Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 16, 2010

Second to submit

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:43 am

It's out of my hands now

The job posting appeared on the federal jobs site at 11:30 pm Sunday: Arches National Park is looking for a permanent ranger. They will consider only the first twenty applicants. I worked on my resume’ like crazy Monday evening and drove my application 40 miles to headquarters in Moab — and back — before work Tuesday, happily learning that I was the second applicant. Three of my co-workers dropped theirs off moments after mine, so the onslaught has begun.

I knew this was coming. I also knew I had to give it a shot. The competition is rugged: seasonal rangers with experience in multiple parks over many seasons. People with far more training and certifications than I have. And yet… I have at least a 5% chance of getting selected. Besides, just going through the process of getting ranked and then rejected is a fine learning opportunity for the next round.

“Permanent” provides benefits and security, but it is not exactly full time.  “Subject to furlough” means that for about three months out of every twelve (or more in lean years), you’re told you’re not needed — and you are not paid. In that regard, it is rather like an educator’s 9-month-a-year job.

It’s time to begin asking myself what I really, really want at the end of the day.

[Note to friends/family: Please don’t flood me with questions like “What will you do with your house?” “When will you see your children?” “Are you pursuing a ranger career just in UT, or anywhere?” — because I they are all moot at this point and I have no answers. This is all exploratory.]


  1. No questions. Just to say I am glad you are giving it a try. More power to you, and best of luck.

    Comment by Mom — June 16, 2010 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  2. but, but, ….. where will I bowhunt????

    Comment by john — June 16, 2010 @ 11:33 am | Reply

    • Same place you always have. My renters know you have sole rights to the back acre!

      Comment by Kathryn — June 16, 2010 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  3. Is it too early to ask what you want to be when you grow up? ;-?
    Hint: Be Kathryn.

    Comment by leroque — June 16, 2010 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

    • I’m making that my rest-of-my-life goal. It feels so right.

      Comment by Kathryn — June 16, 2010 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  4. As I have said..you always wanted to be a Ranger, well not always..but..this would be a perfect almost full time job for you..go for it..and let’s see what the future events will unfold for you…good job sis.

    Comment by Chris — June 16, 2010 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  5. You’ll really know you’re on the right track when people say you’re crazy or unrealistic. 🙂 By the way, another possible response to #3 is you don’t want to waste your time growing up. In all seriousness, good luck!

    Comment by Pete — June 17, 2010 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks!

    Comment by Kathryn — June 17, 2010 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

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