Recruiting For the Future

Ramon Caballero

Ranger Ramon Caballero and participants of the Black Canyon Advanced Junior Ranger Camp.


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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area recruited and hired 18 college students within the Division of Interpretation during the summers of 2011-2013, thanks to funding received from YIP and YPP funding sources. These positions provided diverse park experiences for these youth, facilitating deep connections with the parks, while providing lucrative work and career experience. Nearly all of these students returned for more than one summer, and one has achieved a permanent job with the Park Service.

Recruitment targeting high school seniors in Montrose, Colorado, and college students recommended by Western State Colorado University's Multicultural Center proved highly successful and has provided the parks with home-grown talent reflecting local communities and strengthening community relations.

Additional youth employment opportunities have been accomplished through recruitment with the American Conservation Experience (ACE). ACE Interns have been of the highest quality, and have helped to grow the parks' curriculum-based program, providing high quality educational experiences to thousands of children in local communities.