Ha! Just kidding! If anything, this week has been everything but the worst. This past week I got to visit some of the parks that fall within the Intermountain Region. The first park we visited was Rocky Mountain National Park. As I have said in previous blog posts, Rocky Mountain (ROMO) is the nearest national park to our Regional Office. … Read more
“Los mejores trabajos se encuentran aquí en California. ¿Por qué te quieres ir tan lejos?
Unlike most of the success stories my father hears from his trucker friends about their kids, I didn’t turn out to be a star child. So, no estaba tan contento that I wasn’t offered a full time position at some fancy corporate company after … Read more
This week was my first week, and I only did a half-week since I started late. It has been an amazing, exciting, and tiring week. My first couple of days I got to meet everyone at the office. They have all been so nice and great, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (JUBA) team which includes my supervisor; … Read more
This week was definitely one for the books. I was able to go out and assist our park’s geologist and Dr. Jim Zimbelman, a planetary geologist from the Smithsonian, with GPS mapping of our park’s dunes. It was an honor to work beside Dr. Zimbelman, as I was able to learn so much about his work and the dunes of … Read more
This week was a pretty busy week for me, even having Monday off. I only have every other Monday off because I work a 5-4/9 schedule, which means I work 5 days one week working 9 hours a day, and the next week working 4 … Read more
The YCC Vegetation crew has been on a roll with removing invasive plants from restoration sites. So far, we have gotten rid of tens of thousands of jointed goatgrass plants, thousands of cheeseweed plants, pitseed goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri), and many other weeds. Last Friday, all of the YCC had the opportunity to go through Operational Leadership … Read more
This week I had the opportunity to attend Tinkerfest at the Mid America Science Museum. The museum is a very hands-on kid-friendly museum where they focus on educating kids about STEM. The festival that day was Tinkerfest, and there were many kids attending. There were also vendors from various … Read more
Every week is busier than the last, and there has been a lot of training going on. Last week we had a staff meeting where we went over the park handbook. We discussed the dangers of ticks and how to best protect ourselves against them. We also discussed what to do and who to contact in case of an emergency. … Read more
In the subtropical wilderness of Everglades National Park swarmed by mosquitoes, Daniel, LHIP Cultural History Education Intern (Yey, he has finally arrived!) and I tour the Nike Missile Site HM-69. As usual insect repellent is ineffective in keeping mosquitoes away but thankfully we have bug jackets, which is a … Read more
During the past several weeks with the Latino Heritage Internship program and doing outreach with the local organization Winchester Cultural Center, I have been able to experience, engage and impart a passion for change and conservation to the community in a very unique way. I realized what truly drives my desire to do this work.
I remember when I was … Read more