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2019 Green Infrastructure Training Opportunity


NRPA is partnering with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (
NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country. Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and WEF, the NGICP is a national-level certification program aimed at creating a pool of credentialed field workers that possess the foundational knowledge to properly build, inspect and maintain green infrastructure stormwater practices across the United States.

In May 2019 (May 13 - 16) NRPA will host a 2.5-day NGICP training for park and/or affiliated professionals in Philadelphia, PA, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The training opportunity will include a combination of online learning, classroom presentations, practice quizzes
and field experiences and will focus on green stormwater infrastructure construction, inspection and maintenance and will touch upon building successful green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks that provide multiple benefits to communities through community engagement and partnerships. NRPA will award 25 applicants with scholarships to attend the training and sit for the certification exam. NRPA will provide breakfast and lunch and cover lodging for the training and each selected applicant will receive a $350 stipend for airfare and travel incidentals.

This training opportunity is an offering of NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Campaign (GUPC). NRPA launched the GUPC in 2015 with the primary purpose of improving environmental and social outcomes in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green stormwater infrastructure projects within parks and developing resources and training for
park, planning, and other professionals to improve equity through green infrastructure.

  • The applicant must be a current employee of a park and recreation agency, municipal agency or nonprofit responsible for the maintenance and management of parks.
  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent (and be prepared to show proof, if requested).
  • The applicant must commit to attend a 2.5 day in-person training and complete an additional 16 hours of online training ahead of the in-person portion (applicants will receive access to the training materials in March 2019).
  • The applicant must provide at least one letter of support from a direct supervisor and preferably an additional letter from their park and recreation agency director (or equivalent).
  • The applicant must have direct involvement with (either performing or supervising employees who perform) green stormwater management, natural resource management, park maintenance, or equivalent land management tasks.
Preference will be given to: 
  • Municipal and park and recreation department employees.
  • Applicants who supervise and train other park agency or municipal staff responsible for the maintenance and long-term care of parks and public green space.
  • Applicants who are active in the development of green infrastructure programs/projects in parks, and/or those who demonstrate interest in taking on such tasks after receiving this training.
Successful Applicants will:
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to working in parks.
  • Clearly articulate their personal and professional interest in the green infrastructure training opportunity.
  • Describe how the training will contribute to current or future projects within their agency.
  • Provide a letter of support from their direct supervisor.
Timeline and Important Dates
                         November 1, 2018 ------- Application opens
                         December 17, 2018 ----- Application closes
                         January 16, 2019 -------- Applicants selected and notified
                         March 2019 --------------- Selected applicants receive access to online materials
                         April 2019 ------------------ Virtual information session
                         May 13 - May 16, 2019 - In-person training and exam

Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST Monday, December 17, 2018. Applicants will be notified whether or not they were selected for a grant by January 16, 2019.

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