The Morning Report

Friday, May 30, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Teenage Visitor Rescued From Ledge On Longs Peak

Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old visitor from Quebec, was ascending Longs Peak with a friend on Tuesday when they became separated. As Frappier attempted to descend, he got himself stranded in an extremely precarious location on Broadway Ledge and called for help.

Although Frappier was reported to be fit, he had no technical climbing equipment and no experience as a mountaineer. He was also unprepared for a night on the mountain in snow and ice and near freezing temperatures.

A rescue operation was immediately launched. The park’s SAR team was joined in the effort by Rocky Mountain Rescue and a Teton Interagency helicopter. Nearly 30 people were committed to the operation.

Frappier was helped off the ledge, flown to an LZ in Upper Beaver Meadows, and taken to Estes Park Medical Center.

For additional details, see the news story and a minute-long video at the link below.

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]

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Acadia National Park (ME)
Body Of Local Man Found Below Bridge

A visitor called the park late on the afternoon of May 25th and reported finding a body in Duck Brook beneath the three-span, 90-foot-high Duck Brook Bridge on Paradise Hill Road.

The first ranger on scene found the body of a 23-year-old man from Mount Desert Island. Rangers and members of the Mount Desert Island SAR team recovered the body via a steep-angle raise of about 75 feet.

The investigation continues, but at this time there is no indication of foul play.  Ranger Rechholtz was the incident commander.  

[Submitted by Stuart West, Chief Ranger]


NEWS AND NOTES



Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (MT,WY)
Passing Of Maintenance Worker Thomas Dean Pretty On Top

It was a sad Memorial Day weekend for Bighorn Canyon, as longtime employee Thomas Dean Pretty On Top passed away on the morning of Saturday, May 24th, after battling with cancer. He was 50 years old.

Dean worked in the maintenance division for the past 18 years as a heavy equipment operator. His strong work ethic commitment to safety earned him numerous safety awards. 

Dean will be remembered for always being first with a helping hand, quick with a joke, and a big smile. During his fight with cancer, Dean always maintained his positive outlook on life.  He was an accomplished traditional dancer and even in his last days made sure to dance and celebrate the graduating class at Little Bighorn College in Crow Agency, Montana.

He is survived by his wife Tina, son Tatum, daughters Heather Rides the Horse, Sunny Round Face, Hillary Reed and many others they had taken in over the years. He was and always will be remembered for his close ties to his traditional culture and many friends.

[Submitted by Bighorn Canyon Friends and Staff]


Yosemite National Park (CA)
Swift Water Rescue Demonstrations Held In Park

Yosemite National Park held its fifth annual swift water demonstration day on Thursday, May 22nd. The event highlighted water safety and the unique dangers of spring runoff and swift water conditions in the park.  

Members of the press were invited to cover the event and encouraged to interact with Yosemite Search and Rescue personnel to learn more about swift water rescue techniques.  Members of the press had the opportunity to experience firsthand what it was like to participate in a recovery operation via highline over the Merced River.  

Reporters also had the opportunity to talk with experienced swift water rescuers about navigating water during real-life rescues and witnessed firsthand how Yosemite National Park rescuers navigate through the water.

Park staff also discussed current water conditions in the park, the expected impact of the California drought, visitation expectations, and important safety tips while in the park.

The event was attended by representatives from three media outlets, 300 hundred visitors, and 50 NPS employees.

Click on the link below to see a video aimed at educating visitors about the dangers of fast moving waters in Yosemite.

[Submitted by Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Specialist]

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Northeast Region
Kris Heister Selected As New Superintendent Of Upper Delaware

Kris Heister has been selected as the new superintendent of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. She succeeds Acting Superintendent Malcolm Wilbur and former Superintendent Sean McGuinness, who retired earlier this year. Heister is a 22 year veteran of the National Park Service.

“As the chief of natural resources for the Northeast Region, Kris has repeatedly demonstrated outstanding leadership in establishing successful partnerships as a way of doing business that is integral to success,” said Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell. “Her strong natural resource and interpretive background, experience building coalitions, and innovative leadership approach are particularly relevant for Upper Delaware.”  

Heister began her National Park Service career as a biologist at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Since then she has served in a variety of natural resource management positions in parks and regions throughout the country.

"I am excited to work with the staff of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and the Upper Delaware Council," she says. "As a life-long resident of Pennsylvania, I have many fond memories of canoeing the Delaware River with my family and jumping off the now gone rope swing at the Narrowsburg Bridge.”

“Working with our partners in this unique park setting is the key to protecting one of our nation’s most pristine, undammed rivers and to maintaining the 'outstandingly remarkable values' for which it was designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.” 

After Heister’s first position at Valley Forge NHP, she worked for a short time at Appomattox Court House NHP. In her next NPS post, she spent five years with the inventory and monitoring program working collaboratively to design a long-term monitoring program for parks in the Great Basin and Mojave Desert.

In 2006, she returned to Valley Forge NHP as the chief of natural resources, where she led an interdisciplinary effort to develop a highly controversial white-tailed deer management plan and created a complex network of partnerships that integrated work with local non-profit organizations, youth programs, volunteerism, the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program and the Parks for Every Classroom program.

In 2009, Heister received the Trish Patterson Student Conservation Association Award for Natural Resource Management in a small park for the Northeast Region. In recognition of her efforts with the community, she received the 2013 Coldwater Conservation Professional Award from the state council of Trout Unlimited.

As the chief of natural resources for Northeast Region, she has led a multidisciplinary team of subject matter experts to promote science-based management in parks and increased park involvement in decision-making through establishment of advisory groups such as the Natural Resource Advisory Committee.

Heister graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science in biology from Salisbury State University and received her masters of science in wildlife and fisheries science in 1995 from Pennsylvania State University. She will begin her new assignment in mid-July. 

[Submitted by Jane Ahern, jane_ahern@nps.gov, 215-597-0865]


Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

All training offerings – webinars, online courses and training sessions in the field – appear in this listing only, updated each Friday. Entries must be received by midday Thursday at the latest for the following day’s update. Send them to Bill_Halainen@contractor.nps.gov.

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

  • Beginning and ending dates.
  • Name and location of course.
  • A short one- to two-line description.
  • The closing date for application or registration.
  • Name(s) and number(s) for more information.
  • Most importantly, a link to a website where full announcements or detailed information can be found.

New listings and revisions to this week’s calendar are in bold face. They are removed from the calendar once the application deadline has passed.

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Training and Webinars

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

June 10 – Retirement Planning for New Employees TEL Broadcast, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This training is designed to enable employees who are just beginning their careers to plan prudently for their retirement. This class can be viewed via satellite broadcast (TELSAT), video teleconferencing (VTC), or LiveStream. Check the TEL Website or contact Katrina Fritts (katrina_fritts@nps.gov) for additional information.

June 17 – June 18 – Successful Presentation Skills Workshop, Capital Training Facility, Washington, DC. This course is for those wanting to improve their presentations skills. Participants will learn how to make their presentation material more dynamic and the delivery more compelling.  The training will cover presentation tips for delivering webinars and adapting  presentations for a webinar audience. The course will also cover how to create informative and reader-friendly PowerPoint slides. Register in DOI Learn by June 6th. For more information, contact any of the following people –Katrinia Roberts:  202-354-1471 or Katrinia_roberts@nps.gov; Brigitte Keels: 202-354-1406 or  brigitte_keels@nps.gov; Lisa Nicol: 202-354-1998 or lisa_nicol@nps.gov.

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

June 24 – June 26 – Environmental Planning: Integrating NEPA into NPS Activities (Director’s Order 12), Denver Service Center/ Intermountain Region Office, Lakewood, CO. This course will focus on implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) using Director’s Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making and its accompanying second-tier guidance, Handbook 12. The course will cover topics such as the Environmental Screening Form, NEPA Pathways, impact analysis, public involvement, and NPS NEPA case law. The course also briefly covers other regulatory requirements as they relate to NEPA implementation, such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Deadline for application is June 9th. For more information about the course, please contact Tom Flanagan, thomas_flanagan@nps.gov; 303-969-2691.

June 26 – Introduction to the Planning, Environment and Public Comment System (PEPC), Southeast Utah Group Headquarters, Moab, UT. This instructor-led course will provide a detailed introduction to the PEPC system. The course will cover menu navigation, project search/tracking, reporting capabilities, resource tools and customization for your park/unit. The course will provide hands-on training where the student 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. Deadline for application is June 19th. For more information about the course, please contact Shannon Kruse, shannon_kruse@nps.gov; (970) 267-2131.

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

July 15 – Retirement Planning for New Employees TEL Broadcast, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This training is designed to enable employees who are just beginning their careers to plan prudently for their retirement. This class can be viewed via satellite broadcast (TELSAT), video teleconferencing (VTC), or LiveStream. Check the TEL Website or contact Katrina Fritts (katrina_fritts@nps.gov) for additional information.

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

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

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

August 11 – August 22 – Firearms 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 June 20th.

August 18 – August 29 – 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 June 24th.

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

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

September 3 – September 5 – Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, FLETC, Belleville, IL. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is July 23rd.

September 8 – September 19 – 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 July 18th.

September 9 – September 10 – Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, Cabrillo NM, San Diego, CA. This course is designed to provide end users (interpreters, education specialists, resource managers, fire managers or information technology staff) with the resources and knowledge necessary to assemble a Telexploration backpack and present a real-time distance learning program to a remote audience and to design and deploy a basic wireless systems sufficient to present real-time live Telexploration programs in your park. The closing date for applications is August 15th. For more information on the workshop, go to this web page: http://seatoshiningsea.org/events_New.html. Contact: Amanda Gossard at amanda_gossard@nps.gov.

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

September 15 – September 26 – Basic 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 July 18th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online Training

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

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



North Cascades National Park Service Complex - WA
GS-0025-11-13 Chief Ranger (Detail)

North Cascades National Park Service Complex is seeking qualified applicants at the GS-11-13 level for a 30 to 120 day detail (August-November).

Consideration will be given to any qualified Level 1 visitor and resource protection employee with the knowledge, skills, and the ability to manage complex visitor and resource program that includes three NPS units (North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas) and issues related to an unsecured border with Canada. The duty station is at the headquarters office in Sedro-Woolley.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership, policy development and oversight for the division
  • Maintaining and enhancing partnerships with numerous park partners
  • Providing support and fulfilling associated administrative functions, as needed
  • Serving as a member of the park’s management team

This detail will not affect the applicant’s ability to be considered for this position when it is filled permanently. Travel and per diem will be paid by the receiving park.  Salary will be covered by the home park. A temporary promotion may be considered and will be paid by receiving park. No government housing is available for this assignment.

Interested employees should submit their most recent non-award SF-50 and a brief resume with their work history, educational background, any special qualifications and your current title, series, and grade. Resume and supporting documents should be submitted by electronic mail to the superintendent’s office NOCA_Superintendent@nps.gov by June 23rd. For more information, please contact current Chief Ranger Kinsey Shilling at 360-854-7240.

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

Yosemite is seeking qualified candidates interested in a lateral reassignment to a full-time, 6c-covered law enforcement ranger position. This is a required occupancy position with housing in Hodgdon Meadows.

Candidates must currently be in a GL-9 position and possess a Level I law enforcement commission.

The Crane Flat Subdistrict’s area of responsibility includes a large portion of the Big Oak Flat and Tioga Roads, the Crane Flat gas Station, Tuolumne and Merced groves of giant sequoias, six campgrounds, White Wolf Lodge, and NPS information station with support facilities.  The division is looking for a highly motivated ranger with a pro-active enforcement approach for visitor and resource protection with the adaptability for backcountry operations.  

The Crane Flat ranger offices are ideally located with close proximity to the park’s helibase and contract helicopter providing convenient opportunity for skill development as a HECM or project manager.  This position is in support of the all-hazard operations of Yosemite National park with skill-development opportunities in law enforcement, investigative services, marijuana cultivation interdiction, emergency medical services, search and rescue, structural and wildland fire.

The primary collateral duty for this position will be to act as the district EMS coordinator, providing quality assurance to over 40 EMS providers and maintaining two district ambulances.  Park medic or higher EMS certification is preferred, but is not a screenout.

For more information regarding this position contact Park Ranger Matt Stark at 209-379-1885, or by email at matt_stark@nps.gov.

To be considered for this position you must submit:

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

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

Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office no later than June 6th.  If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Cyndi Mattiuzzi at (209) 379-1806, or by email at cyndi_mattiuzzi@nps.gov.

Big Bend National Park (TX)
GS-1640-12 Supervisory Facility Operations Specialist (Lateral)

Big Bend National Park is seeking candidates for a lateral reassignment as the park's supervisory facility operations specialist (deputy chief of facility management).

Big Bend National Park encompasses 801,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert with varied scenery and diversity of plant and animal life.  The park community consists of 250 people, including employees of the NPS, Concession, Border Patrol, Postal Service, School, and their families. A state-accredited elementary school (K-8) is located at Panther Junction (park headquarters).  The park has a post office, gas stations, camper stores, restaurant and lodge.   Elevation at Panther Junction is 3,800 feet.  The climate is generally pleasant with hot summers (90°-100°F) and mild winters (30°-50°F).  Terlingua, TX (a small town 24 miles away), has a state-accredited high school (no bus service).  Visit our websites for more information at http://nps.gov/bibe and http://nps.gov/rigr.  This is a required occupancy position. 

The supervisory facility operations specialist is responsible for providing facility management for Big Bend National Park with widely diversified infrastructure and operational complexity through the management of subordinate supervisory staff, multi-year/operational budgets, and the utilization of new information technologies.  Candidates should have knowledge of construction and materials and experience with the technical aspects of maintenance and operations processes. 

The following are principal duties:

  • Manages Facility Management Software Systems for cost effective management of housing, road and fleet assets. 
  • Responsible for development and implementation of housing, road and fleet projects, all projects in remote developed areas and development of alternatives for facility modification when infrastructure capabilities cannot support mission requirements.  Coordinates project scope, goals and objectives; develops spending and budget protocols; manages construction process ensuring all project documentation is completed and archived.
  • Responsible for the development and management of the Panther Junction Facility Management budget.
  •  Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised.  Initiates efforts conforming to established local and Bureau Safety Programs to satisfy this responsibility. 
  • Responsible for implementing environmental management system for complying with federal and state regulations for all operational and roads project work. 
  • Maintains park facilities in compliance and best management practice of the NPS Environmental Audit Program.  Ensure that work on cultural and natural resources is in adherence with approved Historic Preservation Act and NEPA documents. 
  • Responsible for complying with all Building Codes, Life Safety Codes, NFPA Codes and ADA.

Candidates must have strong FMSS knowledge, skills and experience, as well as experience with overall facility management program operations, including required reporting, identification of park needs, future planning, development of funding requests, management of the program budget, staffing and scheduling, assisting with special events and visitor services, etc.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. The person selected will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) annually. The person selected must have or be able to obtain a valid state commercial driver’s license (CDL). This is a drug testing position. A uniform is required.

For more information on this position, please contact Linda Richards at 432-477-1114 or email at linda_richards@nps.gov

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Current resume/application with hours per week worked.
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status and highest permanent grade held.  NO award SF-50’s please.

Please submit (through Bison Connect) application packets to Terry Boren, via email to terry_boren@nps.gov. Completed packets must be received no later than COB (5:00 P.M. Standard Time) June 3rd.

George Washington Memorial Parkway (MD)
WG-5703-7 Motor Vehicle Operator

George Washington Memorial Parkway is currently announcing a position for a motor vehicle operator.  The position is being announced as both merit promotion and open to all sources.

The merit promotion announcement is only open to those living in the local commuting area.

For more information please refer to the appropriate announcement:

All Sources

Merit Promotion

Both close on June 12th.