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Gardiner, MT
About Me:
My first seasonal job changed my life. I pumped gas in Yellowstone during the summer of 1991, and I've been working here ever since (summers only until I finished school). Yellowstone inspired me to go to graduate school, and I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on rare plants that grow in thermal areas near Old Faithful. Now I work in the park year-round as a biologist.
Last Seasonal Job:
National ParkService Resource Management
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Pumping gas for Yellowstone Park Service Stations (YPSS)
Dream Job:
There are no bad jobs in Yellowstone.

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Bighorn Sheep

Posted on June 7, 2007 at 10:03am 0 Comments

Ashea (my girlfriend) and I went for a hike over Mt. Everts, which is the ridge just above Gardiner. While we were eating lunch, a group of bighorn sheep walked right past us. I got this picture with my little point and shoot camera when they were only about 10ft. away.

A great summer on the way.

Posted on May 29, 2007 at 5:59pm 1 Comment

This summer I will be mapping willows (streamside shrubs) on Yellowstone's northern range (the area occupied by Yellowstone's northern elk herd in the winter). Basically, my assistant and I get paid to hike all over Yellowstone and use gps units to mark the willow thickets that we find. Then we measure how tall they are and record a few other pieces of data.

The hard part will be identifying the species of each thicket. Willows all look very similar to each other and they hybridize. So… Continue

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At 7:40pm on June 3, 2007, Nancy said…
Congratulations on such an awesome job! We'll be looking for you as we wander around the hot springs.

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