… As I was perusing the Salt Lake Tribune this morning, a headline that mentioned ‘teacher’ and ‘park ranger’ at the same time caught my eye. Apparently they are looking for teachers (or a teacher) to work this summer down at Cedar Breaks National Monument.
… As most of you who know me know, I love the outdoors, I love camping and I love Southern Utah. My brothers and I have even at times talked about volunteering somewhere in the National Park system, just to be able to hang out there.
… So I quickly headed to the computer, looked up Cedar Breaks, since I had no clue where it was, other than in Utah. It’s about this |---------------| far due east of Cedar City on the Google map I pulled up. Good. Good, that’s doable. So I emailed the contact in the newspaper, told her about my love of Southern Utah and my teaching credentials and asked about applying for the position. Later today she emailed me back, and instead of just “yeah, go here, download paper, fill out, mail in”, she came across as encouraging me to apply. So I did. Or I should say I’m going to, since I still need to get the Principal Approval Page signed by my principal (next paragraph will explain why).
… The position is for 8 weeks in the summer, specific duties were not mentioned, but I would get a $300 a week stipend and my own Park Ranger Uniform, I would be working as an official Park Ranger. I do have to agree to do a couple things when I get back to the classroom. The idea is to get teachers to develop lessons that bring the park system into their classrooms, so I would have to agree to do that. I would also agree to (and this is where principal approval is required) wear my uniform at school during National Parks Week, sometime in April, and possibly even give a presentation on the parks there. They also mention that if they have money to hire a substitute for me, I may end up having to go to other schools and present. All stuff I can handle, and would even enjoy doing.
… So, who knows. Something may turn up that makes me decide not to do it. They may choose someone else. But whatever, I’m going to apply and see where it leads me. After all, it’s the journey…