Living & Working in Great Places
Here's my first blog post and plead for Congress to not cut funding to our National Parks. Here's a bit about me and why I think it's important.
Click here for more information from the NPCA - National Park Conservation Association - about why I'm concerned.
I lead a split professional life. The bulk of my time is spent working for a job website called CoolWorks.com. The other chunk is spent on my hobby / side profession of being a photographer. CoolWorks.com will be celebrating its 18th birthday this year, which means that kids born in 1995 can go get jobs in the National Parks. They'll pump gas, serve food, make beds, give tours, raft rivers, provide information, you name it, and they'll gain valuable experience by working and living in the National Parks. Their lives will never be the same.
Cool Works was founded on the idea that seasonal jobs changes lives, and for our part, we promote jobs in great places (tm) like National Parks, ranches, camps, ski resorts, conservation corps, farm and garden jobs, and more. Our founder, Bill Berg, spent a few summers in Yellowstone while in college, and after a variety of other life experiences, he learned about this thing called the Internet, came up with the idea for CoolWorks.com and the rest is history.
As for me personally, I've been a full time employee with Cool Works since 2007, after working in the cruise industry for 11 years, where I utilized Cool Works to find driver/guides and other seasonal employees to work in Alaska. In both capacities, I have been a voice for the seasonal worker. I hear their dreams, their aspirations and more practically, I hear about their needs for these jobs. Closing National Parks or reducing services will be devastating to many of my seasonal friends and the job seekers who utilize Cool Works. Plans for travel to and from these jobs are being made now. I would hate it if opportunities full of so much promise and excitement get shut down because Washington's priorities are so short-sighted.
Kari and Oliver with Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
Old Faithful Erupting in Yellowstone
Richard and Kari in Mesa Verde National Park
Kari at Mammoth Hot Springs
The National Parks matter. Not only are they awesome places to see nature and wildlife and unique features of this planet of ours, they also provide thousands of jobs for Americans. They boost the economy of surrounding cities and towns. They bring visitors from all over the world to experience their wonders. Please write your Congressional representative, the President, join NPCA, share your pics, and tell your stories. Don't let funding be taken from the National Parks. They're too important.