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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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National Mall (DC)
Students Learn About Marian Anderson In Mall Visit

As part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial, fourth and fifth grade students from the school she attended in Philadelphia traveled to Washington on Friday, November 14th to participate in an education program about the landmark 1939 performance.

The 30 students attend Edwin M. Stanton Elementary and were joined by more than 80 students from Stanton Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

In April, 1939, African American classical vocalist Marian Anderson was denied permission to perform before an integrated audience at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. With the encouragement of President Franklin Roosevelt, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes arranged for Anderson to give a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. On April 9, Easter Sunday, Anderson performed to an estimated audience of 75,000. The event became a watershed moment in civil rights history.

Prior to the on-site program at the Lincoln Memorial, students from both schools had a classroom visit from park education specialist Jennifer Epstein and ranger Bethany Bagent to prepare them for the program and build excitement for the visit.  Students from the two schools also wrote to each other in preparation for the visit.

On the day of the program, Epstein welcomed the students to the Lincoln Memorial.  The students then shared information from Marian Anderson’s autobiography, with Philadelphia students reading accounts of her early experiences with racism and the D.C. students reading about the Lincoln Memorial concert.  

A recording of a portion of the concert was played, including Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes’ introduction of Anderson and a portion of her first song, “America.” President’s Park youth programs coordinator Monamma AL-Ghuiyy spoke to the students about her experience meeting Marian Anderson while a park ranger in Boston. 

To close the program, both schools joined together on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to sing “America,” just as Marian Anderson had done 75 years before.

After the formal program, the students visited related sites on the National Mall, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to discuss King’s “I Have Dream Speech,” another landmark Civil Rights event which also took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument.

Transportation for both groups was made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation’s  Ticket to Ride, a program, that provides efficient transportation to national parks for over 100,000 students annually. Katherine Chesson, manager of grants and programs with NPF, attended the program and welcomed the students to Washington.

Washington, D.C. Fox affiliate WTTG covered the event; watch the story here.

[Submitted by Mike Litterst, mike_litterst@nps.gov, 202-245-4676]


Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (TN)
Presidential Election Of 1864 Commemorated

Approximately 125 people attended a lively program on November 18th commemorating the sesquicentennial of the 1864 “National Union” party election of Andrew Johnson and Abraham Lincoln. 

Portrayed by award-winning presenters Chris Small and Daniel Luther, President Lincoln and Vice President-elect Andrew Johnson were interviewed by Tennessee Tech Professor William Hardy as the public watched and listened.

The engaging first-person style interview unveiled the two politicians’ impressions regarding the recent election, along with their opinions and visions to reunite the nation after the Civil War.

After the program, Tusculum College museum studies students dressed in period costumes asked the Presidential duo compelling questions ranging from emancipation, political agenda and platforms, and the dynamics of the presidential cabinet.

The program was a collaborative effort between Andrew Johnson NHS, the Lincoln Project, the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, and Tusculum College.

For more information, please contact Kendra_Hinkle@nps.gov.

[Submitted by Kendra Hinkle]


National Mall (DC)
Paul Ollig Named Chief of Interpretation For National Mall

Paul Ollig has been selected as the new chief of interpretation and education for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. He willl begin his new assignment in mid-February.

“The National Mall tells the story of who we are as a nation, the challenges we've faced, the triumphs we've shared, and the hopes we have for the future,” Ollig said. “It is a gathering place for profound ideas and movements, and has helped shape the course of history. I am incredibly excited to join the team that helps to tell those important stories.”

Ollig is currently the deputy chief of interpretation and education at Yosemite National Park, where he develops and supervises online training workshops as well as manages Yosemite’s social media presence.

Prior to working at Yosemite, Ollig was the chief of interpretation at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Previous assignments include tours as  the lead interpretive ranger at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments and at Kenai Fjords National Park.  He is also a 2006 regional Freeman Tilden Award recipient.

Ollig also served as the science liaison and communication cooridnator at the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center in Glacier National Park, where he developed training materials for interpretive staff and interactive web-based media content. 

“Through emerging technology and innovative engagement strategies, we have an opportunity to connect meaningfully with new audiences around the world and help carry the National Mall's inspiring messages into the National Park Service's next century,” Ollig stated. “This is a mission I embrace enthusiastically.” 

Ollig has a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master of science degree in conservation social studies from the University of Idaho.  He is an “unapologetic sci-fi geek” and an avid birder and hiker.

[Submitted by Nancy Murray, nancy_murray@nps.gov, 202-245-4675]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Pacific West Region
GS-0025-14/15 Superintendent (Detail)

Dates: 11/24/2014 - 12/05/2014

Pacific West Region Developmental Opportunity:  Acting Park Superintendent, GS-025-14/15, Death Valley National Park

Target Audience: This opportunity is available to eligible individuals at the GS-13 level and above who wish to be considered for a temporary detail at the GS-15 level, or a temporary promotion to the GS-14 or GS-15 level. If you have been noncompetitively promoted in the past year for 120 days, you are not eligible for this opportunity. This is a temporary developmental assignment up to 120 days, and you will return to your regular duties at the end of the assignment.

Opening Date:  Nov 24, 2014

Closing Date:  Dec 5, 2014

Entrance on Duty:  Negotiable, although a target date of January 11, 2015 is preferred

Location:  Death Valley, California

Brief Description of Development Opportunity:  You will serve as the Acting Superintendent for Death Valley National Park, and provide overall direction and executive leadership for the management of the Park, including Park Management and Planning, Administration, Interpretation and Education, Natural and Cultural Resources Management, Facility Management, Visitor and Resource Protection, External Affairs, Wilderness Management, Concessions and Partnerships, Public Relations, Regional and National Programs, Special Park Uses, Labor Management, and the Safety Program.

Key ongoing projects:

  • Saline Valley Management Plan Draft EIS
  • Restoration of park springs and water rights
  • T&E species management
  • Special Park Uses and Right of Ways
  • Ongoing and planned construction projects
  • External BLM project reviews
  • Safety Action plan
  • Wilderness Stewardship Plan implementation
  • Operational management of a 3.4 million acre park

Funding: During this assignment, for those on detail (already at the GS-15 level or above), salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park or office at the same rate, unless otherwise negotiated.  For those on temporary promotion (currently at the GS-13 or GS-14 level), salary will continue to be paid at the same rate by the selectee’s home park/office, with the promotional difference paid by Death Valley National Park, unless otherwise negotiated.  Travel and per diem will be paid by Death Valley National Park.

To Apply:  If you are interested in this developmental assignment, you must discuss this opportunity with your first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from your Manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, you should submit:

  1. A resume, no more than two pages, detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.
  2. An SF-50 reflecting your tenure and current grade level

Submit your application materials electronically to Sandra_Kier@nps.gov no later than Dec 5, 2014. Please include “Acting DEVA Superintendent Opportunity” in the subject line of the message.

Please contact Martha_Lee@nps.gov (415-623-2106) with any additional questions about this developmental opportunity.

[Submitted by Martha Lee, martha_lee@nps.gov, 415-623-2106]


Pacific West Region
GS-0025-15 Superintendent (Detail)

Dates: 11/24/2014 - 12/05/2014

Pacific West Region Developmental Opportunity:  Acting Park Superintendent, GS-025-15, Mojave National Preserve

Target Audience: This opportunity is available to individuals at the GS-14 level and above who wish to be considered for a temporary detail at the GS-15 level, or a temporary promotion to the GS-15 level. If you have been noncompetitively promoted in the past year for 120 days, you are not eligible for this opportunity. This is a temporary developmental assignment up to 120 days, and you will return to your regular duties at the end of the assignment.

Opening Date:  Nov 24, 2014

Closing Date:  Dec 5, 2014

Entrance on Duty:  Negotiable, although a target date of January 11, 2015 is preferred

Location:  Barstow, California

Brief Description of Development Opportunity:  You will serve as the Acting Superintendent for Mojave National Preserve, and provide overall direction and executive leadership for the management of the Preserve, including Park Management and Planning, Administration, Resource Interpretation and Education, Resource Management, Facility Management, Visitor and Resource Protection, External Affairs, Wilderness Management, Land Acquisition, Concessions and Partnerships, Public Relations, Regional and National Programs, Special Park Uses, Labor Management, and the Safety Program.

Key ongoing projects:

  • External industrial scale renewable energy projects—advocate for protection of park resources and values on Soda Mountain Solar Project, California Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, Las Vegas-Pahrump Resource Management Plan, with emphasis on landscape scale habitat connectivity and protection of Greater Mojave Desert. Continued work with USFWS and BLM on decisions relating to renewable energy compensation projects on the preserve.
  • Draft EA underway to protect preserve wilderness and provide cathodic protection for petroleum pipelines on Kinder-Morgan’s CalNev ROW.
  • Draft EA underway to establish preserve’s first draft Grazing Management Plan that will be controversial and politically sensitive.
  • Senator Feinstein’s California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2014—Bill would add the Castle Mountain cut-out (and potentially the Castle Mountain Mine) to the preserve. Introduction of Bill expected soon.
  • Roads Program—creative problem-solving and support for fledgling road program; several Federal Highways projects to resurface 100 miles of preserve roads and realign dangerous curves and intersections are in final planning phase.

Funding: During this assignment, for those on detail (already at the GS-15 level or above), salary will continue to be paid by the selectee’s home park or office at the same rate, unless otherwise negotiated.  For those on temporary promotion (currently at the GS-14 level), salary will continue to be paid at the same rate by the selectee’s home park/office, with the promotional difference paid by Mojave National Preserve, unless otherwise negotiated.  Travel and per diem will be paid by Mojave National Preserve.

To Apply:  If you are interested in this developmental assignment, you must discuss this opportunity with your first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from your Manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, you should submit:

  1. A resume, no more than two pages, detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.
  2. An SF-50 reflecting your tenure and current grade level

Submit your application materials electronically to Sandra_Kier@nps.gov no later than Dec 5, 2014. Please include “Acting MOJA Superintendent Opportunity” in the subject line of the message.

Please contact Martha_Lee@nps.gov (415-623-2106) with any additional questions about this developmental opportunity.

[Submitted by Martha Lee, martha_lee@nps.gov, 415-623-2106]


Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO)
GS-0025-11 Supervisory Protection Rangers

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is seeking candidates for two district ranger positions. For full details on duties, see the announcement below. It closes on December 4th.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is located in the heart of the Ozark Highlands of Missouri, in the southeastern portion of the state on the Current and Jack's Fork Rivers.  The park features 134 miles of crystal clear, spring-fed rivers that are flanked by scenic bluffs and numerous springs and caves.  Outdoor recreational opportunities abound and include canoeing, "tubing," fishing, swimming, and hiking.

For more information about the park, visit  www.nps.gov/ozark. For area information, please visit www.visitmo.com , www.eminencemo.com , and/or www.seevanburen.com.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Chief Ranger Dennis Weiland at 573-323-4923.
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Northeast Region
WG-4749-9 Maintenance Mechannic

Dates: 10/28/2014 - 11/26/2014

Job Title: Maintenance Mechanic

Department: Department Of The Interior

Agency: National Park Service

Job Announcement Number: NESHRO-MP-TJG-1237315-15-04

                                         NE SHRO-TJG-1240192-15-06

SALARY RANGE: $22.30 to $25.99 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE: WG-4749-09P

OSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Minute Man NHP

WHO MAY APPLY: Status Candidates - Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Qualified Government-wide career or career-conditional employees; Transfer and Reinstatement eligible candidates, 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans, Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) eligible candidates, qualified Handicapped individuals, qualified returning volunteer from the Peace Corps or Vista, qualified former Public Land Corps employee, or a VEOA eligible candidate, who is either a Preference Eligible candidate or a Veteran whom has been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service. If you are applying using status or a special appointment authority, you must submit your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50's), DD-214 and/or supporting documentation to demonstrate your eligibility. 

The vacancy is concurrently advertised under delegated examining unit procedures under announcement number NE SHRO-TJG-1240192-15-06.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies. Position is permanent with a full-time, year-round schedule.

See USAJOBS for complete details and how to apply.

[Submitted by John Finnegan, john_finnegan@nps.gov]