Natural Resource Training Goals:

• Identify competency gaps in natural resource career field employee proficiency and design, develop, deliver, and evaluate curricula and training in order to enhance professional, proactive capabilities through interdisciplinary collaboration and partnering for natural resource stewardship.

• Work with partners internal and external to the National Park Service (NPS) to develop and implement a comprehensive, professional, competency-based curriculum for the interdisciplinary, professional employees in the natural resource career field, which is responsive to the needs of NPS field personnel and leadership strategic goals.

• Design and develop a professional, multidisciplinary, competency-based curriculum that delivers high quality training based on academic standards and measures the transfer of knowledge and skills to participants. Strive for courses to be certified for academic credit.

• Collaborate with partners to develop and continually refine training to ensure relevancy and training that exemplifies the highest of professional standards. Incorporate new and emerging scientific findings, resource and management issues in a dynamic continuum to provide capabilities to meet the changing, complex needs of the future.

• Strategically position National Park Service employees to immediately improve the performance of interdisciplinary teams engaged in resource stewardship, protection and visitor use management, responding to changing organizational, personal, and professional needs.

Natural Resource Guiding Principles

• Partner and communicate through all levels of the organization, including NPS leadership responsible for establishing strategic workforce direction, regional, and field personnel, to provide employees the capabilities required to respond to organizational needs.

• Work with other government partners (federal, state, and local), colleges and universities, private organizations, and tribes to develop and deliver professional training and development curricula and opportunities.

• Use a variety of learning opportunities, including formal education, life experiences, traditional classroom courses and workshops, seminars and conferences, on-the-job experience, and mentoring, and technological enhanced learning (TEL) strategies, such as self-paced computer courses, web casts, and satellite broadcast courses, or a blend of these activities.

• Ensure that a holistic, interdisciplinary, and multicultural approach is integrated into the training and development curriculum.

• Ensures that all curricula meet the Servicewide standard and is professional, efficient and effective. Provide rigor in courses to professionalize all work and ensure evaluation mechanisms are included in design and delivery. Work with partners at colleges and universities to accredit all courses for certification, continuing education credits and college level hours.

• Develop, use and maintain a website to facilitate employees’ access to competencies and information about training and development events, activities, and curriculum development status. The website will serve as a clearing house for information and courses available from a variety of sources to be easily accessible and meet the needs of NPS employees.