Park rangers are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. Day in and day out, these stewards of the land ensure that experiences in America’s protected lands are incredible, informative and inspiring. Over my travels to 30+ National parks in the US, I have had the pleasure of chatting with hundreds of park rangers about their jobs, their lives and the passions. In a continuing attempt to share their stories, the Outdoor Society has put together our Ask A Ranger Series. Today we talk to Ranger Hayley Edmonston.
In the second installment of ASK A RANGER, we talk to Ranger Kaiti May.
Over the past year, I have gotten to know Ranger Kaiti May through Twitter, as she is a regular participant in the #ParkChat conversations each Wednesday Night at 6pm PST. Kaiti is one of the brave souls that are dedicating their lives to preserving and protecting public lands. Working as a National Park Ranger, she is in a unique position to get future generations invested in wilderness. I was lucky enough to be able to interview her via email recently, and reading though her answers for the first time was an incredible glimpse at who she is, as well as another glimpse as to the caliber of the amazing people who work in our National Parks.
Being a National Park Ranger is a tough job. Often, NPS Ranger’s joke that they are “Paid in Sunsets,” as the natural beauty they get to experience is well worth being on the lower end of the pay scale. growing up, I always day-dreamed of what it would be like to be a ranger in a National park, and while that dream didn’t come true for me, I am now in an area where I can interview and live vicariously through the protectors of our natural lands.