Workforce Development: A Resource Guide for Parks and Recreation

The term “workforce development” might not resonate with you or your agency at first glance, but chances are, at some level, your organization is already engaging in workforce development efforts.

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

This resource guide provides an overview of what intentional workforce development looks like so that you can engage external partners to help develop your own workforce development efforts. It highlights innovative workforce programs that advance economic and workforce equity opportunities for their communities while highlighting career opportunities in the field of parks and recreation. This resource’s key findings and lessons learned from these programs help to inspire your organization to further develop your own workforce development efforts.

Once you have finished reviewing this resource guide, make sure to check out NPRA’s Workforce Development Self-Guided Workbook. The self-guided workbook provides additional guidance for identifying and reaching your goals for community-based workforce development in the field of parks and recreation.

Attached document published June 2021

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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.

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