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Interpretive Development Program


Welcome to the National Park Service’s Interpretive Development Program website. This site is designed to aid all interpreters, no matter who you work for or where you are in your career, with your on-going professional growth and development. The profession of interpretation is continuously evolving and this site will help you keep track of the trends and developments in interpretation.

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03 Apr 2014 4:47 pm

  Did you know last year the National Park Service ranked 200th out of 300 agencies for the best places to work in the federal government?  What causes our organization to rank so low? Data shows some of our dissatisfaction comes from working in isolation -- leading to duplication, disconnection, and feeling unappreciated.   In the last couple months, I've had a chance to discuss the employee viewpoint survey in a number of settings. The word that keeps arising for me is "alignment." Employees want more communication, input, and feedback from supervisors and leaders, mostly so they know they are on the right track. We all want to know the work we do matters.    But working in isolation can...

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