The Facility Manager Leaders Program (FMLP), the Eppley Institute’s long-running leadership training program for the Park Facility Management Division of the National Park Service (NPS), is preparing to do directed field experiences at six NPS units. The directed field experiences will give participants in the program the opportunity to work with and run analyses on real facilities maintenance data, and provide parks with recommendations to improve facility management practices and processes. While each of the field experiences vary, FMLP participants often conduct facility condition assessments, review project data, review staffing models, work with other divisions regarding cultural and natural resource management issues, and provide the park with an overall recommendations report. With limited staff at many units, the outside perspective the students can provide through field experiences can be extremely beneficial to the NPS units. Since the beginning of the program in 2006, FMLP students and instructors have visited a total of 50 National Park Service units.
In the months of February and March, 19 students organized into six teams and six NPS and Eppley instructors will be heading out for field experiences. The participants will be working at the following NPS units:
- Badlands National Park
- Big Bend National Park
- Cabrillo National Monument
- Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
- Horace Albright Training Center, Stephen T. Mather Training Center, and the Historic Preservation Training Center
- Lowell National Historic Park