Friends and Volunteer Training Waiver

We are pleased to announce the FY 2018 Friends and Volunteer Training Waiver Program through the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). The program is open to all Friends and Volunteers throughout all U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs. The waiver program enables a limited number of official Friends members and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) volunteers the opportunity to take either in-class or online training courses offered through the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) at no or little expense to the participant or field station.

If enrolled in the waiver program, the following expenses are covered for the participant.

1) Waived - Course tuition for both online and in-class courses (limited number available),
2) Waived - Lodging and meals package for in-class courses at NCTC (limited number available),
3) Reimbursed - Up to but no more than $1000 for travel expenses for in-class courses at NCTC or off-site NCTC courses (limited number available and must be reviewed for consistency with established travel guidelines).

Note: Travel expenses for approved in-class training will need to be paid up front by the participant and will be fully reimbursed 6-8 weeks post training. Official travel guidelines will be provided once approved for enrollment into the waiver program.

This program is made possible by funding support through the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), the Friends of NCTC, Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program, and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) Division of Visitor Services and Communications.

Contact Joanna Webb, USFWS National Friends and Partnership Coordinator at Joanna_Webb@fws.gov or 703-358-2392 for details.


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