Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
In order to determine whether relocation expenses will be paid for an employee or outside candidate selected to fill the above-referenced position would be in the government's interests, I considered the factors checked below:
_____ (1) the quality and quantity of available candidates in the local commuting area;
_____ (2) the diversity of the local candidate pool;
_____ (3) time constraints for filling the position;
_____ (4) alternative considerations for meeting the human resource needs, such as details,
training, automation, etc.;
_____ (5) the availability of funds for payment of relocation expenses;
_____ (6) the existence of direct hire authority for the position;
_____ (7) the need to provide incentives to prospective candidates due to labor shortages,
working conditions, or other factors;
_____ (8) the possibility of offering other financial incentives such as a relocation bonus,
recruitment bonus, advance pay, etc.
Based on my consideration of the above factors, I have concluded that it
_____ is _____ is not
in the government's interest to pay relocation expenses. Any vacancy announcement or other solicitation for this position will be consistent with this determination.