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Friday, February 07, 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitor Dies Despite Concerted Efforts By EMS Staff

On Saturday, January 25th, a 66-year-old visitor died at Flagstaff Medical Center despite being revived several times by park EMS personnel and by center medical staff.

The man reportedly began having difficulty breathing while visiting a viewpoint along the South Rim. His family drove him into the South Rim Village and requested assistance through 911.  Within moments of EMS arriving on scene, the man stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest.

NPS medical personnel were able to twice revive him before flying him to Flagstaff Medical Center in the park’s helicopter. He again went into cardiac arrest as the helicopter landed at the hospital and was again successfully revived.

Unfortunately, his condition was such that his heart stopped several times while in the center’s emergency department; despite the best efforts of all involved, he died while cardiologists were attempting to repair his heart.

[Submitted by Brandon Torres; Branch Chief of Emergency Services]


NEWS AND NOTES



Office of Communications
Park Admission Free On President’s Day Weekend

To celebrate the connections between our national leaders and national parks, all 401 National Park Service sites will have free admission during Presidents Day weekend, February 15th through February 17th.

“Every U.S. president has visited, resided in, or been honored in a national park,” said Director Jarvis. “Sites such as George Washington’s birthplace, Ulysses Grant’s battlefields and Jimmy Carter’s farm provide insight into the character of the men who have governed our country. Visit a national park and walk in their footsteps. See where they lived and learned, relaxed and recharged, experienced triumphs and tribulations.”

In addition to free entrance, many parks will host special events to celebrate the holiday weekend, including the unveiling of new permanent exhibits at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa.  Visit the Presidents Day page on www.nps.gov for a calendar of events as well as travel itineraries and lesson plans about the presidents.

From George Washington’s visit to Great Falls, Virginia, to Barack Obama’s trip to Yellowstone, presidents have reveled in the scenery found in today’s national parks. When you visit a natural area like Shenandoah or the Grand Canyon, or a historic site such as the USS Arizona Memorial or the National Mall, you will be following the lead of presidents before you.

Take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt – perhaps the president most associated with national parks – and visit one of America’s special places. In his words, “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on five additional days in 2014 – the first weekend of National Park Week (April 19 and 20), the National Park Service’s 98th birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 27) and Veterans Day (November 11).

National park passes that provide free or discounted admission year round are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.

[Submitted by Kathy Kupper]


Denver Service Center
Foundation Documents Program On Target For 2016 Completion

Since 2012, the National Park Service, including the Washington Park Planning and Special Studies Offices, DSC's Planning Division, regional planning offices, and the parks, has been developing foundation documents for each park in the national park system. 

To date, regional directors and park superintendents have signed 60 completed documents, with another 75 in process and 95 new starts this year. The program is on target to have foundation documents completed for all 401 parks by August 25, 2016.  

In 2010, the NPS National Leadership Council executive committee approved a new framework for park planning, employing a more comprehensive approach. At the center of this new dynamic planning portfolio is the foundation document. Foundation documents are intended to provide underlying guidance for management and planning decisions in parks. Although they are not decision documents, they provide guidance for decision making. The documents describe park purpose, park significance, and fundamental resources and values, among other things.

The process of preparing a foundation document aids park managers, staff, and the public in identifying and clearly stating in one document the essential information that is necessary for park management to consider when determining future planning efforts, outlining key planning issues, and protecting resources and values that are integral to park purpose and identity.

Click on the link below for more information about the foundation document process.

[Submitted by Lindy Allen, lindy_allen@nps.gov, (303) 969-2588]

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NPS Alumni
Passing Of Paula Penney Eckiss

Paula Penney Eckiss, 85, who ran the public inquiries office for public affairs in the Washington Office for many years, passed away on October 30, 2013.

After having worked in the Department of Defense and in the Prince George County Mental Health Center, Paula served as head of the inquiries office for about 10 years in the 70s and 80s. 

She had always enjoyed our national parks, but during those years, she developed a strong and abiding love for our nation’s park system that some might say bordered on fanatical.  She retired from her position with the NPS in 1987.  She remained an unapologetic proponent of the U.S. national parks for the rest of her life.

Paula was born in 1928 in Georgetown, Guyana (at that time, British Guyana), and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At age two, she contracted polio and spent her childhood in a hospital and her early teens in a convent home for girls. 

At age 16, she was reunited with her mother, sisters and brother in a walk-up on Clausen Avenue.  At age 19, she met an Army sergeant at a USO dance. They were married shortly thereafter. 

In the autumn of 1956, the couple and their two daughters moved to Japan. While there, she studied at the Tokyo School of Fashion Design and became an accomplished dress designer, meticulously designing the patterns for many beautiful creations. 

After 18 months there, the family moved to Okinawa, where they lived for another 12 months, during which time Paula continued fashioning clothes and took up a lapsed study of the piano.  While she never achieved the level of proficiency in music that she wished for, she was a lifelong patron of the arts who bought season tickets for many years to the National Symphony Orchestra. 

Paula’s 1987 retirement from the NPS gave her time for self-expression. While she was with the NPS, she took drawing and painting classes near her home at Howard Community College. In retirement, she drew pastels, painted, designed and created quilts, and perfected the garden of her townhome in Columbia, Maryland. She lived there for another dozen years and was active in the Columbia Senior Center and her homeowners’ association. 

During a visit with her sister in Florida in the spring of 2001, she met her second husband, Ray Eckiss. It wasn’t long before they were married and in a new home in Sebring, Florida, where she was very happy. Her collection of art depicting the Brooklyn Bridge attested to her love of Brooklyn.

In the spring of 2008, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  She and Ray took a road trip around the United States shortly after her diagnosis. They visited many national parks and monuments, including Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and others, which she had championed throughout her life to all she met.

Paula is interred in Lakeside Cemetery in Avon Park, Florida.

[Submitted by Adina Penney]


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

February 10 – February 14 – Command and General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Teams (H-337/I-300 and I-400), National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, WV. This 45+ hour course offers incident command system training to Department of the Interior employees who may serve in command and general staff positions on local incident management teams involving a significant number of local and/or mutual aid resources. Successful completion of the training will credit participants for a command and general staff course for local incident management teams and I-300 and I-400. Successful completion of IS-100, 200, 700 and 800 is a prerequisite (these courses are available online at http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all). For more information and an application form, contact Elaine Bond, Department of the Interior/Office of Emergency Management, at 202-208-5417 or Elaine_Bond@ios.doi.gov.

February 11 – From Buddy to Boss: Making the Transition to Supervisor,” webinar, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.  The management of relationships becomes more difficult when a supervisor manages former peers. This course will address specific techniques and strategies supervisors can use to improve their ability to lead and manage former peers. Register in DOI Learn (registration ends on February 4th). For more information, contact Brigitte Keels (202-354-1406, or  brigitte_keels@nps.gov), Katrinia Roberts (202-354-1471 or Katrinia_roberts@nps.gov), or Lisa Nicol (202-354-1998 or lisa_nicol@nps.gov).

February 11 – February 12 – Skills for Moderators, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET.  This course is designed for the "behind the scenes" partner in a WebEx delivery. As you are applying in DOI Learn for consideration for this class session, please make sure you select the correct date and time. Supervisor approval is required for enrollment. To ensure that you are registered for the class date of your choice, please notify your supervisor of this approval requirement. For more information, contact any of these folks from the NPS Distance Learning Center team – David Barton (304-535-5053), Katrina Fritts (304-535-5089), or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217), or ABCS Training Manager Jo Robinson (304-535-5016).

February 11 – February 13 – Introduction to WebEx, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET each day. This course is for the "on air personality" and will engage you in an interactive experience using WebEx Training Center.  As you are applying in DOI Learn for consideration for this class session, please make sure you select the correct date and time. Supervisor approval is required for enrollment. To ensure that you are registered for the class date of your choice, please notify your supervisor of this approval requirement. For more information, contact any of these folks from the NPS Distance Learning Center team – David Barton (304-535-5053), Katrina Fritts (304-535-5089), or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217), or ABCS Training Manager Jo Robinson (304-535-5016).

February 13 – Using the WebEx Break Out Room Feature, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. This course is designed for both the trainer and the moderator.  It covers the logistics of preparing for a WebEx session with a break out activity through how to prepare participants for the activity during the session. As you are applying in DOI Learn for consideration for this class session, please make sure you select the correct date and time. Supervisor approval is required for enrollment. To ensure that you are registered for the class date of your choice, please notify your supervisor of this approval requirement. For more information, contact any of these folks from the NPS Distance Learning Center team – David Barton (304-535-5053), Katrina Fritts (304-535-5089), or Terry Pendergraft (304-535-6217), or ABCS Training Manager Jo Robinson (304-535-5016).

February 18 – Environmental Purchasing Provisions in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Webinar, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST. Guest speaker Brian Heath (DOI) will discuss the sustainable acquisition policy reporting under FAR Subpart 23.1 and EO 13514. Guest speaker Joan Glassman (WASO-WCP) will discuss a new coding system she has developed which will facilitate reporting green purchases in the Federal Procurement Data System-NG. An overview of the other green purchasing provisions in the FAR and the various resources available for NPS to facilitate implementation of these provisions will also be presented. For more information, contact Fred Sturniolo, environmental protection specialist, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, via email or phone at 202-513-7078. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6713832758805184513.

February 20 – Integrating Green Provisions in Construction Contracts Webinar, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST. Guest speaker Mike Eissenberg (Denver Service Center) will discuss the opportunities to specify green products and services in construction contracts and focus on the tools for parks, including the NPS sustainability checklist and the associated database. Guest speaker Diana Vanderzanden (Midwest Region) will discuss her work on greening MWR's construction contracts. For more information, contact Fred Sturniolo, environmental protection specialist, Sustainable Operations and Climate Change Branch, via email or phone at 202-513-7078. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7406351361466888705

February 25 – March 6 – Historic Weapons Certification Course, Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center, AL. This course meets the initial certification and recertification needs of supervisors and interpreters involved in NPS historic weapons firing programs. This course is required for individuals who have the responsibility for conducting historic weapons programs in their respective parks. Modules will be offered on safety, program management, and skills relating to 18th Century small arms, 18th Century artillery, 19th Century small arms, and 19th Century artillery. Additional skills may be offered if sufficient interest and time permits.  Seasonal, temporary, and non-supervisory career or career-conditional employees are not eligible to be trained and certified as park historic weapons firing supervisors.  Read full announcement carefully. Open to NPS and to non-NPS employees.

February 25 – February 27 – Pigment Identification Workshop, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), Hooke College of Applied Science, and the McCrone Group, Inc. are partnering to host a three-day hands-on workshop on pigment identification and analysis for fine art and architectural finishes. This workshop is open to only 20 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot. Tuition for the class is $399 and includes a reference slide set. http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/pigment-identification-workshop/

February 26 – February 27 – ParkMedic (ALS) Refresher, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. This course will provide 12 hours of Park Medic (EMT-I) CEUs. Instruction is provided by Roane State Community College. Attendance at both this and the EMT 24-hr refresher (March 4 – March 6) will count as a NREMT 36 hour EMT-I refresher. Cost is $75. This refresher will be held at the Twin Creeks training room located off of Airport Road/Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg at the Twin Creeks Science Center. Contact KK Stuart, kathleen_stuart@nps.gov or 828-497-1914.

March 3 – March 6 – Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Shepherdstown, WV.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Steve Archibald, 406-243-4653, srarchibald@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

March 4 – March 6 – EMT-B Refresher, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. This course will meet National Registry requirements for a 24-hour EMT-B refresher and for 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 7th. Cost for this is $25. This refresher will be held at the Sugarlands Training room next to the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Contact KK Stuart, kathleen_stuart@nps.gov or 828-497-1914.

March 10 – March 14 – Fundamentals of Special Park Uses, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.  This course covers all aspects of special park uses, including First Amendment activities, commercial filming, still photography and rights- of-way. DO-53/RM-53 are covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2006. A draft agenda is posted on the special park uses page at http://inside.nps.gov/waso/waso.cfm?prg=185&lv=3  Minimum class size 15 participants.  Sign up through DOI Learn.  Travel assistance is available.  For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202/513-7092.  The enrollment deadline is February 5th.

March 11 – March 12 – Petrography for Conservation, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA. NCPTT and the University of Delaware to host a two-day hands-on workshop on the uses of polarized light microscopy for the study of stone and ceramic cultural materials. $299. For more information and registration go to; http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/petrographic-analysis-for-conservation-2014/. Contact Jason Church jason_church@contractor.nps.gov or 318-356-7444.

March 11 – March 13 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs, CA. 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 February 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.

March 18 – March 21 – Introduction to Wildlife Diseases, Fort Collins, CO. This three-and-a-half day course, offered by the Biological Resource Management Division, is an introduction to wildlife disease surveillance and management in the NPS. Through lectures, interactive case-based scenarios and hands-on necropsies with veterinarians, participants will learn techniques to safely investigate, monitor, manage, and study wildlife disease and will be introduced to important diseases of a range of wildlife species from ungulates to fish. There is no cost for the course, which is open to all NPS employees, and, if space permits, NPS partners. Registration and scholarship applications are available at this link.  Registration applications must be received no later than February 24th. A number of scholarships to help offset travel expenses will be available for selected employees. Scholarship applications are due February 20th. For more information, contact course coordinator Dr. Kevin Castle, wildlife veterinarian, at 970-267-2162 or Kevin_Castle@nps.gov.

March 24 – March 28 – Motorboat Operator Instructor Certification Course, Lake Mead NRA, Boulder City, NV. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is February 7th.

March 24 – April 4 – 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 February 24th. 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 31 – April 4 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training—East, Catoctin Mountain Park/Harpers Ferry NHP, MD/PA. This year’s course will be held in the two parks and in Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. This year marks the 19th year that the course has been offered; with the addition of these two parks, it has now been held in ten parks across four regions. 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. There will also be one nighttime session. 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; 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. There is also a high probability that students will get a one- to three-hour helicopter hoist operations demo on Friday afternoon from either the United States Park Police Aviation Unit’s Eagle One or Maryland State Police Aviation, or both. For students and instructors traveling to the course from outside areas, lodging will be at a CCC-style dorm facility at Catoctin called Camp Round Meadow. There is no tuition, but there will be a small lodging fee for those who will be staying on site at Catoctin. Lodging costs should be between $25 and $30 total per person for the entire 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. 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 7 – April 10 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Asheville, NC.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Ken Straley, 406-243-4630, kstraley@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

April 7 – April 11 – NPS Basic Technical Rescue Training-WEST, Island-In-The-Sky District, Canyonlands NP, UT. This training course is designed for personnel who routinely evacuate injured or stranded persons from heights and difficult terrain. The course will provide participants with the skills to perform difficult technical rescues. Students will be required to bring technical 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, 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 at their home parks. Target participants include permanent or seasonal employees who participate in a technical rescue program. A $200 registration fee is required to cover training course administrative costs.  All participant travel and per diem expenses covered by benefiting account. The deadline for the receipt of participant training nominations is March 17th. For more information, contact Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search and Rescue, at 928-606-3862 (cell), or ken_phillips@nps.gov . For a copy of the training form, click on this link.

April 7 – April 11 – Intermediate Tactics Course, Camp San Louis Obispo, San Louis Obispo, CA. This is an intensive five day course that covers intermediate tactics for the individual law enforcement officer and small to medium size tactical teams that operate on public lands. The course curriculum includes operational planning and decision making, leadership, marijuana interdiction operations, use of force/officer survival, building searches, high risk vehicle stops, surveillance operations, tactical pistol and rifle, and rural team movement. The tuition is $350, which includes housing and meals. For more information, contact Todd Bonds at 559-565-4298 ot Todd_Bonds@nps.gov.  The application deadline is March 3rd.

April 7 – April 11 – Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, 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 February 7th.

April 7 – April 18 – Law Enforcement Driver Instructor Training, 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 February 20th.

April 8 – April 11 – Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator Refresher Training, 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 February 13th.

April 8 – April 10, 2014 – International Cemetery Preservation Summit, Niagara Falls, NY. NCPTT, in partnership with the Canadian Ministry of Culture, will host this conference, which will include oral presentations, posters, and a half-day field session on the conservation of all aspects of cemetery care and conservation. The conference is open to conservation professionals, cemetery managers, board members, archaeologist, grounds keepers, and all who work in and are interested in cemeteries. For more information, go to http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/international-cemetery-preservation-summit/.

April 14 – April 18 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher Training, 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 February 13th.

April 21 – May 2 – 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 March 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.

April 28 – May 9 – Basic Tactics Instructor Training, 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 March 7th.

May 5 – May 8 – Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information. Contact Steve Archibald, 406-243-4653, srarchibald@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

May 5 – May 8 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Rutland, VT.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information. Registration deadline is March 14th. Contact: Karen Lindsey, 406-243-4627, karen_lindsey@fws.gov, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

May 19 – May 22 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

August 4 – August 8 – Fundamentals of Special Park Uses, DOI University, Albuquerque, NM.  This course covers all aspects of special park uses, including First Amendment activities, commercial filming, still photography and rights- of-way. DO-53/RM-53 are covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2006. A draft agenda is posted on the special park uses page at http://inside.nps.gov/waso/waso.cfm?prg=185&lv=3  Minimum class size 15 participants.  For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202/513-7092.  Enrollment deadline is July 5th.

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 – 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.

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.

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

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.

Online Training

Management

Hiring Reform Course for Managers. To reinforce the importance of the President’s hiring reform initiative and the changes associated with it (e.g., increased manager involvement in the hiring process and inability to ask applicants narrative questions in the initial application process), a new course, The Manager’s Role in the Hiring Process, has been launched in DOI Learn  and is now available to all managers. This web-based training consists of three modules (overview, job analysis/assessment development, and applicant review/selection) that provide managers with basic information that will assist them in understanding their roles and responsibilities in the hiring process.  It emphasizes the importance of manager involvement, which includes active engagement in the assessment process and determining the skills needed for positions being filled. The training can be used as a supplement to the strategic conversations that HR specialists have with selecting officials. Servicing Human Resources Offices (SHROs) will continue to serve as consultants and advisors to managers in the more detailed areas of the hiring and recruitment process which the training doesn’t cover, such as the development of assessment tools, specialized experience statements, and recruitment considerations (e.g. diversity and inclusion and special hiring authorities.). Completion time for this course is one-and-a-half hours; although it is tailored for managers, human resources professionals and other professionals associated with the hiring process are encouraged to take it.  If you are looking for additional information regarding hiring reform, please refer to the hiring reform webpage. Both the course and the web page provide valuable information related to the hiring reform initiative.

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).

NPS Fundamentals

NPS Fundamentals I: NPS Mission and History. A cornerstone for your NPS career. Learn online at your own pace about the history of the NPS, how the NPS is organized, and how the NPS fits into the federal government. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for NPS Fundamentals II: Introduction to NPS Operations.  Cost: free. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm . Contact: Judy Geniac, (Judy_Geniac@nps.gov, 928-638-7881).

NPS Fundamentals III: NPS Career Management and Retirement Planning. Look ahead in your NPS career and eventual retirement. Learn online at your own pace about career and retirement planning, including sessions on advancing in your chosen career path, financial planning, insurance, and making healthy lifestyle choices. Cost: free. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm. Contact: Judy Geniac, (Judy_Geniac@nps.gov, 928-638-7881).

NPS Fundamentals IV: Managing Work Life in the NPS. What are the expected legal and ethical behaviors of NPS employees? Why should diversity matter to you? What can you do to ensure a safe work environment? Get these questions answered and more in this online course studying public ethics, diversity, and safety in the NPS. Cost: free. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm.  Contact: Judy Geniac, (Judy_Geniac@nps.gov, 928-638-7881).

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.

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.

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 link for 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.

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.

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 2012 – 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, 202-354-1487, or Brigitte Keels, 202-354-1406, or your regional employee development officer. This program is expected to continue in FY 2013, but funding has yet to be determined. Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/ - click on the link under “Featured Links:New!”

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Biological Resource Management Division
GS-0401/0430-12/13 Invasive Plant Program Manager

An announcement has been issued for an invasive plant program manager for the Biological Resource Management Division in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This is an interdisciplinary offering, which will be filled by a supervisory biologist (GS-0401-12/13), or supervisory botanist (GS-0430-12/13).  The invasive plant program manager ensures the long-term viability and relevance of the Service's invasive plant management program. Responsibilities include identifying and implementing strategic NPS invasive plant management efforts in addressing land management and restoration goals and integrating an existing $5M exotic plant management team program into broader NPS strategies.

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

For additional information on this announcement, contact Amanda Burnham or email her at Amanda_Burnham@nps.gov.

It closes on February 19th.

[Submitted by Peter Budde, peter_budde@nps.gov, 970-225-3559]

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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (GA)
WG-5003-6 Gardener

Jimmy Carter NHS is seeking candidates from Southeast Region for a detail of 60 to 90 days as a park gardener.

The person selected for the detail will be responsible for planning and executing landscape operations, including planting crops in the demonstration gardens, planting, pruning, and maintaining the ornamental gardens throughout the park, and providing guidance for turf management in cultural landscapes, including IPM. Other duties may include building and equipment repairs.

Please submit:

  • A resume or equivalent. Please include all experience, training and/or education related to the position.
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Interested candidates should send cover letters along with their resumes to Karen_Barry@nps.gov. They must be received by February 17th.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Amy Hite at 229-824-4104, extension 29.