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.
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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.
Interior Secretary and U.S. Army Reserve Chief Sign Agreement to Bolster Reservist and Veteran Employment Opportunities in America's Great Outdoors
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Agreement provides military/civilian employment opportunities and facilitates re-integration of returning warriors and their families into our communities
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Army Reserve Chief Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley sign a memorandum of agreement to Increase Veteran and Reservist Job and Recreation Opportunities.Photo by Tami Heilemann.
WASHINGTON—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Army Reserve Chief Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley today signed an agreement to increase employment opportunities for reserve members and to facilitate connecting military families with America's great outdoors, history and culture.
“America's veterans and reservists have the skills and the know-how that not only build the strength of the United States Army, but can also build the capabilities of the Department of the Interior to manage the natural and cultural resources of America,” said Salazar. “This agreement answers President Obama's call to increase employment opportunities for veterans, while helping Interior build a 21st century, highly skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the United States, engages youth, and provides sustainable ways to conserve America's Great Outdoors.”
“The Army Reserve Employer Partnership Office will collaborate with the Department of the Interior to provide targeted recruitment opportunities in the communities in which reserve Soldiers live, and assist reserve Soldiers to understand and compete in the federal hiring process,” said Talley. He added, “Our goal is to assist civilian employers to recognize and maximize the highly skilled and capable members of their community who also serve in the Army Reserve.”
Under the Memorandum of Agreement, the U.S. Army Reserve and the Department of the Interior will seek joint programming opportunities to include U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, especially employment opportunities, collaborate to provide developmental opportunities to both workforces, engage military families in local conservation projects, and expand recreational opportunities for community-based wounded warriors.
Both parties to the memorandum recognize that merit system principles are the underpinning to the entire Federal Human Resources Management system, including hiring. “This MOA encourages the use of available options, such as non-competitive hiring authorities, to fairly recruit, select and hire eligible USAR Soldiers, as appropriate, mindful of these merit system principles, prohibited personnel practices and any applicable labor relations obligations,” the agreement states.
President Obama's Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, directed all federal agencies and departments to establish plans/goals to enhance recruitment of and promote employment opportunities for veterans.
Interior's Strategy for Recruitment, Hiring and Employment of Veterans identifies a goal to establish programs and partnerships that foster an increased veteran understanding of the Federal hiring process and as well as opportunities at Interior. The strategy also calls upon Interior human resource professionals and hiring managers to leverage local resources in developing an understanding of the capabilities that veterans bring to the workforce and finding qualified veteran candidates.
Some of the ways in which Interior will implement the agreement include:
Exploring ways to improve recruitment into mission-critical occupations by leveraging military experience and training in occupations such as those for engineers, technicians, law enforcement officers and administrators, and others;
Reaching Native American Army Reserve Soldiers with opportunities that exist in their communities;
Engaging local land managers, such as those from the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, with local reserve unit commanders to share information about Interior and to learn more about military leadership and technical training – heightening the awareness of both organizations; and
Providing volunteer opportunities to families of deployed military reservists and participating in Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Events in nearby communities.
To view the Interior-Army Reserve Memorandum of Agreement click HERE.