Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
In Alaska alone, the NPS serves over 2.5 million visitors to the Alaska parks each year, and employs 1,000 employees at the peak period. The NPS strives to ensure our workforce demographics are a mirror image of the country’s population we serve.
Director‘s Order 16B, Diversity in the National Park Service, states in part " ...the term "diversity" is used broadly to refer to many demographic variables such as race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, education, geographic origin, and skill characteristics. The National Park Service recognizes that America‘s diversity has given this country its unique strength, resilience and richness... "
To accomplish an inclusive diverse, highly skilled, motivated and effective workforce requires focusing recruitment efforts on hiring people with the right skills, at the right place, at the right time, regardless of the demographic variable. However, in order to develop and retain a world class workforce, we must recognize the value of diversity. At the Alaska Region we‘re focused on challenging stereotypes and increasing the understanding of the dynamics of individual differences, which is integral to creating an environment that maximizes the potential of a diverse group of people.