Shutdown Thoughts

This website and blog post represent my opinions and do not represent the opinions of the National Park Service. I’m unemployed. Nothing new about that though, I’ve been unemployed since September 2017. As competition increases, and funding decreases, many people work seasonally (6 months) for the National Park Service. Getting an available position for the…

Thinking About 2017

As I have been thinking about what all happened in 2017, I’ve come to realize that I really can’t complain that much. I moved forward a lot in my personal life, and even though I didn’t step forward in my career, I didn’t move backward either. It’s all about perspective right? 2017 started off with…

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…

The National Park Service’s Proposed Fee Increase

The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and…

One More Season – Thousands of More Visitors

My summer at Mesa Verde is now complete; it was my 5th season at Mesa Verde National Park and my 9th season since 2011 with the National Park Service. I learned a lot this season about my leadership skills, my idea of professionalism, and more. Like last summer, it was still a weird feeling to…