The Morning Report

Friday, October 17, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Crater Lake National Park (OR)
Sexual Assault Investigation Underway

On August 15th, rangers were advised by a student intern working in the park of a sexual assault that had occurred four days previously.

The intern reported that she’d befriended a group of six Pacific Crest Trail hikers and had allowed them to spend the night in the park dormitory where she was living while she worked in the park.  During the night, a man in the group sexually assaulted her.  He left the park the next day to continue hiking on the PCT. 

The case is currently still under investigation.  Rangers are being assisted in the case by a special agent from the NPS Investigation Services Branch and detectives from the Oregon State Police.

[Submitted by Curt Dimmick, Chief Ranger]


Crater Lake National Park (OR)
Two Charged With Felony Theft From Park Gift Shop

Park dispatch received a report on August 27th that a woman had stolen jewelry from the Rim Gift Shop. Visitors and shop employees saw her putting jewelry into her handbag, then leave the building. A park maintenance employee saw her get into a red Jeep Cherokee driven by a man and leave the area.

Chief Ranger Curt Dimmick saw the vehicle speeding south on Munson Valley Road a short time later in an apparent attempt to flee the park. He was able stop the vehicle on west Highway 62.  The driver and passenger, a husband and wife, were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail in Medford, Oregon.

An impound inventory of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of over $7,700 worth of merchandise which had been stolen from the Rim Gift Shop along with several more items that may have been stolen from other stores.  Both husband and wife had prior convictions for theft along with other charges and were currently on probation for a previous theft charge from Curry County, Oregon. 

On September 4th, both were indicted by a federal grand jury on felony theft charges.  A jury trial is currently scheduled for later this fall.

[Submitted by Curt Dimmick, Chief Ranger]


NEWS AND NOTES



Archeology Program
Saturday Is International Archaeology Day

International Archaeology Day, held each year on the third Saturday of October, is a celebration of archeology and the thrill of discovery.

Every year archeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. In 2014, the National Park Service joins the Archaeological Institute of America and a host of other professional organizations, states, and local municipalities in celebrating the fourth International Archaeology Day on October 18th, with additional events throughout the month.

From urban archeology at Ulysses S. Grant NHS to island archeology at Christiansted NHS, from archeology of presidents homes to ancient peoples, there's something for everyone.

See highlights from the archeological collection at Minute Man NHP. Join archeologists from the Southeast Archeological Center to learn about the Civil War through archeology at San Marcos de Apalache State Historic Park. Participate in special tours at Tumacacori NHP. Play in the dirt at Wupatki NM. Watch a flint knapping demonstration at Joshua Tree NP.

Whether it is a family-friendly archeology fair, a guided tour of a local archeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.

Learn more about International Archaeology Day at the NPS Archeology Program website and head to the AIA International Archaeology Day events database.

[Submitted by Teresa Moyer, Archeologist]

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San Antonio Missions NHP
Death Of Park Guide Jason Byrd

Park Guide Jason M. Byrd passed away on October 15th after a short illness. He was 36 years old at the time of his death.

Jason came to work for the NPS in June 2004 as a park ranger at San Antonio Missions NHP. He was an industrious and happy member of the Division of Interpretation and Education and ever ready to cover any activity from desk duty at the visitor center, the park’s regular tours, education programs, and after- hours special events.

Lately, he had been in charge of interpretive tours at Rancho de las Cabras and was the lead member of the newly organized interpretive bicycle tour program. He was an expert operator of the park’s historic water powered stone grist mill, where he was a Volunteer-in-Parks 2002-2004 during college.

He came from an exceptional family that was dedicated to service, justice, and all that is right. Exhibiting great compassion, Jason helped care for his disabled brother.  He embodied the spirit of volunteerism and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a quiet individual who preferred to carry forward by example rather than rhetoric. He traveled extensively. He loved New Mexico. He made friends easily. He worked hard in his studies and harder at his goal of becoming a park ranger. He was a friend to all.

Jason continued to work as a ranger, courageously fighting lupus over a long period and after a kidney transplant in 2009. Though sometime struggling, Jason never complained and said repeatedly he wanted to continue to pursue his goal of being a great National Park Service ranger and to live his life as vigorously as he could.  He worked up to the moment he went to the hospital for his last illness two weeks earlier.

For his example and dedication, Jason Byrd will be missed by the San Antonio Missions NHP community. He believed deeply in the mission of the NPS and worked to make our park a better place. Jason was preceded in death by his father, John Byrd. He is survived by his mother, Marybeth Byrd, and brother Jeffrey Byrd. Condolences may be sent to 719 Sweetbrush, San Antonio, TX 78258..

[Submitted by Lee Wilder, Lee_Wilder@nps.gov, 210.825.0428]


Youth Programs Division
Project Proposals Sought For NPS Academy

Are you interested in playing a role in the development of the next generation of NPS employees? Are you looking to provide supervisory and mentoring opportunities for yourself or current staff? Are you looking to reach new and varying groups of people with a new perspective?

If so, seize the opportunity and submit a proposal to participate in the NPS Academy, an internship program that aims to expose diverse students to career paths within the National Park Service and prepare those students with the skills and connection necessary to pursue successful careers within the NPS.

The NPS is partnering with the Student Conservation Association to host the fifth iteration of the NPS Academy. This program will place over 120 highly qualified diverse college/university students at parks/units across the nation. Each accepted park/unit has the opportunity to host, mentor, and develop an intern in the next generation of NPS stewards.

The costs of these positions (with the exception of housing) are covered by the Washington Support Office.  This program is also legally authorized under the Public Lands Corps Act, giving the interns the ability to become eligible for non-competitive hiring into term and career Federal positions once completing all qualifications.

If your park/site is interested in participating in this program, please see below for more information and submit a project proposal to Alex Tremble (Alex_Tremble@nps.gov or 202-513-7158) by November 14th. Please contact your Regional Youth Coordinator for more information.

NPS Academy Overview

Since the National Park Service and SCA launched NPS Academy at Grand Teton National Park in 2011, student participation has increased every year and spring orientation sessions were added at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2012, Kenai Fjords National Park in 2013, and National Parks of New York Harbor in 2014. During their internship that students complete four phases of the program:

  • Phase 1: NPS Academy Orientation. SCA’s NPS Academy experience is built on the NPS Call to Action to provide educational and transformational experiences that increase engagement and understanding of NPS career opportunities among students from groups underrepresented in today’s NPS workforce. The themes of diversity, legacy, and connections guide students through a week-long orientation program that introduces them to the wide range of NPS careers. Students learn and gain inspiration from a myriad of NPS staff members and leaders while exploring the hosting national park with their SCA field leader and group.
  • Phase 2: Summer Internship. These summer placements involve hands-on experiences with a rich diversity of National Park Service projects including interpretation, facilities management, bioscience research, museum work, vegetation management, fire effects study, GIS, environmental education, and Volunteer-In-Parks program support. While serving in various capacities at the parks, students are matched with NPS employee mentors who provide support, facilitate professional development opportunities, model NPS practices and policies, and guide students in conservation career exploration.
  • Phase 3: NPS Ambassadorships. Following their summer internships, students return to their schools and share their experiences with peers through classroom presentations, photo journaling, blogging and other media, both new and traditional. Students have the opportunity to work with SCA recruiting staff to further develop their presentation skills.
  • Phase 4: Career Progression. Following successful completion of Phases 1-3, NPS Academy members work with mentors, advisors, and supervi­sors from both the SCA and NPS to plan next steps, actively seeking employment with the National Park Service or other conservation careers. Select members are also invited to return to the following year’s academy orientation as peer mentors to provide support, advice, and perspective to new interns.

[Submitted by Alex D. Tremble and Courtney Goulding]


Northeast Region
NPS And Van Alen Institute Sponsor Design Competition

The National Park Service, through it's Designing the Parks initiative, is partnering again with the Van Alen Institute on a competition called National Parks NowNortheast Region launched this collaborative project to provide innovative but practical solutions to a commonly-posed dilemma: "How does a small park provide an engaging, high quality visitor experience in the face of declining budgets and reduced staffing?"

National Parks Now considers four extraordinary small parks in the Northeast Region as case studies for how the National Park Service can attract diverse audiences, tell new stories, and engage the next generation of visitors at a time of fast-evolving technologies, regional contexts, and audience expectations. The four parks are:

Reaching out to young and emerging professionals across the fields of architecture and landscape architecture, graphic and interactive design, exhibition and film production, history, preservation, communications, and the social and environmental sciences, National Parks Now calls on teams to propose a broad range of interventions.

These include new learning tools, hands-on workshops, customizable self-led tours, site-specific leisure and exploration opportunities, digital narratives, short or long-term interactive installations, performance events, outreach and engagement campaigns to create new experiences that connect these parks to larger, more diverse audiences throughout the region, and develop a model for similar parks nationwide.

Four teams—one for each of four park sites—will be selected to participate in a six-month, collaborative research and design process that explores the themes of region, engagement, narrative, and place. At the conclusion of this phase, one of the teams will be selected to create a prototype for one strategy, which will be implemented at one of the parks as early as Summer 2015.

The deadline for prospective teams to respond to the RFQ issued by Van Alen Institute is October 30th. Team selections will be made by early December.  For more information about Van Alen Institute and the National Parks Now competition, visit www.vanalen.org.  

The National Park Service contacts for National Parks Now are Shaun Eyring, Chief, Resource Planning and Compliance, NER, shaun_eyring@nps.gov and Barbara Pollarine, Chief, Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships, NER barbara_pollarine@nps.gov 

[Submitted by Shaun Eyring, Chief, Resource Planning & Compliance, and Barbara Pollarine, Chief, Interpretation, Education, & Partnerships]

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United States Park Police
Officers Complete Motor Training School

The United States Park Police recently hosted a two-week motor training school for law enforcement officers.

Riders from the Park Police, Rockville City PD, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, North Carolina, successfully completed an advanced riding program consisting of obstacle courses, cone courses, speed drills, and power breaking maneuvers.

A graduation ceremony took place on October 3rd at the Anacostia Operations Facility in Washington, DC.

Officer Carl Hiott of the U.S. Park Police received acknowledgement for obtaining the highest combined score on the written test and two timed cone courses.

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]


United States Park Police
Officers Graduate From CONTOMS Training Session

On September 26th, the United States Park Police hosted the 117th Counter Narcotics Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) graduation ceremony at the Anacostia Operations Facility in Washington, DC.

Forty-six class members from various agencies partnered together for a one-week EMT-Tactical (EMT-T) course. The course consisted of a 56-hour continuing education module for providers who are already trained at the EMT-B level or higher.

The training included classroom work, practical skills laboratories, and a field training exercise (FTX).

Topics covered included medical threat assessment, downed officer rescue, care under fire, special equipment and kits, toxic hazards, and medical support of specific operations.

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
GS-0028-11 Environmental Protection Specialist (Lateral)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking lateral reassignment candidates for a term environmental protection specialist position.

The person selected will serve as a project manager in the park’s resource management division and will oversee the development of a complex environmental impact statement.

He/she will manage the preparation of environmental impact statements to support NPS decisions that are complex, contentious, court-ordered, and/or likely to be litigated. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate experience applying project management theories and techniques, knowledge of NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and related environmental planning and compliance requirements, the ability to serve as a leader on interdisciplinary teams, and excellent communication skills.

Relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance with federal travel regulations and current National Park Service permanent change of station policy.  

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and current SF-50 to Michelle Havens, Acting Chief of Resource Management, Cape Hatteras National Seashore by 5:00pm ET, October 31st.

For questions about this position, contact Michelle Havens at 252-475-9016 or Michelle_Havens@nps.gov .

Air Resources Division
GS-0401-12/13 Biologist

Dates: 09/29/2014 - 10/24/2014

The Air Resources Division is currently recruiting for a GS 12/13 biologist.

The person in this position will function as a member of an interdisciplinary national office that has primary responsibility for air quality policy development and air resource research and monitoring for lands administered by the NPS. The successful candidate will serve as a national expert in developing and implementing policies and assessment necessary to protect biological/ecological resources from the impact of air pollution.

He/she will work closely with other NPS programs, management and staff as well as federal, state, and local officials, and other stakeholders to protect NPS biological/ecological resources from the impacts of air pollution. Further, the selectee will work closely with private industries, nationally recognized members of the scientific community, public interest groups and high-level Federal, State, and local air pollution officials to cooperatively develop methods and policy needed to assess impacts of air pollution.

This position is permanent, full time; the person selected will be duty stationed in Denver, Colorado. Relocation expenses are authorized.

The announcement closes on October 24th. For additional information, please contact the ARD Research and Monitoring Branch Chief, John Vimont at 303-969-2808.

For more information and to apply please refer to the USAJobs announcements:

[Submitted by John Vimont, john_vimont@nps.gov, 303-969-2808]


National Capital Region
GS-0025-12/13 Supervisory Protection Ranger

Dates: 10/16/2014 - 11/07/2014

Job Title: Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection)

Department: Department of the Interior

Agency: National Park Service

Job Announcement Number: NPS-NCR-HAFE-14-1233904(MK)

SALARY RANGE:

$75,621-$116,901 Per Annum

OPEN PERIOD:

 

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0025-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Agency Employees Only

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Harpers Ferry, WV United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Career and Career Conditional National Park Service employees

     

Harpers Ferry National Park (HAFE) is seeking a candidate for a Supervisory Park Ranger (Protection) position located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

The vacancy announcement (NPS-NCR-HAFE-14-1233904(MK)) will be open from Thursday October 16,2014 – Friday November 7, 2014.

Click on the following link for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying http://www.usajobs.gov/getjob/viewdetails/383805400

For additional information contact:

Michelle Kahoun

Human Resources Specialist (Regional Pathways Coordinator)

National Capital Region-Workforce Management

Office: 202-619-7230 or 703-754-1652 ext 1133

Email: michelle_kahoun@nps.gov

[Submitted by Michelle Kahoun, michelle_kahoun@nps.gov, 202-619-7230]