Where am I? What am I doing? And more…

Where am I?

Well, I’m not in a park. I’m currently in Virginia working on making a home with my soon-to-be husband.

What am I doing?

To be honest, not that much. I’m unemployed from the National Park Service and looking actively for next summers employment. I am hopeful to get a position with a wide range of duties, still in the interpretation field. To keep working on my resume, I am volunteering with the Studen Engagement Network (SEN); assisting with their social media. The SEN is a student-focused Employee Resource Group that aims to foster idea sharing and professional development for current and future students employed by the National Park Service. If you are a student in high school or university, you should like us on Facebook. (Shameless plug) It is a great, growing, community. Starting soon, I will be volunteering at Richmond National Battlefield assisting with their digital and social media.

Who am I?

This is the most critical question of all. As this season has moved along, I’ve been working on myself. My anxiety is something that takes up most of my thoughts as I don’t have work to focus on. From seeing a therapist, to tracking my sleep, attempting to journal; my goal is to remind myself who I am when I work. It’s impressive to see how much that gray shirt and green pants mean to me.

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  1. I hope you get a position in one of the parks you really hope to work in. Many of the Interpretive position postings are delayed due to reallocation of sourcing. Basically SORC has put the postings and hiring in the hands of the individual NPS site’s HR departments. They are coming! I am told.

    Thanks for being helpful to others by sharing your struggles with anxiety and just coping. There are so many others that suffer through this and at times must feel alone with this issue.

    Many feel the anxiety when away from the Park Service, as it is a known issue for seasonals as they pack away the “Green & Gray” for the off season. The tension of whether you will be hired or even asked back, for a previous position, is always there. There is nothing guaranteed. Having that support from family, that soon to be husband!, and of course, Riley, is priceless.

    Hope to see a posting of you heading to a position, within the Park Service, this coming spring.

    All the best!

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    1. Thanks Bryan, for your kind words and encouragement! I hope you had a wonderful summer!

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  2. Pete says:

    I’ve will miss your postings but hope you find happiness with your partner on life’s road.

    I also hope you never loose sight at the direction your life was heading and find your new relationship enhances it.

    Best of luck and God bless

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