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Sat, Nov. 7th, 2009 02:34 am
wow, I might have a life goal...finally

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cartoondoggy
cartoondoggy
Sara
Sat, Nov. 7th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)

That's a gorgeous picture.

I agree about the need to protect nature and its beauty.

Unfortunately, my friend worked for NPS and I gotta tell it like it is:
Pro: If you get a job actually working for a national park, walking through, and talking to visitors about the animals and history... you will enjoy your job. It's a lot of fun to be a tour guide.
Con: There are jobs not-so-glamorous that involve sitting in a booth and taking tickets all day. You could get stuck doing that.
Pro: My friend met a lot of nice people at the park that she's still friends with years later. In all likelihood, you'll get along with your colleagues.
Con: The hours can suck. You're not likely to get off of major holidays unless you really push for them. Also, you're likely going to be scheduled on weekends.
Pro: You get a spiffy outfit.
Con: It's a very very unstable job. You usually can't pick where you end up in NPS. So you may have to move. Worse, my friend's jobs at the park usually lasted only a year or two. They're usually seasonal. Basically you lose your job at the end of the year and you have to move to another location for your next one. It's POSSIBLE to get a more permanent job, but very difficult.

It's unfortunate that NPS treats its employees this way. I dunno, maybe you still want to pursue it and don't mind the temporary nature of the job. Maybe you would prefer working for an organization like the Sierra Club or the National Resource Defense Council...

You should also look into the Humane Society's Wildlife Trust Fund. It's got lofty ideals about protecting animal habitats. Very cool.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)

Thanks for the pros\cons list.

I researched some of the positions available and I know I might have to spend quite a long time doing boring jobs before I ever get the chance at doing something I enjoy.
Eh, I'll deal with the hours when I come to them. I don't think I'd have a problem with that.

As for having to move, I honestly don't think I'd care about that, at least for awhile. I actually might welcome having to change locations. If it got tiresome I might try to get a more stable position but I can see myself being comfortable with having to constantly move for a few years.

I still think I want to pursue this. If I find I don't enjoy it I could look into something like you said (Sierra Club or NRDC)


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