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Pluses and minuses of working as a National Park Ranger

 

+ Plus +

+ Excellent working environment

+ Free outdoor gym

+ Meet fellow nature enthusiasts

+ Meet foreigners

+ Photographic opportunities

+ Park uniform

+ Nature talks, public education

+ Get paid to hike

+ Instant god-like knowledge in the public’s eye

 

- Minus -

- Park uniform

- Usually a seasonal position, 3-4 months per year

- No benefits
- No weekends or holidays off work

- Garbage patrol

- Being Mom to tourists

- Explaining the no-dogs policy

- Lack of training

- Backcountry compost toilet maintenance

- Coming across occasional dead or crazy people in the wilderness
- Dealing with wildlife (especially bears) people have fed

 

 

Other benefits or draw-backs to working as a ranger?

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celtlass
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, visitors with only half an hour... I once had a group complain that the mountain was too far from the city! They said that it looked so close, but after two hours of driving they were going to use the ranger station restroom and head back to the city - they liked the view of the mountain better from there. I managed to convince them to stretch their legs, first, on the 0.25 mile rainforest loop trail.

Were you rangering during 9/11? We had so many more visitors, people stuck at the airport who would never otherwise have time to visit the National Parks came to enjoy the relative peace. There were no planes, cell phones do not work in most parts of the park, no TV's, very few radio stations, and for once no one was in a hurry.

What's the RV name game?

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