Press Release Feb 1, 2023

NPCA Recognized as One of USA’s Top Workplaces

“Truly, our greatest asset is our people.” Theresa Pierno, President and CEO

WASHINGTON – Today, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), is being recognized as a USA Top Workplace. Employee feedback, collected through an independent company, is the sole basis for determining which organizations make the Top Workplaces list. NPCA partnered with Energage, a purpose-driven technology company specializing in employee surveys and industry-leading data, to be considered for this top honor. At the core of the awards program is an employee survey, collecting anonymous feedback from those who know our organization best: NPCA’s expert staff across the country.

“Truly, our greatest asset is our people,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association. “They are some of the most passionate, thoughtful and curious people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. When they share their diverse life experiences and perspectives, it makes our park protection work so much stronger, especially with how we connect with our partners and communities. One of my top priorities for this organization is to ensure our staff feel valued and empowered to have meaningful, impactful careers while making a difference in the world. Our success is linked to our shared values, bringing all voices to the table, caring for each other and growing together.”

Since taking the reins as President and CEO for NPCA in 2015 after serving on staff for 11 years, Pierno has made it a priority to invest more in staff, institutionalizing a caring, people-first culture. She has been a strong proponent for a range of benefits, including championing a four-day, 32-hour work week, enabling staff to take Fridays off to enjoy more time for themselves. As a proponent for flexibility and improving work-life balance, she has supported flexible telework options, paid sabbaticals — six-week periods of leave earned by staff after seven years of service at NPCA – and continues to prioritize diversifying staff, recognizing the benefit of how different life experiences brings richness to our discussions and our work collectively.

The Top Workplaces award is open to all companies with more than 150 U.S. employees, where NPCA was included in the mid-size range with 150-499 respectively. Nominated companies are evaluated based on results from an anonymous, research-backed employee survey that is powered by findings from 15 years of research and data, from more than 23 million employees across 70,000 organizations. NPCA is compared against the industry’s best-in-class. The survey included 24 questions with categories related to the future of the organization, employee development, how appreciated staff feel, confidence in the organization’s leadership, pay and work-life balance. The survey was conducted in October 2022.

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About the National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than 1.6 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit