This forty-hour interdisciplinary course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work. They will practice these skills through resource protection case studies.
This training focuses on the employee’s ability to recognize a diversity of natural and cultural resources existing throughout the national park system and the types of threats and vulnerabilities associated with these resources. Participants utilize the legal basis (including compliance) for resource protection. They develop skills and strategies to respond and take action to prevent resource injuries through interdisciplinary collaboration. Methods for implementing resource protection, visitor education, and visitor management techniques are explored. Participants will leave this training with the basic level knowledge required to apply legal authorities to safeguard natural and cultural resources. They will develop an understanding of the broad range of threats to park resources, and strategies to recognize, respond, and take action to resource impacts. Participants will gain experience using interdisciplinary group processes to ensure effective collaboration among NPS staff, partners and the public.
Participants will be required to complete pre- and post-course work to receive full credit for the course. Part of the post-course work will include developing an outline of a response plan SOP for a resource injury.
Law enforcement refresher credit (28.5 hours) is available for this class.