How did I get here?!?
2009 — The story in my local newspaper September 2008 took my breath away: Local teacher gets federal grant money for stipend to work in Canyonlands N.P., Utah. In an instant, in the way that you know that you know that you know something, I knew where I needed to be in the coming ranger season.
And so it is. I did the research… I watched the website like a hawk… I telephoned those in charge of hiring… I applied… I prayed… I interviewed… I waited… and the phone call informing me of my selection was the undisputed highlight of January, 2009.
Thanks, Austin Post-Bulletin! And thanks, Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher program!!
2010: Fulfilling the second season of my contract, I returned to Utah but this time was Teacher-Ranger-Teacher at Canyonlands National Park.
2011: Internship as raptor monitor at Arches National Park. Hired on as seasonal park ranger thereafter. A very exciting season!
2012: I continue to pinch myself at having the ranger job of my dreams. Filling in for much of the year at Island in the Sky district, Canyonlands NP.