Career Field Reports Related to Natural Resource Competencies

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Natural Resource Workforce Succession Plan:
Gap Analysis of Competencies Among Senior Natural Resource Program Managers

National Park Service and Clemson University June 2005

 
The purpose of this study was to provide guidance to the NPS natural resource training community regarding the management of workforce succession by analyzing data on training competencies of senior NPS natural resource management professionals. The data were originally collected as part of a comprehensive training needs assessment of all personnel holding positions in the Natural Resource Stewardship Career Field (George Mason University, Center for Recreation and Tourism Research and Policy, 2003). A subset of those data was used in the current study; analyses were conducted for
all employees holding the rank of GS-12 or above and classified as Advanced Level Natural Resources Discipline Specialists and Advanced Level Natural Resources Program Managers. If you would like a copy of this report you can email the Natural Resource Training Manager found in the contacts tab.
 

Natural Resources Stewardship Career Field Training Needs Assessment

National Park Service and George Mason University March 2003

 

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Center for Recreation and Tourism Research and Policy, George Mason University, conducted a Servicewide Training Needs Assessment for NPS employees in the Natural Resources Stewardship Career Field. The survey was conducted from July 2002 through November 2002. [See the Natural Resources Stewardship Career Field Servicewide Training Needs Assessment Final Report, March 2003 for complete results of this study].

The purposeof this study was to:

  • Obtain baseline data to be used for identification of existing and future employee training needs; and,
  • Determine training and development priorities for employees in each occupational group.

This study was designed to specifically accomplish the following objectives:

  • To determine the perceptions of employees regarding the importance of their essential competencies;
  • To determine the perceptions of employees regarding their level of preparedness to perform essential competencies; and,
  • To assess the gaps in existing training, given the perceived importance of essential competencies and level of preparedness to perform them.

Essential competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) for NPS employees in the Natural Resources Stewardship Career Field are clustered in seven categories. These are:

  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Scientific Method
  • Resource Stewardship
  • Planning and Compliance
  • Professional Credibility
  • Communication
  • Program and Project Management

The essential competencies vary in complexity between occupational groups and for each performance level (technician, entry/developmental, journey, and advanced).

If you would like a copy of this report you can email the Natural Resource Training Manager found in the contacts tab.