I&M Network Program Manager, NPS

Program Manager
North Coast and Cascades Inventory and Monitoring Network

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Division in collaboration with North Coast and Cascades Network’s (NCCN) National Parks are hiring a permanent, full-time I&M Network Program Manager targeted for fall 2020.We are seeking an individual able to advance high-impact science applicable to natural resource management, excellent program coordination skills, and a vision for the meaning of National Parks in the 21st century.

Position duty station options in Washington State:

  1. Olympic National Park (Port Angeles)
  2. North Cascades National Park (Sedro Woolley)
  3. Mount Rainier National Park (Ashford or Longmire–in the Park)
  4. Fort Vancouver National Historical Park—Regional Office Space (Vancouver)

To express interest in or learn more about this position, please contact: Daniel George (daniel_george@nps.gov or 415-686-6910), National Park Service Regional Inventory and Monitoring Program Manager of Regions 8, 9, 10, and 12.

or: Mark Huff (mark_huff@nps.gov or 253-306-4473), current NCCN I&M Program Manager (retiring in September 2020).

Position Occupational Series/Group: Ecologist, GS-0408-13; Biologist, GS-0401-13; or Physical Scientist, GS-1301-13.

Supplemental Information
Highlights are provided here on the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program, the design and objectives of NCCN, and key duties of the Program Manager position.

Overview
This is a science administration position that manages natural resources inventory and ecological monitoring at a network of ten NPS units in the Pacific Northwest. NCCN is one of 32 NPS networks implementing systematic biological inventories and long-term vital signs monitoring. The goals and objectives of the I&M Division are to:

  • inventory the status of natural resources under National Park Service stewardship
  • monitor park ecosystems to better understand their dynamic nature and condition and to provide reference points for comparisons with other, altered environments
  • communicate inventory and monitoring science findings and accomplishments to inform National Park Service planning, management, and decision making.

NCCN monitors Water Quality, Landscape Change, Climate, High-Elevation Mountain Lakes, Landbirds, Glaciers, Intertidal Communities, Forest Vegetation, Prairie Vegetation, Subalpine Vegetation, Fish Assemblages, and Elk. Additional information about NCCN’s inventory and monitoring can found at the NCCN Website.

The Program Manager works directly with staff from many disciplines located at three national parks and four national historical parks. In collaboration with staff at these national parks, the Program Manager oversees the implementation of monitoring protocols and inventories to ensure data and deliverables are managed appropriately, effectively, and timely. The NCCN I&M Program Manager position currently supervises a network data manager; ecologist; GIS specialist; and biological technician for publication, website, and information management. This position is supervised by one of NCCN’s National Park Superintendents. Periodic travel to NCCN’s parks is required.

NPS Units
NCCN comprises 10 NPS units, spanning more than 1.8 million acres that is mostly federal designated wilderness: Mount Rainier National Park (NP), Olympic NP, North Cascades NP Complex (North Cascades NP and Lake Chelan and Ross Lake National Recreation Areas), Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, San Juan Island   National Historical Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park— Seattle Unit (cultural site without natural resources).

Brief Background of NCCN I&M

Established in 2001 as part of the NPS’s Natural Resource Challenge, NCCN was assigned prototype monitoring at two of its national parks: Olympic and North Cascades to evaluate “alternative designs and strategies for long-term ecological monitoring.” As with other prototype parks, national park staff assumed the development and implementation of the inventories and monitoring; this commitment continues today. In 2009, NCCN’s prototype designation was dissolved to streamline network operations, including financial management and planning, and to unify the Network.

NCCN is organized differently than most NPS I&M networks, which includes both park and I&M staff. The I&M staffing consists of six key positions duty-stationed at three national parks: program manager, ecologist, data manager, assistant data manager, GIS specialist, and publication-information management technician. NCCN has five park positions that are largely funded by the I&M Division: 4 lead technicians and a plant/landscape ecologist, and an additional ~20 park seasonal positions also funded through the I&M Division. In addition, 11 natural science staff at four of NCCN’s national parks lead/co-lead implementation of the inventories and monitoring and are responsible for data collection, outputs and deliverables, and hiring and supervision of lead technicians and seasonal staff. The Natural Resource Chiefs from NCCN parks work with NCCN’s I&M Program Manager to routinely provide direction and guidance on I&M for park staff.

NCCN I&M Board of Superintendents and I&M Steering Committee
The Board of Superintendents for NCCN I&M provides overarching guidance and accountability for the implementation of NCCN’s natural resource inventories, vital signs monitoring, and related science and management activities. The Board is comprised of eight park superintendents and the Regional I&M Program Manager.

The NCCN I&M Steering Committee consists of the Chiefs of Resource Management for each park and the Network I&M Program Manager. Collaboratively, they guide the implementation of Vital Signs monitoring and inventories among park and I&M staff.

Brief Summary of NCCN I&M Program Manager Duties

  • Leads, manages, and serves as principal scientific advisor for a complex program of natural resource inventory and monitoring to address resource management needs
  • Produces annual I&M network budget, work plans, and accomplishment reports
  • Ensures that data, reports, and publications are high quality and are properly managed, secured, preserved and accessible to park managers and their staff, other agencies and organizations, scientists, and the general public
  • Conducts and manages peer review of I&M publications
  • Summarizes and communicates information clearly and succinctly for use by I&M Division leadership, park managers, planners, park staff, cooperators and partners, and scientists
  • Supervises four positions working on data management, GIS, and other information management
  • Ensures a positive, productive, safe and healthy work environment.

Duty Stations: NCCN is providing a diverse set of options as duty station locations for the I&M Program Manager Position. Vancouver offers a large-metropolitan-area opportunity (~185,000 people) that also includes Portland, Oregon, just 14 miles south. Nestled in a rural community, Ashford (pop. ~250) is 80 miles southeast of Seattle, WA in the lowlands near Mount Rainier. Sedro Woolley, sporting ~12,000 residents, is along the gateway to the North Cascades, 70 miles north of Seattle and 25 miles southeast of Bellingham WA–where Western Washington University is located. With ~20,000 residents, Port Angeles is situated on the north-central edge of the Olympic Peninsula at the base of the Olympic Mountains overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca, about 80 miles west and a 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle.

A PDF version of this post, with links to additional information on the area, can be found here.