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On being A Park Ranger

Updated: Nov 9, 2021


Guided Canoe Tours only has 5-8 tours each spring and autumn. 10-16 tours a year. So guests often ask me what I do the rest of the year.


I am so so so grateful to be a Park Ranger. Each year, for about six months, sometime between April and November I work as a Park Ranger. I have been extremely fortunate to work all over the country for a few different federal agencies.


2018 National Park Service in Wyoming at Big Horn Canyon

2019 The Corps of Engineers in Vermont on The West River

2020 National Park Service in California at Sequoia National Park

2021 Bureau of Land Mgmt in Oregon in the Willamette Valley


Being a Park Ranger is probably the second best job in the world for me. Being a River Guide is the first! When you boil it down, Park Rangers are just friendly guys in goofy hats who help visitors safely enjoy the Natural World. The specifics of the job usually include leading hikes, giving fireside talks at campgrounds, conducting search and rescue, repairing damaged park property, and just patrolling facilities to see who needs help or info to make their experience better. These things match up almost perfectly with my personality, my desire to share the natural world with others, and my outdoor skills. Every year I am so grateful for this life and so thankful for getting this opportunity.


And when the season as a Park Ranger wraps up each fall, I get to lead guided canoe camping tours on some of my favorite rivers in the world! I look forward to these tours. l mean who wouldn't love spending four days and three nights out on spectacular rivers. sleeping under the stars, eating great meals, and meeting amazing people. All the tours are fully outfitted with all gear, equipment, food, and me as your guide :)


As always if you have questions or ideas about the trips just shoot me a message here w the contact form or on Instagram @bd_markey


See you on the river,



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