What is a park ranger's life? A wild bear who favors Kentucky Fried Chicken A fugitive wanted in eight states A dog that saves his owner's life Wildland firefighters battling nature and fire A ghost haunting a colonial mansion Hikers who stay lost because they think searchers calling their names are wild animals Being willing to risk your life to make our parks safe and help preserve them for the future These are just a few experiences you will read about in A Park Ranger's Life. Drawn from the thirty-two-year career of National Park Ranger Bruce W. Bytnar, you will discover what it takes to be a park ranger, what threats to visitors and resources they deal with on a daily basis, and what you can do to help protect and preserve our national heritage.
So You Want To Become a National Park Service Seasonal Interpretative Park Ranger? is for those who want to know the process to become a ranger and to realize the daily experiences of a seasonal interpretative park ranger.
Evolution of the Occupation of the National Park Ranger
"All things evolve with the passing of time. The occupation of a National Park Ranger is no exception. Starting as a very generalized occupation, the park ranger could expect duties like fire fighting and bear removal. Now, seventy-five years after the conception of the National Park Service (NPS), rangers can expect to fight crime and remove lawbreakers. In just he past twenty years alone, the job of a park ranger has changed drastically. The occupation itself has changed from a land management to a police type emphasis (Copeland 28). Also, ideal job qualifications have gone from practically none to specialized college degrees (Steinhart 21)." -- First paragraph.
Oh Ranger provides an insider?s view into the most beautiful and culturally significant treasures in America. Oh Ranger is a collection of exciting stories told directly by the experts ? national park rangers. From animal encounters to fire fighting and search and rescue missions, rangers share their most memorable, life changing experiences. This book is a tribute to National park Service employees everywhere and was inspired by the original storybook written in 1928 by Horace Albright, the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. His memory lives on in the heroic actions of all those who proudly wear the instantly recognizable green and grey and flat hat ? the rangers. These are the men and women who work hard to protect and preserve our national parks for the enjoyment of millions of visitors, now and in future generations.Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to support national park education programs and the Employee and Alumni Association of the National Park Service. The original version of ?Oh, Ranger!" was co-authored by Horace Albright and Frank Taylor. Perhaps it's nostalgia that still attracts people to the stories of the adventures and the devotion to the National Park Service, but the image of the green-coated ranger stands tall to this day.Profits form the sale of this book will be donated to support National Park education and interpretive programs and the Employee and Alumni Association.
For twelve years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it. In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels—Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.
Insights and personal experiences of the duties of a National Park Ranger including search and rescues, woodland fires, sea turtle rescue, problem bear management, injured backcountry visitors, resource preservation, serious law enforcement incidents, including the shooting deaths of three Ranger colleagues and the death of a schoolteacher by a Black Bear.
The author joined the National Park Service as a naturalist. In the remote parks she was assigned to, she discovered a ranger must be ready for everything. She gradually became qualified to handle Law Enforcement, Fire, Search and Rescue, medical emergencies and anything else Nature and visitors to the Parks throw at her. Her true stories could be the basis for Nevada Barr's fiction.
National Park Ranger, a.k.a., “Bleeding Green & Grey” tells the stories that cover well beyond just the numerous and sometimes daily heroic deeds that other present park ranger books more than adequately validate. However, these new true-life tales not only embrace such topics as the customary high adventure cases, the sometimes humorous park visitors, and the dealing with the unfortunate death & mayhem; but now include various accounts of handling previously considered taboo matters such as limited budgets, hiring difficulties, increasing outside agency assists, and unfortunately, politics and bureaucracy. Also, something rather different in dealing with the typical stoical federal government, author Greg Moss actually enjoys to not only show the amusement side of dealing with the unusual park visitor actions, but also pokes fun of himself or other park staff. All those emergency life-or-death call-out operations and boring administrative meetings don’t go off quite as smoothly as most other books on park rangers currently portray, or even totally ignore. This author uses a lot of dry humor, satire, and sarcasm in his book which makes you laugh out loud, scratch your head, and say, “Really? Is that true?”