Parks where I’ve worked

Long before I thought about being a Park Ranger I worked as a volunteer animal keeper at the California Living Museum in Bakersfield.

While in college as an adult student I fulfilled my internship and started my Rangering career with the Forest Service at Mount Saint Helens National Monument.  Worked five summer seasons and volunteered two winters.

Next the US Fish and Wildlife Service hired me to research and write the history of fish hatcheries on the Columbia River.

After several years of living on the road and selling at flea markets I returned to work as a summer seasonal Park Guide at Oregon Caves National Monument leading cave tours.  Some winters I headed south into the desert and returned to the cave for seven summer seasons.  Plus  I stayed most of one winter as a volunteer.

Having had enough of the wet and dreary Pacific Northwest I jumped at a chance to work at Mesa Verde National Park.

In 2008 I was hired at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  I’ve hiked the canyon rim-to-rim several times, the first time I wasn’t sure I’d make it.  In 2011 I was selected for the all employee Colorado River trip.  I continue to be amazed and learn from the canyon every summer.  Follow Geogypsytraveler for more adventures.



  1. Hi!
    I worked for two seasons at the South Rim of Grand Canyon, Desert View. Are you a seasonal still or have you gotten status? And do you still live in your RV during the summer at the North Rim? And the biggest question of all – do you believe they are hiring for next year? You have my email, let me know via that, OK?
    I am impressed with you do this on your own, with a 5th wheel. I think some of the hardest parts of living in a RV is the hitching up, but I guess you get used to it after a while. My Husband and I have a fifth wheel too, and we are headed back east to visit family and then to Lake Mead NRA to volunteer for the winter.

    Oh, and I found you via HitchItch.

  2. I love our National Park System. Whenever we are near a National Park, that’s where I want to go. I live in Philadelphia. We don’t have any mountains, but Independence National Park is a treasure and the rangers are excellent interpreters of the important history that unfolded here.

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