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One of the Office of Personnel Management’s key missions is helping agencies untie the “knots” in the hiring process, and our recent partnership with the National Park Service offers a good case study of how we do that.

Each year, all across the nation, the National Park Service hires seasonal employees to support the large number people who visit our national treasures. After a careful review of the service’s seasonal hiring process, the OPM-NPS partnership recently developed a pilot for announcing vacancies that will eliminate the redundancy and inefficiency of multiple job announcements by testing one announcement with multiple locations.

OPM also helped NPS craft more user-friendly job announcements that provide more specific information about individual parks where applicants can envision themselves working.

Just this week, the service celebrated 99 years of caring for our nation’s parks. I’m proud that by fulfilling our mission at OPM, we were able to help the NPS better achieve its mission of preserving our nation’s natural and cultural resources.

This is just one example of the important work that our team at OPM is doing to support hiring excellence across government. I look forward to sharing more examples as additional partnerships mature, and I hope that agencies will continue to take advantage of the comprehensive resources that OPM has available as we deliver on the promise of the President’s Management Agenda for the Federal Government.

Note to readers: Currently, applicants interested in seasonal positions at national parks in the southeast region of the United States can apply here and here.

- A photo of National Park tourists on a cliff being led by a National Park Ranger.

Photo Credit: National Park Service

Some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders can be found in our great nation.  From the majestic Niagara Falls in New York to the Florida Everglades to the stunning glaciers of Alaska, our country is full of natural treasures. 

As a Colorado native, one of my favorite outdoor escapes—that can only be described as a work of art—is Rocky Mountain National Park.  With its vast hiking trails, a wide array of wildlife, fields of flowers, and crystal blue skies, it is the perfect place to bask in Mother Nature.  Standing along the edge of Trail Ridge Road makes you feel like you're on top of the world!  Even as I reminisce about its spectacular views, I feel a sense of serenity.

I don’t want Rocky Mountain National Park to be a memory.  I want future generations to enjoy and explore its beauty, as I have.

This planet is our home—where we live, work, and play.  And its health affects our families, our communities, our economies, our security, and our future.

That’s why the President is taking action to tackle climate change.  And it’s why he’s asking all of us to take part.  So go to Whitehouse.gov and post something about your favorite natural treasure. 

It’s our time to lead.  Happy Earth Day 2015!

Photo of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mountains in the background with a golden sunset. Pond is in the forefront of the photo with a reflection of the mountains and sunset.

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