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Highlights from Ranger Rendezvous 2014
Keynote Speakers Spark Conversation
Mike Reynolds, NPS Associate Director of Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, didn't mince words when he admitted to "harsh truths I need to tell you." The hiring process is broken, he said, but "these things are fixable." He suggested an advocacy group, possibly involving ANPR members, to help work toward "giving seasonal a fighting chance in a competitive system." However, he cautioned against "going around the rules."
Alexa Viets, NPS Centennial Coordinator for the Director's Office, invited ANPR members to get involved with centennial projects next year, leading to the agency-wide celebration in 2016 of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service.
Alan Spears of the National Parks Conservation Association delivered a keynote entitled: "America's Best Idea: NPS Branding and its Impacts on Diversity Enhancement." In a spirited presentation, Spears said, "I'm a fan of what you guys do, and after being here it makes me want to paddle harder." He asserted these key points: enhancing cultural diversity is the right thing to do, successful cultural diversity involves a focus on youth (but it's not the only approach), the NPS has failed to make meaningful progress on this issue, black and brown people need mentors, and it's important to look for new students everywhere.
Jim Syvertsen, a wilderness ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, quieted the audience with his gut-wrenching retelling of a work trip in 2011 that ultimately ended in the loss of his right foot. Syvertsen's talk, "The 'I' in Risk: Personal Responsibility in Rish Management," covered the events leading up to his accident, details about his severe injuries, and how he survived a cold night on a steep mountainside. He examined what went wrong on his trip and listed the Dirty Dozen Human Errors: lack of communication, complacency, lack of knowledge, distraction, lack of teamwork, fatigue, lack of resources, pressure, lack of assertiveness, stress, lack awareness, and the normalization of risk. He stressed the importance of assessing personal rick on any venture: What are you trying to accomplish? Is the risk I am about to take worth it?