mParks New Professionals (formerly Young Professionals)

New to the parks & recreation industry? You're not alone! Join the New Professionals focus area to gain essential skills that will take your career to the next level.  

The New Pros offers professional development through collaborative experiences, networking, volunteerism and leadership development.

New professionals are also invited to explore other focus areas, networks and committees.

Current Chair: Elissa Buck of Michigan DNR.

Important Updates - Get involved!


  • At the mParks Conference, the New Professionals will endorse sessions that can help you get to where you want to be professionally.  Look for the “NP” icon in your conference brochure.

New Professionals Events


Park Resources Meeting

Location TBD

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