Living & Working in Great Places
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This blog is dedicated to all My Coolworker friends who have been following my trials and tribulations attempting to secure an Alaskan job offer for Summer 2011 ... you know who you are :-)
At 61, male, not knockout handsome, overweight and apparently over educated ... I have found it difficult to obtain a job offer in Alaska this summer. I have been at it since November 2010 (which is too early BTW), and have submitted a lot of employment applications. Just no one has been interested in offering me a job. It has been a humbling experience. I've gotten a few interviews, which I was thankful for, but these have led no where. I am confident that I have given this job search my best effort.
Then one day last week I get a surprise phone call from Sherry with the National Park Service in Mesa Verde Colorado. Sherry explains that I made it to her short list for their park ranger position and wanted to know if I had a few minutes to chat. This rough and tumble gal has been around the hitchin post a few years :-) She's a straight talker and told me exactly what I'd be getting into being a first year, Visitor Use Assistant (VUA) ranger at Mesa Verde. It was not glamorous. I felt she was actually doing her very best to talk me out of it. But the idea of having the chance to be a National Park Service Ranger, to wear the uniform, regardless where it was or what they asked me to do, was just so alluring to me. When Sherry offered me "in the park" housing in a newly remodeled building the thought of abandoning my 2011 Alaska dream for the high desert plateau of Mesa Verde began to be viable. She thanked me for my time, and said she would let me know in a week or so how I did.
I figured that was it, and I was back to my pursuit of my Alaskan dream. About 30 minutes later the phone rang again. It was Sherry from Mesa Verde. She had called my summer 2009 DNC manager from Yellowstone. This gal had gone on and on about what a fantastic employee I had been for her at Yellowstone! Well it was enough for Sherry ... she told me I was their new park ranger if I wanted the job, her search was over! Wow...just like that.
I have asked many of you for your advice and suggestions. Do I continue to pursue Alaska for this year? One reply that stuck out was .... Richard, keep your eye on the Prize ... eye on the Prize my friend. I thought the "Prize" for me had to be Alaska but the prize I keep coming back to is this chance to fulfill a childhood fantasy of being a National Park Service Ranger. Come on now .... how cool is that!!! Heck Bill Berg & Kathi Noaker from the Coolworks team have been Park Rangers! Something got into them at some point! Eye on the Prize.
To all My Coolworks chat buddies headed for Alaska and elsewhere ... have a great summer .... I will miss all of you dearly (and I really mean that!) I am headed to the one place that emphatically said they wanted me, without any hesitation. Mesa Verde National Park! Ha! Ranger Rich at your service :-)