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NPS Fundamentals Residential Program – New Year, New Look!

NPS Fundamentals Program

Updated NPS Fundamentals

The NPS Fundamentals Residential Program on-boards new permanent employees by providing them with an opportunity to understand the NPS Mission, organization and basic operations. The program is pleased to announce FY20 class dates! This training and overview of the National Park Service is essential to the successful orientation, integration, and development of new employees.

The NPS’ goal is to reach every new employee within their first two years of employment. A key event in the on-boarding process is a 2-week residential session at Albright Training Center located in Grand Canyon National Park. We recognize, however, that with the complexities of life many employees are unable to be away from work and personal life responsibilities for 10 days of training.

New Year, New Look!

Starting in FY20, the Fundamentals Program will pilot five day classes beginning in November. If you are a new employee and would benefit from attending a shorter class, this is the class for you! We are excited to continue to bring new variety and options to the Fundamentals Program to better meet employee and agency needs. Albright Training Center will remain the heart of the program – now with 10-day and 5-day options – while also providing Fundamentals on the Road sessions where the Program collaborates with parks to offer the class in locations around the Service.

In a continued effort to enhance the Fundamentals class experience, a 3-day pilot for GS13 and above (including SES) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2019 through Thursday, August 15, 2019. If you would like to participate in this pilot contact Kristin Gibbs at kristin_gibbs@nps.gov for questions or to be added to the roster. The class size is limited to 15 participants.

Fundamentals travel is paid for by the Fundamentals Program. The Park/Unit/Region does NOT pay associated travel costs, and travel to Fundamentals does not affect your Park/Unit/Region travel ceiling. We look forward to seeing you at Fundamentals! Welcome to the NPS!

Additional Information

Please share this information with your new employees. If you have any general questions, please email Kimble Talley at kimble_talley@nps.gov.

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