Greetings from Glacier National Park

My love affair with the NPS came at a crucial time in my life. Though I had visited a handful of parks in my childhood, it wasn’t until I was at my wits end, having taken an office job following graduate school that left me feeling empty, tired, and lost, that they captured my heart. I quit my job and after a bit of searching, ended up as a seasonal guide for a lodge in Yosemite. I was filled with the wonder of spending my time working in such a magnificent place. I made friends with some of the seasonal park staff and realized that more than anything, I wanted to be a “green and gray” - a full-time park ranger.

Through the Student Conservation Association, I got a position as an Interpretive Intern with Arches National Park in Utah. It was pure magic to spend my days with visitors, helping them form meaningful connections to the harsh yet beautiful desert landscape.

When I got offered my first full-time Seasonal Ranger position in Glacier National Park, I knew I had found a home with the National Park Service. Now in my second season, I love that my job allows me to spend time with folks visiting their parks, whether for the very first time, or re-visiting an old friend year after year. Their joy, wonder, and excitement fills me up every day.

Sincerely,
Ranger Leigh

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows and lakes with habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal life, including one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. Its spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers' paradise, offering 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.

State(s): Montana

Established: 1910

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