Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
In addition to ICS qualifications, many DOI incidents also require personnel with highly specialized skills gained through educational degree programs such as Biologists or Architectural Conservators, or who meet industry training standards such as Arborists or Boat Operators. In many cases, these personnel may perform the same duties during an incident that they perform in their regular job. The IPQG contains the incident qualification requirements for many of these "technical specialists."
If you are interested in becoming an emergency responder for the Department, you are encouraged to start by taking basic Incident Command System (ICS) courses and checking with your Bureau or Office Emergency Coordinator.
DOI All Hazard Incident Qualification Position Taskbooks
The DOI Incident Positions Qualification Guide (IPQG) presents the requirements for occupying and performing specific positions within an all-hazard incident response. Many of these positions require the successful completion of a positon taskbook which will be used to demonstrate competency in the necessary tasks and training needed to serve in full capacity in a specific position on an incident. Taskbooks that have been approved for use by trainees are located here.
DOI Sponsored Advanced ICS Training
Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) courses are offered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) throughout the year. This includes the course entitled: "H-337: Command and General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Teams" which covers ICS-300 and ICS-400 training requirements. The course provides training for DOI employees who may serve on local incident management teams in command and general staff positions, which may involve a large number of local and/ormutual aid resources. This course continues to ensure that DOI meets the requirement to respond to emergenciesusing NIMS standards as determined by
Emergency Management Policy Guidance Bulletin 2007-1: NIMS Training Requirements. Updated links to those training requirements sites are here.
Available training opportunities for H337 include the following:
Additional training courses will be added as they become available. If you would like to sponsor an offering of H337 at your location, please contact the Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-513-0894 for details.
For additional information about training opportunities and getting involved with DOI emergency response efforts, please contact your bureau/office'sEmergency Management Coordinatoror the Office of Emergency Management's Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-208-5673.