Vivian Sartori, an interpretive ranger at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, is retiring after 20 years with the NPS.
She began her National Park Service career in 1991 as a seasonal at Carlsbad Caverns NP. Three years later, Vivian was hired as a permanent interpreter. She spent the next several years leading cave tours, planning and participating in community and education outreach, and becoming the unofficial “bat lady” of the caverns.
In 2002 she continued her interpretation career at Organ Pipe Cactus. Over the next ten years, she “filled every position available” in the interpretive division. At one time she was supervisor of seasonal and VIP staff. She temporarily served as fee collection supervisor.
Vivian not only presented the standard range of walks, talks, and evening programs, but also planned and presented special events, and created a variety of special graphic-related projects including site bulletins. She wrote articles for the monument’s newspaper and wayside exhibits.
Vivian was involved with comprehensive interpretive planning for the visitor center exhibits that were installed in 2011. Twice she served as acting chief of interpretation. She was very active in the local community, and presented a wide variety of interpretive programs to local civic and educational groups.
After her last day on August 31st, Vivian is looking forward to being even more active in the local community, revisiting favorite vacation sites and traveling to other national parks.