Living & Working in Great Places
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I'm in my 5th season as a Visitor Use Assistant; 1 year at Denali NP, and 4 years at Mesa Verde NP. I love being a Park Ranger :) I feel the pay is better, the housing is better, and most importantly the management is better. I think I'll be a Park Ranger until my health gives out .... hopefully a long time from now :) I am a GS4, make about $13.12/hr and pay $610/month for a singles apartment inside the Park. In my case I am simply trying to break even....if I was trying to "make money" I'd find housing with roommates to bring the cost down. Until this year my income has been limited due to Social Security rules....I will likely try to find a GS5 or higher VUA position in the future to enhance my income. But making lots of money is not why I do this. I work a 5-4-9 schedule which means every other weekend I get 3 days off which is great for site seeing and camping. I love my life at the moment. Ranger Rich
Yep...the entry gate works 5-8's .... the VRC staff works the 5-4-9's which is perfect for extended trips to places like The Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain and elsewhere :) it has been great the last 3 years and a big reason I keep coming back.
Hahahaha....I failed to notice the original post is 2008 vintage :) Better late than never I suppose.