A statement released today by the National Park Service:
William “Gordy” Kito and Charles Beall were selected in December as the National Park Service’s Bevinetto Fellows for 2013-2014.
Their first year will be spent working as congressional staff – Gordy will work for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. Senate, Charles for the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the second year of their fellowship, they will work in the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and an office of the NPS Directorate.
Gordy has been a concessions specialist for National Capital Region for the last five years. Before that, he worked for seven years as a mountaineering ranger in Denali National Park & Preserve after first serving as a volunteer at Denali’s base camp on the Kahiltna glacier. Prior to joining NPS, Gordy worked in several private mountaineering-related and local government positions, mostly in Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colorado College.
Charles came from the North Cascades National Park Complex, where he served as chief of interpretation and education for the last six years and held other positions at the park for four years. He has also worked at Badlands National Park and the National Mall in interpretation and education roles. Charles earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University-Sacramento with a major in environmental studies and biological sciences and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, University College, in environmental management.
The Bevinetto Fellowship was established in 1988 to improve mutual understanding and cooperation between the National Park Service and Congress. It was named in honor of Tony Bevinetto, a former NPS employee who served on the staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 1979 until his untimely death in 1988.
Gordy and Charles are the 29th and 30th NPS employees to be chosen as Bevinetto Fellows since the program began in 1990. This is the sixth year that the National Park Service has benefitted from having two fellows at one time, one serving in the House of Representative and the other in the Senate.
The fellowship is widely considered one of the most effective developmental programs in the NPS. Most of its graduates currently serve as park superintendents or program chiefs. By helping to build a cadre of mangers with legislative experience, the program has increased the knowledge base of NPS leaders in their work with Congress and members of the Executive branch who impact our parks and programs in numerous ways.
The two Bevinetto Fellows for 2012-2013, Brenda Waters and Elisa Kunz, have finished their year with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources, respectively. This year, they will each spend six months as a legislative specialist in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and six months as a special assistant to Director Jarvis.
The Bevinetto Fellowship will be advertised again in mid-summer. Candidates must have at least five years of permanent employment with the NPS and one year of experience at the GS-11 level or higher.