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Friday, November 28, 2014

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Padre Island National Seashore (TX)
Park's Turtle Conservation Effort Featured At Symposium

Padre Island National Seashore’s long-term sea turtle conservation and research efforts were featured and honored at the Second International Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium, held in Brownsville, Texas, in mid-November.  

The symposium, hosted by the Texas Sea Grant and the Gladys Porter Zoo, was cosponsored by the National Park Service and was attended by nearly 200 researchers, biologists, managers, volunteers, and interested citizens.  The NPS helped organize the program for the symposium and facilitate the presentations there.

The first day of the meeting began with recorded opening remarks from U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34), who thanked Padre Island National Seashore for the invitation to welcome everyone to the meeting.

“Know that I am here to support you and your efforts to preserve this iconic species,” he said.

The symposium provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of many recent advances in the science, conservation, and management of the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.  Presentations highlighted the history of conservation efforts, status of this species, and immediate needs to return it to a recovery trajectory.  NPS staff members served on an expert panel, delivered two presentations, and participated as co-authors of four other presentations.

The long-term sea turtle work conducted by Dr. Donna Shaver and Padre Island National Seashore  was also recognized and honored at the symposium.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region Deputy Regional Director Joy Nicholopoulos presented Dr. Shaver with the 2013 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award. 

Dr. Pamela Plotkin, director of Texas Sea Grant, announced that Dr. Shaver was named as the Texas coastal icon featured in the latest issue of their Texas Shores Magazine, and released the first copies of this issue there.  Several other presenters also mentioned the importance of their Kemp’s ridley research and conservation collaborations with Padre Island National Seashore staff.

[Submitted by Mark Spier, Superintendent]

Learning and Development Division
New Facilitators Selected For New Supervisor Development Program

The Learning and Development Division’s Leadership Development Group has announced the selection of 11 new facilitators for the New Supervisor Development Program, a blended learning program designed to give supervisors the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their jobs during the 12-month probationary period of their initial appointment. 

The facilitators will be trained at an upcoming supervisory skills workshop, a three-day instructor-led residential program designed to help participants apply the knowledge gained from distance learning courses.  The workshop will be held from April 14th to April 16th in Fort Worth, Texas. 

  • Colleen Bathe, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Christine Beekman, Pecos National Historical Park
  • Martin Christiansen, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Carol McBryant, Tribal Interpretation, Education, and Tourism Programs
  • Dan Morford, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Lindsey Phillips, Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Alicia Ritner, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • William Shaddox, WASO Land Resources Division
  • Gary Stansberry, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • BethAnne Wilson, Independence National Historical Park
  • Mary Wilson, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks 

[Submitted by Katherine Callaway]

Northeast Region
Gettysburg Address Anniversary Event Held

A crowd of 1500 people braved the 25 degree chill and enjoyed a keynote address by author Kent Masterson Brown about the compelling story of Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing, a battery commander for the Union army killed at Gettysburg and recently awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama.

The ceremony marked the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at Gettysburg National Military Park on November 19th and was held in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  Sponsors were Gettysburg National Military Park, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College and the Gettysburg Foundation.

“Our nation must never forget what they did here,” said keynote speaker Kent Masterson Brown, recalling Lincoln’s words.  Brown, a Cushing biographer, told the audience that “the glory of Cushing being awarded the Medal of Honor 151 years after he died here is that our nation has paused to remember.”

“Historians agree that President Lincoln’s remarks at the dedication of this cemetery 151 years ago have served to highlight the story of this battle and elevate the meaning of the losses and the sacrifices on these fields,” said Superintendent Ed W. Clark. “Anniversaries and commemorations help us connect with the stories of the past, and the people and places that created our shared history.  The national parks offer these special connections across the country.”   

The ceremony included 50 crewmembers of the USS Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln portrayer James Getty reciting the Gettysburg Address, and a special naturalization ceremony for 15 new citizens.    The new citizens were from numerous Pennsylvania communities and originated from Afghanistan, Australia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Philippines and South Korea.

For more information and photos, visit the park's facebook page at: 

Also on facebook, "Taps" played at the conclusion of the ceremony:

[Submitted by Katie Lawhon,, 717-338-4402]

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Crater Lake National Park (OR)
GS-0025-11 Protection Rangers

Crater Lake National Park’s Resource and Visitor Protection Division is seeking candidates for two GS-0025-11 protection ranger positions.

The first is a supervisory park ranger position. The person selected will works as the division’s ranger operations supervisor and will provide program management and implementation of all protection ranger field operations within the park. She/he will be responsible for supervising permanent and seasonal protection rangers and coordinating all day to day Crater Lake National Park law enforcement and emergency operations.  

Click on this link for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying:

The second is a divisional staff park ranger position. The person selected will provide program management, planning, special project management and technical support within the division and for several park-wide programs.  He/she will perform law enforcement program oversight, including maintenance of training and law enforcement personnel records, coordinating an evidence management system, preparing, coordinating or presenting training courses pertinent to ranger activities, interpretation and application of law enforcement procedures and policies, assisting with formulating, developing, and executing law enforcement plans, guidelines and policies.  Incumbent directs and manages the park’s fee program and also the park communication center.  The person in this position also serves as the park’s collateral duty safety offier. 

Click on this link for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying:

Both positions close on December 9th.

Specific questions regarding either of these positions may be directed to Chief Ranger Curt Dimmick at (541) 594-3051 or

Cumberland Island National Seashore (GA)
GS-0025-9 Interpretive Ranger (Lateral)

Dates: 02/23/2014

Cumberland Island National Seashore is seeking candidates for a lateral to an interpretive ranger position.

Applications will be accepted from persons with career or career conditional status in the competitive service and are due by December 4th.  The position is full-time, year-round.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Staffing of year-round operations including: island and mainland visitor and ranger stations, conducting in-park and community-based interpretive programs
  • Assistance to the chief of interpretation for scheduling, coaching, training, and daily operations of year-round interpretive operation
  • Development of social media and coordination of websites
  • Assistance to education partners providing curriculum-based education programs and outreach
  • Assistance to the chief of interpretation for special projects and programing including special emphasis areas such as wilderness programs, Leave no Trace education and PMIS project development
  • Design and layout of basic publications, including brochures and signs

Areas of desired knowledge include any or all of the following:

  • American History with an emphasis on African American, Colonial British, and early Colonial Spanish time periods
  • Maritime forest ecology
  • Wilderness purpose and character
  • Natural History with an emphasis on barrier island geology
  • Sea turtles or other marine mammal biology

Requireents include:

  • Must possess valid State driver's license
  • Background investigation required
  • Wearing a National Park Service uniform is required
  • Must be able to handle, collect, and account for money
  • Weekend, holidays, overtime work may be required

Government housing is not available. Cumberland Island National Seashore is located on the southeast Georgia coast near the Georgia/Florida state line, approximately 45 minutes north of Jacksonville, Florida.  The park is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, feral horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures.

The area of St. Marys and Kingsland, Georgia have all essential amenities including post offices, grocery  stores, banks, physicians, churches, a hospital, hotels and shopping plazas.  Access to the park is by boat only and travel to the work site may include rough water crossings and exposure to inclement weather conditions. Relative humidity is high.  Summer temperatures range between 80's and 100's. 

For more information: ; ; .

Permanent change of station (PCS) moving expenses will be authorized.

If interested, please submit the following by close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) December 4th: 

  • A detailed resume or OF-612 detailing work history, educational background and any special qualifications/certifications, professional and personal references
  • A copy of your current or latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status and grade
  • A copy of your last performance appraisal
  • Letter of Interest

Send your completed package of resume, SF-50, etc.  to Lisa Nielsen, Administrative Officer, Cumberland Island National Seashore, 01 Wheeler Street, Saint Marys, GA 31558, or email to . No faxes please.

Questions about this position should be directed to Maggie Tyler ( or 912-882-4336 x 257).

[Submitted by Maggie Tyler,, 912-409-1060]