Ranger Sara

The National Park Rangers of Mesa Verde National Park
Summer Season 2007

One of the real joys of working in the national parks is meeting other rangers, VUA's (Visitor Use Assistants), maintenence staff, and office staff. These are dedicated, committed, and fascinating people. Some are lifers. Some are working in between jobs. Some are at the very beginning of their working careers and enjoying the adventure of moving around the country, and some are at the very end of their working careers and just having fun.

At Mesa Verde NP, about a third of the rangers had graduated from college within the last five years, about a third were either retired or very close to retirement, and another third were somewhere in between. And yet, even with the differences in their ages and experiences, differences in political perspectives and presuppositions, and differences in goals and objectives, they all share a common commitment to working in one of our national parks, to protecting and preserving one of American's special places, and to working with all kinds of people from all around the world, and tyring to help them.

During the summer of 2007, here is list of most of the amazing and wonderful rangers with whom we worked:

Kim Accardy
Travis Allen
Robbie Anderson
Mark Andrews
Marna Bastian
Andrea Bolitho
Dorita Brady
John Bruce
Jose Castillo
Marie Clark
Mark Dupre
Michael Einstein
Daniel Ellsbrook
Paul Ferrell
David Franks
Sara Gradwohl
Sandy Groves
Tom Herrick
Richard Hertzing
Denice Johnson
Aleta Lawrence
Donal Lindsey
Kevin Lloyd
Jim Miller
Martha Paris
Dean Portman
Joie Puskarich
Mary Redman
Jo Schrock
Tim Stubbs
Tracey Williams
Paula Wolfe

Linda Martin--Supervisor
Tammi Corchero--Administration

Intermittent Rangers:
Dianna Hansen
Jill Blumenthal
Paul Bostrom
Sterling Burnet
Lisa Gabbert
Greta Heilig
Kate Niles
Sarah Wedge/Merrill
Craig Westover
Becca Whitehead
Linda Willis

What many people don't know is that at many parks most of the regular interpretive rangers and VUA's are seasonal workers. At Mesa Verde NP, for instance, all the rangers and VUA's at the toll booths and the those selling tickets for tours at the visitor center, and all the rangers leading tours and giving evening programs and campfire programs are all seasonal workers. And at Mesa Verde, even most of the LE Rangers (Law Enforcement) and many of the bio techs and maintenence staff are seasonal staff.

They are amazing people, they work for an hourly wage and no benefits, and they never stop caring!

Return to the opening page Bruce and Sara at Mesa Verde National Park in 2007

Typical Daily Work Schedules

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