Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law

Where: St Louis, MO
Jul 29 - Aug 2, 2019


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.

Training Details

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.

Learning Objectives

This training will help participants to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the legal framework that safeguards natural and cultural resources in the National Park System
  • Explain why knowledge of park resources and values is central to each employee’s responsibility
  • Describe why every employee has a responsibility to take action to contribute to the protection of system unit resources
  • Use an integrated approach to identify and communicate threats to system unit resources for the purpose of ensuring that resource injuries are addressed
  • Demonstrate effective group processes to ensure interdisciplinary and cooperative actions among NPS staff, partners and the public

Estimated Completion Time

52 Hour/s


Target Audience:

This course is recommended for commissioned employees, interpreters in resource education and public information, resource management discipline specialists, and facility management employees who will work in interdisciplinary teams. Priority for facilities employees will go to participants in the Facility Management Leadership Program. Other disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Permanent and term employees will receive priority for participation.


Registration closes June 19.

All applicants will be placed on the waiting list once approved by their supervisor, and selections will be made once all applications have been received. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than June 21.

Travel to be paid by the befitting account. Small travel scholarships may be available to help defray the cost of attending the training. Scholarship applications must be submitted by COB June 19.

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