Fundamentals: Your Introduction to the National Park Service

The NPS Fundamentals training program is designed to serve as the foundation for all careers in the NPS. The mission of the program is to invest in new employees, deepen their understanding of the NPS mission and operations, and build their commitment to the NPS core values.

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New Employee? Start Here

New Employees should begin with the “Welcome New NPS Employees!” onboarding webinar to learn what resources you’ll need to be successful as you begin your NPS Career.

Anyone looking to develop a foundational understanding of the National Park Service is encouraged to review the Resources for New Employees page.

NPS Fundamentals Residential Program at Horace Albright Training Center

We are hoping to be able to return to in-person Fundamentals programs soon. When travel restrictions are lifted, we will open the registration process and try to accommodate as many participants as possible, including being more flexible about who is eligible. We will share updated information about the program and how to register as soon as we know when classes will resume.

In the meantime, the NPS Fundamentals team is offering  “NPS Fundamentals: Introductory Concepts for New Employees”  –with two formats to choose from; a 5 day webinar, 1.5 hour per day or 3 day webinar, 3 hour per day- lays the foundation for topics that will be covered in the residential program, focusing on the first 5 Universal Competencies.

For more information regarding the fundamentals program, email


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