Training the 21st Century Park Ranger

In a technology dominated world, there is still a desire to visit wild places and reconnect to a simpler life. The Wilderness Act of 1964 preserved wild places and provided a management framework to maintain them, but ironically, increasing technological sophistication in the workforce has led away from careers utilizing traditional ranger skills to protect wilderness values and manage for the future.

This project will offer internships that encompass wilderness management as a whole. Participants will experience management theory, along with education and safety, and field work in resource monitoring and compliance, helping to create a 21st century wilderness ranger corps that will inspire support for the ideals of wilderness, along with advocacy experience that will ensure the national parks will be cared for by highly skilled rangers and managers into the next century.