Hey... I just recently was offered a job at Stanford Sierra. I'm super excited... even more so after reading your comments. Would love to talk to you about it. I'm from IL... noticed that you spent some time there as well haha.. try 22 years! (Hence the intense need to find an unconventional job in another state). I leave in exactly 1 month.. was hoping to get a little inside info, so I know what to expect...
I love Alaska. When I came here I knew I had found my home... The winters are fine also, but I have "city business" to deal with here. I much prefer the small towns; They are closer to nature where I can recharge my spirit. It will be very hard to leave Alaska even for the summer (I will be @ Yellowstone).... I know you will love it here. As much as I have been around this state, I haven't even scratched the surface (which is cool) because it is huge. There is sooo much to do for the outdoor lover...
Unfortunately, never Green Sand beach. We used to go to Black Sand beach in Kalapana all the time but I hear Kilauea has covered it up. I sure miss picking guava and lychee. We would go crazy on the fresh fruit. I was planning on spending the winter in Kona but was told by several that it would be better to wait for the economy to improve. Now that I am stuck here in Los Anchorage, I probably should have. :)~ Oh well, there is always next year.
I see you spent time on the Big Island... what a trip. One of my first jobs was working for the Youth Conservation Corps at the City of Refuge in 1979. I used to visit Volcanoes all the time and we lived in Hilo and Hawaiian Beaches by Pahoa.
I came to Yellowstone for a summer job with YPSS in 1972. After I got out of college I patched together a few years of double seasons until I settled full-time, year-round in Montana in the mid-80's.
I get up to take a look at the small glaciers in the Tetons from time to time and have had a couple of trips in Glacier National Park. Those glaciers are, indeed, shrinking. That's a pretty big sign that we've got some problems.
Thanks for the offer Dallas. You ARE helping out by telling your story and telling your friends. Telling employers about us that need to know is another way. The trick for Cool Works has always been to have enough of the right kinds of jobs to attract enough cool people so that both benefit and so that we can lay it out in a way on the web so that that job seekers and employers get results.
Spreading the word as well as giving feedback to Cool Works about how to provide more value online are huge items for us.
Thank you for your kind words. We never get tired of hearing that Cool Works is helping folks find experiences that enrich their lives. It's what we're in it for. We've been there and love sharing it - it's what gets us up in the morning.
Busting out to grab a summer job in Yellowstone was transformational for me. Taking a NOLS semester, and then working as an instructor for NOLS, were extraordinary transformational experiences as well. I'm not in close touch with the school but still know some folks there and am still hearing about and feeling that NOLS vibe.
It IS spendy - it's the nature of the thing. And your experience will vary, just like in seasonal work, with the personalities on your course, including the instructors, the weather, luck and fate.
I've been blessed with a lot of great jobs over the years. Working as a NOLS instructor was among the best. It was incredibly rewarding and the skills I learned there serve me very well today and have given me a lasting passion for getting into the mountains and sharing it with others when I can swing it.
usajobs.gov, click on "agency search" and then highlight "Interior, Department of" and choose your states you would like to work (you can select multiple states by clicking on the control button while selecting multiple states), then i just keep "select all" highlighted when it comes to the positions, and then search. if the state has park ranger jobs open, it will show you.
i dont think its too difficult to be a park ranger - the positions were seasonal entry level positions though, so i'm sure those aren't too difficult. it might be something i want to do as a career, so figured i'd give it a shot. but i applied to a few other places to do other things as well, so i'm just waiting to hear now!
sounds like an awesome job! if i were planning on staying around here, i would've definately tried to hit up west virginia for some rafting! as for me, i applied to a few places - Montana Conservation Corps, Green Mountain Club (in Vermont), and some park ranger positions in the blue ridge mtns of virginia and north carolina. I have a phone interview tomorrow for the Montana one. I hope i get that! That starts in May and ends in November.
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