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The Experienced Services Program (ESP)

In 2018, the Department of the Interior was authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018: Public Law 115-141, Section 115 to enter into cooperative agreements with nonprofit organizations to utilize the talents of older workers (ages 55+) to fill workforce gaps, accomplish unexpected or non-routine projects, prevent skill attrition, and mentor newer employees.  The work can be part- or full-time, short- or long-term, consistent or intermittent, project-focused or fulfilling a specific organizational function. The jobs can be of any nature – professional, technical, operational, administrative.

To start your own Experienced Services Program at your park or office, contact Kristopher Jones, Director, DOI Programs at or 703-520-6396; or Kate O’Dell, Manager, DOI Programs, at or 303.242.8668.  We will consult with you on the best way to get experienced workers working for you.

About National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


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