Park History Program
Park History Program
The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) would like to extend its gratitude to all Park Rangers and their valiant efforts throughout the shutdown while facing personal financial uncertainty. Apart from the highly publicized resource and infrastructure damage, it’s regrettable that many important trainings were forced to be canceled over the last 35 days as well. Some of these will be impossible to reschedule and will have a direct impact on Rangers’ ability to respond to emergency situations in the coming summer season. With the shutdown occurring during the time that many parks hire their summer seasonal positions, we recognize the burden now placed on hiring managers service-wide to fill the National Park Service’s front line Rangers who most directly engage with the public. Finally as Rangers return to their parks, we thank our timekeepers who are now charged with the unenviable task of quickly and accurately entering the information to allow for the rapid processing of backpayments.
ANPR expresses its strong desire that Congress and the President work diligently to ensure future shutdowns do not occur. This is for the benefit of the public, National Park Service, and most importantly its Rangers.
ANPR is concerned with the ongoing government shutdown as it is harmful for visitors and for America's national parks. Visitors who planned holiday vacations aren't able to use NPS campgrounds or restrooms and aren't able to see the national treasures in park museums or visitor centers. In parks where some areas are still open, law enforcement rangers (on duty without pay) are stretched thin protecting animals, scenic landscapes, and historical landmarks. Besides the possibly permanent damage caused to parks, the shutdown also leaves hardworking rangers who would usually be maintaining park facilities, welcoming people in visitor centers, and researching park ecosystems, laid off for the holidays.
So that national park rangers can provide visitors access and protect parks' natural and cultural resources, the Association of National Park Rangers encourages Congress and the president to fully fund government operations and send Park Rangers back to work as soon as possible.
Your ANPR Board of Directors thanks you for participating in a survey last winter to determine future RR locations. Based on the survey results, the top two locations for RR42 (Fall 2019) are the Pacific Northwest near Seattle and Central California near Fresno. The Board is now seeking applicants interested in several key positions for RR42 planning and coordination:
- RR42 Coordinator/Joint Coordinators
- RR42 Planning Committee Members (Program Chair, Budget, Communications/Marketing, Training, etc.)
We would like these new committee members to assist the Board in evaluating final venue proposals this Fall.
Please contact email@example.com by October 8, 2018 if you are interested in any of the above positions. The ANPR President and Board hope to fill these critical positions prior to RR41 this November.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in Bowling Green in less than two months!
Rendezvous attendees will vote their favorite photos. Winners will be selected from each category, and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot. All winners receive recognition at the Rendezvous and have their photos published in Ranger magazine.
The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR.org), a group of nearly 800 national park rangers and others who support their work, wishes to respectfully express its serious concerns over the proposal to increase some entrance fees to $70, and urges that the fee proposal be reworked.
First, the Association is concerned about ensuring safe conditions for employees and visitors. Park visitors have been expressing frustration over issues including high fees, long lines, lack of parking and lack of staff. There have been incidents of fee collectors and visitor center staff being yelled at and harassed over these issues. In many units of the National Park System, ranger staffing levels have been declining while visitor use has been increasing. Many parks hire seasonal employees during peak season. The fee increase may shift visitor use to off-peak seasons when fewer staff members are available to assist visitors, or it may encourage people to purchase the $80 Annual Pass and increase visitation, further overwhelming existing facilities and staff in some of the proposed parks at the same time park operations budgets are proposed to be cut.
Second, we have concerns that visitors may purchase the $80 Annual Passes in lieu of the single-visit (7-day) $70 passes. Annual Pass receipts are not used to support park transportation systems. In parks with shuttle buses, a major portion of the single-visit entrance fee pays for this transportation system to alleviate traffic congestion. If, instead of paying a $70 entrance fee, visitors purchase Annual Passes, shuttle bus system funding may be in serious jeopardy, adding to overcrowding.
Third, the Association is concerned if entrance fees are raised as proposed, low and middle-income families and individuals may not be able to visit during their summer vacation. If visiting national parks becomes costprohibitive, support for conserving these lands will decrease.
Lastly, we are concerned that a proposal to triple the fees at certain parks assumes that National Park System areas are primarily recreation sites that might be eventually largely financed by visitor receipts. However, more than just recreation sites, these are places that preserve, by law, our natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations. Many values are protected in our national parks, including outstanding wildlife, wilderness, recreation, and historic resources that are the envy of the world. They provide an important “window” into our past and future that must be preserved.
The Association of National Park Rangers wants to keep our national treasures accessible, protected, and safe for all visitors, and believes they ought to be managed primarily with federal tax revenues, with an additional limited contribution of fees from the people who visit in a given year. We look forward to working with the Administration to solve the issues that arise and to ensure the protection of our national parks for future generations.
Contact: Tom Banks, TreasurerANPR@aol.com
Commemorative centennial badges are now available to National Park Service employees and retirees. These special designs were created with the help of NPS employees, and take the official NPS emblem as their inspiration--with several added elements to celebrate 2016 as the centennial year.
You can view and purchase them here:
On August 7, President Obama signed H.R. 1531, the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows seasonal temporary employees in federal land management agencies to compete for vacant permanent positions under internal merit promotion procedures.
The bill will also waive age requirements that currently prevent well-qualified temporary seasonal firefighters from competing for permanent positions.
The National Federation of Federal Employees, which has championed the legislation, applauded the new law.
ANPR is pleased to have supported this bill as well.
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Graduates of an accredited Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy who have attained/or are working to attain a National Registry EMT certification.
"V" signifying Volunteer, the V-Unit program is a six-month volunteer LE, EMS and SAR- oriented program supporting South Rim Patrol at Grand Canyon National Park.
V-Units will spend 32 hours a week patrolling the South Rim conducting visitor assists, assisting Law Enforcement with MVAs and traffic control, responding to EMS calls, assisting with SARs, helping with law enforcement investigations and collateral duties, reporting crimes, and completing other duties as assigned. V-Units will begin their season with a two week ride-along orientation with South Rim Patrol. In addition, V-Units will attend LE Refreshers and all applicable LE, EMS and SAR trainings.
Summer seasons will run approximately June 1 to Nov. 30; Winter seasons will run approximately Dec. 1 to May 31
Shared housing on the South Rim: utilities, uniform, patrol vehicle and emergency equipment will be provided.
One of the greatest challenges to starting your career will be finding your first seasonal job. Competition is fierce and hiring officials have the overwhelming task of choosing from a large applicant pool in a very short amount of time. Only applicants who have taken it upon themselves to attain additional experience stand out above the rest. This is where the Grand Canyon V-Unit program can benefit you.
While working alongside future peers and employers, you will gain the experiences you need to become competitive, the references needed to vouch for your capabilities, and the confidence to become a competent U.S. Park Ranger. Supervisors will help identify your career development needs and work with you to facilitate training and exposure.
But what if I'm hired by another park while volunteering for Grand Canyon?
Great! No hard feelings. While this program is designed to assist the Visitor and Resource Protection Division at Grand Canyon, our ultimate goal is to benefit the National Park Service by preparing its next generation of future rangers.
Although this is a volunteer program, V-Units will be urged to sign up for after-hours emergency responses and will be paid as emergency hire employees when needed.
Request application packets and send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Personnel Management has issued final rules expanding eligibility for FEHB (the Federal Employees Health Benefits program), along with a full employer contribution, for certain temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees currently ineligible. Those categories will become eligible if they are expected to work, or be on certain types of approved leave without pay such as parental leave, on average for 130 hours per month and are expected to work at least 90 days. The rules in the Oct. 17 Federal Register are effective in time for those newly eligible employees to elect coverage for the 2015 plan year.
ANPR is pleased to have supported this successful expansion of health benefits to seasonal employees.
Read more details about FEHB here: www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare
— Erika Jostad, ANPR president