Careers at the National Park Foundation

Join our energetic, passionate team at the National Park Foundation. As the official charitable partner of America’s national parks, we help preserve, protect and promote our country’s most treasured places. Communicating about the parks, and fundraising to support them, is at the very center of our mission. Your work will make a direct and lasting impact on conservation, culture, preservation, recreation, education, stewardship, and volunteerism – preserving our national parks for centuries to come.

Current Job Listings

Chief Program Officer

The National Park Foundation is seeking a Chief Program Officer to join its leadership team. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and working in close collaboration with the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Program Officer (CPO) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for programs and partnership initiatives of the NPF. As a thought leader to the organization, this position serves an important role integrating the grants and partnership work of NPF and fostering close strategic relationships with key national and regional partners. Close alignment with the National Park Service will be paramount to the success of any candidate. In addition, internally, the CPO will act as a critical facilitator, reaching across the organization to foster a positive, collegial working environment. To learn more about and download the position profile, click here.

Vice President, Resource Management

The National Park Foundation is seeking a Vice President, Resource Management who will be responsible for managing the four mission pillars that fall under the Protect category (Landscape and Wildlife Conservation, History and Culture, Resilience and Sustainability, and Parks of the Future). This individual will manage a growing team of eight staff and will work closely with NPS to protect the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the park system. To learn more about and download the position profile, click here.

Senior Program Manager, History and Culture

This position will be responsible for managing a subset of the National Park Foundation’s (NPF) Protect area of work focused on history and culture in national parks. NPF’s History and Culture pillar works to preserve historic and cultural sites and help tell the stories that hold our shared history. The programs under the History & Culture pillar currently include the African American Experience Fund (AAEF), Latino Heritage Fund (LHF), Native American /Tribal/ Indigenous Program (NATI) and Asian American Pacific Islander Program (AAPI). NPF seeks a candidate to lead areas of the program to new levels focusing on supporting and promoting history and culture sites, their operations, and their development within the NPS system. The Senior Manager will ensure understanding, awareness, representation, and stewardship of history and culture sites and programming by partnering directly with the respective NPS stakeholders. This position will allow NPF to expand, innovate and think more strategically about our programmatic impact related to historic and cultural preservation – storytelling, tribal relationships/connections, infrastructure, and capacity building. To learn more about this position, click here.

Manager, Youth Education

The National Park Foundation (NPF) is entering an exciting phase in increasing impact, amplifying the stellar work of the National Park Service (NPS) and working toward a “collective” campaign that vastly increases the ability of NPF to support an extraordinary visitor experience for all people who visit any of the 420+ national park sites. The work of NPF programs is split into two primary categories, Connect and Protect. The primary role of Manager, Programs and Partnerships (PnP) is to meaningfully advance core projects that support the strategic theme of “Connecting Audiences” under the Connect pillars of NPF’s strategic plan. This work entails education, recreation, and visitor engagement programs that directly support the NPS and its partners. The programs Open OutDoors for Kids, Junior Ranger Angler and Field Science fall within the Youth Engagement and Education pillar and the Outdoor Exploration pillar which both work to connect youth, students, and families to meaningful, high-quality, safe and memorable experiences at parks across the country. The Manager will be responsible for planning, guiding, administering and assessing a subset of NPF’s programs and projects focused on youth education and engagement in national parks. To learn more about this position, click here.

Content Specialist, Programs and Partnerships

In partnership with the Chief Program Officer, the content specialist serves as the primary team member responsible for aggregating, developing, and communicating all content related to program needs, outcomes, and impacts.  This position will be critical in organizing NPF’s work by integrating and communicating the activities of NPF’s seven mission pillars and aligning them with Foundation’s impact goals. This role will focus on information gathering at an enterprise level and will help distill this data into funding proposals, program overview documents, and impact reports. Additionally, this role will coordinate with other NPF team members to create a data storage system to ensure all content is easy to find, manage, and utilize. Finally, this role will participate regularly in interdepartmental team meetings to disseminate critical information about the status of programs and projects. To learn more about this position, click here.


The National Park Foundation (NPF) seeks a driven and collaborative professional to fulfil the position of Consultant, Programs and Partnerships team. The consultant will support the planning, development, and coordination of programs and activities that advance the education and engagement mission of the National Park Service (NPS) through partner organizations, with an emphasis on implementation across geographic locations. This position will serve as a liaison for the Program and Partnerships team at NPF and the Interpretation, Education and Volunteerism Office at NPS. The consultant will operate from an NPS office in Washington, DC at least three days/week and the NPF office up to two days/week (though both entities are still in a hybrid virtual/in-office balance at the time of posting). Consultant will receive guidance from NPS staff, but provide deliverables to the NPF Vice President, Education and Engagement. Anticipated work schedule is 40 hours per week with a contract that extends to one year from the date of hire. Consultant position is partially grant funded. To learn more about this position, click here.

Chief of External Affairs

The Chief of External Affairs is a critical role for the Foundation, serving on the senior leadership team and managing an integrated marketing, communications, government relations and corporate partnerships portfolio. This position reflects the National Park Foundation’s continued investment in the belief that its consistent positioning and engagement is vital to its ongoing success, particularly given the importance of the organization’s brand awareness, government relations, and corporate partnership efforts. This leader will support each of these aims, which are core to the Foundation’s mission and will help the Foundation have a more significant voice in the broader community. Moreover, in close coordination with the Office of the President and other department heads, this position will be key to advancing the Foundation’s collective fundraising campaign as an organizational and strategic priority. In partnership with NPF leadership, the Chief of External Affairs will lead with impact and provide the vision for the overall marketing, communications, government relations and corporate partnerships program of the Foundation, as well as develop, meet, and communicate clear metrics of success including corporate partner activations, community file growth (email file, social media), web site traffic growth, constituent engagement and more. Primary goals of the department include building brand awareness with a focus on digital strategy and content, brand affinity, a strengthened community of supporters through multiple channels, and advancing key government relations objectives with Congress. To learn more about this position, click here.

Director, Media and Public Relations

The National Park Foundation (NPF) is seeking a Director of Media and Public Relations for our External Affairs team. This is a great opportunity to play a key role supporting a highly regarded national non-profit. The Director of Media and Public Relations is responsible for the development and implementation of media relations strategy and related public engagement initiatives to elevate the National Park Foundation’s brand and impact, raising awareness for and strengthening the Foundation’s reputation, among target audiences and key stakeholders through earned media, and public relations. This full-time position reports to the Senior Director of Communications and is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about this position, click here.

Senior Coordinator, External Affairs

The National Park Foundation (NPF) is seeking a Senior Coordinator for our External Affairs team. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role supporting team operations and projects for a highly regarded national non-profit. This position will work collaboratively with all departments across the organization to support and facilitate communications, marketing, government relations, brand, content, and corporate partnership plans for NPF. The Senior Coordinator will provide departmental support including calendar management for senior executive(s), operations support including invoice processing and tracking and expense report preparation, travel planning, research projects, and presentation (deck) preparation. This full-time position reports to the Chief of External Affairs and is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about this position, click here.

Manager, Prospect Research

The National Park Foundation is hiring a detail-oriented Manager for Prospect Research. The individual in this position is a member of the Philanthropy department, working closely with the major gifts and the operations teams to provide a wide scope of current and historical information. This data will inform and influence major and principal gift portfolios and prospect pools, be the basis for short and long-term strategic planning and provide supporting justification for the entire prospect pipeline and campaign planning/goal setting efforts. Data sets will include, but not be limited to, confirmed wealth and internal ratings information, philanthropic contributions and involvement, and other biographical data able to be delivered in various formats. This position requires considerable focus on financial details and significant time processing and evaluating publicly disclosed asset information. To learn more about this position, click here.

Specialist, Planned Giving

The Planned Giving Specialist works closely with the Director of Planned Giving to increase the number of individual donors with estate gifts to the Foundation. This person has primary responsibility for managing the marketing process, overseeing the planned giving database, responding to donor inquiries, and closing planned gifts. The Specialist may also be asked to assist with cultivation and stewardship activities including, but not limited to, donor events or outings in national parks. The Specialist will also share responsibility for collaborating with the Planned and Annual Giving team on additional development activities including, but not limited to, identification of planned giving prospects, special campaigns and projects, and other duties as assigned. To learn more about this position, click here.

Assistant Controller

the National Park Foundation is seeking an Assistant Controller to join the Finance Department. The Assistant Controller will assist the Controller in managing the accounting and finance operations and help maintain a cohesive and collaborative team environment. Responsibilities include establishing and maintaining accounting policies, best practices and procedures while operating efficiently and effectively in servicing the organization. The Assistant Controller will also be responsible for managing and supervising an operations team of up to three that perform accounts payable, accounts receivable and administrative functions.  The individual must also provide oversight of general ledger transactions and analysis, provide technical leadership to the team in adherence to generally accepted accounting principles, assist with preparation of financial statements, manage the annual audit and other special projects as assigned. To learn more about this position, click here.

Accounts Payable Coordinator

The National Park Foundation (NPF) is seeking an Accounts Payable Coordinator for our Finance and Administration team. The Accounts Payable Coordinator, under the supervision of the AP Manager and Controller performs a variety of accounting, administrative, and logistical support functions. In addition to day-to-day finance, accounting and accounts payable tasks, this position is responsible for creating reports, maintaining files and records, coordinating financial department activities, and serving as a backup processor of key and critical departmental functions. To learn more about this position, click here.

Business Process Analyst

The National Park Foundation is seeking a Business Analyst who will be responsible for designing and implementing business process, application, and data solutions. This role will facilitate organizational change and promote continuous improvement by implementing new processes, systems, and methods across the entire organization. The key activities of this role will be to help set up the right processes and systems by facilitating discovery sessions, proposing solutions, drafting business requirements, and managing timelines and implementation. This is a 6-month temporary position with the possibility of extension and/or full-time employment and will report to the Vice President, Information Technology. To learn more about this position, click here.

How to Apply

If you know you are the perfect candidate for one of these positions, we want to hear from you. Please refer to the full description of the position of interest for application details.

Equal Opportunity

The National Park Foundation (NPF) provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other protected status as established by law.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws, NPF is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities who, despite such disabilities, can perform their jobs with or without reasonable accommodation. NPF will attempt to provide reasonable accommodation to employees and job applicants with known disabilities, to permit them to perform their jobs safely and efficiently.