Academy History

In 2007 the National Park Service (NPS) Director created a Training and Development Steering Committee and asked the members to take a comprehensive look at how the NPS trains and develops employees. A year later the committee produced a report that was adopted by the National Leadership Council (NLC) in May 2008. As part of this report the Career Field Academy Program was established.

The Career Field Academy Training Program is to include seven tracks: Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Protection Rangers, Interpretive Rangers, Administrators, Facility Managers, and Specialty Professions.

The Career Academy for Natural Resources is currently under planning and construction. Please visit our Academy Developments page to learn about the latest progress.

For a look into the developmental history of the academy concept please view the Learning and Development Report: