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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Petersburg National Battlefield (VA)
Canoemobile Visits Petersburg National Battlefield

Petersburg National Battlefield, in conjunction with the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, the National Parks and  Conservation Association and Wilderness Inquiry, hosted the Canoemobile at City Park in Hopewell, Virginia, in early November.

The Canoemobile, a roving fleet of six hand-made, 24-foot Voyageur canoes, travels across America to bring environmental literacy and dynamic outdoor learning experiences to urban youth. The two-day outreach event in Hopewell was provided by Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit adventure travel organization from Minneapolis.

Since its inception, the Canoemobile has served over 10,000 students in 17 cities across the nation. In 2014 alone, Canoemobile is visiting 24 communities and serving 7,500 students.

Using the well-known Bookmobile as a model, the Canoemobile travels across America to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues by providing water-based experiential opportunities to underserved urban youth.  

The Canoemobile Team also introduces the youth and other participants to local and national agencies and organization who work in their communities acknowledging Canoemobile participants as the next generation of advocates for public lands and environmental and community stewards.

The two day experience was oriented towards local community school age children and adults. Most of those attending were home-schooled and very excited about getting outside and enjoying the local river - some for the first time ever.  

In addition to safety, canoeing skills and team-building training, the participants were educated on point source pollution control by Virginia-American Water employees. The employees used a watershed model to demonstrate the dynamic aspects of point source pollution and its effect on water quality.

To complement the watershed demonstration, the Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering was on hand to provide actual hands-on water quality testing. After a brief presentation on several water quality measures, like pH, oxygen level and turbidity, the participants actually performed testing of the water at the park’s City Point Unit and were excited to see the positive results.

All participants over the two day event were astonished by the beauty of the local river and park resources. They were able to observe local wildlife, including fish, geese and other birds, and local plant life all necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

[Submitted by Leslie M McClammy, Education Specialist]

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Northeast Region
Erik Kreusch Selected As Regional Cultural Anthropologist

Erik Kreusch has been selected as Northeast Region cultural anthropologist, joining the region’s archeology and ethnography programs.

Kreusch will coordinate the ethnography program as well as provide archeological assistance to parks throughout the region.  Prior to this appointment, he served as the coordinator for the Archeological Sites Management Information System.  

“We are pleased to have Erik joining the regional Archeology and Ethnography Programs in this new role,” said Regional Archaeologist Jim Kendrick.  “He brings proven experience combining ethnography and archeology in innovative ways on public lands across the country.”

A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a native of Texas, Kreusch earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and completed his graduate work in archaeology at the University of Utah.  

In nearly twenty years of service with the Department of Interior, Kreusch has worked as an archeologist, tribal liaison, and ethnographer for both the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.  In 1996, and while still an undergraduate, Kreusch began his federal career in a SCEP appointment with the Bureau of Land Management in the Four Corners area of Southeastern Utah.  While attending graduate school, he became the lead staff archeologist in west central Utah and was responsible for coordinating a cultural resources program across five million acres of public lands.

Prior to 2013, he spent 12 years at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, serving as the cultural resource program manager.  Along with his archeological duties, Erik assisted in the digitization of the park’s oral history collections, initiated and conducted oral history interviews, and worked in collaboration with Cherokee high school students, tribal elders, and the University of Tennessee in providing students archeological instruction through an archeological field school program.  He also assisted in the planning and development of a new multi-park curatorial facility.

While at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kreusch also worked with local communities, park staff, and ethnographers in the development of a study recognizing the park’s first traditional cultural property nomination. The Cemetery Decoration Day Study focused on the beliefs and practices of a community of largely Euro-American descendants who annually visit 22 cemeteries now only accessible by boat as a result of past large-scale Tennessee Valley Authority inundation project.  

“I look forward to my continued work in developing and fostering relationships between local communities and parks,” Kreusch said.  “I strongly believe in understanding the importance our communities have in shaping and molding the world we live in. Our shared and differing cultural values, beliefs, and communities shape the world and the parks we enjoy.   I look forward to listening, learning, and understanding the diversity upon which our great country is built.”

[Submitted by Jim Kendrick,]


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
GS-0025-12/13 Chief Of Interpretation

Dates: 11/25/2014 - 12/17/2014

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has posted an internal announcement for a chief of interpretation. It's open to all current NPS permanent career and career conditional employees and closes on December 17th. For more details, click on the link below.

[Submitted by Todd Brindle/Marilyn Kozak,, 928-608-6210/602-794-3806]

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Midwest Region
GS-1102-7/9/11 Contract Specialist

Dates: 11/24/2014 - 12/01/2014

Midwest Region has issued an announcement for a contract specialist for the Major Acquisition Buying Office (MABO) in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

This announcement closes on Monday, December 1st. 

[Submitted by Barbara Golden,, 402-661-1642]

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Glacier National Park
GS-2210-12 Information Technology Specialist

Glacier National Park has issued an announcement for an information technology specialist. It closes on December 5th.

Contact Lisa Brewster with questions at (406) 888-7880.
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