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.
There are other opportunities beside employment for both Veterans and injured Service Members. These programs are designed to aid in transition from the military into the civilian workforce. These opportunities can be in the form of internships, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. The non-paid opportunities allow Veterans and injured Service Members to gain valuable work experience and build skills for the civilian workforce.
At the forefront of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs is the "Coming Home to Work" initiative: The VR&E primary early intervention and outreach program. As part of the "Coming Home to Work" initiative, the VR&E is a program that assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. A part of this program the Veteran-participants will received individualized rehabilitation programs based on the evaluation of interests, abilities and skills. They also provide employment services that include, resume writing, job-seeking, and work readiness training. Beside employment services, the Vocational rehabilitation and Employment Program by the Department of Veterans Affairs also aids in accommodation, education and independent living services for Veterans who are severely injured and unable to work. The website for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program provides additional information about eligibility and process of this program.
Operation Warfighter is a program sponsored by the Department of Defense that offers temporary military detail assignments for recuperating Service Members to engage in meaningful vocational opportunities. These opportunities are in the form of internships that last a few months with working about 15-20 hours each week. The Operation Warfighter program positively affects the recuperation process and aids in gaining valuable work experience.