National Park Employee (with Ben Johnson)

We always joke that yellowstone makes everyone a professional photographer…you see so many cool things when you’re driving around or hiking.

Today’s episode will open you up to how you can get a job at a national park.  Rather than try to come up with some witty thing to say about it, I will leave you with some quotes from one of the greatest men in American history, John Muir.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”

It started slow at the beginning. We all were kind of talking to each other like “I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to make it the whole summer”.
Everybody had their little places that they would get attached to…you’d try to convince people that “this is the best place in the park!”, and then people would go and be like “this is okay”…everybody had their own places that they went for solace that they really enjoyed.

Interview Contents

2:00 - How do you get to work for a national park?
4:45 - What types of jobs can you get?
7:20 - The living situation.
10:00 - Outdoor jobs.
11:10 - The workload.
12:25 - Free time.
16:20 - Getting into the groove of living in the park.
19:20 - Cabin fever.
23:30 - Appreciating what our ‘typical’ lives are like.
27:40 - Recommendations for places to go in the park.
31:30 - The stress of trying to always be out in the park doing something.
33:10 - How has working in a national park changed you?

Links

Xanterra

National Park Service

Blake Fletcher

San Francisco, CA

Livin it up!