Long-term seasonal employees recognized

Seasonal awards 2014
Pictured left to right: James Goss; Thomas Miller; Christopher Ellington; Cornelius Tenner; and Charlie Robinson

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News Release Date: September 15, 2014

Contact: Maggie Walker, 662-680-4005

RIDGELAND, MS: The Natchez Trace Parkway recognized the contributions of long-time seasonal

employees to the operation of the Parkway. Seasonal employees join the National Park Service’s

workforce during the busiest time of the year to augment the efforts of permanent employees.

Depending upon the Parkway’s budget, they can work up to 1,039 hours each year.


“Our seasonal employees are often said to be the backbone of the National Park Service workforce,”

stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “They come on board during the busiest time of the year and

heavily contribute to getting essential tasks done. Here, on the Parkway, most seasonal employees

work for maintenance and are responsible for mowing, weed-eating, and keeping the Parkway in the

amazing condition that our visitors get to enjoy on a daily basis.”


Throughout the National Park Service, seasonal employees also present campfire talks, lead hikes,

conduct backcountry and river patrols, fight wildland fire, provide for search and rescue operations,

monitor threatened and endangered species, etc. Most work during the summer months. A few

seasonal employees are able to pick up work in parks whose primary busy season is in the winter.


“The Natchez Trace Parkway is very fortunate to have a cadre of seasonal employees who have been

returning for many years,” continued Risser. “Some, such as Charlie Robinson who works out of the

Port Gibson office, have worked on the Parkway for nine seasons – some in the North District have

worked on the Parkway even longer. It’s a privilege to present our seasonals with plaques to

recognize their service.”


Following is a list of employees who have received awards.

Willie Harris 5 seasons

Thomas Miller 5 seasons

Christopher Ellington 6 seasons

Johnny Fowler 6 seasons

James Goss 6 seasons

Amy Williams 6 seasons

Emily Davie 8 seasons

Willard Chism 8 seasons

Frank Cooks 9 seasons

Ronald Gray 9 seasons

Tommy Parkerson 9 seasons

Charlie Robinson 9 seasons

Charles Bean 10 seasons

Cornelius Tenner 10 seasons

Connie Calton 11 seasons

Michael Perkin 11 seasons

Harold Wyatt 12 seasons

Jimmy Johnston 13 seasons

Cleophus Southward 15 seasons

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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