Natural Resource Stewardship Competencies
The National Park Service's (NPS) Training and Development Program is dedicated to developing curricula based on competencies. The NPS Training and Development Program defines a competency as “a measurable pattern of knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and other characteristics that an individual needs to perform work roles or occupational functions successfully.” Through competency-based training and developmental opportunities, the natural resource career field works to enhance employees' knowledge, skills, and abilities for their personal and professional success.
Essential Competencies for Natural Resource Stewardship:
|An ability to effectively communicate complex, technical, or controversial natural resource information to diverse audiences through a variety of media.|
|NPS Resource Stewardship|
|The ability to effectively apply laws, policies, regulations, and guidelines in concert with scientific knowledge to protect park resources and ecological systems.|
|Planning and Compliance|
|The ability to apply scientific knowledge to identify and define natural resource issues, and to develop and evaluate alternative management strategies.|
|Demonstrated expertise in and contributions to science and scientific endeavors which are recognized by peers in Government agencies and the academic community as providing a strong foundation and leadership in the natural resources work performed.|
|Project & Program Management|
|The ability to apply knowledge of scientific concepts and NPS programs to plan, implement, and/or administer natural resource projects.|
|In-depth knowledge of current ecological and scientific principles with an ability to evaluate results of research that can be used to resolve diverse and complex park natural resource issues.|
|The knowledge and ability to apply sound scientific approaches and appropriate methods to resolve natural resource management issues, including the design, conduct, and evaluation of inventory, monitoring, and research projects.|
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