Call for Participants: Future Leaders Council of the National Parks Conservation Association

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Interested in enhancing your civic voice and improving your leadership capabilities? Love your national parks? The Future Leaders Council of the National Parks Conservation Association may be the place for you.

In today’s busy world, the challenge of connecting Americans to their national parks looms large. With so many options to how we spend our time and attention, it’s easy for many things to fall off our radar. But our national parks, often called America’s Best Idea, deserve much better than that. They are our most spectacular vistas, the sites of our greatest triumphs, and reminders of our growth, and growing pains, as a nation. They deserve our engagement and our support, now and in the future.

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) believes that engaging young people is critical to ensuring that our national parks are protected. Some ways we’re currently doing this include developing local programs connecting youth to national parks, building robust social media platforms, and providing advocacy trainings. But we need to do more.

As part of our effort to tackle this challenge, NPCA is launching a Future Leaders Council in Spring 2014. The Council will bring together a group of ten individuals, ages 18-34, to explore effective methods of engaging their generation in national park advocacy and protection. This is an opportunity to bring in fresh perspectives and diverse voices to the national park conversation and help ensure that national parks will continue to have strong advocates for their protection now and for generations to come.

What We’re Looking For
NPCA is recruiting individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 who are motivated by national parks, conservation, advocacy, or reflecting the voice of their generation to participate in our Future Leaders Council. Together, the ten members of the Council will develop recommendations for NPCA staff and Board on a vision, goals, and outcomes for how NPCA can more effectively engage their generation in national park advocacy. The Council will build on NPCA’s ongoing work to engage youth and young adults by recommending pilot projects and initiatives to expand our short and long term impact on engaging the public in park protection issues.

What You’ll Get Out of Participating

As a member of the Council, you will be part of a membership organization that has been successfully advocating for national parks for 94 years. You will have opportunities to interact with and learn from members of NPCA’s staff who are experts in their fields, as well as members of our Board of Trustees, National Council, and Regional Councils. Throughout the time you are on the Council, we will also offer professional development opportunities to help improve your skill set for whereveryour professional life may take you.

As part of the inaugural class of NPCA’s Future Leaders Council, you will also have the rare opportunity to shape an advisory body from its inception. You will play a significant role in determining how the Council functions and the goals it strives to achieve, not just during the years you participate, but for the lifetime of the Council.

Most important, you will have the opportunity to help our national parks by building their constituency of the future.

To fulfill the mission of the Council and ensure robust participation, all prospective Council members must be:
 Age 18 to 34;
 Able to serve on the Council for at least two years;
 Able to participate* in four (4) national meetings a year, two in-person and two
 Able to participate* in up to two (2) Regional Council meetings per year, based
on your geographic location;
 And available to attend the first meeting of the Future Leaders Council in
Washington, DC, during the week of April 7, 2014.

*Travel expenses to national and regional meetings will be covered by NPCA.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

 This is not a paid position, though NPCA will cover expenses related to
 The in-person meetings will be multi-day and will likely require you to miss
work or school.
 NPCA is an advocacy organization and you will be asked to visit Capitol Hill to
advocate for national parks.
 Council members will need to pass a background check and sign confidentiality
and conflict of interest agreements.

How to Apply
All prospective council members must fill out the online application: As part of the online application, prospective council members will be asked to submit a resume and two references. Please have these items prepared before beginning to fill out the online application.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Kamrath at (202)419-3719 or

Next Steps
All prospective council members will be notified of their acceptance status by February 28, 2014. Prior to that point, you may be contacted by a member of the NPCA staff regarding your application.

Accepted applicants should be prepared to travel to Washington, DC, the week of April 7, 2014. Please do not make travel arrangements until you are notified of acceptance to the Council.

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