Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Woman and two men converse with park ranger
NPS booth at Pride Fest 2012
  • Woman and two men converse with park ranger

  • Park ranger talking to man at park service booth

  • Woman and two park rangers posing for a photo

  • Park ranger pinning a badge on a young girl

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.


Alaska region employees reflect on Pride Month (video)

AK NPS booth at Pide Fest 2012
National Park Service employees celebrate Pride Month 2012
Last Updated: April 9, 2014