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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Minute Man National Historical Park (MA)
Patriots’ Weekend Celebrated With Events At Park

Thousands of visitors came to Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord early last week.

The park offered experiences and activities which commemorate the beginning of the American Revolution. Junior Ranger Day and the beginning of National Park Week added to the weekend festivities.

The weekend began with the second annual “Tough Ruck,” a walk to honor and remember the fallen. Together, over 250 National Guard personnel, veterans and first responders walked 26.2 miles, the length of the Boston Marathon, several times along the five-mile Battle Road Trail throughout the day. Cheered on by supporters and visitors to the park, those who walked were treated to the unique offerings of Patriots’ Weekend happenings.

Further along the Battle Road, the Lincoln Minutemen and the Ladies of Refined Taste, volunteer groups associated with the park, opened up the Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith House, buildings that were “witnesses” to the events on April 19, 1775. Volunteers presented visitors with a sense of life along the Battle Road in the 18th century.

The Minute Man Visitor Center served as the main point of activity for Saturday’s events. A special showing of “The Midnight Ride of Me and Paul Revere,” a live-action puppet movie by local filmmakers that tells the story of Paul Revere from the point of view of his horse. The 1st Michigan Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps were on hand to present musical selections from the 18th century at the park amphitheater. The entertainment was appreciated by the thousands waiting for the days premier event, the Battle Road demonstration, to begin.

Over 200 re-enactors represented the town militias who responded to the alarm of the advance of the British Army into the countryside of Massachusetts to retrieve and destroy arms stockpiled in Concord. The “running battle” demonstration took place along a portion of the original route the British Army had to march to return to their base in Boston. Visitors gained greater understanding of the dilemma the British faced as they marched while being harassed by the organized and well trained militia companies.

Sunday, April 19th, began with a “Dawn Salute” – a 21-gun salute presented by the Concord Battery and re-enactors from Captain David Brown’s Company of Minutemen. “The Old Guard” presented two performances of “America’s Army,” a musical performance by members of the 3rd U. S. Infantry.

Afternoon events focused on the Colonial Barret farm house. Col. Barret’s farm was the site of military weapons and supplies and was one of the main objectives of the British Army. Staff and volunteers brought the house to life with tours, talks and children’s activities while hosting almost 700 visitors.

The weekend wrapped up on Monday, Patriots’ Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts. With a gray start, park staff focused on North Bridge, where the annual “North Bridge fight” took place, beginning the war for American Independence. After the demonstration, all sides gathered for a “mourn arms” to commemorate the casualties who fell on the bridge that day. The annual Concord Parade followed by members of the Concord community marching to commemorate this American tradition

[Submitted by Philip S. Lupsiewicz, Acting Chief of Interpretation and Education]


Park Facility Management Division
Facility Manager Leaders Class Graduates

The Facility Manager Leaders Program (FMLP) class of 2015 celebrated its intensive, yearlong course of study with student poster presentations and graduation ceremonies on Thursday, April 16th at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. 

During the poster presentation session, the students were greeted with a surprise visit from Director Jarvis. 

Dan Hallett, chief of facility management at Colorado National Monument, had the opportunity to chat with the director. 

“The poster presentation during the capstone week of FMLP was a great way to share some of my most meaningful experiences during the program,” he said. “The opportunity to share these experiences with Director Jarvis and discuss facility management's role in helping preserve some of our country's most important resources through the combination of effective leadership and asset management was very exciting.” 

 “It’s not every day you get the chance to talk one-on-one with the director of the National Park Service!  I am very fortunate and thankful for the friendships I have made and the community I am now a part of as a result of FMLP.  What a great year!”

Jim Ziolkowski, trails supervisor at Mount Rainier National Park, was presented the Excellence in Leadership award at the FMLP graduation ceremony.  Each year the student who best exemplifies the word “leader” is nominated by fellow classmates to receive this award.

“I found this to be one of the most challenging and difficult assignments in FMLP,” said one of Jim’s fellow classmates. “As I reflect back on this past year, I recall and could cite numerous examples to support nomination for every single person in our class.  Each has profoundly influenced me and I look forward to the day when through future roles in the National Park Service, they will demonstrate to the rest of the world what I already know to be true; each of them is a leader.  It has been a true honor for me to work with and get to know each individual."  

This year’s Excellence in Leadership recipient will become a non-voting member of the Servicewide Maintenance Advisory Committee (SMAC), serving for one year and then passing the torch to next year’s FMLP Excellence in Leadership award recipient. 

The FMLP is a one year course of study designed to educate up to 21 students in 24 facility management competencies; the curriculum also includes a strong leadership component.  The program was created to address a need for a new cohort of facility managers identified in Director’s Order 80, Real Property Asset Management.  

This new cohort will gain an understanding of the values, priorities and mandates for stewardship through NPS facility management and the application of industry practices and standards to NPS constructed resources.

The FMLP is focused on “deep learning,” which promotes critical analysis of ideas so that they may be incorporated with existing skills, knowledge and information to improve understanding and long-term retention of the concepts presented in the curriculum.  This, in turn, will lead to greater analytical capacity for FMLP stu­dents who encounter changing situations or scenarios.  Through the application of these concepts, the students will maximize their ability to integrate data, observations and principles to solve problems.  

Deep learning is fundamentally the difference between education, which is focused on uncertainty and application of knowledge, analysis, and logic, and training, which is more focused on certainty and routine.  The FMLP attempts to avoid ‘surface learning,’ which is focused on memorization, acceptance of information, and application of similar solutions over many different situa­tions, instead creating a facility manager who can identify data, analyze information , apply it in decision making and lead in the complex field of facility management. 

[Submitted by Sandy Pusey, Park Facility Management Division]


Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM)
Chief Ranger Lila Mohesky-Roybal Is Retiring

Lila Mohesky-Roybal is retiring in May following 32 years of service with the National Park Service.  

Lila’s interest in the NPS began in 1980 when she spent a summer at Lake Mead National Recreation Area volunteering as part of a senior internship through Arizona State University.  She went on to graduate from the seasonal law enforcement academy in Santa Rosa, California. 

She worked a stint as a park technician in Lake Mead National Recreation Area before she was hired seasonally at Santa Monica Mountains, patrolling the backcountry on horseback. Lila was offered a permanent job a year later in Santa Monica as a clerk but soon  became one of their first permanent law enforcement rangers. In addition to being part of the park’s mounted patrol, she also had the honor of riding horseback in the Rose Parade three years in a row.

In 1987, Lila found herself returning to Lake Mead and working in dispatch before having her son.  Four years later her career took her to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, where she stayed for three years.  

Big Cypress National Preserve became home in 2000 when Lila was chosen for a supervisory position as north district ranger at Big Cypress National Preserve. She went on to earn recognition for her development and implementation of the recreational off-road vehicle management plan. 

Four years later, she moved to Everglades National Park, where she worked as a district ranger from 2004 to 2005.  

Lila has worked her last ten years at Carlsbad Caverns as chief ranger, facing many challenges. In the past year she worked in a dual role as chief ranger and chief of interpretation. “This last year managing two divisions has been the most challenging, yet most rewarding, of my entire career,” said Lila.

After her retirement, she will relocate to Albuquerque where she will spend time with her family and enjoy the beauty of northern New Mexico.

[Submitted by Valerie Gohlke, Acting Chief of Interpretation and Education]


Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument - NV
Vince Santucci Serving As New Park’s Acting Superintendent

Vince Santucci, the National Park Service’s senior geologist and paleontologist, is calling Southern Nevada home for 90 days as he serves as Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument’s first superintendent.

Congress established the park as a unit of the National Park Service last December to protect and interpret the nationally important paleontological, scientific, educational and recreational resources in the park.

Santucci explored Tule Spring Fossil Beds several times before the monument was established and is excited about the opportunity to setup a new park.

“Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is the first area of the National Park Service specifically dedicated to the preservation, public education and scientific study of Ice Age fossils,” said Santucci. “The new monument fills an important gap in the fossil record represented by the national parks.”

The highly published paleontologist began his 23-year career with the park service as an interpretive ranger in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. He continued his career in the resources management divisions at Petrified Forest National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.

He then went on to serve as a commissioned law enforcement ranger for 16 years, including terms as chief rangers at Fossil Butte National Monument and George Washington Memorial Parkway.

With a bachelor of arts in anthropology and biology and a master of science in geology and paleontology from University of Pittsburgh, Santucci has served as the National Park Service’s senior geologist and paleontologist since 2011.

He arrived at Tule Springs Fossil Beds on March 23rd and will serve on a temporary detail for 90 days.

“The enthusiasm about the new monument extends well beyond the Las Vegas Valley into classrooms and museums around the country,” he said. “In this spirit, we hope to create an ‘Ice Age Paleontological Park’ which draws visitors from around the world.”

[Submitted by Christie Vanover, Public Affairs Officer]

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Interpretation/Education Division
DOI Employees Join In National Read Across America Initiative

On March 2nd and March 16th, representatives from the Department of the Interior served as guest readers for the National Read Across America Initiative at three of DOI's partner schools. The volunteers read a children’s book to students.

The schools included C. Melvin Sharpe Health School, Ross Elementary School, and School Without Walls at Francis Stevens Campus.

This reading initiative was created by the National Education Association to promote reading for children. The event traditionally coincides with the March 2nd birth date of children’s author Theodore Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss.

For more information, click on the link below.



[Submitted by Brenda Woods, brenda_woods@ios.doi.gov, 202-208-3617]

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Eisenhower National Historic Site (PA)
GS-0025-11/12 Site Manager

Eisenhower National Historical Park has issued an announcement for a supervisory park ranger to serve as the park’s site manager.

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 May 6th.
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Shenandoah National Park (VA)
GS-1101-9 Supervisory Revenue And Fee Business Specialist

Dates: 04/24/2015 - 05/07/2015

Shenandoah National Park has issued an announcement for a revenue and fee business specialist.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

The announcement closes on May 7th.

[Submitted by Ryan McKelvey, ryan_mckelvey@nps.gov, 540-999-3500 ext, 3405]

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Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
WS-5409-8/9 Water Treatment Plant Operator Supervisor

Rocky Mountain National Park has issued all source and merit promotion announcements for a water treatment plant operator supervisor.

Click on the links below for copies of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

Both close on May 5th.