NPS Fundamentals Program Welcomes Mid-Career Employees

NPS Fundamentals Program

Updated NPS Fundamentals

Gain connections with new employees and develop your established NPS career with this new training opportunity that enables mid-career NPS employees to attend Fundamentals!


The NPS Fundamentals curriculum provides an overview of the agency and our mission. Participants will get an overview of NPS operations, build on soft skills like communication and teamwork, and have ample opportunity to build and strengthen their networks. As a mid-career employee, you will attend standard Fundamentals training alongside new agency employees. In addition, mid-career students will participate in specialized sessions that include networking, coaching and mentoring, access to experts and training in Followership, Emotional Intelligence, Clifton StrengthsFinder, and career development.

There are four NPS Fundamentals in FY20 with spaces for Mid-Career students. All four trainings will be held at Albright Training Center in Grand Canyon National Park.

Target Audience

Any employee with 10 or more years in permanent status in the agency and has never attended NPS Fundamentals.

How to Register

If interested, first gain supervisory approval to attend. Next email Kristin Gibbs, Kristin_Gibbs@nps.gov with your name, job title, park/office, supervisor’s name, years as a permanent employee with the agency, and preferred class dates.
Applicants are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Emails with incomplete or missing information as requested above will not be accepted until all information is received.

Additional Information

The Fundamentals Program will cover the travel and per diem for 15 employees per class. Note that Albright Training Center covers all travel expenses and the cost does not count against your park/office’s travel ceiling.
Selected participants will be expected to complete a variety of pre-class assignments totaling approximately 5 hours of work. This includes attendance in a 1-hour pre-class webinar.
For more information about the NPS Fundamentals Program, check out this resource.

Fundamentals with Mid-Career Training Dates

  • December 3 – 12, 2019 (currently waitlisted)
  • March 10 -19, 2020
  • June 9 – 18, 2020
  • September 15 – 24, 2020


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