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This Notice of Funding Opportunity seeks a Non-Federal Entity to assist the NPS in administering the Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) Internship Program. The FPL supports paid internships to Interns in higher education to address management issues associated with ongoing environmental change and other emerging challenges in national park units.

The purpose of this program is three-fold:
1. Interns gain valuable work experience, develop leadership skills through mentorship and guidance, and explore career paths in the Department of the Interior.
2. NPS parks and programs utilize innovative, cutting edge science to address high priority management challenges in national parks.
3. The NPS builds the next generation of leaders and a more diverse professional workforce through Direct Hire Authority.

The FPL places high-achieving undergraduates, graduate Interns, and recent graduates in national parks for 12 weeks in the summer to address needs associated with the management of natural, cultural, or historic resources, park infrastructure, visitor use, or interpretation and education. Projects funded through the FPL support Departmental priorities to utilize science to identify best practices to manage land and water and adapt to environmental change; modernize infrastructure; make cost-effective investments in maintenance; and communicate with neighboring communities. FPL projects are rigorous and designed to engage the best and brightest of the next generation in addressing needs of the NPS, simultaneously helping to build agency capacity through cost-efficient and forward-looking investments in the management of NPS resources and infrastructure.

Deadline: June 22, 2018

Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=303847