The Morning Report

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Arkansas Post National Memorial (AR)
Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Felony ARPA Violation

On June 25, 2012, an ISB special agent received a call from Arkansas Post NM regarding a possible violation of the Archeological Resources Protection Act occurring at the park’s Osotouy Unit. A park neighbor had reported a suspicious vehicle and occupant(s) in the unit commonly referred to as the Menard Mounds.

Further investigation by the agent and Ranger David Van Nest of Hot Springs NP, who assisted with this investigation and made the initial response, revealed that Ricky Don Self, Jr., of Winnsboro, Texas, had entered the park on that date and excavated or attempted to excavate archeological resources from two pre-Columbian Native American mounds preserved in the park.

Self was aided and abetted by a co-worker and was currently working under contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers on a nearby abatement Corps project with his father's construction company. It was determined that Self excavated 17 features on or near the mounds and damaged or discarded approximately 139 archeological resources. The activity resulted in $14,010 in damages to the mounds in felony violation of 16 USC 470.

On March 18, 2015, Self pleaded guilty and was sentenced under a single count violation of the ARPA in US District Court in Little Rock. He agreed to cooperate with investigators and paid $3,925 in restitution to the NPS and $25 in court costs.

The NPS wishes to acknowledge and thank Hot Springs NP, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service for assistance with this investigation. In addition, NPS Archeologists Caven Clark and Melissa Baier conducted the site damage assessment work, and Chris Givens, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Arkansas, Little Rock, prosecuted this case for the government.

[Submitted by Investigative Services Branch]


Everglades National Park (FL)
Man Dies In Boating Mishap

On the evening of February 6th, Richard Raasch, 68, and Fred Thompson, 70, were in a 17-foot aluminum canoe powered by a small 4 horsepower outboard motor, en route to Jewell Key to camp for the night. This was to be the first night of a multi-day camping trip. 

The men had navigated Sandfly Pass and made a wrong turn to the southeast and were in the vicinity of Rabbit Key when they saw another vessel and asked for directions.  When they turned back to the northwest to head towards Jewell Key they began taking a forward quartering sea over their starboard bow. 

Due to the low freeboard of the canoe, they began taking on small amounts of overspray and had to bail water. They made it to Demijohn Key, where they bailed and rested but then decided to head the final mile to Jewell Key, which was across Chokoloskee Pass. Upon entering the pass, they hit deeper water and a falling tide. With the tide and the wind both going in the same direction, the larger waves caused them to take on too much water and the vessel quickly swamped. 

Both men had on lifejackets. Raasch was able to swim to Jewell Key, where he spent the night.  On February 8th around noon he was able to wave down a passing boater. The search for Thompson ended on the afternoon of February 9th when rangers found him floating in a debris field about 11 miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. He did not survive. 

Assisting in the search were personnel from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Coast Guard and NPS staff from both Everglades and Big Cypress.

[Submitted by Tom Iandimarino, Gulf Coast District Ranger]


NEWS AND NOTES



Office of Communications
Find Your Park During National Park Week

National Park Week, sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, begins tomorrow, April 18th, and continues until Sunday, April 26th.

This year’s theme, “Find Your Park,” invites people everywhere to be a part of the Find Your Park movement and discover their own unique connections to parks and the programs managed by the National Park Service. Featuring free admission to all parks on April 18th and 19th and exciting activities and programs throughout the week, National Park Week is the perfect time to celebrate America’s 407 national parks and find your park. 

Find Your Park showcases everything parks can be and the wide range of opportunities they have to offer, highlighting wellness, recreation, community, education, history, culture, and preservation of the environment. Find Your Park connects people to parks, redefining what a park can be and the important role they play in the lives of current and future generations.

There are countless ways to enjoy National Park Week. Check out www.nationalparkweek.org for ideas on how to connect with parks, where to go and what to do. Here are nine suggestions to get you started:

Find Your Park. National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out there, and find your park! On FindYourPark.com there is a searchable list of ideas for ways to find your park, including in-park and digital activities. There is also a fun and interactive quiz to help people jumpstart their journey. 

Share Your Story. Your story could inspire others to discover their park! The public is invited to share their story on social media using #FindYourPark and at FindYourPark.com. The website features an interactive gallery of inspirational stories from the general public, National Park Service employees, and celebrities. People can also enter The Centennial Project contest.

Take Advantage of Free Admission Days. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived on the opening weekend of National Park Week – April 18th and 19th. While the majority of national parks provide free entrance every day of the year, the 128 parks that normally charge an admission fee will also be free to enter that weekend.

Become a Junior Ranger. On April 18th, visitors can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by taking part in special family-friendly activities at many national parks, including Ocmulgee National Monument, Eisenhower National Historic Site, Booker T. Washington National Monument, Biscayne National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Olympic National Park, Morristown National Historical Park, and Chamizal National Memorial.

Attend a Star-studded Party. Marvel at the incredible dark night sky found in many national parks. Great Basin National Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Rock Creek Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will all host astronomy programs and star viewing opportunities during National Park Week.

Take part in the #FindYourParkInstaMeet.  From 2:00 to 4:00 pm EDT on April 19th, parks across the country – including Grand Teton National Park, Everglades National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Independence National Historical Park, and Statue of Liberty National Monument – will participate in the Find Your Park InstaMeet. You can join in the fun from wherever you are using the hashtags #FindYourParkInstaMeet and #FindYourPark and tagging @NationalParkService and @GoParks on Instagram.

Celebrate Earth Day. This year is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and national parks are some of the best places to honor the day. John Muir National Historic Site, Cape Cod National Seashore, and Dinosaur National Monument are some of the parks hosting special Earth Day-themed events.

Join the Revolution. Participate in three days of events at Minute Man National Historical Park to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War. Events include battle demonstrations, musket firings, drills, battle demonstrations, speeches, and other ceremonies.

Be a VIP (Volunteer in Park). Lend a hand to care for your parks. Volunteer projects happening during National Park Week include a trail project at National Capital Parks – East, habitat restoration at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, tree planting at Flight 93 National Memorial, and a river float and clean up at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

[Submitted by Kathy Kupper and Alanna Sobel]


Oregon Caves National Monument (OR)
New Oregon Caves National Preserve Dedicated

At a ceremony on April 10th, the Oregon’s two senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and a member of the House of Representative, Peter DeFazio, officially cut the ribbon dedicating the new Oregon Caves National Preserve.  

The Oregon National Preserve legislation, written and championed by the congressmen, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 19, 2014.  The new lands add 4,070 acres to the existing 480 acres of Oregon Cave National Monument.  Together, the two parks are managed as Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.

The new addition protects the watershed that flows underground into the Oregon Caves and protects many acres of the richly biodiverse lands around the caves. The legislation also introduces something new within the existing monument – the creek bubbling through the cave, the River Styx, is now designated as the nation’s first-ever subterranean National Scenic River.

“If you look behind me up to the ridge, you behold the new Oregon Caves Preserve,” said Superintendent Vicki Snitzler, who lead the ceremony. “As part of the Nation Park Service Centennial program that had its national kick off last week- you can now officially say --You have found your park!”

The legislators, community members, partners, visitors, and the employees of Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve looked on with excitement.  Without the efforts of many people, the preserve would not have happened. Special thanks were given to the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, the Oregon Caves Natural History Association, and the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Institute. 

“Community organizer Greg Walters deserves our appreciation for all his many hours working toward this goal,” added Snitzler.

Thanks also went out to the USFS, BLM, City of Cave Junction, and Chamber of Commerce for their participation in our interagency visitor center in Cave Junction, which serves as the entrance for most visitors who come to the valley.

A special acknowledgement was given out to the USFS and District Ranger Matt Paciroek for working with the NPS so cooperatively on the transition of management of this land. 

The NPS looks forward to strengthening all of these relationships and to discovering all the new opportunities that come to us with the designation of the Preserve.

The final speaker, Menno Kraai, director of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, made special note that an expanded monument and preserve presages expanding visitation and opportunities for a growing tourism economy.  Menno then invited forward 12-year old Owen Dwyer, who in an earnest and clear voice thanked the congressmen, and the crowd, for setting Oregon Caves National Monument for all generations, now and forever.

“We welcome and encourage our neighbors, visitors and partners to discover something new at Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve,” said Snitzler at the ensuing reception. “Find what this place, which belongs to you, means to you. It might be a hike through sun-streaked fir forests, a new flower you found amid an explosion of wildflowers in the Bigelow meadows, or it might be a selfie of you on top of Mt Elijah posted to Instagram. Connect with this special place in ways that are memorable to you.  Find anew your connection to Oregon Caves National Preserve.”

[Submitted by Christopher Willis, Media Specialist]


Big Bend National Park (TX)
Anniversary Of Establishment Of Boquillas Port Of Entry Held

On April 10th, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan José Guerra Abud celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Boquillas Port of Entry (POE) and the ongoing binational conservation initiatives in the region.

The POE facilitates coordination between the two countries in the protection and preservation of the Big Bend/Río Bravo Region – North America’s largest and most diverse desert ecosystem.

As part of a binational initiative, the two countries established the new international port of entry facility at Boquillas Crossing within Big Bend National Park.

The POE opened on April 10, 2013 and began providing an entry point between both countries for visitors and scientists. Travel across the border is primarily by rowboat. 

Home to 446 species of birds, 3,600 species of insects, more than 1,300 plants, and 75 species of mammals, the Big Bend region of Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila provide a unique opportunity for scientists, natural resource managers, and park staff to collaborate in areas that will benefit the people, the landscapes, and the wildlife on both sides of the border.

[Submitted by David Elkowitz]


Grand Canyon National Park
Passing Of Former Helicopter Pilot Jerry Bonner

Former Grand Canyon National Park contract helicopter pilot Jerry Bonner, 72, passed away March 6th. 

Jerry was the primary pilot at Grand Canyon from 1987 to 1996. During his tenure, he flew numerous all hazard missions at Grand Canyon and was one of the first qualified pilots with park's helicopter short-haul program. Jerry was also instrumental in the maintenance of the park’s infrastructure, including major repairs to the trans-canyon water pipeline. 

Jerry passed away of natural causes while on shift at CAL FIRE Alma Helitack Base in Santa Clara County, California.

On Sunday March 8th, California Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement on behalf of himself and his wife Anne Gust: "Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of CAL FIRE Forestry Fire Pilot Jerry Bonner," Brown said. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers as they deal with their loss."   Governor Brown ordered state capitol flags flown at half-staff in his honor.

Many NPS employees had the opportunity to fly and work with Jerry during his tenure at Grand Canyon.  Jerry was well known for his flying skills, his professionalism and his pleasant demeanor.  

On Monday April 13th, a fire service memorial was held for Jerry at the Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose, California.  Bonner, of Helendale, was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife Emma Bonner; son Christian Bonner; daughter Liza Weber and son-in-law Darren Weber; granddaughter Maisy Weber; his sister Nancy Bonner-Benson and stepdaughter Billie Herndon; stepsons Kirk Kervin and Anthony Kervin and stepdaughter Jonnie Meinger.

[Submitted by Emily C. Davis, Emily_Davis@nps.gov]


Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

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

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

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

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

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Learning Event Catalog

The National Park Service now has an interim learning event catalog that will help you find some of those hard to locate learning events.  The catalog is a preview of one of many features yet to come on the new Common Learning Portal – an interactive, collaborative learning and development site scheduled to roll out in early FY16. The learning and development community has compiled a starting list of events offered regionally and Servicewide in FY15. This list is being updated on a biweekly basis as new opportunities arise and current events are updated, so check back regularly. To view the searchable PDF file click here: http://www.nps.gov/training/LD/docs/LD%20Calendar%20-%20FY-2015.pdf

Training and Webinars

April 13 – April 16 – Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium, St. Louis, MO. The Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 14 to April16. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13, at Washington University in St. Louis. Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century modern architecture. This three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. For more information or to register please visit the training announcement (http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/mid-century-modern-structures-2/) or contact Mary Striegel at mary_striegel@nps.gov or 318-356-7444.

April 14 – April 16 – Facilitation Skills for Trainers, Mather Training Center, Harpers Ferry, WV. At the end of this three day course you will have a customized toolbox of engagement strategies to implement in your classroom training.  Education specialists, training specialists and collateral duty instructors take advantage of this opportunity to kick your skills up a notch.  Contact Jo Robinson at 304.535.5016 or jo_robinson@nps.gov for more details.  Register in DOI Learn.

April 16 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

April 20 – April 24 – Dry Stone Wall Preservation Workshop, Mammoth Cave, KY. A hands-on training led by the Dry Stone Conservancy. At the end of the training participants will be able to identify and mitigate safety hazards associated with dry stone wall repair projects, deconstruct and reset the stones to retain the character defining features of a wall, and correctly use the tools typically associated with dry stone wall construction. To enroll follow this link to DOILearn.  Or search for “dry stone” in DoILearn.  The Full announcement is available on the Google Drive

April 27 – May 1 Archeological Resources Protection Training Program (ARPTP), Tupelo, MS. FLETC and Natchez Trace Parkway are sponsoring the Archeological Resources Protection Training Program. This 37-hour course provides training in all aspects of an archeological investigation and prosecution. The class culminates in a 12-hour archeological crime scene practical exercise where law enforcement officers and archeologist work as a team to investigate and document a crime scene. Attendees will gather and process physical evidence, write incident reports, executive summaries, search warrants, damage assessments, and provide testimony in a courtroom scenario. This training is open to all law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and Federal archeologists.  Federal employees should contact their national academy representatives at FLETC to register. Contact FLETC instructor Charles Louke at (912) 280-5138 for course information.

April 27 – Achieve Compliance! Pass Your Credit Card Security Audit (SAQ) with Flying Colors Webinar, noon to 2 p.m. EDT. Click on this link for more information and details on how to register.

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

April 28 – April 29 – Landscape Preservation: An Introduction, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. This training introduces students to the concept of cultural landscapes, including designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes and historic sites.  Student then learn applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Instructors then explore preservation planning and documentation, and how to develop a cultural landscape report to use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation. Applications are due by April 14th. Details on the seminar can be found on the National Preservation Institute website (www.npi.org).  For more information, contact Brinnen Carter at 907-747-0140, or Brinnen_Carter@nps.gov.

April 28 – April 30 – Resource Advisor (READ) Training Course, Yosemite NP, CA. The class will provide participants with the foundation to serve as READs during wildland fire incidents. READs generally work with fire managers to convey concerns about natural, cultural, and wilderness resources. The course benefits from having a mix of agencies, state, tribal and other representatives, as well as all cultural and natural resource disciplines. There is no training cost. For further information, see the announcement at this link or contact Jun Kinoshita at jun_r_kinoshita@nps.gov.

April 29 – Roger Kennedy Fellowship Program, fall semester application deadline. The Roger Kennedy Fellowship Program is a graduate level certificate program through the Environmental Resources Policy Program in the Columbian College of Arts and Science at George Washington University.  Candidates must be permanent employees with three or more years of service in the NPS and be in the Washington, DC, commuting distance. Applications are being accepted through April 29th for the start of the Fall 2015 semester. For more information, contact Lisa Nicol (lisa_nicol@nps.gov or 202-354-1998). To see the full announcement, click here.

April 29 – April 30 – Historic Structure Field Assessment, Astoria, OR. Participants will work with the Historic Preservation Training Center to conduct a field assessment of Fort Clatsop, a reconstructed log fortification at Lewis and Clark National Historic Site. At the end of this training the learners will be able to conduct a job hazard analysis for a historic structure field assessment, identify and document existing areas of deficiencies using photographs and field sketches, identify causes of deficiencies in a historic structure, quantify square footage requirements to  develop a cost estimate, and utilize existing resources to develop short and long term maintenance plans. The full announcement with enrollment instructions is available on the Google Drive. Travel scholarships are available. 

April 30 – Achieve Compliance! Pass Your Credit Card Security Audit (SAQ) with Flying Colors Webinar, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Click on this link for more information and details on how to register.

April 30 – Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. Students will explore issues that direct the process of change and decision-making for challenging landscapes. Instructors will then review the practices of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources and discuss the implications of each, identifying tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Students should come to understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about preserving and managing historic and cultural landscapes over the long-term. Applications are due by April 14th. Details on the seminar can be found on the National Preservation Institute website (www.npi.org).  For more information, contact Brinnen Carter at 907-747-0140, orBrinnen_Carter@nps.gov.

May 4, 2015 – April 15, 2016 – Facility Manager Leaders Program. This national award winning curriculum is designed to develop and strengthen selectees’ knowledge and competencies in asset management, operations and maintenance, project management, resource stewardship, business management, supervision and leadership. This is a competency based training opportunity; it is not an intake program.  Selected candidates will be enrolled in an intensive year-long program involving 20 to 28 weeks of study, classes and activities. To apply, log onto DOI Learn and enter “Facility Manager Leaders Program” in the search field. IMPORTANT: All six parts of the on-line application must be completed no later than January 16th. For additional information, contact Mark Tezel at (202) 431-7409.

May 6 – FERS Benefits For Law Enforcement Officers, webinar, 1 p.m. EDT. This one hour live webinar will cover the rules on law enforcement officer retirement, emphasizing the "special provisions" that apply to them. The registration fee is $49. To register, click on this link.  There’s been an overwhelming response from agencies inquiring about group discounts for multiple locations as well as multiple employees in one location. Call Michael Floyd directly at 877-817-7017 or email him at michael.floyd@fedweek.com for special tailored rates to suit your agency's needs.

May 12 – May 13 – NPS Right-of-Way (ROW) Permitting, Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, NE.  This two-day class will focus on the NPS ROW permitting processes and best practices.  This training is designed to help both park and Regional staff to recognize when there is a need for an NPS ROW permit, know the authorities and processes when issuing an ROW permit, and be familiar with resources available.  For more information contact David A. Reynolds, Lands Right-of-Way Program Manager, at 415-623-2121 or david_a_reynolds@nps.gov.  To read the full announcement, please click on this link.

May 18 – May 19 – NPS Taser Instructor Course, Grand Canyon NP, AZ. This is a two day (16 hour) course. Students will receive instructor certifications in X26 E and X26 P – the X-2 will not be covered. Each students needs to email the following to Master Taser Instructor James Purcell at  james_a_purcell@nps.gov – a letter with signed supervisory approval and a copy of instructor certification. The first 18 applicants will be accepted into the course. Applications are due by close of business on May 1st. For more information, contact James Purcell at the above email address or at 928-638-7848 (office) or 928-606-6824 (work cell).

May 19 – May 20 – Science Communication Workshop for Natural Resource Professionals, Fort Collins, CO. In this two-day course, you will learn how to communicate more effectively about science with people outside the field, including the general public, policy makers, the media, students, and prospective collaborators in other disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will first focus on fundamental skills—knowing our audience, connecting with our audience, and speaking clearly and conversationally about our work and why it matters. This class is free. Sign up through DOI Learn (course NPS-NRS3802) until May 1st. Enrollment is by wait list, so the number of "open seats" is going to show zero. For a preview, visit http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org. More information, contact Cheri_Yost@nps.gov or 202-768-2945. 

May 21 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

June 2 – June 11 – 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 April 24th.

June 4 – June 7 – SARCON2015, YMCA of the Rockies Conference Center, Estes Park, CO. The combined national search and rescue conference of MRA and NASAR and CSRB will be held in Estes Park without any pre-conference activities.  Conference activity tracks are Friday 5th and Saturday 6th with possible overflow to Sunday 7th morning concurrent with MRA business meetings.  Routine updates are posted to the SARCON website, which also has a link for conference registration. NPS employees will be considered members and will receive the member’s conference rate. Upon registration, the link for lodging (meals included) at YMCA of the Rockies will appear (as the YMCA is handling the lodging/meals reservations). 

June 18 – NPS Digital Servicewide Call/Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET. Keep informed about the latest happenings in the NPS digital world on these calls/webinars. They are intended for all NPS staff—web authors, supervisors who manage web resources, and anyone interested in NPS digital efforts. Unless otherwise noted, they are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 pm ET. The general format includes 40 minutes of material on a variety of digital topics across the NPS (e.g., web, social media, apps, etc.) followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Agendas, registration information, and recordings and supporting materials from past calls/webinars are posted on the Digital Community Site (https://sites.google.com/a/nps.gov/web-community/resources/servicewide-calls).

June 23 – June 26 – Asset Management 101, Shenandoah NP, VA. This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to become more familiar with the application of asset management ideas, an opportunity to share ideas, work through project challenges, gain networking skills, and enhance individual professional development needed to move the Commercial Services Program into the future. Please register at DOI Learn by May 26th. The contacts for the course are Mark Colburn, 202-513-7198 or Kate Volzer, 202-513-7035. For more information, go to http://cs.inside.nps.gov/cs/Sites/servicewide/learning/amt/default.aspx.

June 23 – June 25 – Wood Identification Workshop, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is offering a workshop on wood identification for professionals involved in the preservation and conservation of wooden buildings and objects. The course is designed to teach wood morphology and anatomy at all structural levels relevant for wood identification. While focusing on a selection of North American and several exotic wood species that are prominent in architectural materials, participants will acquire knowledge and skills applicable to the identification of any unknown wood sample. Emphasis will be given to hands-on exercise in sampling, sample preparation, macroscopic and microscopic techniques, and immediate integration of lecture material into practice. Each participant will receive a set of reference samples and matching microscope slides. Tuition for this three-day workshop is $399. Space is limited to 12 participants. For more information or to register please visit the training announcement at this link. For more information, contact Ed FitzGerald at edward_fitzgerald@contractor.nps.gov or (318) 356-7444.

June 25 – June 26 – Taser Instructor Certification/Recertification, Acadia NP, ME. A new certification and recertification instructor course for taser instructors will be held in the park in June. Log on to http://www.taser.com/training/training-events  and click on "search 2015 Classes"  and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Chris Wiebusch at 207-288-8776 or chris_wiebusch@nps.gov.

August 3 – August 7 – Fundamentals Of Special Park Uses, Albuquerque, NM. The 36-hour course covers all aspects of special park uses from First Amendment to commercial filming and still photography to wireless telecommunication facilities. Also included is a component on temporary food services and other health and safety issues related to special park uses. DO-53/RM-53 is covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2001. For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202-513-7092.

August 18 – August 20 – Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Training, Big South Fork NRA, TN.  This 24 hour course prepares an individual to become a peer supporter on the National Park Service’s National CISM team.  CISM training is designed to prepare employees to function as a peer supporter assisting fellow staff members in dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident or traumatic event and being able to provide support and service to families.  At the completion of this training the participants will understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilization after large scale traumatic incidents, small group defusing, critical incident stress debriefings, one-on-one intervention strategies, and family liaison services on both internal and external incidents.  Please contact Randy Scoggins (randy_scoggins@nps.gov) for questions or to apply. Application deadline is July 13th.  Space is limited.

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Biannual Refresher, Glacier National Park, MT. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 10 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is August 9th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

September 14 – October 16 – National Search & Rescue Academy (NSARA): Fall 2015 Session, Camp Navajo, located near Flagstaff, AZ.  NSARA is 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, incident command system, swiftwater rescue, technical rope rescue, search management, basic aviation safety, helicopter rescue techniques, and remote/austere EMS techniques. 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 is completed through the Marine Corps physical fitness test. Participants are required to achieve a “First Class PFT Score” by the end of the academy. 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, see the announcement and nomination form at this link. Submit completed nomination forms to NSARA Coordinator Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search & Rescue.  E-mail: ken_phillips@nps.gov.  Phone: (928) 606-3862 (cell). The nomination deadline is August 14th.

October 12 – October 23 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1001 training standards to be qualified as a structural firefighter I and II. Participants will be able to perform both interior and exterior attacks during structural fire events. The course presents students with a strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes extensive training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed serve as a structural firefighter.  Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is August 23rd. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.    

November 2 – November 7 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, (location to be determined). This class includes certification in both fire instructor I and fire officer I. These classes have been combined as fire instructor is a required prerequisite for fire officer. The class is a combination of online activities with job performance skills being demonstrated in a class or field setting. Fire instructor is designed around classroom lectures, group activities, and individual presentations. Topics include learning theories, use of instructional materials and media, maintaining student records and techniques for effective communication. The fire officer portion of the class focuses on technical knowledge and leadership skills which are essential for command and control of engine company personnel during fire emergencies. Participants will be introduced to the skills of preplanning, fire attack strategies/tactics and logistical support functions. Skills are reinforced and evaluated through dynamic group sessions and video simulations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is October 4th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

May 21 – May 27, 2016 – International Shadowing Opportunities, Eighth World Ranger Congress, Estes Park, CO. The Association of National Park Rangers, which is hosting this congress is working to facilitate short-term training and/or shadow assignments for interested international delegates. WRC organizers are seeking national parks that would be willing to host one or two international delegates for three to five days in a shadow or training assignment, either before or after the Congress. Opportunities to host delegates will be posted this spring to the congress website (http://worldrangercongressusa.com). International delegates will then choose parks and activities that interest them, making their own travel arrangements. Host parks will be responsible for providing housing and travel support within the park during the shadow assignment. Delegates should be signed up as VIP’s.  Delegates will be responsible for providing their own meals. For more information and questions, please contact activity coordinator Cindy Purcell, Zion NP chief ranger, at cindyp.wrc8@gmail.com .

Online Training

Web Authoring

NPS Basic Web. The basic course covers the topics that web authors need to effectively communicate via NPS websites—both internal and external. The basic course introduces students to web terminology, content strategy, accessibility, writing for the web, image selection/editing, PDF usage, web analytics, web support, and content management system (CMS) basics. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF2013.

NPS Intermediate Web. The intermediate course builds on topics covered in the basic course (above) to give park or program web coordinators (or any interested web author) resources for managing content on NPS websites. The intermediate course goes into more depth about content strategy, web analytics, accessibility, shared content on NPS.gov, and content management system (CMS) elements. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF4017

Natural Resources

Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources. This two-hour on-line training orients learners to the natural resource and science career path within the National Park Service. It explains the role of the natural resource professional within the NPS, and introduces the concepts of ethical conduct, scientific integrity, interdisciplinary networks and building and maintaining professional credibility. Students will address their career development by exploring ways to design and implement professional development plans. Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources is the first unit in the course of study being developed for the Foundational Natural Resource series of the Career Academy for Natural Resources. The Foundational Series is designed to help employees achieve the natural resource competencies at the entry/developmental level. It may also benefit natural resource professionals at any level who are new to the National Park Service. This course is available through DOI Learn. The course code is NPS-NRS1501. Cost: Free. To learn more about the Career Academy for Natural Resources, visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/training/nrs/academy/academy.html. For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov.

Introduction to Air Resources. Every unit in the national park system has air resources, but, because air is invisible and easily crosses park boundaries, many people do not think of it as a resource that the park service manages. This two-hour on-line training provides employees from any division with a basic understanding of what air resources are, why they are important, and the laws, regulations and policies that guide and govern their management. The course will also introduce the science of air pollution, air quality monitoring, and some of the air-related issues faced by parks throughout the service, including several in-depth case studies. It will provide learners with resources to explore air quality and management issues at their own unit, and sources for more in-depth information and assistance in dealing with specific problems. The course is part of the Career Academy for Natural Resources, and is the first of a planned series of on-line learning opportunities designed to provide NPS employees with an introduction to specific natural resources and natural resource issues. These courses are intended for natural resource employees at the entry/developmental level, and for anyone who wishes to learn more about natural resources within the national park system. This course is available through DOI Learn. The course code is NPS-NRS1503. Cost: Free. To learn more about the Career Academy for Natural Resources, visit the website at this link. For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov.

Orientation to National Park Service Integrated Pest Management. This two-hour, interactive course, available on DOl Learn, provides an overview of the laws, policies, basics for managing pests, and philosophy of the NPS IPM Program. This training is for any employee, contractor, or volunteer who is involved in pest management in the NPS. Training is relevant for individuals engaged in natural and cultural resource management, facilities management, public health, risk management, commercial services, museum management, housing management, wildlife management, cultural landscape management, and other NPS programs involved with pest prevention and management. The course code is NPS-NRS1720. Cost: Free. This course is available through DOI Learn. To learn more about the IPM Program, visit this website and/or this website.  For more information, please contact Carol DiSalvo, 202-513-7183 or at carol_disalvo@nps.gov.

Cultural Resources

Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Toolkit. To help guide NPS staff on implementing the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement, which governs Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS has developed a “toolkit.” The toolkit is mandatory training that provides guidance to NPS superintendents and Section 106 coordinators, division chiefs, and facilities staff at region and park levels on using the programmatic agreement during Section 106 review. NPS employees may earn a certificate for their review of the toolkit through DOI Learn by taking a final assessment. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the toolkit website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The toolkit website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/howto/PAToolkit/index.htm. For more information about the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement toolkit, please contact: Jeffrey Durbin, NPS Section 106 compliance program officer, at 202-354-1816 or Jeffrey_durbin@nps.gov

Managing Archeological Collections. Learn about caring for archeological collections and help to overcome the curation crisis. The course is designed to assist those who are interested in, or need to learn more about, preserving and managing archeological collections over the long term. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/collections/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Archeology for Interpreters. Through this training, interpreters and anyone with an interest and need to know – including law enforcement rangers, natural resource experts, and managers -- may gain basic knowledge about archeology. The course provides opportunities to learn about archeological methods and analysis and how to encourage concern for the preservation and protection of archeological resources. A park-based case study provides practice. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/AforI/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Interpretation for Archeologists. Archeologists and other resource professionals can take this training to gain a firm foundation in and understanding of the purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation. The course encourages archeologists to frame their work for the public and to work with interpreters to integrate archeological perspectives into interpretive products and tell compelling stories.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/IforA/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation. View interpretation with “fresh eyes” to evaluate choices and strategies for interpreting archeology in parks and historic sites. Download worksheets to assist in evaluating both onsite interpretation and virtual visits.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/studytour/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Assessment of Archeological Interpretation. Use the interpretive analysis model to evaluate the effectiveness of interpreting archeological resources on the basis of visitor experience at the levels of short-term outcomes, long-term outcomes, and audience feedback. Learn more about the National Park Service evaluation strategy. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/aiassess/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Visitor Use Management. A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Monitoring Impacts and Uses.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Natural Resource Management in Wilderness. A suite of twelve courses: Fundamentals, Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration, Monitoring, Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity, Fish and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring, Threatened and Endangered Species, Air Quality, Soil and Water, Vegetation, Soundscapes, and Night Sky.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Cultural Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this linkfor course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Retirement

Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer Retirement Training for Human Resource Specialists, Managers and Supervisors. This course is designed to provide firefighter and law enforcement officer retirement training for human resources specialists, managers and supervisors. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

FERS Retirement Training for Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers. This course is designed to provide firefighters and law enforcement officers with information on FERS special retirement provisions so that they can manage their careers in such a way that they maximize their benefits. Special retirement provisions apply to employees occupying these positions and they have specific responsibilities that are critical to know about and act upon throughout their careers if they expect to qualify for special retirement. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

Supervision

New Supervisor Development Program. This new training and development program, which was begun last year, is designed specifically for first-time supervisors within the 12 month probationary period of their initial appointment. The New Supervisor Development Program (NSDP) is a blended learning program that is delivered both online and in residential (three day) sessions across the country in collaboration with Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The online modules (completely free of cost) are available on DOILearn as preliminary work, and include the basics of in knowledge and skills for a first-time supervisor. Completion of these modules is followed by a three day Supervisory Skills Workshop (SSW) that provides synthesis and skills practice. The NSDP satisfies the initial 40-hour new supervisory training required by OPM (5CFR 412.202). There will be no cost to parks and regions in FY 2014 – all costs (tuition and travel) are being funded by WASO Learning and Development. Registrations for the SSW are managed via regional employee development officers by slot allocation.  For more information, please contact Katrina Roberts, NSDP Training Manager, 202-354-1471, or Katherine Callaway, 202-354-1403, or your regional employee development officer.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/ - click on Leadership Development Programs.  

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
GS-0025-13 Deputy Chief Ranger for Law Enforcement (Detail)

Yellowstone National Park has issued an announcement for a detail of up to 120 days as the park’s deputy chief ranger for law enforcement.

The announcement closes on April 27th. The tentative EOD date is June 1st.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of Yellowstone's acting chief ranger, the person in this position serves as one of two deputy chief rangers for operations in the Division of Resource and Visitor Protection.

The person selected will be responsible for ensuring that trained and qualified personnel are available to respond to and/or manage all routine and emergency incidents and operations throughout the park.

She/he may also be directly responsible for a broad range of complex, controversial, routine, and emergency activities, including, but not limited to, law enforcement; emergency medical services; visitor services; fee collection; campground operations; commercial use licenses, special use permits, and limited concessions permits; wildland and structural fire; search and rescue; resource management and protection; public safety; oversight of public recreation and special event activities. 

The detailee will also:

  • Serve in command and general staff positions on the more complex incidents that arise in law enforcement, search and rescue, resource management, and fire operations.
  • Personally perform all of the above emergency service functions as necessary.  
  • Ensure that all supervisory and personnel management responsibilities are carried out.
  • Prepare recommendations for planning, programming, and distribution of the division’s budget. 

Some callouts and evening and weekend work can be expected.

During this detail, salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park.  Travel and per diem will be paid by Yellowstone, as well as the difference in pay should the selectee be temporarily promoted.  Temporary quarters, if needed, is available and will be paid by Yellowstone.

Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisors and obtain approval prior to applying.  Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit:

  1.  
    • An OF-612, Optional Application for Employment; resume or equivalent detailing work history, supervisory experience, educational background, and any special qualifications or training they might possess. 
    • A copy of the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing current federal career status
    • A copy of most recent Performance Appraisal
    • A list of professional and personal references, including contact info

Resumes should be submitted by e-mail only to lisa_helms@nps.gov no later than April 27th. 

For additional information about the detail and the position, please contact Deputy Chief Ranger Bonnie Schwartz @ 307.344.2103 or by email at bonnie_schwartz@nps.gov.

Virgin Islands National Park (VI)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Virgin Islands National Park is seeking qualified candidates interested in a non-competitive lateral reassignment to a protection ranger position.   Applications will be accepted from persons with career or career-conditional status in the competitive service. 

The return rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 3-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to certain remote sites. 

Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the Region they were assigned to prior to transferring to Virgin Islands National Park. To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at Virgin Islands National Park, and may elect a possible two year extension.

Permanent change of station (PCS) moving expenses will be authorized.

The person selected will:

  • Serve as a commissioned ranger in a special retirement covered position.
  • Be responsible for independently performing law enforcement duties, including detection, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution under applicable laws, rules, and regulations. 
  • Perform a wide array of “traditional ranger” duties, including backcountry hiking, ocean boat patrols, search and rescue, emergency medical services and various resource protection activities. 
  • Perform work on a variable schedule, including nights, weekends and holidays and will be subject to callouts. 

Virgin Islands National Park is located on the beautiful island of St John which is less than 20 square miles in area and has a population of about 5,000 people.  There is one bank, a small medical clinic, several local physicians, several smaller markets, hardware store, two gas stations and many specialty shops and restaurants. 

The nearby island of St. Thomas is accessible by ferry (20 minutes) and offers an airport, a wider variety of shopping, including bulk food stores, hardware stores and general merchandise shops, hospital, etc.  Public and private schools offer pre-kindergarten through 12 grade.  Most students on St John commute to St Thomas to attend High School.  The cost of living in the Virgin Islands is higher than average costs in cities across the US mainland.

Park housing is available for this position.  For additional information about these positions, please contact Deputy Superintendent Jayne Schaeffer at 340-776-6201 x 240 or by email jayne_schaeffer@nps.gov .

Interested individuals should email the following documents to Vanessa_Taliaferro-Robinson@nps.gov or mail the documents to Virgin Islands National Park, ATTN:  Vanessa -Taliaferro-Robinson, 1300 Cruz Bay Creek, St John, VI  00830

  • A resume detailing work history and experience, educational background and any special qualification or training they might possess.
  • A copy of the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing current federal career status (Non-Award SF-50)
  • Verification of a valid Level I NPS Law Enforcement Commission (picture omitted) (Protection position)
  • A copy of most recent performance appraisal
  • A list of professional and personal references, including contact information.

Application packages from qualified candidates must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 8th.   Please list in the subject line of the email: VIIS GL 9 Protection Ranger Lateral.

Office of Human Resources
GS-0299-5/6/7 Student Trainee (Human Resources Assistant)

The Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) in Lakewood, Colorado, is seeking a candidate from the Pathways internship program for a human resources assistant (info systems) position.

The vacancy announcement (HRCSS-HROC-15-1381236) will be open until April 23rd.  

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

For more information, email Jamie Barnes at jamie_barnes@nps.gov.
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Intermountain Region
GS-0303-7 Administrative Support Assistant

Dates: 04/15/2015 - 04/23/2015

Natural Bridges National Monument in Blanding, Utah, has issued an announcement for a permanent administrative support assistant. The announcement closes on April 23rd. Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying.

[Submitted by Tracey Stills, HR Specialist, tracey_stills@nps.gov, 303.969.2774]

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