Jeffrey James LaRock
PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Name: Jeffrey James LaRock
SSN: 472-84-8118
Address: 1715 16th
Avenue South
Gre...
WORK HISTORY:
March 2003 to PRESENT: Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center SUPERVISOR:
4201 Giant Springs Road Dave Cunningham...
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
I served as acting Education Coordinator from April through August, 2009, with a temporary promotion t...
ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES (20%):
I served as Coordinator for the Lava Beds Natural History Association, working with the board...
June 1987 to April 1988: Fort Scott NHS Supervisor:
Old Fort Boulevard Don Wollenhaupt
Fort Scott, KS 66701 (316) 223-0310...
My employment with the Ramsey House was for a special event, the annual Holiday Tour program. The Holiday program mixed
a ...
INTERPRETATION (30%):
I researched, compiled and presented three different interpretive programs: a 2-hour glass bottom bo...
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:
Training Courses Attended: Ranger Skills XXVI, 280 hours, 1988
Curatorial Methods, 80 hours, 1988
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  1. 1. Jeffrey James LaRock PERSONAL INFORMATION: Name: Jeffrey James LaRock SSN: 472-84-8118 Address: 1715 16th Avenue South Great Falls, MT 59405 Work Phone: (406) 727-8733 Home Phone: (406) 771-9356 Cell Phone: (406) 579-5145 Born: Litchfield, MN 2/21/1961 U.S. Citizen PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE: Permanent employee with U.S. National Park Service, 1987 - 2003. Permanent employee with the U.S. Forest Service since 2003. HIGHEST GRADE HELD: GS-0025-11 from April 12 to August 1, 2009 GS-0025-9 since July 1994 EDUCATION: High School: Elk River High School Elk River, MN 55330 Graduated: June 1979 College: St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, MN 56301 Attended: September 1979 to March 1983 Degree: B.A. in Biological Science 86 Quarter Hours in Major Subject 1715 16th Avenue South Great Falls, MT 59405 Phone (W) (406) 727-8733 (H) (406) 771-9356 (cell) (406) 579-5145 E-mail jlarock@fs.fed.us
  2. 2. WORK HISTORY: March 2003 to PRESENT: Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center SUPERVISOR: 4201 Giant Springs Road Dave Cunningham Great Falls, MT 59405 (406) 791-7754 POSITION: Supervisory Park Ranger, GS-0025-09 HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: $ 30.15 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I am Supervisory Interpreter for the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. The Interpretive Center is a unit of Lewis & Clark National Forest, and an affiliated site along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. The Center includes over 5000 square feet of exhibits, a full-service theater, and 27 acres of landscaped grounds along the Missouri River near the Great Falls of the Missouri. My duties and responsibilities include the following: INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (40%): I am the Supervisory Interpreter for Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. I manage daily operations for the interpretive program. I serve as supervisor to two permanent staff and three to six summer seasonal positions. I review and evaluate employment candidates, serving as the selecting official for seasonal staff and making recommendations on hiring permanent staff to the Center Director. I train staff, audit and evaluate programs and offer criticism and coaching as necessary. I establish annual work programs and prepare employee performance evaluations. I develop short-term and seasonal and daily work schedules, prepare special programming and track performance. I also develop annual work plans as part of the management team. I prepare interpretive materials for new and updated exhibits, and review and evaluate ongoing projects. I prepare press releases and promotional materials for special events, and maintain the entries in the events database. I plan and develop special events. The Center offers a number of special programs annually, including the Sunday Sampler, the Center Anniversary, the Lewis & Clark Festival, and the Voices in the Shadow living history program. I serve as the primary event coordinator for the Center, and I am the lead event coordinator for the anniversary program, Voices in the Shadow and most one-time events. I served as a member of the planning team preparing for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Signature Event in 2005, preparing special programs and developing schedules for the Center’s activities as part of the larger celebration. INTERPRETIVE OPERATIONS (30%): I also research, develop and present interpretive programs as part of the daily operations at the Center, and I develop special presentations as necessary. During the off-season, I assist with daily operations at the information desk and present programs for the public. I have developed short talks, demonstration activities, living history presentations education programs and orientation programs. I serve as the manager of the Historic Weapons demonstration program, and train the staff in Black Powder operations. With the departure of the Center’s Education Specialist in 2009, I assumed management of the Education Program for six months. I scheduled school tours, assigned paid and volunteer staff to different presentations, and prepared and sent pre and post-visit materials. I developed and presented the summer camp programs for the Lewis and Clark Festival and our Dugout Days weeklong camp programs. I developed new programs, conducted outreach with educators in the region, and managed our high school internship program for the summer. ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES (30%): I serve as the primary liaison with the Lewis & Clark Foundation. With input from affected staff departments, I develop the annual Aid to Agency budget and track expenditures for eight aid accounts. I assist with evaluating new sales items and suggest possible new additions to the inventory. I work with the Center Director to track the Interpretive Division budget and monitor the fee collection program, reviewing the handbook and regulations and communicating operational changes to the fee collection staff. I maintain one of the change funds for line fee collectors and serve as a cashier. I am the primary staff member appointed as Acting Center Director during the periods the Director is out of town. I manage routine correspondence issues; approve facility rental agreements and special use permits, and cover administrative duties for the Center at Forest level.
  3. 3. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS I served as acting Education Coordinator from April through August, 2009, with a temporary promotion to grade GS-11. I managed the Center’s education program, scheduled school programs, trained and evaluated education volunteer staff, and coordinated with local schools for teacher orientation and program scheduling. I have served as Interim Center Manager at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center since April 2014. I oversee operations at the Interpretive Center, monitor program development and employee performance, and coordinate budgeting and personnel planning with management staff from the Forest Supervisor’s office. I managed seasonal outreach, recruitment, hiring and training. I work with management staff on grants and agreements and special programming and maintain relationships with the Center’s partner organizations. I take part in budgeting and planning discussions. I am also involved in planning reorganization of the Interpretive Center’s staffing structure, developing staff positions and responsibilities. ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS: I received Special Achievement Awards in 2004 for organizing the Forest Service exhibit at the Montana State Fair, in 2006 for instruction for the Regional Training Academy, and in 2008, 2012 and 2014 for program excellence. July 1997 to March 2003: Lava Beds National Monument SUPERVISOR: P.O. Box 867 Terry Harris Tulelake, CA 96134 (530) 667-2282 ext. 233 POSITION: Park Ranger (Lead Interpreter), GS-0025-09 HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: $ 19.44 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I was Lead Interpreter for Lava Beds National Monument. Lava Beds is a 46,000-acre volcanic wilderness. Features include more than 400 lava tube caves, numerous examples of volcanic phenomena, large concentrations of Native American rock art, and the principal campsites and battlefields of the Modoc War of 1873. My duties and responsibilities included the following: INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (40%): I was Lead Interpreter for Lava Beds National Monument. I led and directed daily operations for the interpretive program. I established work and program schedules and performed basic housekeeping and maintenance for the visitor center. I served as the direct report supervisor for one winter and two summer seasonal employees. I prepared and tracked the budget for the Interpretation section, reporting through the Chief Ranger to the Administrative Officer. I tracked payroll and purchase records for the interpretive program. I reviewed employment candidates and advised the Chief Ranger on hiring. I worked with the Education Specialist to train new staff, and I audited and evaluated staff programs and performance, offering criticism and coaching as necessary. I responded to requests for program management reports and generated funding and project requests for special programs. I also produced most of the press releases and information documents for the Interpretation section. I worked with the Public Information Officer on media projects as necessary. I also developed special programs. In 1998, I developed a special program to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Modoc War. I arranged for site preparation, contacted outside volunteer groups, and developed a program schedule. During the year 2000, I worked with the Chief Ranger and the Education Specialist to prepare and present a series of special events to celebrate the monument’s 75th anniversary. Events included special education programs, a living history weekend, programs on the life of J.D. Howard, an early cave explorer, and a “Challenge” event that highlighted less-visited areas in the monument. I arranged schedules, built equipment as necessary, and coordinated with outside volunteer groups to present the programs. The Timeline program, a weekend of education and living history events, became part of the annual schedule. I served as the Event Organizer for each program. For the 2001 Timeline program, I worked to implement a new education emphasis. I compiled an invitation to bring school groups from the region to the event, and worked with the Education Specialist to send it out. I arranged with outside organizations to supply volunteer staff and assisted two members of the monument staff to develop additional programs. I developed a schedule of tours for nearly 400 students and teachers and trained the monument staff to carry out the program. INTERPRETATION (40%): I researched, compiled and presented interpretive programs on a wide variety of subjects. I prepared and presented guided walks, cave tours, evening programs and education programs. In addition to general audiences, I presented programs to military and Elderhostel groups and students. I presented programs on the monument to community groups at off-site events and worked with media on special projects, including a local television documentary on the Modoc War and a segment for the program “Hidden Passages” on the History Channel.
  4. 4. ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES (20%): I served as Coordinator for the Lava Beds Natural History Association, working with the board of directors and a professional business manager to evaluate new sales items, track sales trends and prepare new projects and sales items. I also served as the collateral duty curator, with primary responsibility to manage a museum collection of over 8000 objects. I accessioned and cataloged new objects, monitored the environment and produced museum management reports. ACCOMPLISHEMNTS & AWARDS: I received Special Achievement Awards in 1998 and 2000 for my efforts planning and presenting special events. April 1988 to July 1997: Jean Lafitte NHP & P SUPERVISOR: Chalmette Unit Jim Miculka 8606 W. Saint Bernard Highway (504) 589-4428 Chalmette, LA 70043 POSITION: Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-05/07/09 HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: $14.56 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I served as a line interpreter at the Chalmette Unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, the site of the Battle of New Orleans. My duties and responsibilities included the following: INTERPRETATION (50%): I researched, compiled and presented programs dealing with the New Orleans campaign in 1815. The primary audience for these programs consisted of visitors from New Orleans arriving at the park by tour boat. In 10 to 20 minutes, I attempted to increase public awareness of this little-known era of history. I also presented special programs to military and community groups. I also staffed the information desk in the visitor center and answered public inquiries for information through personal, telephone and mail contacts. I was responsible for records management at Chalmette National Cemetery from 1994 until my departure. I maintained the cemetery database and answered public requests for information. I worked as part of a team to develop three curriculum-based education programs. I wrote briefing papers for teachers and developed the on-site agenda for each program. I served as primary presenter for the education programs. In addition to personal programs, I wrote and designed several site bulletins for the Chalmette Unit, including materials on artillery at the battle of New Orleans and Chalmette National Cemetery. I also worked with the team that developed a new set of wayside exhibits when these were upgraded in 1988. LIVING HISTORY and VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (20%): I served as VIP Coordinator and as Historic Weapons Safety officer from 1993 until my departure. I recruited, trained and evaluated volunteer staff. I taught historic weapon drills and instructed volunteers in fundamental interpretive techniques. I presented monthly demonstration programs, special events, and the annual Battle of New Orleans Anniversary Celebration. I served as Event Coordinator for the program from 1993 until my departure. I served as the principal liaison between the National Park Service and numerous outside volunteer groups, arranging for food, water, bedding, firewood, black powder and other necessities. I also developed program schedules and worked with volunteer staff to develop specific interpretive programs. COOPERATING ASSOCIATIONS (10%): I was Unit Coordinator for Eastern National Park & Monument Association. I managed the Chalmette sales outlet, supervised a part-time sales clerk, reviewed and recommended new sales items, maintained financial records and inventories and trained park staff in sales procedures. I also maintained and updated the site’s catalog for mail order sales. ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES (20%): I served as unit timekeeper for Chalmette from 1992 until 1995. I maintained all payroll records for the unit and tracked leave schedules for the supervisory staff. I also served as Chairperson of the Jean Lafitte NHP&P EEO Committee from May 1994 to January 1996, and continued to serve as the Chalmette Unit Representative until January 1997. I oversaw the park’s EEO program, assisted in efforts to revise the park’s Affirmative Action Plan, prepared EEO awareness materials, and established a budget for the EEO Committee. I cataloged and maintained the Chalmette photo file, and served as the unit representative and Treasurer for the Jean Lafitte Employee’s Association. ACCOMPLISHMENTS and AWARDS: I received a Special Achievement Award in 1990 for my efforts assisting in planning and presenting the 175th Battle of New Orleans Anniversary Celebration. I also received “Outstanding” ratings on my Annual Performance Appraisals from 1992 until 1997.
  5. 5. June 1987 to April 1988: Fort Scott NHS Supervisor: Old Fort Boulevard Don Wollenhaupt Fort Scott, KS 66701 (316) 223-0310 POSITION: Park Ranger (Interpretation), GS-0025-03 HOURS PER WEEK: 32 SALARY: $5.66 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I was a line interpreter with security and curatorial duties at Fort Scott NHS, an 1840’s military post with later involvement in the American Civil War. The site is a restored fort, consisting of approximately 20 original and reconstructed structures surrounding a 450-ft square parade ground. My duties and responsibilities included the following: SECURITY (75%): I served as the night security staffer three nights a week. I closed the site, locking the buildings and setting alarm systems. Periodically until 1:00 a.m., I conducted foot patrols around the site, noting any sign of trespassing, illegal entry, fire or any other unusual circumstance. I responded to any alarms and was responsible for notifying local police and fire departments in case of malfunctions, or requesting assistance in emergencies. INTERPRETATION (25%): I researched, compiled and presented programs dealing with the fort’s history and its role in the opening of the West, the Mexican War, “Bleeding Kansas” in the 1850’s, and the Civil War. Most programs focused on life at the fort during its first period of occupation from 1842 to 1853. I led walking tours around the fort and presented historic weapons firing demonstrations on weekends. I presented education programs in the spring of 1988. I also presented special programs on 19th century medicine, military crime and punishment and the prairie environment for special theme weekends over the summer of 1987. In December 1987, I took part in the annual Candlelight Christmas Tour program. I served at the information desk in the visitor center as well, providing information and orientation for visitors, collecting entrance fees, selling federal recreational passports and operating the sales outlet for the Southwest Parks & Monuments Association. CURATORIAL DUTIES (5%): I had no specific training in curatorial operations until March 1988, shortly before my departure. Prior to this time, I maintained the environmental monitoring program. After receiving the training, I undertook a survey of environmental conditions at the site and made recommendations for improving the condition of the collections. I was only able to implement the first changes before leaving for Jean Lafitte NHP&P. April 1987 to May 1987: Minnesota Historical Society And Historic Fort Snelling Alexander Ramsey House April 1986 to January 1987 St. Paul, MN 55111 265 Exchange Street St. Paul, MN 55102 SUPERVISORS: Stephen Osman (612) 726-1171 Rose Amon POSITION: Historic Site Guide I, then Historic Site Guide II in 1987 HOURS PER WEEK: 32 SALARY: $6.44 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I worked at two different Minnesota Historical Society properties: Historic Fort Snelling, an 1820’s military post south of St. Paul, MN, that was the first permanent American settlement in the state; and the Alexander Ramsey House, an 1871 Second Empire mansion that served as home for Minnesota’s first Territorial Governor in later years. My duties and responsibilities included the following: INTERPRETATION (80%): At Fort Snelling (90% of my time was spent at Fort Snelling), I researched life in the early 19th century and developed several first-person characters for the site’s living history program. I portrayed military and civilian occupants of the fort, but spent most of my time portraying a common soldier in the garrison. I took part in drill and historic weapons firing demonstrations daily, and served in special roles in rotation. Programs concentrated on life in the frontier army, the role of the fur trade in opening the frontier, and the challenges faced by the first settlers in new territories. I also presented school tour programs in the spring and fall, and participated in several special events. SPECIAL EVENTS (20%): Fort Snelling held numerous special events, including Independence Day ceremonies and a fur trade rendezvous.
  6. 6. My employment with the Ramsey House was for a special event, the annual Holiday Tour program. The Holiday program mixed a tour through the house, decorated for the Christmas season, with vignettes presented by professional actors depicting scenes from children’s literature. In addition to my normal tours, I also presented special tours for a meeting of the Executive Council of the Minnesota Historical Society. January 1987 to May 1987: Independent School Districts 728, 11, and 279 And Elk River, MN 55330 Anoka, MN 55303 Maple Grove, MN January 1986 to May 1986 SUPERVISOR: (Elk River – 80% of my work was there) Paulette Hanlon (612) 441-1003 POSITION: Substitute Teacher HOURS PER WEEK: 20 SALARY: $60.00 per day DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I served as a short-term substitute (periods of less than 10 consecutive days) school teacher at the secondary level (grades 7 to 12) for several local districts. I worked on an on-call basis to replace teachers who were sick or away at special events. Most of my assignments were in Elk River. My duties varied from assignment to assignment, but always included supervising the students and assisting them to accomplish the work left by their teacher. I occasionally developed and presented lessons, administered tests, and had to discipline unruly students. Most of my assignments were in Science, Mathematics and Social Studies, but at various times I worked in all subjects except Business Education and Special Education. May 1985 to December 1985: Everglades National Park SUPERVISOR: Shark Valley District Robert Burgoon S.R. Box 42 (305) 221-8776 Ochopee, FL 33943 POSITION: Seasonal Park Ranger, GS-0025-05 HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: $6.90 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I served as a seasonal line interpreter in the Shark Valley District of Everglades National Park. The district, in the north central region of the park, comprises the main channel of Shark River Slough, the main channel of the Everglades. My duties and responsibilities included the following: INTERPRETATION (50%): I researched, compiled and presented interpretive programs for the general public. The primary program was a two-hour tram tour through the Shark River slough. Subjects covered in the tour included wildlife identification, especially birds and alligators; everglades ecology, especially the impact of development; and a history of efforts to preserve the region. VISITOR SERVICES (50%): I staffed the visitor contact station, where I responded to information requests. I also operated the sales outlet for the Southern Florida Parks & Monuments Association. I performed light maintenance on the structure, especially glass cleaning. I also maintained the district’s interpretive library and vertical file and maintained an interpretive aquarium exhibit near the contact station. May 1984 to December 1984: Biscayne National Park SUPERVISOR: P.O. Box 1369 Edmond Roberts Homestead, FL 33030 (305) 247-2044 POSITION: Seasonal Park Technician, GS-0026-04 HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: $5.93 per hour DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I served as a seasonal line interpreter at Biscayne National Park, a marine park in South Biscayne Bay south of Miami, FL. The area included mangrove coasts, 27 keys (small islands) offshore, and the northernmost living coral reefs in North America. Mt duties and responsibilities included the following:
  7. 7. INTERPRETATION (30%): I researched, compiled and presented three different interpretive programs: a 2-hour glass bottom boat tour in Biscayne Bay, a 2- hour snorkeling tour in Biscayne Bay, and a 1-hour snorkeling tour at Elliott Key offshore. The programs included necessary snorkeling instruction, wildlife identification, the ecology of Biscayne Bay and the mangrove coast, and human impacts on the systems in the bay. I also wrote texts for three environmental education teacher handbooks and a new site bulletin on the coral reefs. VISITOR SERVICES (70%): I staffed the information desk at the visitor centers on the mainland and at Elliott Key offshore. I responded to requests for information, operated the sales outlet for the South Florida Parks & Monuments Association, served as standby radio dispatcher, and performed light housekeeping tasks. I also reorganized and maintained the park interpretive library, as I merged what had been three collections into one. I also helped repair the park’s traveling exhibit and moved it from place to place to promote the park. June 1982 to August 1982: Environmental Protection Agency SUPERVISOR: Monticello Research Station Roger Hermanutz Monticello, MN 55362 POSITION: Research Intern HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: N/A DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I served as an intern at the EPA research station in Monticello, MN, through a program at St. Cloud State University. The station had a series of artificial streambeds for aquatic systems research. In the summer of 1982, the project involved testing the effects of pentachlorophenol, a wood preservative, on fish populations. My duties included the following: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS (75%): My team collected spawning, growth and mortality data for the fish populations under study. I analyzed growth rates using a computer-generated graph to track growth rates each week. We also performed plankton sampling and routine chemical analysis of the water in the test channels once a week. SUPPORT DUTIES (25%): My team also weeded test channels twice a week and repaired sampling equipment as necessary. June 1981 to August 1981: Colonial NHP, Yorktown Unit SUPERVISOR: P.O. Box 270 Adrienne Combs Yorktown, VA 23690 (804) 898-3400 POSITION: Student Conservation Aide HOURS PER WEEK: 40 SALARY: $33.00 per week DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: I served as a volunteer interpreter at the Yorktown battlefield unit of Colonial National Historical Park, the site of the last major battle of the American War of Independence. My duties and responsibilities included the following: INTERPRETATION (75%): I researched, compiled and presented programs on various aspects of both battles at Yorktown – the well-known engagement that ended the War of Independence and the less-known siege in 1862 during the Civil War. I presented walking tours of the battlefield near the visitor center and historic home tour programs at two houses. INFORMATION DESK (20%) I operated the visitor information desk, where I answered requests for information, announced and operated the audio-visual program and announced interpretive programs. OTHER DUTIES (5%): I assisted in closing the visitor center each day, cleaning and securing audiovisual equipment and buildings. I also assisted the Children’s Program director with four presentations.
  8. 8. OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Training Courses Attended: Ranger Skills XXVI, 280 hours, 1988 Curatorial Methods, 80 hours, 1988 Interpretive Skills II, 40 hours, 1991 Historic Weapons Safety, 120 hours, 1996 and 72 hours, 2010 Museum Program Management, 40 hours, 1998 Choosing By Advantages, 24 hours, 1999 Personal Effectiveness Seminar, 48 hours, 2001 Employee Performance and Conduct, 16 hours, 2003 Leadership Skills for New Supervisors, 40 hours, 2004 Project Learning Tree Facilitator, 16 hours, 2008 Licenses Held: Class D (Personal) Drivers License, Montana, 2003 Basic CPR and AED, American Heart Association, 2014 Standard First Aid, American Heart Association, 2014 Honors Received, Special Skills, Hobbies: I competed in forensics (public speaking) from 1975 to 1983 (Junior High through College). I competed in four events at the 1983 National Forensics Association Championships. I graduated from St. Cloud State University Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Liberal Studies. I have received three Special Achievement Awards for programming efforts with the National Park Service, in 1988, 1998, 2000 and 2001 and from the U.S. Forest Service in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012. I presented a paper on weaponry at the Battle of New Orleans for the HMGS Military History Forum in 1994. My hobbies include living history reenactments, fencing, horseback riding, reading and miniature wargaming.

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