A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program (external link) is a flagship leadership development program at the entry-level for advanced degree candidates. Created more than three decades ago, the Program attracts and selects from among the best candidates and is designed to develop a cadre of potential Federal Government leaders. Here are some key provisions of thePMF Program.
Individuals who have completed within the past two years, a qualifying advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree).
An individual may apply for the PMF Program more than once as long as he or she meets the eligibility criteria. However, if an individual becomes a Finalist and subsequently applies for the PMF Program during the next open announcement, the individual will forfeit his or her status as a Finalist.
The PMF Program is centrally administered by the PMF Program Office within OPM.
OPM announces the opportunity to apply for the PMF Program (usually in the late summer or early fall).
Applicants go through a rigorous assessment process to determine Finalists.
OPM selects Finalists based on an evaluation of each candidate's experience and accomplishments according to his or her application and results of the assessments.
OPM publishes and provides agencies with the list of Finalists.
Agencies provide OPM with information about their PMF opportunities and can post PMF appointment opportunities for those who are Finalists on the PMF website year-round. In addition, a job fair is typically held for Finalists each year.
Finalists who obtain an appointment as a PMF serve in a two-year excepted service position.
Training and Development
The PMF Program Office provides newly hired PMFs an opportunity to participate in its Orientation and Training Program.
Senior-level mentorship throughout the program.
Individual Development Plan to create and track a PMF's career planning, professional development, and training activities.
Developmental opportunities in the occupation or functional discipline the PMF would most likely be placed.
At least 80 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the program, for a total of 160 hours.
PMFs are placed on a performance plan and must obtain a successful rating each year.
After Program Completion
After successful Program completion and job performance, the PMF may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 yearsin the competitive service.