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Natural Resources eLearning Back Online

The first two courses in the Career Academy for Natural Resources’ Orientation and Development module are once again available. Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources and Orientation to National Park Service Natural Resource Management were off-line for the past year as we reformatted them to run on DOI Talent.

About the Classes

These classes are designed for natural resource professionals at the entry/developmental level, as well as any natural resource professional new to the NPS. The second course in the series, Orientation to National Park Service Natural Resource Management, is also a good introduction for employees from any career field who are interested in learning more about natural resource management.

Both classes are available on DOI Talent to any permanent, term or seasonal employee, and each takes about 2 hours to complete.

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Screen shot of Intro to the Career Academy for Natural Resources

Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources orients students to the natural resource management and science career path. It explains the role of the natural resource professional within the National Park Service, and introduces the concepts of ethical conduct, scientific integrity, interdisciplinary networks, and building and maintaining professional credibility. Students address their professional development by exploring ways to design and implement professional development plans.

It is recommended that natural resource professionals take Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources before taking Orientation to NPS Natural Resource Management.

Screen shot from Intro to NPS Natural Resource Management

Orientation to National Park Service Natural Resource Management outlines the evolution of the natural resource stewardship philosophy of the National Park Service. It identifies laws, policies, and legal authorities that govern natural resource management, and introduces foundational concepts and tools for science-based management; the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration; and the fundamentals of natural resource leadership. It concludes with a simple case study which provides learners with the opportunity to apply the course material by responding to a threat to a park resource.


The remaining courses in this series, Introduction to Air Resources and Introduction to Climate Change in National Parks, as well as the online course Orientation to National Park Service Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy should be available again by mid-summer.

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