Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
Veterans' Preference in hiring applies to permanent and temporary positions in the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' Preference does not guarantee employment, however it provides employment preference for eligible veterans and disabled veterans. To learn more about Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets for more information.
Special hiring authorities enable managers to bring qualified Veterans to the workforce and speed the selection process. Like Veterans Preference, these authorities do not guarantee employment, but offer a resource to quickly hire eligible and qualified Veterans. Feds Hire Vets has a detailed explanation of all the available hiring authorities available to veterans.
Operation Warfighter Program, managed by the Department of Defense, offers temporary military detail assignments for recuperating Service Members.
The Operation Warfighter Brochure provides an short overview of the program and what type of services are offered to wounded Service Members Download PDF (921k)
Wounded Warrior Programs are designed to assist severely wounded soldiers, Veterans, and their families. Resources are available to help prepare candidates reintegrate into the civilian workforce. The following list is a directory to the programs specific for branches of the military:
Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces (EPO) is a program sponsored by the Office of the Chief Army Reserve and a partner of the Department of the Interior. The Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces's mission is to match America's employers to the best employees available. There is also individualized assistance from the Program Support Managers who do not only assist in finding employment, but work with the Service Members to refine their application for employment, resume writing, and interviewing skills.
VAforVets.va.gov has designed a comprehensive toolkit available for veterans with tips on job applications, resumes, and conducting the ideal interview. Other resources on VAforVests.va.gov include, job listings and information about upcoming job fairs.
How federal Jobs are Filled is a short tutorial from Feds Hire Vets explaining how federal jobs are filled and the candidates applicable for each job type.
Mil2FedJobs is a tool that translates military occupations to federal jobs through a database search. It is also connected to USAJobs.gov, allowing the potential applicant to see if the job is vacant.
Turbotap.org is Department of Defense's all-encompassing tool for veterans who are returning to civilian life. It includes a career decision toolkit, transition guides and other information about benefits and employment.