Awards Program

Inspiring! Amazing! Innovating! Do you know an interpreter who does remarkable work and deserves recognition? Your Sierra Pacific Region is here to help you honor outstanding achievements in interpretation by launching an Awards Program in November. Awards will showcase successes of Sierra Pacific members and others working to advance the profession of interpretation and be presented at March’s Annual Workshop.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come; don’t wait! Start building a nomination package today!

Outstanding New Interpreter

Presented to a Sierra Pacific Region member who has worked fewer than five years in the profession, full- or part-time, and who demonstrates a recognized potential in interpretation, assumption of leadership roles, creativity in programming or facility development, and a commitment to the profession and NAI.

Submit the following information: 1) Describe nominee’s involvement in front-line interpretation. 2) List outstanding projects or programs developed and describe evidence that the nominee has leadership potential. 3) List activity in NAI at chapter, unit, or national level. Include offices held, committee work, and workshop involvement. List other professional memberships. 4) List awards, recognitions, and honors from NAI or other professional organizations. 5) Attach up to two letters of support. Nomination must not exceed four pages, including letters of support, excluding cover page.

Master Front-Line Interpreter

Presented to a Sierra Pacific Region member who has worked for five or more years in the profession and whose current duties are at least 60 percent front-line interpretation. Must demonstrate a mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects. Submit the following information: 1) Describe nominee’s involvement and achievements in front-line interpretation. 2) List any key projects or programs developed by the nominee. 3) List activity in NAI at chapter, unit, or national level. Include offices held, committee work, and workshop involvement. List other professional memberships. 4) List awards, recognitions, and honors from NAI or other professional organizations. 5) Attach up to two letters of support. Nomination must not exceed five pages, including letters of support, excluding cover page.

Outstanding Senior/Retired Interpreter

Presented to a Sierra Pacific Region member and lifelong interpreter who is no longer working full-time in the profession (may be working part-time or as a volunteer) and who has dedicated his/her lifetime career to interpretation as a front-line interpreter, interpretive manager/ administrator, or both. Submit the following information: 1) Describe nominee’s involvement in interpretation or management, past and present, with an indication of how the nominee has dedicated his/ her career to the profession. 2) List activity in NAI at chapter, unit, or national level. Include offices held, committee work, and workshop involvement. List other professional memberships. 3) List awards, recognitions, and honors from NAI or other professional organizations. 4) Attach up to two letters of support. Nomination must not exceed four pages, including letters of support, excluding cover page.

Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer

Presented to a Sierra Pacific Region member who has worked five or more years as a volunteer interpreter, whose educational background is not in interpretation, and whose current volunteer duties are in front-line interpretation or administration of an interpretive program. Must demonstrate a mastery of interpretive techniques and program development, and must demonstrate initiative and a dedication to the affiliated institution. Submit the following information: 1) Include number of hours per year volunteer donates to the affiliated organization. 2) Describe nominee’s involvement and achievements in front-line interpretation or interpretive program administration. 3) List any key projects or programs developed by the nominee. 4) List activity in NAI chapter, unit, or national level program. Include offices held, committee work, and workshop involvement. List other professional memberships. 5) List awards, recognitions, and honors from NAI or other professional organizations. 6) Attach up to two letters of support. Nomination must not exceed four pages, including letters of support, excluding cover page.

Master Interpretive Manager

Presented to a Sierra Pacific Region member who has worked for five or more years in the profession and whose current duties are at least 60 percent supervisory and administrative. Must demonstrate a mastery of interpretive technique, site or program and staff management, and a respected ability to pass these skills on to others. Submit the following information: 1) Describe nominee’s involvement in interpretation and in management, indicating innovative programs, mentoring experience, creative approaches to making interpretive services available to the public, facility or program development, and management techniques. 2) List key projects or programs developed by the nominee. 3) List activity in NAI at chapter, unit, or national level. Include offices held, committee work, and workshop involvement. List other professional memberships. 4) List awards, recognitions, and honors from NAI or other professional organizations. 5) Attach up to two letters of support. Nomination must not exceed five pages, including letters of support, excluding cover page.

Excellence in Interpretive Support

Presented to an individual member or nonmember, governing body or official, administrator, business, agency, or organization who has shown recognition of the value of interpretation through exceptional and sustained support. This support may be broad based financial, administrative, or executive (or a combination of these), and serves as a respected model for other interpretive venues and contributors. Recognition may be for (but is not limited to) sponsorship or support for interpretive programs and enhancement of interpretive facilities. Submit the following information: 1) Describe the nominee’s efforts and how they have resulted in lasting benefits to interpretation and set a standard for the interpretive field. 2) If efforts are for a specific project, describe the unique nature of the project, its impact on interpretation, and the audiences served. 3) Attach up to two letters of support. Nomination must not exceed three pages, including letters of support, excluding cover page.

Meritorious Service Award

Presented to Sierra Pacific Region members who have performed extensive and invaluable service to NAI, especially on the Regional level. Submit the following information: 1) Describe the nominee’s NAI-related projects and/or overall commitment to NAI. Nomination must not exceed two pages, excluding cover page.

Need more information? Contact Regional Director Brian Cahill at grumpyranger@att.net

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