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  • 1. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES -- FWS RETIREES BP OIL SPILL FWS RETIREE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Seeking retired FWS colleagues for temporary assignments – updated 06/10/2009– continuous a. About Gap Solutions, Inc. – letter from Deputy Director, Retired Marshall Jones. b. Launch of a new venture and are recruiting FWS retirees. International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior Update Posted July 14, 2010 1] Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon 2] Study Tour Leaders for Visiting Jordanians at Assorted U.S. Sites -Fall-Early Winter 2010 3] Small Business Management Specialist Needed for Short-Term Training in Costa Rica BP OIL SPILL FWS RETIREE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) continues to have a need for FWS retirees to assist with training FWS and partner agency/organization employees deploying to support Deepwater Canyon 252 oil spill recovery activities. Due to recent decisions within the Gulf region, FWS retirees will now be accessed through the incident command resource ordering system. As such, retirees interested in working with NCTC on the training mission will be paid through that system and not by a private contractor. Duties will include providing training, assisting with training module development, and assisting with managing training centers in Houma, LA or Daphne, AL. Additional training centers may be opened depending on the emerging needs in the Gulf region. Training includes a regional and sector orientation including habitat and wildlife orientation specific to the training center's coverage area, bird handling procedures, incident administrative procedures, safety/operational procedures and other training on wildlife/habitat topics needed in support of oil spill response operations. Interested retirees are encouraged to contact POC Lee Crouse at (304) 876-7444 or e-mail lee_crouse@fws.gov to express their interest or gain more information. ----------------------------------- Temporary Contract Work Retired FWS Employees There is a DC-area firm called Gap Solutions (GapSi for short) which the Service has used many times over the years for temporary help. Kris LaMontagne -- who retired as Deputy Assistant Director for Federal Aid in 2006 -- has gone one better by putting together a whole group of Service retirees who would be available to come back to work, on a contract basis, for Federal or State Natural Resource Agencies, as a distinct unit of GapSi. For example, Kris's group has just submitted a bid to the Corps of Engineers to do nationwide environ-documents preparation and he's actively looking for more people around the country who'd be interested in signing up to help with this. I would also expect a number of other opportunities, including helping the Service itself.
  • 2. So -- it occurred to me that the Retirees Association would be a great way to reach Service retirees who might want to come back to work, on a part time or temporary full time basis, doing the work that they are the best in the world at doing. While the immediate need is for people with experience in environmental documents, Kris is building up a corps of Service retirees with skills in everything from administration to fish and wildlife management to public affairs and communications. I think it would be a great chance for people who still want to stay involved to some degree in conservation work with the FWS or other Natural Resource Management Agencies -- and they'd get paid too! Kris's email address is: Kris LaMontagne klamontagne@gapsi.com 757-302-0388 /S/ Marshall Jones, Deputy Director, Retired Looking for an opportunity to bring in some revenue using your FWS experience? You may have noted an earlier message in the retiree’s bulletin about possibly working with Gap Solutions, Inc. (GAPsi) to perform a variety of work for the Fish and Wildlife Service. See http://gapsi.com/services/natural-resource- management-services. GAPsi has formed a Natural Resource Management Services (NRMS) section which employs a number of FWS retirees on a part time or project basis. NRMS works on numerous projects for the Service and is currently providing support on climate change tasks for the Service’s Office of the Scientific Advisor. There is a developing need that could involve you. We are aware of the tremendous challenge FWS faces as it works to complete the first set of refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plans by 2012, in addition to many associated step-down plans (e.g., Habitat Management Plans). NMRS is preparing to help meet this challenge, and is recruiting a broad team of former FWS employees who, for example, know the requirements of refuge planning, who have written environmental assessments or impact statements, who have familiarity with public scoping, who are experienced facilitators, experienced editors, or who generally have experience in writing science-based management plans subject to public review. So our question to you is “are you interested,” does your experience fit the need and can you commit to get involved? Potential tasks may be of short or long term duration. Please send an email or give us a call and we can answer your questions and discuss the possibilities. If you have a current resume, send it along. We look forward to talking to you. NRMS contact information is below: Kris LaMontagne, Vice President for NRMS. Email: klamontagne@gapsi.com Tel Numbers: (703) 707-2090 ext. 134 (GAPsi), (703) 707-6452 (Office), 757-302-0388 (Home), and 703-362-9717 (Cell) Steve Funderburk, NRMS Associate and former FWS Refuge Planning Chief, Region 5 Email: sfunderburk@gapsi.com Tel Numbers: (703) 707-2090 x3606 (Office), (413) 256-1157 (Home) and (413) 687-5458 (Cell)
  • 3. Specialists Needed in Following Areas for Short-term Assignments Specialists to Provide Technical Assistance and Training under the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) OPPORTUNITY: The US Department of the Interior – International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP) is seeking individuals to provide technical assistance (TA) and training to help improve the management of select indigenous territories in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, with an emphasis on Ecuador and Peru. Each TA assignment will address one of the following thematic areas: a) legal, regulatory, and institutional structures and frameworks for effective management of indigenous territories; b) engagement of and coordination with local, regional, and national governments to build management capacity and resolve conflict with indigenous communities c) sustainable forest, fisheries, and wildlife management on and near indigenous lands; d) management of multiple use activities on or near indigenous lands; e) the development of sustainable income generation activities on or near indigenous lands; f) mechanisms for partnership and collaboration, including participatory planning, co-management structures, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills; g) development of carbon sequestration (or REDD) projects and sale of carbon credits As part of the launch of this effort, a team with cross-cutting expertise will be assembled to conduct an assessment of needs. The initial assessment may identify additional areas to be addressed by follow-up teams. DOI-ITAP activities would be geared towards generating models for the management of indigenous territories in the region. ITAP BACKGROUND: DOI-ITAP provides assistance to developing countries on subjects of Departmental expertise on a reimbursable basis. The program is currently operating across the globe with support from organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Inter- American Development Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. For this assignment, DOI-ITAP proposes to build on its domestic expertise and its successful history of technical assistance overseas to work in close collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the governments of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, and various nongovernmental organizations to generate models for improved management of indigenous territories that may be applicable throughout the region. PROJECT BACKGROUND: The Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) is a five year program (2006-2011) that brings together the efforts of 20 public and private organizations working in the Amazon regions of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, with the goal of building constituencies and agreements which promote the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and environmental services of the region. The Initiative is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was designed through an extensive consultation process involving over 200 representatives of regional organizations.
  • 4. For more information, please visit http://www.amazonia-andina.org/en. ASSIGNMENT: The various TA activities that take place under this announcement will be conducted as approximately two week in-country assignments. Pre-trip preparation, including planning and research, will be required at the home duty station and additional time will be necessary for post-trip follow-up activities (e.g. final trip report and delivery of recommendations). While in South America, the specialists selected for this assignment will work closely with the appropriate contacts within the region, including but not limited to government and non-governmental partners, and DOI-ITAP staff. SCHEDULE: An assessment team will perform its work in the field in spring or summer of 2010. Follow-on, specialized teams will conduct their work throughout FY10 and FY11. PRE- AND POST-TRIP DUTIES: All travel and in-country logistics will be handled by DOI-ITAP. Background materials will be provided to the selected individuals prior to the trip. The selected individuals will be expected to work in collaboration with the DOI-ITAP manager on the preparation and follow-up for the technical assistance over phone and via email. Within three weeks of the completion of the trip, the team will provide the DOI-ITAP manager a brief draft report focusing on the trip events, evaluations, and recommendations for future related policy development. COSTS: ITAP will cover all travel costs associated with this assignment (round-trip airfare, lodging, meals, immunizations, per diem, etc.). The salaries of the team members will be paid by their employing DOI agency for the duration of the international assignment, including pre- and post-trip obligation, unless otherwise negotiated. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Demonstrated professional experience in one or more of the themes outlined under “Opportunities” in this announcement is required. Preference will be given to current or retired DOI employees and other USG employees. Professional experience with the management of indigenous territories or working with indigenous peoples preferred. Spanish language ability strongly preferred. Experience providing direct instruction or training in professional environment preferred. Previous international experience is desirable, especially in Latin America. Must have a demonstrated ability to work with and adapt to the needs and abilities of agencies and professionals of different ethnic or cultural groups. Upon selection, candidates must submit a current physician-signed letter or medical review form indicating fitness-for-duty. If you are selected for this assignment, you will be responsible for obtaining your supervisor’s approval to participate in this program. HOW TO APPLY Persons interested in being considered for this international assignment should:
  • 5. Submit their resume and cover letter (summarizing relevant experience) electronically to Jason_Riley@ios.doi.gov. Complete the ITAP Application Form found at: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform? formkey=dF9jUWcwcFJKSXJXNkxIMWZ6cU56eFE6MA Please contact Jason Riley, DOI-ITAP Program Analyst (Jason_ Riley@ios.doi.gov; 202-208-5224) with any questions. All applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but will be considered on a rolling basis. NPS applicants should note that NPS policy prohibits NPS employees from traveling twice on ITAP assignments in any given 12-month period. All NPS applicants should also copy their applications to Rudy D’Alessandro (rudy_dalessandro@nps.gov) in the NPS Office of International Affairs. Application Process A short list of candidates will be interviewed by telephone. The entire selection process may take several weeks. All candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process by telephone, e-mail, or letter. This position is open to all applicants who meet the stated requirements. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Study Tour Leaders for Visiting Jordanians at Assorted U.S. Sites OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Department of the Interior's International Technical Assistance Program (DOI- ITAP) is seeking two subject area experts to lead two separate study tours in the U.S on the subjects of hunting and wildlife enforcement and rangeland/sheep and goat grazing management. BACKGROUND: DOI-ITAP provides assistance to other countries on subjects of Departmental expertise, on a reimbursable basis. The program is currently operating in seventeen countries with support from organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Inter- American Development Bank and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The U.S. Agency for International Development has provided funds to DOI to implement this project. ASSIGNMENT: Each Study Tour Leader will: • Suggest an itinerary. o The itinerary should match the geographical situation in Jordan as much as possible o The itinerary should generally be one to three sites, with transportation between sites consuming a minimal amount of time. o Informally check with the suggested U.S. sites to assure key people are present at the suggested dates. • Once the itinerary is approved, make all appointments with personnel and develop detailed schedule, with an explanation of the educational purpose of each event. • Meet the Jordanians upon arrival and escort them as their leader throughout the trip. You will need to drive to sites.
  • 6. • Report on the trip to ITAP (a model is available). Each tour requires one study leader and will be conducted separately. Law Enforcement and Hunting: Approximately 10 visitors for 10 days. October 23-Nov 5, 2010 Focus I: Overview of law enforcement functions at natural protected areas (NOT urban areas or private lands and not CITES or customs). Tour could include one day at FLETC, especially if they could attend a relevant session. The study tour should provide information on training of law enforcement officers, critical incidence response techniques and general approaches to arrests, evidence protection, preparing for court appearances, etc. Most of the tour should provide opportunities to observe law enforcement officers at a protected site on patrol, meeting with citizens, conducting investigations, etc. Site selection should consider that poaching is a problem on some Jordan reserves, mostly of the endangered Ibex. Focus II: Overview of US hunting procedures and regulations, licensing, assuring safety, working with friends groups, duck stamp program, enforcement, contributions hunters make to wildlife protection, and determining bag limits, areas for hunting, and season length. Site selection should consider that hunting in Jordan is on private land and sites owned by the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (equivalent to NPS and FWS combined) and that licensing and regulation is done by RSCN. There are no States in Jordan, so US Federal-State legal arrangements will not be relevant to them. Guests should meet with both Federal and State representatives so that they will obtain a good overview of the entire hunting experience in the U.S. Ideally, they will observe hunting law enforcement or safety programs during hunting season. There are no large animals for hunting in Jordan, so concentration should focus on migratory birds such as ducks and geese. Rangeland Management within Protected Areas: Approximately 4 Jordanians. December 11-18, 2010 (approximately). Focus: Reserve managers who have sheep and goat grazing at their reserves are interested in learning about techniques used in the U.S. to encourage sustainable grazing, including setting the carrying capacity of the landscape, interfacing with indigenous ungulates, how to regulate domestic stocking rates outside our lands, monitoring the impact of grazing, and scientific/technological issues. It may be that this will need to be done on BLM land or State-controlled Park lands. The Jordanian sites are arid and semi-arid deserts, and similar sites in the U.S. would be appropriate. For the Grazing/Rangeland Management tour, we prefer that there be approximately 4 days for the group and then 2 days for the Jordanians to work one on one with a U.S. specialist to observe their work in detail. SCHEDULE: The assignments are expected to occur around the following dates Oct 30- Nov 6th- Hunting and Law Enforcement Dec 11-Dec 18--Rangeland management PRE- AND POST-TRIP DUTIES: Selected Study Tour Leaders will need to work with DOI-ITAP to select appropriate sites and organize dates/meetings with parties. Travel and in-country logistics will be handled by DOI-ITAP. Background materials will be provided to the selected study tour leaders prior to the assignment. The selected individuals will be expected to work in collaboration with DOI-ITAP staff on preparation and follow-up via phone and email. Within three weeks of the completion of the trip, the leader will provide DOI-ITAP with a brief draft report focusing on the trip events, evaluations, and recommendations for future assistance. COSTS: DOI-ITAP will cover all travel costs associated with these assignments (round-trip airfare, lodging, meals and incidentals, etc.). Retirees or applicants on annual leave can receive a $200 per diem stipend. REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS: Persons wishing to be considered for these assignments should have:
  • 7. • Must be current or retired DOI employee or other USG employee (preference given to current or retired DOI employees). • Must have expertise in one of the two subject areas. • Interpersonal skills needed to effectively collaborate with DOI, Jordanian delegates, NGO partners, and other stakeholders related to the Project. • Must have a demonstrated ability to work with and adapt to the needs and abilities of agencies and professionals of different ethnic or cultural groups. • Previous international interaction is desirable. If you are selected for this assignment, you will be responsible for obtaining your supervisor’s approval to participate in this program. HOW TO APPLY Persons interested in being considered for this international assignment must: 1. Send a formal résumé -- a form SF-171 is acceptable. 2. Send a cover letter, summarizing relevant work experience related to one of the four subject areas. Please submit applications (electronically is preferred) to: Colleen Castle, Program Assistant Office of International Affairs U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW MS-3530 Washington, DC 20240 Tel: (202) 208-3751 Fax: (202) 501-6381 E-mail: colleen_castle@ios.doi.gov Please contact Colleen Castle with any questions. All applications should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than COB July 30th. All NPS applicants should also copy their applications to Rudy D’Alessandro (rudy_dalessandro@nps.gov) in the NPS Office of International Affairs. Application Process Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone. The entire selection process may take several weeks. All candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process by telephone, e-mail, or letter. This position is open to all applicants who meet the stated requirements. * * * * Small Business Management Specialist Needed for Short-Term Training in Costa Rica OPPORTUNITY: The US Department of the Interior – International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP) is seeking an individual to provide technical assistance and training on basic business administration to a rural community association in Costa Rica. The community association works to protect endangered marine turtle species in their nesting habitat through sustainable tourism. For this assignment, the specialist will:
  • 8. • Develop curriculum and training tools to provide basic skills in the following areas: a) Small business administration b) Basic accounting and budgeting c) Project planning and management d) Teamwork and leadership skills e) Proposal writing and development • Provide four days of onsite instruction on those basic skills to 15-30 members of the community association • Provide direct one-on-one or small group assistance to community association leaders on small business administration and proposal writing This assignment will be one multi-day mission to Costa Rica to conduct the trainings and technical assistance, as well as appropriate preparation and follow-up. ASSIGNMENT: The purpose of this training is to provide a newly-formed community association with the basic skills needed to successfully manage the association and secure funding to meet its goal of protecting marine turtles through sustainable tourism. The small rural community has limited access to electricity and computers, and most association members have limited education, as well as limited management and administrative skills. Training curriculum should be appropriate for participants with basic education level and few administrative skills, and should focus on providing basic, practical tools. The training participants will not have access to computers, although a power-point projector and laptop can be made available for presentations. This technical assistance and training mission will take place over several days in Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula region of Costa Rica. Pre-trip preparation, including planning, research, and development of curriculum and materials will be required at the home duty station and additional time will be necessary for post-trip follow-up activities (e.g. final trip report and responding to participant questions). While in Costa Rica, the specialist selected for this assignment will work closely and collaboratively with the appropriate contacts within the region, including but not limited to non-governmental partners, community leaders, and DOI-ITAP staff. The training and technical assistance will be provided in collaboration with staff from Humane Society International and the Corcovado Foundation. PROJECT BACKGROUND: Under the Central America – Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) Environmental Cooperation Agreement, signed in 2005, the United States, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic are working together to protect, conserve and improve the environment and advance their goal of sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. Through the Department of State’s CAFTA-DR Environmental Cooperation program, DOI-ITAP is working with governments and NGOs to build capacity in Central America for implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. This effort includes strengthening NGOs that protect CITES species in their habitat. In Costa Rica, DOI-ITAP has partnered with the Humane Society International (HSI) and a local NGO, the Corcovado Foundation, to strengthen a local community association that focuses on the protection of marine turtles in their nesting habitat. For more information, please visit http://www.caftadr-environment.org/. ITAP BACKGROUND: DOI-ITAP provides assistance to developing countries on subjects of Departmental expertise on a reimbursable basis. The program is currently operating across the globe with support from organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
  • 9. SCHEDULE: The mission will take place in October of 2010. PRE- AND POST-TRIP DUTIES: All travel and in-country logistics will be handled by DOI-ITAP. The selected individual will be expected to work in collaboration with the DOI-ITAP manager and HSI staff on the preparation of curriculum and materials, and follow-up activities after the mission by phone and via email. Within three weeks of the completion of the trip, the specialist will provide the DOI-ITAP manager a brief draft report focusing on the trip events, evaluations, and recommendations for future activities under this program. COSTS: ITAP will cover all travel costs associated with this assignment (round-trip airfare, lodging, meals, immunizations, per diem, etc.). The salaries of the team members will be paid by their employing DOI agency for the duration of the international assignment, including pre- and post-trip obligation, unless otherwise negotiated. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS • Demonstrated professional experience in most or all of the activities and skills outlined above is required. • Spanish fluency is required. • Experience providing direct instruction in Spanish preferred. • Experience providing basic-level training in a rural setting preferred. • Previous international community development experience is desirable, especially in Latin America. Preference will be given to current or retired DOI employees and other USG employees. Upon selection, candidates must submit a current physician-signed letter or medical review form indicating fitness-for-duty. If you are selected for this assignment, you will be responsible for obtaining your supervisor’s approval to participate in this program. HOW TO APPLY Persons interested in being considered for this international assignment should: Submit their resume and a cover letter to Jason_Riley@ios.doi.gov. Complete the ITAP Application Form found at: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform? formkey=dF9jUWcwcFJKSXJXNkxIMWZ6cU56eFE6MA Please contact Jason Riley, DOI-ITAP Program Analyst (Jason_ Riley@ios.doi.gov; 202-208-5224) with any questions. NPS applicants should note that NPS policy prohibits employees from traveling twice on ITAP assignments in any 12-month period. NPS applicants should copy their applications to Rudy D’Alessandro (rudy_dalessandro@nps.gov) in the NPS Office of International Affairs. Application Deadline: July 30, 2010 Application Process A short list of candidates will be interviewed by telephone in August 2010. The entire selection process may take several weeks. All candidates will be notified by email of the results of the selection process. This position is open to all applicants who meet the stated requirements.