I’m going to ALASKA and I’m kinda freaking out about it.

This summer I will not be returning to Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone, instead I will be catching a flight and heading to Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This is the first time I have ever visited Alaska and the first time I will be working in a park that is only accessible by boat or plane.

This will also be my first time in this type of position. 🙂

My last six seasons with the National Park Service I have been working as a front-line Interpretive Park Ranger. I’ve been working at visitor centers, museums, giving tours and programs, and working directly with visitors. My last post was about me trying to figure out if this was still the direction that I wanted to go in. I didn’t think I would have this opportunity with the NPS, but God had other plans.

I start May 2nd at Katmai as a Science Communicator. In a nutshell, my main duties will be to work with the different divisions to find out any new research they are working on. I will be updating the Katmai Terrane Blog with this information. I get to work with the social media team there doing posts on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else they need.

This is an office job and I’m strangely excited about having my own computer and desk space! Some opportunity to go into the back-country so hopefully I will have time to take some photos like these above.

Cell phone service and internet access will be limited but, I hope to keep updating this. (Even though I am already horrible at that.)

P.S. Any tips, books, or other resources to help me improve my writing? I’m not confident in my writing skills at all.

8 thoughts on “I’m going to ALASKA and I’m kinda freaking out about it.

  1. How exciting! Change can be exciting and terrifying at the same time, at least for me anyway, but this sounds like an incredible opportunity. I look forward to following along on your journey! Katmai is someplace I’d love to visit but one that I’m not sure if I will ever get the chance. In the meantime I’ll live vicariously through you. 🙂

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  2. Hi Kaiti. If you are interested in improving writing skills, especially when talking about the natural world, wilderness, and our place in it, I would strongly recommend reading a lot of Wallace Stegner, particularly books like Beyond the Hundredth Meridian. I also really appreciated the style of Larry McMurtry in Lonesome Dove. There are plenty of others out there and reading them will help your own style improve.

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      1. Hi Kaitlyn, What a experience for you. Just think it is only 6 months if you really don’t like this job. But it is Good for your resume. I am sure it is scary but exciting!
        Until next time, Tessa


  3. Good luck in Alaska. Headed back to the North Entrance at Yellowstone this year. Took me 20 year after getting my degree to get into the Park Service, but finally made it. I did give up for 11 years, but recent changes rekindled my interest.

    If you plan to continue seasonal or have the desire to find something permanent, don’t give up.


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