwide. Current resource commitments are as follows, with changes from last Thursday’s numbers in parentheses:

  • 16 incident management teams (plus two)
  • 258 crews (down four)
  • 8,901 firefighters and overhead (down 494)
  • 371 engines (down 32)
  • 83 helicopters (down 13)

Fire Weather Forecast

Red flag warnings have been posted in southeastern Alaska.

Cooler, fall-like weather will spread southward to the central Rockies and central Plains as a strong Canadian cold front drops deeper into the U.S. Rain and thunderstorms will form along and ahead of a front from eastern Colorado to the upper Great Lakes region. Scattered thunderstorms will form over the Rockies and parts of the Great Basin as the upper ridge continues to weaken. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms will continue across the Southeast. Temperatures in the West will drop slightly with some warming beginning in the Pacific Northwest. The South will remain very warm while milder conditions continue in the Northeast. In Alaska, high pressure will strengthen over the state, increasing temperatures and accelerating drying through the Interior. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop over the Southwest.

A NOAA map of today’s critical fire weather areas can be found at:

A NIFC webpage showing the current national significant wildland fire outlook is available at:

NPS Fire Summaries

Olympic NP – Weather conditions continued to challenge firefighters on the Paradise Fireon Saturday, as high temperatures and low humidity created very active fire conditions. The fire has burned 1,240 acres to date. The eastern end of the fire flared up after having been relatively quiet the last few days, burning until after9 pm. Late in the afternoon, fire spotted south of the Queets River. While air support was hampered by smoky conditions, firefighters were able to get hose and pumps around the three spots and will continue to focus on that area on Sunday. Yesterday was expected to bring deteriorating fire weather conditions before things moderatetoday. The Paradise Fire remains in a remote location of the park, far from any roads, structures, or communities. Smoke from the Paradise Fire was very visible from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, and a high thin haze was seen in many communities across the upper Olympic Peninsula. Since smoke from wildfires can travel great distances, it is sometimes difficult to gauge which fire is producing smoke in a given area. With dozens of wildfires in Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington, communities can expect to see smoke on a regular basis for the time being. Information on this fire can be obtained on InciWeb at, and by calling Paradise Fire Information at 360-565-2986. For real time information, visit the Paradise Fire Facebook page at

Additional Information

For additional information on all fires, check the following web sites:


Cultural Resources
New NPS Hispanic Intern Program Now Underway

The National Park Service has launched a Latino Heritage Internship Program  through a partnership with two non-profits – Hispanic Access Foundation and Environment for the Americas – to help create the next generation of conservation advocates.

For ten weeks, 40 Latino interns will put their experiences and expertise to use at 37 sites across the NPS for the benefit of the organization’s current and future visitors.

The Hispanic Access Foundation is an organization based in Washington D.C. that works to connect Latino communities to the information and services they need for a better living. Environment for the Americas is the official home of the International Migratory Bird Day, and it is also producer of educational material for bird-focused programs.

From planning activities for young people at Lowell National Historical Park to conducting research at César Chávez National Monument or developing a guide for use in preparing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, the 40 interns will have a busy summer doing the things they love and for which they have studied. To stay up to date with the intern’s thoughts and discoveries during their 10-week internship, follow LHIP’s blog.

On Friday, June 19th, ten LHIP interns (‘LHIPsters’) sat down with NPS Director Jon Jarvis for a one-hour conversation on topics such as career opportunities in the field of conservation and NPS’ relationship with the Latino community.

As the NPS looks to celebrate its centennial in 2016 with new conversations and perspectives, this meeting served as another effort to better connect with the Latino community, the United States’ largest minority. As a way to motivate the next generation of conservation workers, all the questions and answers will be compiled in a video to coincide with HAF’s Latino Conservation Action Week, which takes place from July 11th to July 17th.

In the Washington, D.C., area, around a dozen interns are working on projects ranging from producing documentation for the Historic American Buildings Survey to coordinating outreach for Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Intern Tomás Deza, for example, will be spending the rest of the summer in the Office of Communications, working alongside NPS videographer Mathew John to produce attractive videos for events and social media. Having recently graduated with a B.A. in film studies from the University of Maryland, the projects he has already worked on for the NPS – from filming inside the Memorial Bridge as major repairs are underway to creating a video for the 2014 Hartzog Award winners – have inspired him to continue pursuing a career in filmmaking and conservation.

As the interns’ NPS journey continues this summer, they will share their experiences on the LHIP blog and HAF and EFTA’s social media channels so that you can follow along. You can also email Tomás at if you have questions about the LHIP program and want to find out ways you can get involved.

[Submitted by Tomás Deza]

Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Services
Reference Manual-9 Webinars Begin Tomorrow

Policy update training for Reference Manual-9 (law enforcement) will begin on July 7th. This training will be delivered via a two hour webinar. All commissioned employees are required to attend a webinar session; superintendents and managers are also encouraged to attend. 

Numerous sessions are available throughout the week.  No other sessions are scheduled in July.  Additional sessions will be scheduled in August and run throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

To get credit for attendance, participants must register through DOI Learn prior to the start of the session and self-certify after their participation.  For additional information, including session times and access instructions, please visit the RM-9 Google site.

All policies contained within RM-9, Version 2015 will go into effect on August 1st.  

[Submitted by Candace Shea, National Law Enforcement Specialist]

National Capital Region
Passing Of David Gallery

David Gallery, an IT specialist for the National Capital Region Communications Center and longtime C&O Canal NHP employee, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 26th, at his residence. He was 34.

David was a second generation NPS employee. His father, Martin Gallery, retired last January after 36 years of service at C&O Canal NHP.

In 1999, David began working in IT at C&O Canal NHP, where he worked until his transfer to the National Capital Region Communication Center in September 2013.

David was known for his strong technical and applied knowledge in information technology and telephone, radio and alarm systems. He completed many large projects, including the IT and telephone portion of the relocation of the C&O Canal NHP headquarters from the Ferry Hill Mansion to its current location in Hagerstown, Maryland.

During his time at NCRCC, David continued to expand his knowledge and support to NCR parks in the areas of alarms, alarm monitoring and radio over internet protocol technologies.

David was a car enthusiast and drove different unique cars over the years, including an old Jeep he enjoyed and a Corvette, but David’s true love was spending time with his family. David enjoyed visiting national parks, showing his young son places he had visited when he was a child living along the C&O Canal.

David is survived by his wife, Leatrice, and son, Zane.

Services were held yesterday afternoon at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Condolences can be sent to The Gallery Family, c/o C&O Canal NHP, NCRCC, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

[Submitted by William Kenyon,, 301-714-2223]

Workforce and Inclusion
July Awards Call Now Open

Twice a year, National Park Service employees have an opportunity to nominate their colleagues, supervisors, and employees for awards that recognize excellence in performance and dedication to the National Park Service mission and values.

Award categories include excellence in cultural resource stewardship, fire management, natural resource stewardship, and more. This year, the Division of Interpretation & Education has introduced five brand new awards that better reflect the full range of talents and contributions that our I&E employees offer in their parks and offices. 

Service-level awards are created and managed by different divisions of the NPS and individual nomination guidelines and procedures vary slightly by award. During the July call, the NPS also accept nominations for Department-level Honor Awards, granted annually by the Department of the Interior to outstanding employees throughout DOI. These high-level awards offer an opportunity to highlight and and honor the valuable contributions dedicated NPS employees make every day.

You can find information on both Service-level and Department-level awards on the NPS Employee Center Awards Page. All completed nomination forms, regardless of award, must be submitted through the NPS Awards Portal. There are two nomination periods annually, the July call (formerly June), open from July 1st to August 31st, and the January call (formerly December), open January 1st to February 28th.

[Submitted by Rachel Stasny]


Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
GS-0404-6/7 Biological Science Technician

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued an announcement for a biological science technician.

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 July 20th.
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
GS-0525-6 Accounting Technician (Detail)

Sequoia-Kings Canyon is seeking an candidates for a detail/temporary promotion opportunity for 90 to 120 days as an accounting technician.

The anticipated start date is August 9th. The work location is at park headquarters at Ash Mountain. The park will pay salary, travel and per diem.

The optimal selectee for the position would have experience executing budget procedures that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Experience with budget year end close procedures including journal voucher preparation and upload, accruals for credit cards, utilities and other miscellaneous accruals.
  • Experience with Accounts Payable and generating bills of collections in FBMS
  • Demonstrated proficiency using AFS4, FBMS, Microsoft Excel and Google Mail.
  • Management of various accounts using AFS4, including reconciliation of personnel and non-personal services, use of CCR and credit card log and ability to generate various reports for use by program managers
  • Requires existing FBMS roles for JV upload, labor allocations and credit card reallocation.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following information electronically to by close of business on July 14th:

  • Resume: Please ensure that your resume includes specific details regarding qualifications and skills as they relate to the duties listed above
  • Most recent SF 50
  • Most recent performance appraisal

Please ensure your supervisor concurs with your decision to apply.

Devils Tower National Monument (WY)
GS-1603-6/7 Facility Services Assistant (Network)

Devils Tower National Monument is seeking applicants for a facility services assistant position.

Click on the links below for the two announcements:

Contact Jessica Weinman at Devils Tower NM at 307-467-5283 x218.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM)
GS-1603-9 FMSS Specialist (Detail)

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is currently seeking applications from current permanent National Park Service employees for a detail assignment as an FMSS specialist.

This announcement is for individuals who wish to be considered for a temporary detail opportunity of 90-120 days, this is not a promotion. While on detail, the employee continues to hold his/her official position from which detailed and keeps the same status and grade, returning to his/her regular duties at the end of the assignment. Selectee’s salary will remain the same. During this detail, salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park. Travel and per diem will be paid by the receiving park. Government housing is available for this assignment. 

The person selected will serve six NPS parks in IMR Hub #11. Duties cover routine administrative tasks as well as more complex assignments related to management of fixed assets and fleet equipment.  Examples include work order management (generating orders, data entry, and accomplishment tracking), generating reports, and providing technical support.  More complex duties include correlation and analysis of data gathered from a variety of sources across the Facility Management Division’s area of responsibility.  Adds/updates location, asset, and equipment data.  Assists with field inspections, asset deficiency identification, and repair cost estimates.  Assists with preparation of PMIS project submissions which describe work to be carried out, justifications for the work to be done, and measurable results.  Occasional off-site travel and operation of a government owned vehicle is required.

  • Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from the superintendent or manager prior to applying.
  • Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit a one-page resume detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications they might possess. 
  • A copy of the applicant’s latest SF-50 as evidence of career status, must be submitted along with the resume.

Resumes should be submitted from July 6th through July 15th via email to  Approximate EOD is August 2, 2015.

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