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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HI)
Kitchen Fire Temporarily Closes Restaurants In Volcano House

Both restaurants in the Volcano House have been closed since Tuesday while officials investigate the cause of a kitchen fire that sent a hotel employee to the hospital that morning.

Both The Rim restaurant and Uncle George’s Lounge were closed so that National Park Service inspectors could determine the cause of the small blaze. Both restaurants should reopen today. The Volcano House hotel remained open after the fire.

Park rangers, Hawai‘i County medics and firefighters responded quickly to the fire alarm and calls to park dispatch around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. A 42-year-old hotel employee suffered burns to his upper arms and was transported by county medics to the hospital.

[Submitted by Jessica Ferracane, Public Affairs Specialist]


Civil War To Civil Rights Commemoration
Appomattox 150th Bell-Ringing Event Set For April 9th

In conjunction with a sesquicentennial commemoration at Appomattox Court House, the NPS and its partners are inviting communities across the country to join in a nationwide bell-ringing event to mark the end of the bloody conflict in which more than 750,000 Americans perished.

Thanks to the many parks who are already participating in this event and have shared it far and wide with partners, neighbors, and friends. The response has been remarkable. Bells will indeed be ringing across the land.

For your convenience, a flyer is available to advertise your bell-ringing event. Also, if you’d like to post a video clip promoting the event through your social media outlets, please feel free (see

We’ve also added more resources including live streaming, distance learning, and program ideas for participating parks, schools, and other groups, so read on and see what’s new.

On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. In conjunction with a major event at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration.

The bells will ring first at Appomattox at 3:00 p.m. on April 9th. The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee’s surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country. Bells will ring from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, from the Old North Church in Boston, from the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, from Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and from battlefields, national park sites, national cemeteries, state capitols, county court houses, town halls, historical sites, universities, schools, homes, churches, temples, and mosques around the nation. Individuals will also be joining in by ringing hand bells and cellphone bells.

Please join us in ringing bells precisely at 3:15 pm EDT for four minutes (each minute symbolic of a year of war). For those in other time zones, please adjust accordingly so bells are ringing across the land at precisely the same time. If you have access to bells of any type at your site, please join in. If you know any other organizations in your communities who might be interested, please encourage them to participate, as well.

Join us virtually during your local events. The bell-ringing at Appomattox will be streamed live online at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The live stream is provided by MAGPI and the University of Pennsylvania at:

Distance learning opportunities for students grades 5 through 8 will also be streamed online and through distance learning programs. The program, entitled "A New Birth of Freedom" will explore the significance of the surrender at Appomattox Court House and the rise of the Civil Rights movement from this momentous event.

The same program will be held at twice, once at 9:45am EDT and again 2:30pm EDT. The latter program concludes with the bell-ringing event. A flyer for these opportunities is available. A Teachers’ Resource Packet provides curriculum materials for schools interested in participating.  Parks interested in providing programming associated with this event can find materials in the Park Resource Packet.

For more information and links to these resources, go to:

The end of the Civil War has different meanings to different people. Each organization may customize this idea to its own situation. We ask participants to ring bells across the nation as a gesture to mark the end of the bloody conflict in which more than 750,000 Americans perished. Some communities may ring their bells in celebration of freedom or a restored Union, others as an expression of mourning and a moment of silence for the fallen. Sites may ring bells to mark the beginning of reconciliation and reconstruction, or as the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights.

Share how you observed the event with #BellsAcrosstheLand2015. Stories will be compiled in one place to see how each one helps build our national story.

Please join us in the historic commemoration. Let bells ring across the land!

[Submitted by Carol Shively, Civil War to Civil Rights Commemoration Coordinator]

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Park Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration

Yosemite National Park kicked off its celebration of the park's 125th anniversary with a ceremony at Yosemite Falls on Tuesday. 

The theme of the event was “Youth of Today: Park Stewards of Tomorrow." Approximately 500 people attended the event, 300 of whom were students from the Yosemite region and Sacramento.

The guest of honor was Gabriel Lavan-Ying, better known as "Ranger Gabriel." Ranger Gabriel was named an Honorary Yosemite National Park Ranger last June through a visit arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ranger Gabriel addressed the crowd and was named honorary chairman of the park's 125th anniversary celebration by Superintendent Don Neubacher.

"The focus of today’s celebration and next year's centennial of the National Park Service is on young people,” said Neubacher. “The students of today will be the park stewards of tomorrow and we are making every effort to connect young people to national parks, an integral part of America's heritage, We are so pleased that Ranger Gabriel was here to help us kick off the anniversary. He is truly an inspiration to us all, and we're honored that he agreed to serve as the honorary chairman of the year-long anniversary celebration."

The event also featured five students, from third grade through university, reading letters to the future stewards of Yosemite National Park. Other highlights included an appearance by the Yosemite Mounted Patrol and the serving of commemorative cakes. After the brief ceremony, all of the students in attendance participated in educational activities related to Yosemite National Park and the importance of its preservation.

Yosemite National Park would like to thank NatureBridge, Delaware North at Yosemite, Yosemite Conservancy and the Ansel Adams Gallery for their generous support of the event.

[Submitted by Scott Gediman, Public Affairs Officer]

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (OH)
Park, Partners Work To Strengthen Legacy Of Colonel Charles Young

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and its partnering organizations – the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce University, Central State University, Payne Theological Seminary, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – jointly hosted a 151st birthday commemoration for the American hero, Colonel Charles Young.

The event took place on March 12th in the “Great Hall” at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.  During this event, the accomplishments of Colonel Young were recognized with a special tribute. Cadet John Vinson, a student at Central State University, was the keynote speaker and shared with over 100 attendees what it meant to him to be a part of the Charles Young legacy. 

Additional remarks were shared by Dr. Joy Kinard, superintendent of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument; Dr. Charles Wash, director of the National Afro- American Museum and Cultural Center; Brian G. Shellum, Charles Young scholar; Marsha Bayless, mayor of Xenia, Ohio; Chris Welch, Forth District regional director of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Lynette Stevens, director of minority affairs for Governor John R. Kasich’s office; Dr. Charles Ford, provost of Central State University; Jeff Sellers, vice president of advancement at Wilberforce University;  Chrisbell Bednar, Greene County Parks and Recreation Department; and Dr. Michael Brown, academic dean, Payne Theological Seminary.

After the reception, a reenactment of a Buffalo Soldier by Reginald Murray, a park ranger at William Howard Taft National Historic Site, was received with rousing applause. The event ended with a litany called “Strengthening the Legacy ” that symbolically recognized the life of Colonel Charles Young and Dr. James Elam, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and an alumnus of Central State University, who helped to save the Young home and passed away in February.

[Submitted by Joy G. Kinard, Superintendent]

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Climate Change Response Program
New WASO Passport Stamp Now Available

The next time that you pass by 1201 I Street NW in Washington, DC, you can get a new stamp cancellation in your national parks passport for the Washington Support Office (WASO).

The Passport To Your National Parks program has engaged visitors for years by producing a passport book with information about parks and space for dated cancellation stamps. Visitors can collect stamps from across the National Park System to commemorate a memorable visit. Long-time NPS cooperating association partner Eastern National originated this popular program.

On February 5th, Dr. Genya Dana from the U.S. Department of State became the first visitor to get the new WASO stamp at I Street. Like many people, Dr. Dana has developed a special connection to the national parks and avidly seeks the passport cancellation stamps as she explores new parks.

WASO is home to NPS employees who provide national leadership and assistance to individual parks in natural resource stewardship and science, interpretation and education, cultural resources, international affairs, and many other fundamental NPS functions. Monique VanLandingham, NPS Cooperating Associations and Partnerships Coordinator, and Dr. Patrick Gonzalez, NPS Climate Change Scientist, worked with Eastern National to bring the new passport stamp to WASO. The cancellation station is in the ground-floor visitor center, which is open to employees and the public.

[Submitted by Patrick Gonzalez,]


Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
GS-0408-11/GS-0401-11 Network Program Manager (Detail)

An announcement has been issued for a ecologist or biologist to serve on a detail of 120 days as program manager for the Chihuahuan Desert Network.

The starting date is to be determined. The duty station is New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

This announcement is open to all qualified status employees within NPS that have met the experience and time-in-grade requirements at the GS-9 level within the local commuting distance of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The person in this position will serve as ecologist for the Chihuahuan Desert Network, Inventory and Monitoring Division, NRSS. He/she will:

  • Coordinate the development, implementation and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Network long-term Vital Signs monitoring program as described in the approved long-term monitoring plan and within WASO I&M guidelines, and Department and NPS policies and directives (e.g. NEPA, safety, agreements, procurement, contracting, management of information and IT resources, vehicle maintenance etc.). 
  • Adhere to schedule and budget in the annual workplan for monitoring and inventory activities. 
  • Lead the successful development and implementation of the approved CHDN Vital Signs Monitoring Plan.
  • Direct day-to day program operations, lead and communicate with CHDN staff, park superintendents and staff, Technical Committee and Board of Director members, and other partners on a regular basis. 
  • Oversee and ensure that CHDN staff adhere to the monitoring development and implementation schedules, budget and delivery of products. 
  • Ensure that the scientific integrity, quality, and peer review of the CHDN program activities and products meet scientific standards established by NPS and the overall scientific community.  
  • Help track budgets, making sure the field program stays within the FY2015 budget.
  • Work with other networks and particularly with other two Southwest Network Consortium networks, WASO, Network and Regional I&M Program Manager, other agencies, universities, and organizations involved with ecological monitoring.

Per diem is not paid during this temporary assignment.

Employees desiring consideration should send an email to the address indicated below that explains their interest in the position.  Include the following:

  • Resume
  • Copy of your most recent non-award SF-50
  • Supporting letter or email from your immediate supervisor
  • Your resume must demonstrate your qualifying experience and education and include the following information:
    • Name, Position Title, Series and Grade
    • Current Duty Station
    • Demonstrated supervisory experience
    • Demonstrated experience in leading a complex natural resources monitoring program, or related field-based science program
    • A list of publications related to natural resources monitoring, conservation, or ecological research

This information must be e-mailed by Monday, March 30th to Please contact Michael Bozek (303-987-6706) with additional questions about this opportunity.

[Submitted by Michael Bozek,, 303-987-6706]

Colorado Northwestern Community College
Park Ranger Academy Coordinator

Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking a full-time academy coordinator for its seasonal law enforcement training program.  

The person in this position provides general administrative and logistical support to the program.  Duties include communicating with potential students and processing application materials, scheduling courses, processing adjunct contracts, maintaining student records, ensuring compliance with SLETP and FLETC accreditation standards, assisting instructors with class preparation, organizing Academy graduation ceremonies, and participating in recruiting activities. 

A high school diploma and progress toward an associate or bachelor’s degree is required.  A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field and experience in law enforcement or with the National Park Service is preferred.

CNCC values high energy, creativity, and a strong commitment to student engagement.  We are seeking employees who will have an impact on student success and will enhance a culture of excellence in its career and technical dducation programs. CNCC is a small, rural community college located in Northwest Colorado.

Please visit the CNCC website at for a complete job description and instructions for submission of an application.  For further information please contact Academy Director, Rick Mossman, or 970-675-3337.  First review of applicants will begin April 1st.