2014 - 2017 Denali National Park and Preserve

GS-5 Park Ranger / Visitor Use Assistant
U. S. National Park Service
Denali National Park and Preserve, Talkeetna, Alaska
Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station

Administration of complex mountaineering permits for the Alaskan Range of Denali National Park and Preserve, including world-famous Denali.

Front-line visitor contacts in a ranger station that received hundreds of visitors each summer day.Scenes from the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Informative and engaging visitor discussion of themes such as:
Denali National Park and Preserve, trip planning, current events.
National Park management and values nationwide.
Mountaineering / worldwide geography of famous mountains.
General Alaska trip planning.
Wilderness values and concepts.

Extemporaneous and conducted interpretive programming:
Regular appearances of tour groups that visited the ranger station.
A lead team member for a five-minute weekly radio program on local station KTNA.
Conducted a periodic ‘relief map talk’ conducted program at the Talkeetna Museum.
Weekly ‘evening program’ conducted digital slideshow at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
2014: “The Wild in Wilderness” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
2015 – 2017: “Locating a Sense of Adventure” an exploration of adventures that can be undertaken
at Denali National Park and Preserve, geared toward a ‘cruise ship’ audience.

Mentorship of fellow staff on visitor management technique.

2006 - 2014 San Luis Obispo Coast District

State Park Interpreter I
California State Parks
San Luis Obispo Coast District
Hearst San Simeon State Park, San Simeon, California

I conducted front-line visitor contacts in the field and in a visitor center setting.
Assisted with establishing partnership with NOAA / National Marine Sanctuary Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay 2006 – 2010.

Interpretation of natural history subjects and ecology, including:
Elephant Seal and other marine mammals.
Pacific coast resources, marine protected areas, beaches, Mediterranean climatology.

Conducted weekly interpretive programming during busy summer months, including an evening campfire program at the developed campground.

Was a natural history expert and tour guide for the annual Morro Bay Bird Festival; developed a digital audio program for use during the festival.

Assisted with interpretive efforts throughout the district, facilitated campground visitor experiences.

 

2004 - 2006 Kings Canyon National Park

GS-7 Park Ranger
U. S. National Park Service
Kings Canyon National Park, California
Cedar Grove Visitor Center

As the Cedar Grove Visitor Center seasonal supervisor, I managed a staff of interpretive park rangers and volunteers.

Trained staff in visitor center operations and conducting inspirational educational programming for park visitors.

Conducted periodic ‘Zumwalt Meadow nature walks’ and weekly evening campfire programs:
“The Wild in Wilderness” discussing the values of wilderness in Kings Canyon.

 

2004 Lava Beds National Monument

GS-4 Park Ranger
U. S. National Park Service
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, California

Developed, researched, and built a self-guided educational program about spelunking and Earth science for elementary school groups.

Staffed the Lava Beds visitor center, providing visitor orientation to the park and general regional points-of-interest.

2003 Tongariro National Park

Volunteer Hut Warden
New Zealand Department of Conservation
Tongariro National Park, Turangi, North Island
Tongariro Alpine Circuit

As a backcountry ranger, independently managed remote backcountry bunk houses for park visitors and backpackers.

Conducted visitor orientation, backcountry permit verification and administration, hut maintenance and tidying. Taught ‘leave no trace’ style camping skills to novice travelers.

 

2000, 2001 Carlsbad Caverns National Park

GS-5 Park Ranger
U. S. National Park Service
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Conducted a full range of visitor operations and interpretive programming, spelunking, and natural history presentations.

As an emergency medical technician, participated in the park’s cave rescue team. Trained in complex rescue scenarios in a confined space.

1998 - 2003 Mount Rainier National Park

GS-5 Park Ranger
U. S. National Park Service
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford, Washington

Provided a full range of visitor services and developed educational and interpretive programming at the very busy ‘old’ Henry Jackson Visitor Center.

As an emergency medical technician, I assisted with about ten park emergency situations.

As a lead ranger, trained other staff on visitor center management.

Won the park’s James Tobin Award for teamwork and initiative in 2000.

1998 Bachelor of Science, NR Planning & Interpretation

Bachelor of Science degree
Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Subjects of note:
Natural Resources Interpretation 480 special project class, 1997: Six Rivers National Forest.
Natural Resources Management, federal and California land management policies.
Astronomy, Biology, Biometry, Botany, Chemistry, Earthquake Science, Ecology, Geology, Native
American Mythology, Oceanography, Plant Taxonomy, Psychology, Public Relations, Soil Science,
Speech Communication, United States History, Zoology.

Radio disc jockey on 610 AM KRFH for two years.

1997 Shasta - Trinity National Forest

GS-3 Forest Technician
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Weaverville, California

Developed original campfire programming, guided walks, and tours of historic structures.

1992 diploma, Francis W. Parker High School

High School diploma
Francis W. Parker School, Linda Vista, California

Attended this prestigious college-preparatory secular private school.

Awarded a Headmaster’s Book Award upon graduation.

Selected as a nose guard in a State of California all-star football team in my senior year.

1991 Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout award
Troop 958, San Diego, California

City of San Diego James Copley Award for Citizenship for being one of the top-awarded scouts in San Diego County for that year.