Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Acadia National Park (ME) Man Seriously Injured In Ice Climbing Accident
On February 16th, a 33-year-old Maine man fell while ice climbing with two friends, sustaining a fractured back in a fall that was estimated to have been about 20 feet.
Rangers Richard Rechholtz and Chris Wiebush, members of Mount Desert Island SAR team, and members of Bar Harbor Fire and EMS reached the man via a trail and a closed section of roadway and carried him out.
A contributing factor to the accident was the decision to climb on soft, thin ice.
[Submitted by Stuart West, Chief Ranger]
NEWS AND NOTES
Valley Forge National Historical Park (PA) Park Hosts Washington’s Birthday Weekend Events
In the midst of several snow storms and ice storms unlike any the East Coast has seen in decades, Valley Forge National Historical Park hosted three commemorative events over the Washington’s Birthday weekend that resulted in a perfect storm of celebration, education and inspiration.
On February 14th and 15th, the park co-hosted the 102nd consecutive annual Boy Scout Pilgrimage and Encampment at Valley Forge with the Scouts’ Cradle of Liberty Council. Nearly seven hundred scouts applied what they learned about winter camping to create a community of tents snug in deep snow as their winter weekend residence.
Each troop had a large tent, or canopy, which served as camp kitchen and command center, while scouts slept in smaller tents cradled in straw and snow to weather the single digit wind chills. Hot oatmeal and hot chocolate fueled the scouts Saturday morning for the day ahead while beef stew and chicken with rice were among the dinner entrees prepared in camp at sunset.
On Saturday morning the scouts gathered for a pilgrimage opening ceremony honoring Captain Light Horse Harry Lee of Washington’s continental army and then hiked to eight learning stations around the park to learn about the history and significance of Valley Forge. The scouts learned from NPS staff, volunteers, and historical re-enactors about the colonial cavalry, the artillery and infantry of the Continental Army, the diversity of the continental troops, 18th century medical techniques, and about the women and children of the encampment, known as camp followers. Firing of muskets and canon were highlights of the day, the flash of black powder highlighted against the backdrop of snow covered fields.
On Sunday, the Second Pennsylvania Regiment hosted a historical reenactment for visitors and park neighbors at the Muhlenberg Brigade area, where soldier life was demonstrated on the training grounds and in the soldiers’ and officers’ huts. A ranger presentation focused on the legacy of General George Washington and the qualifications that earned him the assignment of commander-in chief by the Continental Congress. Interpretive Ranger George Matlack summarized the general’s challenges and successes through four phases of the Revolutionary War.
What better place to celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 17th, than Valley Forge, and what better company to spend it with than George and Martha Washington? Children and their families dressed in colonial clothes, posed for pictures with the General and Mrs. Washington, joined in song and dance with the Colonial Revelers, crafted birthday cards and tri-corner hats, marched and drilled with wooden muskets, and cheered the teamwork of the troops with Martha and George Washington, “Hip, hip, huzzah.”
“Is it this fun every year?” a young mother asked as her children marveled at the general cutting his birthday cake with his ceremonial sword. Fun? Yes. Educational? Definitely. Inspirational? Without a doubt.
Today’s young people gathered with iconic figures of American history on a historic landscape in climate conditions much like the encampment residents experienced in 1777. They celebrated with their families the contributions of national leaders and every day citizens to the founding of a nation. Scouts and soldiers, rangers and re-enactors, brought history alive at Valley Forge to honor the heritage of a country and its people.
[Submitted by Rhonda Buell Schier, Chief of Interpretation and Education]
Denver Service Center Project Manager Larry Beal To Retire
Larry Beal, a project manager with DSC's Design and Construction Division, will retire on February 28th following 35 years of service with the National Park Service.
Larry began his federal career with Denver Service Center in 1979 when he was hired to prepare a general management plan and environmental impact statement for Lowell National Historical Park. After moving six times to various offices and parks around the country, including the Alaska Regional Office from 1984 until1988, Larry returned to Denver in 1998.
“I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to live in the regions where I worked so that I could build relationships with people and better understand the issues associated with the resources,” he said.
Throughout his career, Larry has managed major planning, design and construction projects in the national park system. For 20 years, Larry worked to prepare a variety of planning documents for parks. In addition to the general management plan at Lowell NHP, Larry also completed GMPs for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, New River Gorge National River, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Petroglyph National Monument, and Mount Rainier National Park.
He also completed national historic trail studies for El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and El Camino Real Para Los Tejas national historic trails and a cooperative management plan for Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
At Mount Rainier National Park, Larry managed the design and construction of the Paradise Visitor Center and the rehabilitation of Paradise Inn as well as four other smaller projects.
Larry also managed the design and construction of the Jamestown visitor center and curation facility at Colonial National Historical Park, the curation facility at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve visitor center and administration building, the HVAC system rehabilitation at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, more than 100 abandoned mine closures in several western parks, the visitor center at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and finally his recent work to assist in the repair of damage in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation area caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Another highlight of Larry’s career was being selected as part of a planning team to prepare a plan for sacred Buddhist sites in India in 1990.
“I have enjoyed many once in a lifetime experiences such as conducting public meetings in villages above the Arctic Circle, crawling through the attic and roof of the George Rogers Clark Memorial, and climbing Mount Rainer with the park superintendent, assistant superintendent and chief climbing ranger,” said Larry.
Larry plans to stay in the Littleton, Colorado, area and is looking forward to spending his time telemark skiing, biking, and hiking as well as traveling with his wife, Dorothy, and their grown children, Aaron and Martha. He also has a long list of house projects.
A celebration will be held for Larry on Thursday, February 27th at 4 p.m. at the Old Chicago in Lakewood, Colorado. For more details, please contact Paul_Cloyd@nps.gov.
[Submitted by Lindy Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (303) 969-2588]
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (LA) GS-0025-11 Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation)
Dates: 02/13/2014 - 03/06/2014
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park has issued an announcement for a supervisory park ranger (interpretation).
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 6th.
[Submitted by Lynette Harrison, email@example.com, 504-589-3882 x104] More Information...
Death Valley National Park (CA) GL-0025-9 Protection Rangers (Laterals)
Death Valley National Park is seeking candidates for reassignment as GL-9 protection rangers. These positions require current Level I or II NPS law enforcement commissions.
Death Valley rangers are responsible for a full range of duties including frontcountry and backcountry law enforcement, marijuana interdiction, EMS, structural fire, wildland fire, and SAR. The selectees will be assigned take-home vehicles and have the opportunity for overnight patrols in the backcountry. Applicants must possess strong backcountry, law enforcement, and EMS skills. Current National Registry EMT certification is required. Parkmedic certification is desired but not necessary.
Death Valley consists of 3.4 million acres and is the largest NPS-managed wilderness outside of Alaska. The park is an environment of extremes with elevations ranging from -282 to 11,040 feet and temperatures from 0 to 130 F. While Death Valley is known for its high temperatures, dunes, and dry saline lakebeds, 70% of the park is above 3,000 feet and is home to piñon and juniper forests and bristlecone pines. Death Valley offers recreational opportunities that include backpacking, hiking, running, cycling, and canyoneering. World class rock climbing and mountaineering routes are found to the west of park in the Sierra Nevada, just two hours away.
These are required occupancy positions. Housing will either be at Cow Creek or Stovepipe Wells developed areas. For Cow Creek, basic commodities and dining opportunities are found three miles away at Furnace Creek. For shopping and entertainment opportunities, Pahrump, Nevada (one hour), and Las Vegas, Nevada (two hours), are reasonably close. For Stovepipe Wells, basic commodities are found next to housing. For entertainment and shopping, Lone Pine (1.5 hours) and Pahrump (1.5 hours) are also reasonably close.
If you have additional questions, please contact District Ranger J.D. Updegraff at (760) 786-3293, firstname.lastname@example.org, or District Ranger Jordan Mammel at (760) 786-3295, email@example.com. Interested candidates should submit the following:
- A copy of your most recent performance appraisal
- A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
- A copy of your current NPS Level I or Level II LE Commission
- A copy of your current National Registry EMT certification.
Email your application package to Cathy Tittnich, firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th.
Glacier National Park
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)
Glacier National Park is seeking candidates for a lateral reassignment to a GL-9 protection ranger position. The person selected will serve as the Many Glacier Area Ranger.
This is a permanent full-time, subject to furlough position. The furlough period is not expected to exceed eight weeks. This is a required occupancy position – occupancy of government housing is required at Many Glacier during the summer and at St. Mary, East Glacier, or West Glacier during the winter months. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized, but the government will not provide the services of a third party contractor for the guaranteed home sale program (FAM 2008-017).
Due to the isolated living conditions, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to research the area. Information on Glacier National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/glac
The position is covered by 6(c) retirement and is classified as primary law enforcement position with responsibilities for emergency medical services, search and rescue, backcountry management, wildland fire, structural fire, wildlife management, and resource management and protection. Many Glacier consistently has high volumes of grizzly bear activity. Trails are posted and closed on almost a daily basis in July and August. There is a fair amount of interaction with outside agencies. The area ranger is responsible for overseeing daily patrol activities as well as providing leadership for the seasonal ranger staff.
Candidates must possess both an NPS law enforcement commission and National Registry EMT basic certification. Winter patrol experience and skills are desirable.
Glacier National Park is located in the northern Rocky Mountains and offers excellent outdoor recreational opportunities. From May through October, St. Mary, located in Montana, and Waterton, Cardston and Lethbridge, located in Alberta, Canada, offer nearby shopping and services. During the winter, Browning and Cutbank offer limited shopping and services. Whitefish and Kalispell offer a greater variety of shopping and services.
Summer temperatures are moderate with highs near 80 and lows in the 40s. Winter temperatures vary from 50 below to 40 above zero. Wind and snow are common. Snow depths range from bare ground to drifts several feet high.
If you are interested in the Many Glacier position, please contact Chief Mountain District Ranger Rob Wissinger at 406-732-7715 or Rob_Wissinger@nps.gov.
If you are interested, please submit:
- A detailed resume
- A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (and SF-50 confirming reassignment eligibility if different/not current)
- A copy of your current or latest performance appraisal
Email documents to email@example.com or mail them to Glacier National Park, Attn: Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Human Resources Office, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936.
Applications/resumes must be received by February 28th.