Workforce Development and Career Exploration in Parks and Recreation

Workforce development and career exploration programs are critical contributors to the future success of parks and recreation.

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

In December 2020, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Research team surveyed park and recreation leaders to gain a better understanding of the current state of workforce development and career exploration programs at park and recreation agencies. The 13-question survey asked about workforce development and career exploration programs, focusing on the nature of these programs, agency partners, and the challenges of recruiting and cultivating a diverse workforce. The survey’s 321 responses from park and recreation leaders across the United States are the basis of this report.

Attached document published January 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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