What would you say qualifies an individual for Rangerhood?
Ranger positions are a combination of teacher, scientist, law enforcement, search and rescue, medical aid, cashier, and janitor. Knowledge of the environment, of the park's natural and cultural history is not always required. Customer service skills are probably the most important, which most people acquire through part-time retail positions. You don’t need to have a college degree to collect user fees or even to lead nature walks, yet most Ranger positions are incredibly difficult to attain. Is this due to high expectations on qualifications, or government bureaucracy gumming up the works? Most positions are seasonal, only three months per year; how do these highly-qualified individuals survive during the remainder of the year? What would make them want to leave 9 months of alternative employment for 3 months of no weekends, holidays or benefits --and low pay?
As the season comes to a close, I'm trying to remember why I took the position. Was it really just for the cool hats?