Communities & Workforce
National parks are the landscapes on which we build community and cultivate stewardship. The National Park Foundation (NPF), together with our partners, supports an expansive network of local non-profit organizations, volunteer groups, and service corps dedicated to critical preservation and restoration projects across the country. NPF’s Communities & Workforce programming aims to grow the capacity of partners, as well as inspire and diversify the next generation of outdoor leaders. Increased capacity in the park partner community strengthens our collective support of critical preservation, restoration, and protection projects in parks across the country.
From service corps crews that preserve historical sites, restore trails, and remove invasive species in parks, to strengthening the park community and collaborative efforts, NPF’s Communities & Workforce programs highlight the power of teamwork and collective dedication to preserve our nation’s most treasured places.
NPS Internships – In national parks across the country, NPF supports the hiring of interns to assist the National Park Service (NPS) in a variety of ways. From interns uncovering women's history in parks to partnering with the Fund II Foundation for its internX program, the support of internships in parks is vital to both building park staff capacity and engaging young professionals.
Service Corps Crews – In 2020, NPF and our partners expanded our support of a diverse network of service corps crews, building upon the impact of 2019 service corps programs that built and restored over 250 miles of trail and the planted of more than 36,000 trees and other plant species.
Strong Parks, Strong Communities – Enhancing the collaborative power of partnership, NPF, NPS, and the National Park Friends Alliance provide critical support to NPS’ approximately 450 local philanthropic organzations through capacity building grants, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and collaborative resources.
Single-Identity Service Corps – As part of our commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in the park community and in service corps programs, NPF provides funding to make single-identity service corps crews possible, including LGBTQ+, American Sign Language, Latina, Women, and Native American crews.
Funding Critical Research – In 2020, NPF, in collaboration with NPS and the National Park Friends Alliance, conducted a study on the impact, capacity, and needs of park partner organizations. The report found that the over 450 organizations play a vital role in connecting people to their national park sites and have a diverse set of needs.
Supporting Stewardship Superstars – In 2019, NPF supported the placement of nine AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTAs) in eight different park partner organizations. These full-time VISTAs provided vital staffing power in these organizations, recruiting volunteers, developing communications strategies, spearheading new programs, and supporting fundraising efforts.
Communities & Workforce Partners
Our Communities & Workforce partners believe in the power of teamwork and the collective dedication to preserve our nation's national parks.