DOI Employee Organizations

The Department of the Interior's employees are a dedicated, diverse, and dynamic workforce. Many employees participate in and support employee-driven groups (Employee Organizations) that contribute to improved agency operations, personnel management, and employee effectiveness and engagement. This site is a resource for DOI employees seeking information about Employee Organizations (Civic & Networking Groups, Employee Resources Groups, Professional Associations). Explore the links below to learn about how to become a recognized group at DOI and find information about certified organizations.

  • Civic & Networking Groups (CNG) are organizations consisting of employees whose interest is in implementing employee welfare and morale activities. They serve to help to maintain a work environment that is inviting; provide support and/or social networks for employees; enhance opportunities for cross-organizational relationship building; and may serve as a resource to employees in providing personal and/or professional educational forums and promoting special social interests, and the like.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERG) are employee-led groups with members who are drawn together by a common interest and work towards advancing relevancy, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organizations. ERGs have charters with specific goals and objectives the group aims to achieve. ERGs are encouraged to identify a Leadership Liaison (LL). An LL is a DOI manager (generally at the GS-15 level or above) who provides advice and counsel to guide the ERG’s development, keeps the group focused on organizational goals, supports the group through communication and visibility, and keeps the ERG connected to DOI leadership. The LL serves in an advisory capacity and shall not lead or be an officer of the group.
  • Professional Associations (PA) are organizations seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.

Certification:

Any Employee Organization seeking recognition must email the following information to the DOI Office of Human Capital (OHC) at DOI_Office_of_Human_Resources@ios.doi.gov

Professional Development and Training for Employee Organizations

Any inquiries regarding professional development, training, or similar needs for new or existing employee organizations should be directed to DOICivilRights@ios.doi.gov.

Resources & Policies:

Certified DOI Employee Organizations
Type Organization Name POC Purpose
CNG BLM Anchorage Employee Association (AEA) Candy Grimes (BLM) To foster unity and promote the social, recreational, and general welfare of BLM Anchorage employees.
CNG Casa Grande Employees Association Kelly Vandenburg (NPS) To promote social, recreational and educational activities that build harmonious relations and a sense of community among NPS, Border Patrol, and San Vicente School employees.  
CNG Catoctin Mountain Park Employee Association Chris Hey (NPS) To organize, sponsor and support activities that build harmonious relations and build a sense of community amongst employees of Catoctin Mountain Park.
CNG Dam Good Speakers Toastmasters nick.phillip@dol.gov To provide a support and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth
CNG Denali All Employee Association Cinnamon Dockham (NPS) To promote a positive work environment for the benefit of the Denali National Park and Preserve employees by providing or supporting recreational, social and physical activities and emotional support to increase the overall morale of the workforce.
CNG Denver Employees Area Office of Natural Resources Revenue (DEAONNR) Carrie Anderson (ONRR) To administer the social and recreational activities of the Denver Area Office of Natural Resources Revenue (DEAONRR) employees.
CNG Denver Reclamation Employee's Association (DREA) Bonnie Lehnerz (BOR) To promote and maintain social, recreational and general welfare of Reclamation employees; fostering unity, cooperation, and friendship among Reclamation employees and their immediate families; cooperating with other organizations towards these objectives; and maintaining and advancing the public regard and respect for the personnel and activities of the US Bureau of Reclamation.
CNG Federal Reclamation Employees' Association - New Melones Diana Popkins (BOR) To promote and maintain the social, recreational, economic and general welfare of Reclamation employees; fostering unity, cooperation, and friendship among Reclamation employees and their immediate families; cooperating with other organizations towards these objectives; and maintaining and advancing the public regard and respect for the personnel and activities of the US Bureau of Reclamation.  
CNG Federal Reclamation Employees' Association, Folsom (Central California Area Office) Zarela Guerrero (BOR) To promote and maintain the social, recreational, and general welfare of Reclamation employees, fostering unity, cooperation and friendship among Reclamation employees, and otherwise maintaining and advancing the public regard and respect for the personnel and activities of the BOR.
CNG Federal Reclamation Employee Association - Fresno, South-Central California Area Office (SCCAO-Fresno FREA) Sarah Gann (BOR) To promote and maintain the social, recreational, economic and general welfare of Reclamation employees; fostering unity, cooperation, and friendship among Reclamation employees; cooperating with other organizations towards these objectives; and maintaining and advancing the public regard and respect for the personnel and activities of Reclamation.
CNG Glacier Employee Association (GEA)- NPS Debby Smith (NPS) The purpose of the Glacier Employee Association (GEA) is to foster goodwill, establish procedures for employee social events, and to provide appropriate remembrances for staff of Glacier National Park.
CNG Interior Toastmasters Club Renee Logan (BOEM)  
CNG Katmai Employee Association (KEA) Cathy Dalrymple (NPS) Katmai Employee Association is organized exclusively to enhance the morale and welfare of current Katmai National Park and Preserve (KATM) employees by facilitating employee cohesion; planning and organizing social events; funding special occasion gifts for employees; funding recreational equipment; providing recreating fuel management for Katmai employees, volunteers, and immediate family of KATM employees at Brooks Camp and King Salmon.
CNG Moab Employee Association (BLM) Carrie Darcey (BLM) To provide a source of funds for going away and retirement gifts, illness remembrance and other employee benefits such as an employee picnic and holiday dinner.
CNG Montana Area Office Reclamation Employee's Association (MAO REA) Stephanie Micek (BOR) To foster unity and promote the social, recreational, and general welfare of Reclamation employees and their immediate families.
CNG Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Fort Collins Employee Association (NRSS-FOCO) Sara Melena (NPS) To foster the spirit of fellowship, while encouraging high morale, among all employee, retirees, partners, and volunteers at the NRSS Fort Collins office.
CNG Nebraska-Kansas Reclamation Employee's Association (NK-REA) Tanner Rousselle (BOR) To foster unity and promote the social, recreational, and general welfare of Reclamation employees and their immediate families.
CNG NOC Employee Association (NOCEA) Melissa Hutchison (BLM)  
CNG North Cascades Employee Association (NCEA) Stacy McDonough (NPS) To organize and support activities which help foster the spirit of fellowship, while encouraging high morale, among all employees, retirees, and volunteers of North Cascades National Park Service Complex (NOCA) Community.
CNG NPS Employee's Association- Pacific West Region - Seattle Susan Dolan (NPS) To organize, sponsor and support activities that build harmonious relations and build a sense of community amongst employees of the PWRO - Seattle, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Discover Your Northwest, and our partners.
CNG Olympic Park Employee Association (OEA) Kevan Keegan (NPS) To foster the spirit of fellowship among the current and former staff of Olympic National Park, to honor them in times of celebration and support them in time of need, and to extend an arm of care to our surrounding communities.
  Presidential Management Fellows Advisory Council (PMF-AC) Mara Lopez (FWS) To strengthen the profile of the PMF program and support fellows, past and present, throughout their careers at DOI.
CNG Reclamation Employees Association (REA) Ryan Beecher (BOR) To promote and maintain the social, recreational, and general welfare, and to enhance the morale of Reclamation employees and retirees.
CNG Wyoming Area Office Reclamation Employee's Association (WREA) Regis Michelena (BOR) To further the social and economic welfare of current and former WYAO employees and their immediate families
ERG DOI National Association of Hispanic Employees (NAHE) Isabel Long (OS) and Alfredo Aretxabaleta (USGS)

To promote the mission of DOI and the bureaus within the Hispanic community; serve as a resource for all DOI employees and support the recruitment, retention and advancement of Hispanics within DOI. Hispanic Heritage Month

ERG DOI Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Lena Chang (USFWS) To support DOI in addressing issues of interest to the DOI Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and to foster professional development and networking among its members.
ERG DOI Vets Jeremy Spears (OIG) To create a DOI-wide working environment supportive of Vets and understanding of skills and qualifications Vets bring to DOI. DOI Vets also connects Vets to DOI and other resources to assist Vets in becoming successful in achieving their career goals.
ERG USGS Vets Frederick Harris (USGS) To positively influence the environment; to ensure professional, equal, and fair treatment; and to share and promote culture differences and similarities for all Veterans. To assist in cultivating an inclusive and high-performing workforce that empowers all of its Veterans and understanding of skills and qualifications that Veterans bring to USGS and DOI.
ERG Disabilities Inclusion Network Dawn Childs (USGS) To cultivate an inclusive environment for all employees with disabilities who self-identify as being disabled. We will work to broaden our understanding and knowledge by sharing ideas, performing community service and networking as it relates to DOI. USGS and Science staff who have family members with disabilities and to assist the office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity by recruiting, developing and retaining qualified candidates with disabilities.
ERG Council for Indigenous Relevancy, Communication, Leadership & Excellence (CIRCLE) Alisha Deegan (NPS) Serves as an advisory body to DOI leadership.  Provides recommendations and guidance regarding the development of action plans and initiatives designed to increase hiring and retention, and improve the visibility of DOI American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) employees.  Also functions as a service-wide resource for DOI managers to enhance and better understand national AI/AN/NH issues.
ERG Employees for the Advancement of People with Disabilities (EAPWD) Wyndeth Davis (NPS)
Richard de la O (NPS)
To serve as a catalyst for cultural change within NPS/DOI for present and potential employees with disabilities, their families, their supervisors and co-workers, allies and NPS managers. Strive for equity in opportunities for employees with disabilities to be recruited and hired, to improve and advance, and to fully participate in every facet of NPS life.  We advise NPS senior leadership on policies and practices that support employees, emphasize the issues we have in comment, and advocate for awareness and an inclusive, respectful and positive environment.
ERG LGBTQ+ (NPS) Rebecca Shaffer (NPS)
David Blackburn (NPS)
To champion a National Park Service/DOI culture that is inclusive and participatory, which values the diverse ideas, experience, and backgrounds of every individual, and empowers an innovative, flexible, and resilient NPS to engage the opportunities and challenges of the future.  Provide the LGBTQ workforce and visitors a sense of community and belonging, enhance visibility of the LGBTQ workforce and history in the national park system, advise the agency on LGBTQ topics and opportunities to include positive change, and empower employees and provide resources for their professional development. 
ERG NPS Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group (AAPI ERG) Brenda Ling (NPS)

The NPS Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) ERG serves the agency and its employees by addressing the unique needs of AAPI employees, volunteers, interns, and visitors. In keeping with the agency's goals to increase relevancy, diversity, and inclusion, the AAPI ERG collaborates with other NPS ERGs to advise NPS senior leadership on policies and practices that support its members. The AAPI ERG works to enhance the visibility of AAPI history in the national park system. The AAPI ERG serves its membership through activities that connect members, support their career goals, foster community, and cultivate a culture of inclusion.

ERG Professional Latinos (USGS) Noelia Garcia (USGS) To educate and promote diversity of the Latino roots, build a professional work environment, create a support network for community involvement and inclusion of its members.
ERG DOI/USGS WISdom Katherine Skalak (USGS) To address the unique needs of women in the workforce, especially as it pertains to science, including employees, volunteers and interns. In keeping with the agency's goals to increase relevancy, diversity, and inclusion, WISdom collaborates with other ERGs to advise USGS Senior Leadership on policies and practices that support its members, support and promote the visibility of women's issues and achievements, and enable USGS to support a work environment that is free of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. 
ERG DOI/USGS ONYX Angela Moye (USGS) To cultivate an inclusive environment for all employees who self-identify as Black Americans, African American, West Indian or of African descent.  Work to highlight and celebrate the contributions past and present of African Diaspora as it relates to DOI, USGS and Science. To positively influence the environment, ensure professional, equal and fair treatment, share and promote cultural differences and similarities for all employees of African descent. Assist in cultivating and inclusive and high-performing workforce that empowers all of its members and understand of skills and qualifications people of African descent bring to USGS and DOI.
ERG DOI/USGS Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer ERG James Mosley (USGS) To positively influence the environment, to ensure professional, equal and fair treatment, share and promote culture differences and similarities for all employees who identify themselves as LGBTQ.  To assistant in cultivating an inclusive and high-performing workforce that empowers all of its LGBTQ employees and understanding of skills and qualifications that they bring to USGS and DOI.
ERG Women's Employee Resource Group (W-ERG) Megan O'Malley (NPS) The Women’s Employee Resource Group (W-ERG) exists to support and empower women and NPS employees of all genders. The group works with employees and NPS leadership to identify and dismantle systemic gender bias within the NPS through education and advocacy. Recognizing the intersectional nature of identity, the W-ERG collaborates with other ERGs and non-NPS resources in support of workplace equity.
ERG Hispanic Organization on Relevancy, Advising, Leadership and Exellence (HORALE) Angie Alvino (NPS) Serves as an advisory body to DOI leadership.  Provides recommendations and guidance regarding the development of action plans and initiatives designed to increase hiring and retention, and improve the visibility of DOI Hispanic/Latino employees.  Also functions as a service-wide resource for DOI managers to enhance and better understand national Latino issues. Hispanic Heritage Month
ERG Employee Empowerment Collective (EEC) Daniel Calloway (NPS) Address the unique needs of African American employees and visitors.  Enhance the visibility of African American history in the national park system and assist the agency in improving the work environment for hiring, retaining and increasing visibility of its African American employees.
ERG Federally Employed Women (FEW) Anita Gonzales-Evans (BTFA) To support the purposes of the FEW and work with DOI bureaus and offices, as well as other organizations, to end sex discrimination in employment in government service; educate and inform its members of job opportunities and training programs, and provide information on policy issues affecting women in government. 
ERG FWS Pride FWS_Pride_ERG@fws.gov To foster and cultivate a safe, welcoming, open, and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ employees, visitors, volunteers, interns, contractors, retirees, partners, and allies within and across the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
PA Early Career Scientists Network (ECSN) Laurie Hall (USGS) To positively influence the environment, to ensure professional, equal and fair treatment, share and promote culture differences and similarities for all ECSN. To assist in cultivating an inclusive and high-performing workforce that empowers all of its ECSN members and understanding of skills and qualifications that Early Careers Scientists bring to USGS and DOI.

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