The Morning Report

Friday, September 05, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Lake Clark National Park & Preserve (AK)
Four Hikers Rescued From Copper Mountain

On the evening of Sunday, August 31st, four hikers were rescued from Copper Mountain in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.  Three of the hikers were off-duty Lake Clark employees.

The National Park Service’s Alaska Region Communication Center received a distress call from a park radio around 7:30 p.m., reporting that a seasonal maintenance employee in the group had sustained a life-threatening injury in a fall.  Members of the party provided first aid, but they were unable to move him due to  unstable terrain.

National Park Service personnel and Alaska state troopers in Port Alsworth worked with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to rescue the hikers. The Air National Guard responded with an HC-130 aircraft and an HH-60 helicopter with pararescue jumpers. 

During the hoisting operation, another seasonal maintenance employee for Lake Clark, who was on furlough from the Grand Canyon, sustained a significant head injury as a result of falling rock debris.  

All four hikers were brought aboard the helicopter and flown to Anchorage.  The two injured men are currently receiving treatment at Providence Alaska Medical Center.  

[Submitted by Megan Richotte, Chief of Interpretation]


NEWS AND NOTES



Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Rocky Mountain’s Centennial Commemoration Begins

The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th anniversary began this week with kickoff ceremonies on both the east and west side of the park.  Presentations during these events highlighted the past, present and future of Rocky Mountain National Park. 

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy, in conjunction with the park, has commissioned several products for the celebration of the park’s centennial. 

Jim Disney, a professional artist since 1963, was commissioned to create the official centennial poster.  Disney signed a number of prints during the kick-off events.  

“Cowboy” Brad Fitch, a ranger who currently works in the park, was commissioned to create the official centennial song.  Brad was raised in Estes Park and has been playing professionally since he was 15 years old.  Brad performed his song, “Rocky’s the Park For All,” at the ceremonies.  This catchy, upbeat anthem got both celebrations off to a good start.

The park was established on January 26, 1915, by President Woodrow Wilson and was dedicated on September 4, 1915. 

Rocky Mountain National Park and its friends and neighbors will be celebrating through September 4, 2015, with speakers, special activities and community events throughout the year.  A number of special social media campaigns will also continue through the year (see @Rockynps).

Whether a regular visitor, a national park traveler or a virtual explorer, Rocky Mountain National Park hopes that the anniversary will inspire all to experience and connect with the park. 

To find out more, share photo memories and get involved, visit Rocky Mountain National Park’s 2014 centennial information webpage at http://www.nps.gov/romo and look for the centennial logo.

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]


Alaska Region
NPS Proposes Wildlife Regulations For Alaskan Preserves

The National Park Service is proposing a permanent federal prohibition on three historically illegal predator hunting practices in Alaska’s national preserves.

The proposals would prohibit sport hunters from hunting wolf and coyote pups and adults in early summer when they den and their pelts have little commercial value; prohibit the taking of brown bears over bait; prohibit the use of artificial light to take black bear cubs and sows with cubs at dens; and institute other changes.

The proposals were published in the Federal Register on September 4th and will be open for public comment through December 3rd. The Service will hold public hearings in communities in or close to the affected national preserves. The extended comment period recognizes that publication of the proposal comes during the traditional fall hunting season.

The full news release is at http://www.nps.gov/akso/connect/current.cfm

[Submitted by John Quinley, john_quinley@nps.gov, 907-644-3512]

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Fort Pulaski National Monument (GA)
Students Collaborate With Park On Building Drawings

During the summer of 2014, two classes from the drafting department at Savannah Technical College, under the leadership of Brian Mossing and Ben Mattern, collaborated with Fort Pulaski National Monument to produce several electronic drawings of historic structures on-site.

The students from the commercial and residential drafting classes documented a Mission 66 visitor’s center built in the likeness of Eero Saarinen’s Kresge Chapel and a timber frame structure that is the only remaining vestige of the turn-of-the-century quarantine station that once occupied the western end of Cockspur Island.

Seven students participated in the process from start to finish. The project opened with a commencement meeting to outline the needs of the park, discuss structures available for documentation, and brainstorm about the possible options for capturing the data needed.  

Once a plan was established, students went to work “ground truthing” existing plans of the structures and supplementing the existing information with their own measurements. Once the measurements were complete, the students entered the data to form both 2D drawings and 3D models.

The project culminated in a final presentation of the finished drawings and the electronic submission of these files. These files provide the basis for a living “record of treatment” electronic document for cultural resource management and are the first steps toward the development of greater digital interpretive media for Fort Pulaski National Monument. Fort Pulaski looks forward to continuing this partnership in the coming semesters.

“One of the most challenging aspects of creating these files,” said one of the students, “was figuring out how to plot a curve on a curve for the base of the arches on the visitor’s center. It was tough, but we worked through it”

[Submitted by Katherine “KD” Purcell]


Fire Island National Seashore (NY)
Passing Of Volunteer Patricia Harris

Mrs. Patricia Harris, much beloved park volunteer, passed from this world on Friday, August  1st, at the age of 93.

Pat had volunteered at the old William Floyd Estate from 1984 until last year. For almost 30 years, she did it all at the estate – from cataloguing old deeds and indentures from William Floyd’s day (which were the items that hooked her into staying there) to giving house tours and answering phones.

Early on, after handled documents from founding father and Declaration of Independence signer William Floyd, Pat told park staff that she was there for good: “That’s it – you’ll never get rid of me now!”

She was true to that statement and religiously volunteered every Friday for years. She was quite the lady for her time. She was a world traveler, had a sharp mind and wit, and was up on all current and worldly affairs. She could hold a conversation about anything. She was vivacious almost to the end, extremely social, an excellent judge of the human character, and a generous person.

Pat was a nurse and head supervisor for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She was also a World War II nurse right behind the front lines in Britain, France and Germany, attaining the rank of captain in the Army Nurses Corp.

Pat took care of our wounded grandfathers and fathers. It is where she met her beloved husband, Charlie, who she took care of after he was wounded. War continued and Charlie went back to fighting while Pat nursed back to health hundreds of other fighting men, so the two lost contact with one another for some time. They eventually rekindled their friendship but did not marry until 1979.

Pat was born and raised in Brooklyn. She would entertain staff with stories of growing up there, as well as numerous war stories. We had tried for years to get her to write down her stories but she always said “Oh, who would listen?” We always did and we learned from her.

For almost 30 years, she baked brownies and brought them in to share every Friday. Even when she missed an occasional Friday she would still bake them and drop them off ahead of time. Rangers from all over Fire Island National Seashore, not just the William Floyd Estate, looked forward to her famous double batch of brownies. The office always became crowded on Fridays.

Pat was a woman ahead of her time. Always progressive, she received her master’s in nursing at St. John’s University in Brooklyn and her RN degree at St. Vincents’s.  She always remained a true Brooklyn girl and kept her doctors, friends and dentist there until more recently when travel into Brooklyn from her home in Shirley became a bit difficult.

More than a generation of volunteer service to the National Park Service by this remarkable woman has come to an end. She made a difference in all our lives at the William Floyd Estate. We will deeply miss her and her wit and her advice, and we all are richer in our lives by knowing her. She now rests with Charlie in a well-deserved peace. She was a role model for us all.

[Submitted by MaryLaura Lamont, Park Ranger]


Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (TN)
Biennial Civil War Soldier School Held

A partnership between Stones River National Battlefield, Cumberland Gap National Historic Site and Andrew Johnson National Historic Site culminated recently in a successful educational event in the backyard of the Andrew Johnson Homestead.  

The biennial “School of the Civil War Soldier” program benefited from local community partners in Greeneville, Tennessee, who greatly contributed to the success of this event by donating time, talent and facilities along with a multitude of volunteers to conduct an overnight education camp experience. 

Many area Boy Scouts and their adult leaders were introduced to significant cultural and historical concepts, as well as the NPS mission, values and stewardship. Scouts participated in a service project to clean headstones in the national cemetery to honor veterans and the community.

The event was dedicated to Carlos Whaley, a Greeneville community partner who played a major role in developing this program during the year of Andrew Johnson bicentennial. Renamed “Camp Whaley” in his honor, his wife accepted a plaque recognizing her husband’s service with the NPS and local community.

For more information, please contact Jim_Small@nps.gov.

[Submitted by Jennifer Pierce, Chief of Visitor Services and Education]


Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

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

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

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

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

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Training and Webinars

September 8 – September 11 – NAGPRA in the Parks, webinar. This online course about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) will provide an overview of NAGPRA and prepare participants to respond to inadvertent discoveries and plan for intentional excavations as prescribed by the law. This is a multiple session course consisting of four two-hour sessions on consecutive days. Detailed information can be found in the full announcement. To register, email mary_carroll@nps.gov by August 27th. Contact: Mary S. Carroll, mary_carroll@nps.gov or 303-969-2300.

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

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

September 15, 17 and 18 – Retirement Planning for Civil Service (CSRS) Employees, Livestream. This is a three-day, 13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is scheduled from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Although this class is designed for Civil Service employees within five years of retirement eligibility to help them better understand federal benefits and make informed retirement & financial decisions, we encourage ALL employees to attend. For detailed information, please read the Word document at http://www.nps.gov/training/dlc/classes/csrsfers092014.doc. For more information, contact Katrina Fritts, DLC Operations Specialist (304-535-5089, katrina_fritts@nps.gov).

September 16, 17, and 18 – Retirement Planning for FERS Employees, Livestream. This is a three-day, 13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is scheduled from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Although this class is designed for FERS Employees within five  years of retirement eligibility to help them better understand federal benefits and make informed retirement and financial decisions, we encourage ALL employees to attend. For detailed information, please read the Word document at this link: http://www.nps.gov/training/dlc/classes/csrsfers092014.doc. For more information, contact Katrina Fritts, DLC Operations Specialist (304-535-5089 or katrina_fritts@nps.gov).

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

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

September 17 – September 18 – Symposium: Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces. The two-day symposium will create a forum for NPS administrators and interpreters, academics, museum professionals, anthropologists, and public historians from across the country to discuss how the National Park Service can best define and communicate the complex and challenging narratives that comprise the history of the United States. Scheduled panelists include representatives from NPS sites including Fort Smith National Historic Site; Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site; Manzanar; Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Site. Participating museums include the National Museum of the American Indian; US Holocaust Memorial Museum; National Museum of African American History and Culture; Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. In addition, academics, independent historians, and anthropologists will participate. NPS staff can participate in person or view the two day symposium via a live webcast. NPS employees should register online at http://goo.gl/acITld for individual sessions or the full training event.  Information on accessing the webinars and the webcast will be sent to all registrants. Employees are strongly encouraged to attend the full training event and may receive credit by also enrolling through DOI LEARN no later than August 25th. For more information, go to this link or contact Sangita Chari, Special Assistant to the Associate Director, Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, National Park Service, Phone:  (202) 354-2203, Email: office_rdi@nps.gov .

September 23 – September 25 Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Dublin, CA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 13th.

September 30 – October 3 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher Instructor Training, Yosemite, CA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 15th.

September 30 – October 2 – Conference On Preservation And Stewardship Of Historic Places, Yellowstone NP, WY. This conference is for those historic and rustic architecture practitioners who are looking to build new skills and network with professionals and craftspeople in the field. The conference will provide opportunities to learn and exchange ideas through hands-on experiences, classroom presentations and facilitated dialog. Participants can earn up to 16 AIA CEU continuing education credits. The tuition is $395. For more information and to register, go to http://www.preservemontana.org/ynprustic/ .

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

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

October 20 – October 24 – Building Tribal and NPS Relationships, Omaha, NE. The objective of this five-day training is to provide participants with the knowledge necessary to develop and conduct effective consultative relationships with American Indian tribes. The process of developing effective consultation requires knowledge and understanding of American Indian culture, history, organizational protocol, relationship building, communication, cultural barriers, conflict resolution, and development of a collaborative environment based on trust and mutual respect. NPS participants will acquire knowledge through interactive lecture, group discussion, and presentations by tribal historic preservation officers, tribal elders, and other experienced tribal members from across the country as they relate their firsthand experiences in consulting with the National Park Service and other federal agencies. Additional training will be provided by consultants Roberta Codero and Anita Dragan of Interpersonal to Intercultural Communication. No tuition. Travel and per diem paid by benefiting account. Apply on-line at DOI Learn. Applicants will be enrolled until the class is full, at which time applicants will be placed on the waiting list. For more information, contact Mark Calamia, Cultural Resources Program Manager and Tribal Liaison, Pipestone National Monument (mark_calamia@nps.gov, 507-825-5464 ext. 216).

October 20 – October 31 – Law Enforcement Driver Instructor Training Program, 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 September 10th.

October 19 – October 31 – Basic Tactics Instructor Training Program, 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 September 10th.

October 20 – October 31 – Use of Force Instructor Training, New Braintree, MA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 28th.

October 21 – October 22 - Find 'Em: Initial Response Incident Commander, Estes Park, CO. Learn about the state-of-the-art in missing person search planning. This interactive workshop will introduce the newest and most comprehensive textbook on search and rescue management, focus on the duties and responsibilities of the initial response incident commander, and provide instruction on the use of WinCASIE search incident computer software.  Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 25 people.

October 22 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Keeping Good People Good, Estes Park, CO. NPS employees begin their careers as passionate, idealistic, enthusiastic people who are often heard saying “I can’t believe they pay me to do this job.” With time, they are exposed to the subtle day-to-day pressures and demands that can be devastating to even the most experienced and capable people. This presentation is aimed at helping the participants develop a personal strategy to prevent the day-to-day pressures from destroying the very things they work so hard to build. They will learn techniques to help create the balance and resilience that is essential for their long-term professional and personal wellbeing. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 22 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Management’s Role in Keeping Good People Good, Estes Park, CO. Organizations spend a significant amount of time, energy and money hiring and training good people, but that is just the beginning. After the hiring process is over, managers have an important role in helping Keep Good People Good. Positive leadership, a proactive approach to problem solving, the “Courage to Communicate,” and holding people respectfully accountable are key to preventing employee-related problems. Managers are responsible for the guidance, mentorship, and coaching that helps employees improve performance and achieve their full potential. This program is aimed at helping managers apply the theories of leadership & management to everyday, real-life situations and develop the practical skills needed to become more effective and confident leaders. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 23 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Communications Skills…They Do Make a Difference, Estes Park, CO. The ability to resolve conflicts, address differences, minimize misunderstandings, interact well with others, work as a team and enhance relationships (of all kinds) is directly related to our ability to communicate. This workshop is designed for people who want to communicate more effectively, build better relationships (at work, home and play), gain a better understanding into the power of perceptions & assumptions, and are looking to have some fun learning practical communication skills they can apply to everyday, real-life situations. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 23 Learning by Listening: Conducting Effective Oral History Interviews, Estes Park, CO. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of oral history. Participants will be introduced to oral history project planning; legal and ethical issues; recording technologies (audio and video); what to do before, during, and after the interview; processing and preserving interviews; and using oral history in Web sites and publications. Participants will conduct and critique a short interview on-site during the workshop. Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 20 people.

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

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

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

November 17 – November 21 – Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, GA. This course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work and practice these skills through resource protection case studies. Deadline for application is September 26, 2014. Travel scholarships to help defray costs are available but must be submitted by September 26, 2014. For the full announcement and scholarship application, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov; or Cathy Purchis, cathy_purchis@nps.gov.

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

January 11 – February 7 – NPS Parkmedic Training Program, Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA. This certification course is designed to take the already proficient EMT/EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate 85 or AEMT and increase his/her skills and knowledge to function as an ALS Parkmedic provider in remote and wilderness areas within the national parks. The course will be taught in three sections: classroom (didactic), clinical (hospital), and field internship (pre-hospital). Open to NPS employees who are currently certified as state or national EMT- Basic,  EMT – Intermediate or AEMT, and who are expected to provide advanced life support services within the NPS.  Currently certified AEMT’s who complete this course to transition to the Parkmedic level may opt out of the NREMT certification exam. Clinical and field internship hours will be scheduled individually immediately following this training block. You should expect to stay in Fresno for a minimum of two weeks following the didactic portion of the class to complete the required 50% of your clinical and field experience, which must be done in Fresno.  The remaining 50% may be done in Fresno per your request, but then you should allow an additional one to two weeks, for a total of three to four weeks in Fresno after February 7th.  Alternatively, this final 50% may be done at the ranger's home park/hospital. The tuition is $2,000 if paid before December 8, 2014; $2,300 if paid after December 8, 2014. There is a $300 non-refundable deposit.  Course fee will include a voucher to take the AEMT exam. Nominees must complete and submit a Standard Form 182 (10 Part) to their Training Office. Payment information can be obtained by calling Donna Armijo, UCSF Building at (559) 499-6439.  Application and non-refundable deposit must be received no later than December 8th. For more information, contact Dean Ross, Branch Chief, Emergency Services, (Dean_Ross@nps.gov; 202-513-7093) or Dr. Thomas Kim (tkim@fresno.ucsf.edu), Dr. Christina Umber (cumber@fresno.ucsf.edu), or Donna Armijo (parkmedicprogram@fresno.ucsf.edu, 559-499-6439) in Fresno.

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.

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



Visitor and Resource Protection
GS-0401-14 Wilderness Program Manager

The Washington Office has issued an announcement for a wilderness program manager.

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

It closes on September 11th.
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Tumacácori National Historical Park (AZ)
GS-0025-9 Interpretive Ranger

Tumacácori National Historical Park has issued an announcement for an interpretive ranger.

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 September 19th.
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (CA)
Chief Ranger Detail

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is currently seeking as supervisory park ranger to serve as the park’s chief ranger on a detail of not more than 120 days.

The park serves a largely urban audience engaged in a wide range of recreational activities.  The acting chief ranger will also supervise a wildland fire program and a special park uses program through subordinate supervisors.  The fire program is set in the most complex wildland-urban interface in the National Park System and the special park uses program is robust and includes frequent large events and filming permits.  The ranger selected will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of park partners and numerous surrounding local, county, state, and federal agencies.

If you are selected, you will obtain training, equipment, support services and supervision required to safely and successfully complete the park’s mission. The selectee may be required to work occasional nights, weekends, and holidays. Santa Monica Mountains NRA is looking for permanent career or career conditional candidates who have strong leadership abilities and enjoy team-based work within a goal-oriented protection operation. Candidates must met the following requirements:

  • NPS Level I Law Enforcement commission.
  • Completion of drug screening prior to the detail.
  • Supervisory experience is highly desired.

The following certifications that are desirable, but will not preclude an applicant from consideration if not yet obtained:

  • NREMT-Basic certification or higher
  • Acceptable fitness (PEB) score according to NPS standards

The temporary duty station for this detail opportunity is Thousand Oaks, California. Selectee is entitled to temporary duty allowances in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.Government housing will be available for this assignment.

If your current position is covered under FERS special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers or firefighters [6(c)], you will continue to be covered under the special provisions for the duration of this detail.

If you are interested, please submit the following information electronically to John C. Castaneda, MMSHRO Human Resources Officer (john_castaneda@nps.gov) no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on September 19th:

  • Current resume
  • A copy of your valid NPS Level I (Full) Law Enforcement Commission
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal
  • An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent, competitive civil service status

For information about the positions or the protection operations in general should call Superintendent, David Szymanski at (805) 370-2342 or email him at david_szymanski@nps.gov.