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Friday, March 06, 2015

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Park Facility Management Division
Alaskan Parks Join In Virtual Climate Workshop

The Climate Friendly Parks Program hosted a virtual climate workshop this week for park staff in the Alaska Region.

The Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program – a component of the Green Parks Plan - is dedicated to mitigating climate change by supporting and sharing climate change science, assessing and preparing responses to climate change issues, and encouraging and advancing a culture of sustainability within and beyond the boundaries of our parks. 

From this past Tuesday until yesterday, the CFP program hosted the virtual workshop for park staff at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and other interested staff in the Alaska Region. .

Staff from this interdisciplinary program, which includes personnel from the Park Facility Management Division’s Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch and from the Air Resources Division, collaborated with park and regional representatives to address key sustainability and climate change challenges through educational workshops and facilitated discussions.  

Workshop topics ranged from “Climate Change 101” and “Green Purchasing – Resources & More for Buying Green” to “Sustainable Practices for Park Collections”, “Sustainability & Historic Structures and Landscapes” and “Climate Change Education and Outreach”, among others. Guest speakers included representatives from the Park Facility Management and Air Resources Divisions, Alaska Region's I&M network, the Climate Change Response Program, Midwest Region's Cultural Resources Program, the US Geological Service and others.  

The Climate Friendly Parks workshop is one of the four milestones within the Climate Friendly Parks Program and offers a unique opportunity for NPS staff at park, region and national levels and stakeholders to work together toward a common goal while encouraging interdisciplinary brainstorming.  With the information shared at this workshop as well as additional support from regional and national staff, Klondike Gold Rush NHP will work to identify CFP-related sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation actions into their park operations.

To find out how your park can become a Climate Friendly Park, go to www.nps.gov/climatefriendlyparks

[Submitted by Ryan Michelle Scavo, ryan_scavo@nps.gov, 202-617-7451]

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Fort Sumter National Monument (SC)
Fort Sumter Receives New Cannon Carriage

After years of sitting on deteriorating wooden blocks, a 10-inch Columbiad cannon at Fort Sumter National Monument recently received a new replica carriage.

Originally a smoothbore cannon that fired spherical cannonballs, it was brought to Fort Sumter by the U.S. Army in 1860. During the 1861 bombardment of Fort Sumter, the cannon was mounted as a mortar and aimed toward the city of Charleston. The gun was not fired during that battle and it is doubtful that would have been effective at that range.

The Confederacy converted the gun to a rifle in 1863, allowing it greater range by firing bullet-shaped projectiles, and moved it to Fort Johnson on James Island. It was eventually returned to Fort Sumter in 1954.

Weighing in at 20,000 pounds, this cannon is one of only 14 known survivors of its type.

The new carriage is fabricated of steel with a wood grain coating that looks like the original wooden carriage. Additionally, the cannon tube is undergoing conservation by the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, the organization conserving the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

[Submitted by Bill Martin, bill_r_martin@nps.gov, (843) 883-3123 x211]


Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Division
Rita Hennessy Selected As National Trails System Program Manager

Rita Hennessy, longtime trails administrator and National Park Service veteran, is the new program manager for the Service’s National Trails System.

“We are very happy to have Rita on board to lead National Park Service efforts in the National Trails System,” said Bob Ratcliff, chief of the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Division. “Rita knows this work well, having spent the past 18 years on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, where she served in a number of positions, lastly as the assistant superintendent.”

The National Park Service has responsibility for the majority of the national historic, scenic and recreation trails in the U.S. In addition to the trails program, Hennessy will have the Connect Trails to Parks project in her portfolio.

Hennessey’s signature project at the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, or The AT, as it is called, was the cooperative management system. Within this system, she engaged with hundreds of partners and thousands of volunteers. Most recently, she led development of the trail’s foundation document and business plan.

“I thrive in cooperative management and partnerships which are the body and soul of the AT and all national trails,” Hennessey said.

Hennessey holds an undergraduate degree in recreation resource management from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in community change and civic lkeadership from Antioch McGregor.

She has 26 years with the National Park Service. In addition to her service on the Appalachian Trail, she has been stationed at Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and at Rock Creek Park and the National Mall, both in Washington. She begins her assignment at the national trails office in Washington this month.

[Submitted by Stephan Nofield, Program Manager]


Parashant National Monument (AZ)
Eathan McIntyre Receives 2014 Dark Sky Defender Award

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) board and managing directors recently presented Eathan McIntyre, physical scientist at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, with the 2014 Dark Sky Defender Award for his efforts in preserving night skies.  

McIntyre led the monument staff in obtaining IDA Dark Sky Park gold-tier status last February as the Parashant International Night Sky Province and assisted other partners in the surrounding area with night sky protection measures.

The million-plus acre Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, located in northwestern Arizona, is recognized for remarkable combinations of high elevation plateaus, excellent air quality, sparse population and prevalent cloud-free weather which produce some of the best opportunities to visually observe and enjoy dark night skies. 

Parashant is a Service First organization, jointly managed by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. The IDA Dark Sky designation was a first for a BLM area and the fifth NPS site to be designated.

IDA is the leading advocate and recognized authority for night sky protection, identifying and publicizing the adverse impacts of artificial lighting on wildlife, the climate and human health.  IDA works with lighting manufacturers, city officials, parks and protected areas, and the public to promote the use of environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.  Its night sky conservation program, International Dark Sky Places, encourages and recognizes excellent stewardship of the night sky.

[Submitted by Scott Sticha ]


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

March 9 – March 13 – Fundamentals Of Special Park Uses, NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV. 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.

March 10 – March 12 – EMT Refresher, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Also includes National Registry skills verification on March 13th. This course will meet National Registry requirements for a 24 hour EMT refresher and transition from EMT-Basic to EMT.  Instruction is provided by Roane State Community College.  Cost is $75.  An extra day for the skills review/verification is scheduled for Friday, March 13th.  Cost for this is $25. This refresher will be held at the Sugarlands Training room next to the Sugarlands Visitor Center.  For more information and/or to register, call KK Stuart at 828-497-1914 or email kathleen_stuart@nps.gov.

March 11 – March 12 – Skills for WebEx Moderators, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET. In this training, you will learn how to support the instructor on the WebEx Training platform.  Learn to add supplemental class materials, set up polls and monitor learner activity.  Register in DOI Learn by March 1st.  Contact Jo_Robinson@nps.gov if more information is needed.

March 18 – Getting Ready for Campaign Launch, Part II, webinar, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern. The Centennial Office is hosting webinars on ways in which employees and partners can learn about NPS preparations for the upcoming centennial. Conference line: 1-888-455-3079; verbal pass code: Service. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/743189369 .

March 19 – 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 Thursdayof 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).

March 19 – March 20 – Science Communication Workshop for Natural Resource Professionals, Academy Place Building, Lakewood, 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 March 10th. 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. 

March 24 – Girl Scout Ranger Program WebEx.  This three-hour WebEx for youth volunteer coordinators will be held from 1:30 - 4:30 pm ET. Topics include the new Girl Scout ranger program model, the Girl Scout leadership experience, how the parks can support the Girl Scout program, and an introduction to online resources available. Registration ends March 22nd. Contact Erica Austin at 202.513.7177 for more information.  Follow this link to register in DOI Learn.

March  24 – March 26 – Introduction to WebEX Training: Engage Your Audience Webex, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET. This series of webinars introduces the NPS instructor to the tools available on the WebEx training platform to increase learner engagement and participation.  It you truly want learning to occur using WebEx, you need to take this course. You'll learn to engage learners, create compelling slides, effectively open and end sessions and use a variety of tools.  Registration is required through DOI Learn.  Contact Jo Robinson, 304.535.5016, for more information.

March 24, 26 and 27 – Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees, Livestream, 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET. This is a three-day, 13.5-hour class. All employees are encouraged to attend. Recording is restricted; viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during the live broadcast times, a time-limited online video recording will be made available between March 30th and April 6th. We will email a confidential link to registered participants on March 30th. Click the link for more information. NPS contact is Katrina Fritts, 304.535.5089 or katrina_fritts@nps.gov.

March 25, 26 and 27 – Retirement Planning for FERS Employees, Livestream, 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET. This is a three-day, 13.5-hour class. All employees are encouraged to attend. Recording is restricted; viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during the live broadcast times, a time-limited online video recording will be made available between March 30th and April 6th. We will email a confidential link to registered participants on March 30th. Click the link for more information. NPS contact is Katrina Fritts, 304.535.5089 or katrina_fritts@nps.gov.

March 24 – March 26Fiber Identification and Analysis for Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX. This course covers basic polarized light microscopy (PLM) and methods of sampling, characterization and identification mammalian hair and selected natural and synthetic fibers. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises involving sample preparation and specimen manipulation as well as the characterization and identification of real life specimens. For more information go to the event webpage at http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/fiber-identification-and-analysis-for-conservation/; or contact Jason Church: 318-356-7444 or jason_church@contractor.nps.gov.

March 24 – March 27 – Managing The Lost Person Incident, Redding, Ca. This course is designed to teach hands on and theoretical skills in search management in planning, operations and logistics functions.  The course will follow the four phases of a search: hasty, first operational, multiple operations, and the find/suspension periods. To prepare for the challenges faced on every search the students will learn through lectures, handouts, discussions, as well as getting their hands dirty in the paperwork through a multi-phase tabletop map exercises to hone their skills. This course is for rangers and EMS/SAR personnel who perform SAR operations. There is no fee for the course only a $60 materials fee. Please register by March 10th. For more information or to register contact Lassen Volcanic National Park's SAR coordinator, Jennifer Yeager-Fish (530-595-6151,  Jennifer_Yeager-Fish@nps.gov).

March 24 – April 4 – 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 March 1st. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

March 30 – April 3 – Motorboat Operator Certification Course, Lake Mead NRA, NV. The course provides students with motorboat handling techniques and knowledge of safe operation utilizing the rules of the road, emergency operations/self -rescue, and night operation.   Course includes both practical (on the water) and lecture sessions.  The tuition is $900. For more information or an application form, contact Brandon_Marsmaker@nps.gov  by email or fax (702-293-8653) no later than by March 6th. Notification of selection of nominees will be sent out by email on after March 9th.

March 31 – April 2 – Assistance Agreements For ATRs, Medford, OR. This three-day course covers the formation and administration of federal government assistance agreements (grants and agreements) for the National Park Service. Tuition: $500. For more information, contact Lynne_Stokes@nps.gov. To register, click on this DOI Learn link.

April 6 – April 10 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training – West, Island-In-The-Sky District, Canyonlands NP, Moab, UT. This training course is designed for personnel who routinely evacuate injured or stranded persons from heights and vertical terrain.  The course will provide participants with the skills to perform difficult technical rope-based rescues. Students will be required to bring personal technical rescue gear, including seat harness, climbing helmet, carabiners, rappel rack, ascenders, etc.  This is a very physically demanding course conducted outdoors with frequent exposure to severe heights and extreme environmental conditions.  All participants must be in good physical condition.  This training includes a night rescue training exercise.  Commercial lodging is available in Moab. Class size is limited and subject to funding, registration will be conducted on a first come first served basis, with priority to NPS employees who are actively involved with high angle rescue work. Target participants include permanent or seasonal employees who participate in a technical rescue program.  All participants must be covered in official duty status by their agency during the training, in the event of accident or injury. A $200 registration fee is required to cover training course administrative costs.  All participant travel and per diem expenses covered by benefiting account. The registration deadline is Friday, March 20th. For more information, contact Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search and Rescue at 928-606-3862 (cell) or ken_phillips@nps.gov. Click on this link for a copy of the training form.

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 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 17 – Introduction to the Planning, Environment and Public Comment System (PEPC), Upper Mammoth, Yellowstone NP, WY. This instructor-led course will provide a hands-on introduction to the PEPC system. The course will cover menu navigation, project search/tracking, reporting capabilities, resource tools and customization for your park/unit. Students 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. For more information, contact Shannon Kruse, shannon_kruse@nps.gov, (970) 267-2131. Register in DOI Learn by March 20th. Complete announcement available here.

April 20 – May 1 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 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. 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 March 22nd. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

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 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 – May 8 – Archeological Resources Protection Training, Gettysburg NMP, Gettysburg, PA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is March 13th.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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



Wind Cave National Park (SD)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Wind Cave has issued an announcement for a commissioned ranger. It is open only to current GL-9 NPS protection rangers and closes on March 16th.

Applicants must have current NPS Level I law enforcement commissions, NREMT certification, wildland fire experience, and search and rescue experience.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with federal travel regulations. Government housing may be available.
 
Wind Cave is in the Black Hills of South and is the seventh oldest national park in the United States. It encompasses 33,505 acres of the southern Black Hills and is home to Rocky Mountain elk, American bison, mule deer and pronghorn antelope herds, as well as the sixth longest cave in the world at just over 140 miles of passage.  The prairie meets the mountains within the park, resulting in terrain ranging from rolling grassy hills to jagged pine-covered peaks.  Temperatures range from lows in the teens to single digits in the winter to the occasional 100 degree day during the summer.

The protection team is engaged in wildlife, natural and cultural resource related crime deterrence and enforcement, traffic enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue (primarily cave related) and wildland fire suppression activities.  It has active and positive relationships with surrounding partner agencies and is dedicated to remaining engaged with local communities to further the park’s mission. The person selected may also supervise up to three seasonal protection rangers.

This is a required occupancy position tied to a geographic area, meaning the person selected must reside within 30 minutes of the park. Housing opportunities are available in the nearby towns of Custer and Hot Springs and government housing may be available in the park.  Shopping, schools, a variety of religious facilities, and medical facilities are available in both Custer and Hot Springs.  Rapid City, the second largest city in South Dakota, is 45 miles away and is a vibrant, full service community.

Hunting, fishing (both lakes and streams), hiking, biking, rock climbing, caving, rafting, and winter sports opportunities are all available in the area.

If you are interested, please submit the following information listed below electronically to Chief Ranger Greg Kouns at gkouns@nps.gov.  Please include “Lateral LE Ranger, GL-09 WICA Opportunity” in the subject line of your email.
 
All applications must be received by 11:59pm MDT on March16th. Your application package must include the following:

  • A comprehensive resume outlining all education, training, and experience that may be qualifying for the GL-9 ranger position,
  • A copy of your Level I Law enforcement commission, NREMT certification, and copies of any other job related certifications,  
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.  Please do not submit an SF-50 for an award, i.e., performance or STAR award.

For park information, please visit our park’s website at www.nps.gov/WICA.  For additional information on the position contact Chief Ranger Greg Kouns at 605-745-1151 or gkouns@nps.gov.

National Capital Parks-East (DC)
GS-0025-7 Interpretive Ranger (Temporary Promotion)

National Parks East is seeking candidates for details of up to 120 days to two interpretive ranger positions.

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

It closes on March 15th.
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Yosemite National Park (CA)
GS-0028-9/11 Environmental Protection Specialist (Term)

Yosemite National Park is seeking qualified candidates interested in applying to a term environmental protection specialist position with the park’s Division of Project Management, Branch of Environmental Planning and Compliance.

This is a full-time term position, not to exceed 13 months, with possible extensions up to a total of four years without further competition (contingent upon funding availability).

The closing date of the announcement is Wednesday, March 11th.

The main duty of this position will be to act as the compliance specialist on the park’s wilderness stewardship plan environmental impact statement. Planning for this project is in its early stages and is anticipated to occur over at least three years. Other projects (e.g., environmental assessments, tiered compliance for Merced River plan implementation) will also be assigned. 

The compliance branch office is located in El Portal approximately 30 minutes west of Yosemite Valley. Housing is not provided. Non-government housing is available in the local communities (e,g. Mariposa, Midpines).

Full details can be found at the link below.

For more information regarding this position, contact Madelyn Ruffner, Environmental Planning and Compliance Branch Chief, at 209-379-1226 or madelyn_ruffner@nps.gov.
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