Current Career Academy for Natural Resources Developments

Two new e-learning courses have been completed as part of first module of the Foundational Series of the Career Academy for Natural Resources. These courses are:

Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources. The course orients students to a natural resource management and science career path. It is course NPS-NRS1501 in DOI Learn. For further information go to the Catalog.

Air Resources in National Parks. This course provides a basic understanding of what air resources are, why they are important, and how they are managed by the National Park Service. It is course NPS-NRS1503 in DOI Learn. For further information go to the Catalog.

Two additional courses will be completed this year:

Orientation to NPS Natural Resource Management. This course will provide an overview of the history and philosophy of natural resource management within the NPS and the ways their evolution has influenced current management approaches.

Introduction to Climate Change in National Parks. This course will provide an overview of climate change as it relates to park resources.

Implementing Park Science

In 2014 work began, in partnership with Indiana University, to develop a blended curriculum to provide natural resource professionals with knowledge and understanding of science in the National Park Service. Topics include: managing for change and decision-making in times of uncertainty; best practices in science, study planning, scientific methods, and processes for collecting, analyzing and managing data; and collaboration and science communication related to these specific topics.

A learning needs analysis was conducted in 2014 in which a small population of the target audience employees (entry to developmental level) and managers were surveyed to determine the highest priority training needs. The results will be used to design the training.

Research is on-going to determine current best practices, and to evaluate courses and resources that are offered outside the NPS (by universities, other agencies, etc.) that NPS employees could utilize to meet science competencies.

Completion of this module is targeted for 2016.

Please visit our Academy History page to learn about the creation of the career academy.