The Morning Report

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Olympic National Park (WA)
Body Of Missing Hiker Found

On Sunday, January 25th, searchers, aided by several dog teams, located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead. 

Griffin, 60, of Port Angeles, Washington, was the subject of an intensive five-day search that began on Christmas Eve. 

Griffin’s remains were found by a search dog team in a very steep, rugged and densely forested area about a third of mile from and nearly 1,000 vertical feet above the trail.  An investigation at and around the scene showed no indications of foul play or wildlife interactions.  

Griffin was last seen by other hikers around 4 p.m. on Monday, December 22nd, at Olympic Hot Springs. He was reported missing on December 24th when he did not arrive at a Christmas Eve dinner as planned.

Griffin’s daypack was found on December 25th about a half-mile from the trailhead.  Despite the five-day search involving over 20 people and several search dog teams, no other clues were located until Sunday.

Six dog teams from the all-volunteer group German Shepherd Search Dogs searched on Saturday; two teams searched on Sunday.

[Submitted by Barb Maynes, Public Information Officer]


NEWS AND NOTES



Centennial Office
Everything’s Coming Up Roses For 2016 Centennial

The National Park Service and Tournament of Roses Association are partnering to kick off the centennial with the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

The theme for the January 1st parade, “Find Your Adventure,” is a nod to “Find Your Park,” the upcoming two-year public engagement campaign aimed to increase awareness and excitement about the National Park Service centennial.

This collaboration showcases the common interests of the National Park Service and the Tournament of Roses Association – to engage America’s youth, support an ethic of volunteerism, and embrace the diversity of American culture.

The Rose Parade is a great opportunity to introduce the National Park Service and its programs to a broad, and large audience of participants, attendees, and viewers (80 million watched on television internationally and 700,000 watched in person in 2014).

Parade entrants (floats, marching bands, and equestrian units) will take inspiration for “Find Your Adventure” from the work and mission (i.e., parks and programs) of the National Park Service. But, the opportunities extend well beyond the two-hour parade.

Over the course of 2015, the National Park Service and the Tournament of Roses Association will create opportunities for parks and programs to engage with communities across the country to help achieve the centennial goal.

A few examples of these ideas include:

  • Connect each of the marching bands representing high schools across the nation with their nearest national park units and/or programs.
  • Work with the Royal Court to help them become national park ambassadors.
  • Collaborate with Pasadena Community College interns, Los Angeles-area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other volunteer organizations that contribute to the success of the Rose Parade.

For additional information and to submit your own ideas, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions. The planning team is comprised of staff from the Centennial Office, Pacific West Regional Office, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

[Submitted by Nana Efua Embil]


Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail (AL)
Application Deadline Extended For Civil Rights March Event

A 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march will be held this March and the park is soliciting applications from people interested in participating in an associated “walking classroom” teaching event.

The park is seeking 150 youth, ages 18 to 25, and 150 adult public participants from the United States, its territories and the counties along the historic trail. They will participate in a week-long educational "walking classroom" that will focus on the right to march, the responsibility of all Americans to participate fully in the democratic process, and how the Selma to Montgomery March, its events and people led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This week-long "Walking Classroom" (54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama) will be a memorable, potentially life-changing, experience for participants. Through discussions with the actual foot soldiers of the original march, participants will learn of the strife and sacrifice that was endured for our country's sake. Youth, even children, were not spared from the violence that occurred 50 years ago.

This journey will provide participants an opportunity to reflect and share with their peers and a broader audience the ongoing struggle for human rights, the impact of the events of 1965, and the residual influence those events have upon our nation and the world today.

The application and registration process for the "Walking Classroom" is now open for youth (18-25) and the general public. Please click 50th Anniversary Youth Application or 50th Anniversary General Public Application to apply. Applications must be submitted by January 30th.

[Submitted by Patricia A. Butts, Management Analyst (Public Information Officer)]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
GL-0025-9 Protection Rangers (Laterals)

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is seeking two qualified GL-9 applicants interested in lateral reassignments to permanent, full-time protection ranger positions.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is approximately 70,000 acres and is situated on the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border.  The park is 98 miles from Philadelphia and 80 miles from New York City.  Over five million visitors come to the area, mostly in the summer months to recreate within the park. 

Law enforcement, EMS, SAR and wildland fire activity levels are high during both the summer and winter seasons.  The Visitor Management and Resource Protection Division offers a wide variety of opportunities for the ranger staff, including a dive team, high angle rescue team, bike patrol, boat patrol, the FLETC field training program and multiple state wildlife enforcement opportunities. 

Delaware Water Gap NRA is one of only three parks nationwide participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s high visibility enforcement program. which targets impaired drivers on rural roadways.    

This is a non required occupancy position. Payment of moving expenses will be authorized.

If you are interested and have questions about this opportunity contact Eric Lisnik, the park’s chief ranger, at 570-426-2414 or by e-mail at eric_lisnik@nps.gov.  

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A resume or OF 612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, or SF-171.
  • Your most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal.

Applications/resumes must be received in the HR Office by February 6th. Applications may be faxed to 570-426-2498 or emailed to Nancy_Bruce@NPS.gov.

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
GS-0025-11 Interpretive Ranger (Lateral)

Mount Rainier National Park is seeking qualified candidates for a lateral reassignment to a position as the district interpreter for the park’s West District.

The person in this position is responsible for planning, managing and evaluating the interpretive operations for the West District of Mount Rainier National Park. This involves leading a team of permanent and seasonal rangers, students and volunteers in offering a wide range of year-round interpretive and visitor services at the Longmire and Paradise areas of Mount Rainier National Park.

The person in this position also performs appropriate administrative tasks, assists in the development of interpretive media including social media and site bulletins, and assists with special events and public information officer duties on occasion.

The park is looking for someone with the knowledge and skills to do the following:

  • Plan, direct, coordinate, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interpretive programs for the general public, as well as special audiences, including educational outreach.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, as well as to demonstrate, train, and coach staff in sound principles of interpretation as embraced by the National Park Service.
  • Develop and apply in-depth knowledge of the park’s complex natural and cultural resources to help staff understand and convey such knowledge to a broader audience.
  • Effectively develop and manage a complex budget, write project proposals to obtain funding, and creatively pursue additional resources to accomplish division and park goals.
  • Perform administrative tasks, especially as relates to human resources.

Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington on the western slope of the Cascade Range and encompasses over 236,400 acres. Elevations extend from about 1,700 feet above sea level to 14,410 feet at the summit of Mount Rainier.

The focal point of the park is a towering, snow- and ice-covered volcano, which is a prominent landmark in the Pacific Northwest, and the second most seismically active and the most hazardous volcano in the Cascade Range. The park's vegetation is diverse, providing habitat for many wildlife species, including approximately 300 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

In addition to its natural wonders, the national park has a long history of human activities. The area was used by Native Americans for hunting and gathering, as well as for spiritual and ceremonial purposes. In the early 20th century miners, climbers, and tourists, among others, came into the area. The establishment of the park, and subsequent planning and development for visitor use and landscape protection, constitutes an important chapter in the development of the American park idea.

As a result, Mount Rainier National Park has rich and diverse cultural resources, including prehistoric and historic archeological resources, historic structures, and cultural landscapes.

The park is located approximately two hours south of Seattle near the community of Ashford.    It is included within the Seattle/Tacoma locality pay area. Government housing is not available. However, a full range of living options are available within commuting distance, from rural to small town to suburban. All services and amenities are available in nearby communities.

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound – hiking, climbing, canoeing and kayaking, biking, and fishing among others.  The climate is considered moderate, but frequently overcast and rainy at lower elevations during fall, winter and spring. At Longmire, the duty station of this position, substantial snowfall is common from November-May. Summers are normally sunny and pleasant with daytime temperatures ranging from the low 70’s to low 80’s and low humidity. For more, please see the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/mora.

For more information about this position, please contact Ingrid Nixon, the park’s chief of interpretation and education, at 360-569-6562 or Ingrid_Nixon@nps.gov.

To apply please submit the following:

  • Resume/application (please include all experience, training and/or education related to the position duties).
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal
  • Current SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action”, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.

Applications may be submitted electronically. All application materials must be received by close of business on February 6th.

Submit electronic applications to nwshro_staffing@nps.gov  Please include Park Ranger, West District Interpreter in the subject line.

Olympic National Park (WA)
WG-4742-8 Utility Systems Repairer-Operator (Lateral)

Olympic National Park is seeking interested candidates for a lateral reassignment to a full-time, permanent utility systems repairer-operator position.

The person in this position operates and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Hoh developed area. This position requires a Washington Level 1 water distribution manager certification, or equivalent, to operate a groundwater potable water system and a Washington wastewater 1 certification, or equivalent, to operate an aeration process wastewater treatment system.

Equivalency will be determined by state licensure reciprocity agreements. Washington state licenses must be obtained within 120 days of EOD. The Hoh rainforest area has one wastewater treatment facility, one water treatment system, one campground and a visitor center.   

The person in this position is duty stationed at the Hoh rainforest, 45 minutes from Forks, Washington. Government housing is not available. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized in accordance with appropriate Federal regulations. 

The duty station for the Hoh is identified as Forks, Washington. Forks is a city with a population of approximately 3,000 people.  Amenities are limited but include a hospital, a full school district, satellite offices for a community college, a grocery store, a drugstore, and various small specialty shops. More varied amenities may be found in either Port Angeles, located 60 miles northwest, or in Aberdeen/Hoquiam, located about 100 miles south. 

Forks enjoys a mild coastal climate with heavy rainfall at times throughout the year.  On average, temperatures range from the low 40’s in the winter months into the 80’s in the summer.  Average rainfall is just over 90 inches per year.  For more information on the area, please visit www.forkswa.com .

Olympic National Park is a World Heritage Area and an International Biosphere Reserve that supports three distinctly different ecosystems – glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific Coast and stands of old growth and temperate rainforest. The park contains over 922,000 acres, 95% of which is designated wilderness, and has many climbing, hiking, boating and other recreational opportunities.

If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Chief of Facility Management Lisa Turecek at (360) 477-8245 or Lisa_Turecek@nps.gov.

Interested individuals should submit the following:

  • A detailed resume
  • Copy of your latest performance appraisal
  • Copy of licenses
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 to confirm time-in-grade and eligibility if different/not current)

Please submit application packets via email to Linda_O’Sullivan@nps.gov or mail completed application packets to: Linda O’Sullivan, 600 E. Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362 no later than Friday, January 31st.