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.
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.