National Parks Conservation Association Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2020

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4.3
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National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan (no image)
Tom Kiernan
6 Ratings
  1. "Easy-going but highly focused and competent"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Government Affairs Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Parks Conservation Association for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly, family-focused, incredibly motivated workplace that gives plenty of autonomy but also a really great organizational culture. Everyone is friendly and inviting and they do fantastic, important work.

    Cons

    I truly can't think of any. I loved my time at NPCA.

  2. "Overall Good Place to Work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Parks Conservation Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They really value work life balance here. I am RARELY asked to stay late and if I am they give me comp time to make up for it. My boss also allows me to work from home once a week, which has been a game changer for me. They also generally give employees opportunities to apply for vacant position and if you are up for doing the job they promote from within.

    Cons

    There is no way to move up unless a position opens or is created so if you're looking to move up quickly or even at a predictable pace that's not possible. The CEO also makes WAY too much money compared to the rest of our executive team (which is public info on the 990). They pay below market rate for non profits, which the market rate is already super low. Other than that the benefits are good though.

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  3. "Intern"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Parks Conservation Association for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone at this office is nice, easy to work with. It’s an older company so it’s very well organized.

    Cons

    I interned here at HQ and applied to 2 positions. I did not hear back from either of them, not even a rejection containing feedback on why they rejected me. I feel like this tells a lot about company. Also the pace of NPCA is so slow and they are really getting behind on technology/science etc I just feel like it might not be a good choice for long-term careers.

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  4. "Intern"

    5.0
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at National Parks Conservation Association

    Pros

    Truly wonderful people who care about National Parks.

    Cons

    Not there long enough to see a con.

  5. "Intern"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Parks Conservation Association

    Pros

    One of the best places I have ever interned. There was so much emphasis on the interns growth as a leader in the NGO/Environmental/Campaigning/Advocacy world. Interns were given hill experience, critical writing feedback, and the opportunity to take initiative and create some amazing and useful product. Loved loved loved loved my time here.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work was a little slow, wish it was a faster pace

  6. "Summer Internship in Field Office-Policy Researcher"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - SummerWildlife Conservation and Policy 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Parks Conservation Association for more than a year

    Pros

    Near complete autonomy over daily work and research project; received light direction and helpful feedback from permanent employees; field offices operate seemingly at their own discretion but in coordination with HQ plans and projects. Full-time employees are encouraged to visit national parks, and are given sabbatical leave to do so.

    Cons

    Field office can feel like a separate organization from HQ, simply as a result of the autonomy. Hard to get a sense of the atmosphere at NPCA as a whole, as each office will be different.

  7. "Loved NPCA"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I have been working at National Parks Conservation Association

    Pros

    -Given projects that challenge and build upon your skill set -Lovely work environment -The freedom to work independently but still able to ask questions or for help

    Cons

    -No Cons to report about this company

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  8. "Great place to work."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Parks Conservation Association full-time

    Pros

    Great nonprofit organization mission. Coworkers are passionate about what they do, friendly, respectful. Flexible schedules and teleworking permitted. Decent health benefits. Nice new office space and good location in downtown DC.

    Cons

    Not many downsides of working here, especially if you believe in the mission of protecting the parks! For some, the pay might be lower than what they're used to, but it's typical of non profits.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at National Parks Conservation Association full-time

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, great work life balance

    Cons

    Not enough room for advancement

  10. Helpful (5)

    "It depends on the department and program"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Parks Conservation Association full-time

    Pros

    The mission. The people (for the most part).

    Cons

    Leadership at the Sr. Director, and VP level. Pay scale - Most VPs make 6 figures. Most Sr. Coordinators qualify for housing vouchers. Not a good fit for introverts.

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