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Call for Nominations for Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee

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Date: September 9, 2019
Contact: Daphne Yun, 7188153651

Highlands, N.J. --The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a Call for Nominations for individuals who wish to serve at three-year term as a member of the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee. The 30-day period for applications will end on Friday, October 4, 2019.

The purpose of the committee is to advise the park on the development of its historic leasing program in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. “Committee members, with their passion and experience, have been essential to the progress we’ve made at Fort Hancock,” said Gateway Superintendent Jen Nersesian. “They have consistently helped push the process forward, and bring essential expertise to the table.”

Those who wish to be selected as members of this Committee must submit (mail) applications to the office of Gateway’s Superintendent with a postmark no later than October 4, 2019. Applications can only be accepted from the applicants themselves. Applicants should document their qualifications for membership and include a resume listing their name, title, address, telephone, e-mail, date of birth, and previous names including maiden names.

After the park nominates individuals for membership, nominations are vetted through the Department of Interior and the White House. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Interior for a term not to exceed three years or the life of the Committee, whichever is shorter.

In this Call for Nomination, applications are sought specifically from the hospitality and recreation communities. Nominations are not limited, however, to representatives of these groups.

Committee members will be selected based on the following criteria: (1) ability to collaborate, (2) the ability to understand NPS management and policy, and (3) connection with local communities. No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is eligible to serve on the Committee. Members serve without compensation.

Applications should be mailed to: Gateway National Recreation Area, Office of the Superintendent, ATTN: Daphne Yun, 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305.

The Call for Nominations has been published in the Federal Register. For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist Daphne Yun at 718-815-3651 or e-mail us.
About Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark
The Fort Hancock National Historic Landmark comprises the whole of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. The peninsula has played a major role in the defense of New York Harbor from colonial days to the present. Fort Hancock, a U.S. Army fort, was established in 1895 and operated until it was deactivated in 1974.  

About Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway is a large diverse urban park with 27,000 acres spanning Sandy Hook in N.J. and Jamaica Bay and Staten Island in N.Y. It offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife and outdoor recreation, all alongside historic structures and cultural landscapes. It is the 4th most visited National Park Service unit with more than 9.2 million annual visitors. For more information about Gateway, visit


Last updated: September 9, 2019

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