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Meant to Be

One of Rob’s goals has been to get on with the National Park Service full-time. It is a small and competitive field, though, and can be very difficult to get into. He has worked the last two summers as a seasonal employee, with the hope of landing a permanent position. The great thing about the National Parks is that they are all over the country, so the possibilities are endless.

Rob has been applying for jobs this summer and has received a few referrals, but nothing beyond that. Until just recently…

He had applied for a position in North Dakota, and after his interview, was offered a permanent full-time job. This means a lot of things for us: benefits, no gap in the work year, retirement. We are extremely excited that Rob was able to get on with the NPS in such a short amount of time, considering how long it can take.

This does change our end-of-year plans a little bit. I found out today that I will still be able to work the beet harvest, only I have changed locations and will be working in Montana instead of North Dakota. The harvest takes place the first two to three weeks of October, depending on the weather. Also, we will not be heading down to Kansas for the peak season at Amazon. They have been a really good job for us for the last coupe of years, but a third season is not in the cards.

There is a probation period, so we will have to stay in the same park for a minimum of one-two years. From there, Rob will have the option of either staying in the same location, or transferring to another park. But you never know, it may end up being the place we call home

PS – I have a thing for dates, so here are some little side notes, just for fun: Rob received a call on his birthday to schedule an interview. On my birthday, he had his phone interview. Less than a week later he was offered the job and they asked him to start on October 5, which will be the 15th anniversary of our first date.

And since we are talking about dates, August 25, our official launch date, also happens to be the birthday of the National Park Service…

Perhaps some things are just meant to be…

4 thoughts on “Meant to Be

  1. One more number; you will be 1751 miles closer to us. (give or take a mile). Your ND spot on your Where’s Waldo map will be colored in too.

  2. We are so happy that you will be closer to us as well!!! It will be good to be able to see you more often. Congrats Rob for achieving a goal of a lifetime!! We love you guys!!! 🙂

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